Queen’s birthday honours go to manufacturing

Manufacturers and researchers involved in the sector have figured in the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List which recognised 933 Australians this year. The highest honour of Companion in the general division (AC) was awarded to Belinda Hutchinson (pictured), for eminent service to business, tertiary education, and scientific research. Hutchinson is Chairman of defence manufacturer Thales…

Silex Systems presses ahead in nuclear enrichment, will Australia follow?

Comment by Peter Roberts Technology development company Silex Systems is pressing ahead with a uranium enrichment project that has implications for any future move by Australia into nuclear industries. The Sydney company has signed a sales agreement with the US Department of Energy (DOE) to allow it to process stockpiles of depleted nuclear fuels as…

R&D tax scheme crackdown has eased

By Denham Sadler The crackdown on research and development tax incentive claims has eased, with a more collaborative and fair approach to audits adopted and a number of recent successful appeals, according to specialist RDTI advisor Damian Smyth. The ATO and AusIndustry’s “aggressive” approach to R&D tax incentive (RDTI) audits and compliance checks in recent…