Canberra calls in a manufacturer to map out a future for the sector

By Peter Roberts The federal government has turned to former Dow chemical CEO Andrew Liveris to help map a new future for Australian manufacturing in the post-coronavirus world. Liveris, an Australian, has been called up by Canberra’s National COVID-19 Coordination Commission to devise a long-term strategy to deliver a competitive manufacturing sector to help in…

CSIRO begins testing Covid-19 vaccines as part of global effort

By Peter Roberts In an exciting development Australia’s CSIRO has begun testing potential vaccines against the Covid-19 coronavirus at its Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) facility in Geelong. Testing in the biosecure facility originally built to contain the world’s most harmful plant and animal diseases is part of a global effort led by the interational Coalition…

Manufacturers need recognition as essential infrastructure

Comment by Peter Roberts Globally, proactive governments are looking to their manufacturing sectors to help them navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, raising questions about when Canberra is going to afford similar recognition. Last week Canberra belatedly reached out to manufacturers with a ‘çall for information‘ from producers of essential medical supplies. Defence personnel have also been…

Is the tax office clamping down hard on our SMEs?

By Peter Roberts Just when manufacturing SMEs are really doing it tough there is anecdotal evidence that the Australian Tax Office is coming down hard on the struggling sector. Two industry representative groups report anecdotal evidence of formerly accommodating tax office staff changing their attitude in the past week…for the worse. “One minute it was…

Meet The New Bill. Same As The Old Bill. (Or why the R&D incentive is under threat).

Australian Manufacturing Forum member viewpoint by Kris Gale Rock and roll fans might recognise the source material of the headline quote. It is The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” – Roger Daltrey giving voice to the entrenched frustration Pete Townshend utilised to drive that band to greater and greater heights. And so it is with…

In the black: startup pushing ahead commercialising waste-to-activated-carbon technology

Environmental technology company Bygen is taking technology out of University of Adelaide labs and using it to give agricultural waste a higher purpose. Brent Balinski spoke to co-founder and CEO Dr Lewis Dunnigan about using almond shells and other ingredients to supply the growing activated carbon market.

Federal government in second, bigger stimulus

By Peter Roberts Only days after offering up a stimulus package widely condemned as not large enough to impact Australia’s coronavirus affected economy, Canberra has followed up with a second much larger package of measures. The first business-focused package increased the instant asset write-off, provided accelerated depreciation deductions and supported apprentices and trainees. Manufacturers can…