The future of the Australian steel industry and the 90,000 people it employs throughout Australia is the focus of the 2012 Australian Steel Convention in Canberra from 9-11 September. Australian and international speakers from government, industry, unions, banks, universities and global investment companies addressed the approximately 200 delegates at the Hyatt Hotel, Canberra on 10-11 September on the topic, Sustaining a Strategic Industry. This is the second year in a row the annual Convention has been held in Canberra. Federal Minister for Industry and Innovation, Hon. Greg Combet MP opened the Convention plenary on Monday morning. Shadow Treasurer, Hon. Joe Hockey MP will address delegates on Tuesday morning providing insights into the Coalition’s policy framework for this vital sector of the economy. Shadow Industry Minister, Sophie Mirabella will address the Convention via a video as she recuperates from a recent knee reconstruction. ASI Chief Executive, Don McDonald emphasised the importance of the Convention to the future of steel in Australia. “Australian steel manufacturers and fabricators need strong, decisive leadership from Government to ensure the correct policy settings are in place to maintain a sustainable steel industry,” Mr McDonald said. “We also need to learn from international experience what policies and practices have sustained the steel sectors in other countries and how Australia can emulate these successes.”