Government politicising daily business of government

Comment by Peter Roberts Since the recent federal election there has been a subtle and disturbing shift in rhetoric coming from Canberra. Press releases from industry minister, Karen Andrews always begin with the phrase ‘the Morrison Government’ is backing industry, or announcing grants or similar. On Friday ‘the Morrison government’ announced $30 million in Cooperative…

What is the construction industry trying to learn from advanced manufacturing?

Techniques borrowed from the world of manufacturing could make the building industry more “efficient, connected and customer-centric.” Brent Balinski spoke to Monash University’s Professor Mathew Aitchison about the topic, as well as why prefabricated housing is a tricky business.   Those who study it have sometimes lamented the low levels of productivity growth and technology…

Calix lines up distributor for novel agricultural chemical

Chemical technology company Calix (ASX: CXL) has signed up one of Europe’s largest suppliers of sulphur-based fertilisers as exclusive distributor for its magnesium hydroxiide. The company’s BOOSTER-Mag bioactiive magnesium hydroxide for agriculture will be distributed in Europe, Africa and the Middle East by Spanish fertiliser manufacturer, Afepasa. The 10-year agreement is subject to performance hurdles…