Peter Roberts – on the road in Kuala Lumpur

By Peter Roberts in Kuala Lumpur I have been travelling to Malaysia for more than two decades since I worked in the region but nowadays my view of the city has been transformed. While once it was easy to dismiss Malaysia as a developing country compared to my home in Australia, progress in the capital…

Patent Box a generational opportunity for Australian industry

By Forum member Barry Thomas, Cook Medical   As an exporting medical devices company that employs more than 600 people, Cook Medical has long been a champion for tax reform to stimulate innovation and manufacturing.   Recent comments by the federal treasurer that the government would take a “close look” at a Patent Box scheme…

CRC proves its worth even with the climate deniers in charge

Comment by Peter Roberts In the past week Australia’s Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) closed its doors after seven years focused on lowering carbon emissions in the built environment. The CRC programme, introduced by the Hawke government, has been a big success in aligning academic research interests with those of industry.…