For most of us, ‘standards’ do not comes across as a particularly exciting area but in terms of the contributions product standards make, including in creating a fair and level playing field for Australian businesses, the issue is hugely important.
A lobby group featuring some of Australia’s leading manufacturing CEOs has been announced, designed to promote Australia’s comparative industrial advantages.
The Australian Industry Group Performance of Manufacturing Index recorded a score of 43.8 for May, an improvement on the previous month but continuing the industry’s contraction for the 23rd straight month.
Business groups have been described as giving last night’s federal budget a “cool” response, with the Australian Industry Group and others disappointed at its taxation measures.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions has said that the federal budget, to be delivered tonight, should invest in manufacturing and protect Australian jobs.
Manufacturers are urging treasurer Wayne Swan to disregard the budget being in deficit and offer relief in the form of a cut to the company tax rate.
Will new Industry Participation rules ensure a manufacturing revival, or will they simply reinforce existing industry trends? Brent Balinski investigates.
After a what was described as a “tentative” improvement in its results for February, the monthly Australian Industry Group Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) showed the industry continued to shrink in March.
During the past week we have heard a chorus of comments from the federal government
and the ACTU claiming rorting by unscrupulous businesses and suggestions that the treatment of some 457 visa holders is ‘‘tantamount to slavery’’.
The Australian Industry Group has called for the carbon tax to be dropped and replaced with an international trading scheme, though this compromise hasn’t won support from the government or opposition.
The federal government is looking to increase the number of people eligible to request flexible working arrangements.
Prime minister Julia Gillard has announced that legislation for an Anti-Dumping Commission would be introduced to parliament next year.
The Australian Industry Group – PwC Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index shows that the industry shrunk in November.
Australia is under-performing when it comes to preventing dumping from importers, according to the Brumby Anti-Dumping Review.
The Australian release of a global manufacturing competitiveness survey has added to the debate on ways to improve productivity.
The mining boom has brought with it the opportunity for direct export, increased demand for local resources and stimulated growth in services for the resources export supply chain.
The Australian Industry Group’s Innes Willox will make a stern critique of the current workplace laws today.
Industry leaders have commented on the pressures facing manufacturers, following yesterday’s poor PMI result.
The release of the Australia in the Asian Century white paper has cited new opportunities for Australian manufacturers, but industry have criticised the paper’s neglect of industrial relations reform.
The head of Dow Chemical Company, Andrew Liveris, has used an address to the National Press Club to speak up for manufacturing and a strong local gas supply.