The reinvention of Australian Industry Content and its ramifications

Australian Manufacturing Forum viewpoint by Mike Kalms Without anything really changing, Australian Industry Content Policy (AICP) is now unalterably different. There have been relatively cosmetic changes to how AICP is described, at what thresholds it applies, and how it might be measured, but none of these constitute wholesale change or any sort of ‘policy re-write’.…

Call to give companies early access to R&D refund

Australian Manufacturing Forum member viewpoint by Kris Gale With the world attempting to come to grips with the COVID-19 situation, it’s hard to find too many opportunities for good news but recent discussion regarding the R&D Tax Incentive is one of them. As reported in @AuManufacturing news, the Senate Economics Legislation Committee (the Committee) is…

Meet The New Bill. Same As The Old Bill. (Or why the R&D incentive is under threat).

Australian Manufacturing Forum member viewpoint by Kris Gale Rock and roll fans might recognise the source material of the headline quote. It is The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” – Roger Daltrey giving voice to the entrenched frustration Pete Townshend utilised to drive that band to greater and greater heights. And so it is with…

Cash flow assistance for SME’s – here’s what to do

Australian Manufacturing Forum member viewpoint by Allen Roberts Hallelujah! The Government has announced cash flow assistance for small businesses, turnover limit an arbitrary $50 million, impacted by the Corona virus. Perhaps the precarious position many small businesses are finding themselves in has finally pricked the Canberra political bubble. The assistance is intended to keep people…

Thou shalt not steal

By Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre The wine industry is plagued by knockoffs. Piracy tactics range from mis-labelled bottles, over diluting of products to using similar-but-different brands – a glass of Benfolds, anyone? You can talk about “the sincerest form of flattery”, but don’t do it around Treasury Wine Estates. We can’t be sure of…

New infection frontier as COVID-19 wreaks havoc upon business

By Forum member Darren James, Partner, Commercial Disputes, Mills Oakley Many people have already been severely affected by the public health emergency caused by the novel corona virus (officially designated as COVID-19),. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the 3,400 people who are reported to have died following COVID-19 infection. Quarantine…