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.…

Rio launches, then re-launches robotic trains (according to the media)

Comment by Peter Roberts If you can have more farewells than Melba, then can you have more inaugurations that Rio Tinto? The media was ablaze over the weekend with reports that Rio had completed the inauguration of its $950 million autonomous rail system carrying iron ore in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The remotely…

like trying to breed kangaroos on top of the Swiss Alps

There is a handful of Australian watch brands, but only one with a claim to producing their own components in-house. Since 2016 – and based on trial and error, given the intense secrecy of their international watchmaking peers – Nicholas Hacko Watchmaker has been developing its in-house manufacturing capabilities. It has invested around $4 million…