Dutton refuses to detail local N-sub content, announces Collins upgrade

Defence minister Peter Dutton has refused to detail what portion of the government’s planned nuclear submarine fleet will be built in Australia. On a visit to Adelaide’s Osborne shipyard to announce an upgrade to the ageing Collins class submarines, the first questions asked of Dutton were about future shipbuilding jobs in South Australia. In a…

Industrial resilience needs to be enshrined in law – Senator Patrick

Independent Senator Rex Patrick will present an Industry (Resilience and National Security) Bill into the next parliament if re-elected, putting into law the need to identify and support Australia’s critical industry capabilities. The South Australian senator will outline the proposal which calls for the establishment of an Australian Industry Capability Commission at a meeting of…

Election 22 the real issues – Productivity growth by Narelle Kennedy

@AuManufacturing’s occasional editorial series on the real issues in the 2022 federal election continues today. Here Narelle Kennedy looks at Australia’s industry and innovation policies and productivity. Blind spots in Australia’s industry and innovation policies are hampering productivity gains and here two particular causes of concern stand out. Firstly, innovation policies have an almost exclusive…

Curtin named ‘trailblazer’ to speed commercialisation

Perth’s Curtin University has been named the first of Australia’s Trailblazer universities to receive a share of more than $242 million in federal government funding to develop a research commercialisation hub turning research outputs into businesses. The Curtin-led Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Trailblazer hub will match $50 million of government funding to support from…

Dyno Nobel DigiShot used for world’s biggest blast by BHP – video

Explosives manufacturer Dyno Nobel’s DigiShot electronic blasting technology has been used by BHP Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Caval Ridge Mine in the Bowen Basin to create the world’s largest electronic blast (main picture and video, below). The DigiShot electronic initiation system is an easy-to-use, reliable accurate electronic initiation system primarily for use in large surface blasting…

Election 22 the real issues – company R&D by Peter Roberts

@AuManufacturing will publish an occasional editorial series leading up to the election of the real issues that face Australia. Today Peter Roberts looks at company R&D. A week ago I showed how Australia’s innovation effort – which has direct implications for our productivity – has fallen every year since the Coalition came to office, but…