Native Australian tea brand to launch on international markets

By Jessica Bassano An Australian range of teas flavoured with native ingredients such as lemon myrtle, finger lime and ants is preparing for an international launch. Co-founded by cook and food writer Rebecca Sullivan and artist and high school teacher Damien Coulthard, Warndu has sold its native teas, vinegars and oils in Australia since 2016.…

Solar energy export a manufacturing opportunity

Two northern Australian mega-projects to turn solar energy onto fuels exportable to our Asian neighbours have taken steps towards reality, opening up new manufacturing opportunities. The Guardian today reported a series of low-key events held in the Northern Territory three weeks ago by those behind a $20 billion venture to generate solar electricity and export…

Australia should reserve not import gas to lower prices, argues report

A report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis release this week argues that Australian gas producers are behaving like a cartel, and that a domestic gas reservation should be implemented to fix prices at $5 per gigajoule. The philanthropically-funded international organisation argues that gas prices – which are tied to electricity prices…

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…