Celebrating Australian sovereign capability: some thoughts on the importance of procurement

To begin the third week of our Celebrating Australian sovereign capability series, we hear about some ways government could help drive IP creation and commercial impact. Brent Balinski speaks to Grey Innovation founder Jefferson Harcourt  Governments have been poor at seeing the value of procurement and other measures that could make a real difference in…

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Celebrating Australian sovereign capability – how to not create a sovereign manufacturing sector

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has committed the country to purchasing US and UK submarine technology with strong support from the Opposition, as part of the AUKUS agreement. This is the latest chapter in a decades long – and spectacularly unsuccessful – effort to establish an Australian sovereign submarine design and manufacturing enterprise. Peter Roberts…

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Austal delivers its largest-ever ferry

Perth shipbuilder Austal’s Philippines yard has delivered the 115-metre, high-speed vehicle-passenger ferry Express 5, to Molslinjen of Denmark, following the successful completion of sea trials in Balamban, Cebu. The ‘Auto Express 115’ high-speed catamaran ferry is the largest ferry (by volume) constructed by any Austal shipyard in the company’s 35-year history. During sea trials, the…

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