Celebrating Australian sovereign capability – how to not create a sovereign manufacturing sector

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has committed the country to purchasing US and UK submarine technology with strong support from the Opposition, as part of the AUKUS agreement. This is the latest chapter in a decades long – and spectacularly unsuccessful – effort to establish an Australian sovereign submarine design and manufacturing enterprise. Peter Roberts…

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H2X Global partners with Norwegian Hydrogen  Australian-headquartered hydrogen fuel cell vehicle manufacturer H2X Global announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) last week with Norwegian Hydrogen, a green hydrogen production, distribution and refueling company. according to a statement from the pair, it will cover collaboration on commercial supply of hydrogen and a range…

Canberra backs steelworks, hints at further MMI investment

BlueScope Steel will invest $217 updating the Port Kembla steelworks with the assistance of a federal government Modern Manufacturing Initiative grant. Canberra will provide $55.4 million to the project which will ‘shore up the supply of Australian steel to support renewable energy projects and our local defence sector’, according to the government. Steel plate produced…