How the election can be a positive for manufacturing

Comment by Peter Roberts No-one expects the coming federal election to be decided on the fundamental challenges facing Australia’s economy and manufacturing sector. But there are signs of a more progressive attitude towards industry policy and some understanding of the massive changes being wrought by innovation in product and production processes. To my mind, one…

Neither political party utters the word ‘innovation’

Comment by Peter Roberts Like many I was hot under the collar when Treasurer Josh Frydenberg failed to mention the word ‘innovation’ during last week’s federal budget speech. Shadow industry minister, Kim Carr, spent the next day chiding the government for failing to mention a concept which only a few years ago was the centrepiece…