Queensland to build 400 low emission buses

The Queensland government has launched a new plan to deliver hundreds of locally made zero emission buses through direct government procurement. The new zero-emission buses will replace aging diesel buses in operation on the Translink network, with more than 400 buses locally manufactured, dependent on a competitive procurement process. The commitment builds on the Government’s…

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Defence companies welcome plans for a larger navy fleet

Defence companies have quickly moved to welcome federal government plans for an enlarged Royal Australian Navy surface fleet at a cost of $11.1 billion over 10 years. Raytheon Australia Managing Director Michael Ward said the planned fleet wiould provide Australia with a much more potent naval capability encompassing significantly enhanced vertically launched strike and air…

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New surface combatant fleet will see $11.1 billion increase to defence spend over next decade

The federal government has committed an extra $11.1 billion over the next decade in its announcement on the future surface combatant fleet, in response to an independent analysis finding “in excess of $25 billion in unfunded promises” and following last year’s Defence Strategic Review. There will now be six Hunter Class Frigates, down from nine,…

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MRFF awards $50 million to Australian team developing artificial heart

The federal government has announced $50 million from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to assist development and commercialisation of an Australian inventor’s total artificial heart, which uses a rotor rather than pulsation to move blood through a patient’s body. According to a statement on Tuesday from federal health minister Mark Butler, the grant to…

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Alpha HPA to produce first synthetic sapphire

Downstream mineral processor Alpha HPA has announced that its plans to construct Australia’s first growth facilities for synthetic sapphire used in high technology industries are advancing at Gladstone in Queensland. The company is commercialising sapphire production utilising the Austrian Ebner-Fametec sapphire growth technology utilising Alpha’s high purity alumina feedstock. Sapphire glass is ultra-pure glass used…

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