Canberra-esque madness kills the SME-focused innovation patent system

Comment by Peter Roberts Parliament has passed legislation killing the low cost innovation patent system, bowing to arguments from the Productivity Commission. Legislation killing the patent was passed by the Senate last week and followed an essentially economically-focused review that lacked transparency. This is yet another victory in a long list of destructive wins by…

ACCC warns winemakers in relations with small businesses

We all love to love Australia’s successful value-adding wine making industry, but it seems all is not bliss on the nation’s vineyards. A report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission just released warns of power imbalances in the grape supply chain being exploited by some wine makers. The ACCC looked at competition, contracting practices,…

Australian manufacturing saved by a roundtable

Comment by Peter Roberts Excuse my cynicism but a cynical government held a gabfest in Canberra this week that we are meant to believe shows their commitment to Australian manufacturing.. Industry reps, academics and others met with industry minister Karen Andrews with the outcome? Well bugger all. Andrews said: “The roundtable discussed ways to enable…

ACCC moves to allow new container ports in NSW

The ACCC has moved to disallow what it calls ‘anti-competitive and illegal’ provisions in agreements that have privatised NSW ports, opening the way for a competitor to Sydney’s congested monopoly Port Botany to emerge. ACCC Chair Rod Sims has announced that has it has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against privatisation agreements that had…