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…

L3-Micreo to export IED protection systems

Brisbane’s L3-Micreo will produce and export more than 14,000 SILVERSHIELD units which protect vehicles from radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The units will be delivered to the Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces and are in addition to 16,000 systems exported in 2018. The latest contract, announced by defence industry minister, Linda Reynolds, brings to…

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…

Cannabis production facility gets major projects status

The federal government has granted major projects status to a massive project near Toowoomba in Queensland to grow cannabis for medicinal purposes. The $450 million project being developed by Asterion Australia would establish 40 hectares of fully automated glasshouses in three stages. Industry minister, Karen Andrews said the project could ultimately support 1,000 jobs, and…