Entries by Robert Harrison

EU – Australia Free Trade Agreement

The European Union and Australia are currently negotiating a free trade agreement to promote and increase trade between the two countries. We have already submitted some comments, but there is still a chance to contribute to the discussion and we’d be delighted for your input. The submission will be a collective effort developed by the network […]

New Australian Government Announced by Prime Minister

After the Australian elections, the new (old) Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced the new cabinet lineup for the Australian Government, as reported by the ABC here. The government includes a number of women ministers – seven, which is an all-time high for Australia – and the country’s first indigenous cabinet minister, Ken Wyatt, who […]

AfterPay Australia becomes ClearPay in the UK

Australian-based Afterpay has had to re-brand itself ClearPay for its launch into the European marketplace. Its brand name “Afterpay” was already taken by a Dutch company and the Australian company’s trade mark registration was opposed, according to a story in the Sydney Morning Herald. The two services are similar – both intending to enable online shopping to be simpler […]

Rheinmetall Land Vehicles on their way to Australia

The first of the Rheinmetall boxer land vehicles for the Australian Defence Forces were recently inspected by the German Australian Business Council’s Patron, Ambassador Lynette Wood. As has already been announced, Rheinmetall will be establishing a production facility in Ipswich, Queensland, to manufacture land vehicles in the future. Gestern war ich bei der Übergabe des […]

No-Deal Brexit will benefit Australia

Brexit will benefit Australia according to a report by the Bertelsmann Stiftung The AFR reports that a study by two economists found that Australia could be €840 million ($1.3 billion) a year better off if Britain heads into a no-deal Brexit next month (about €34 per Australian resident). The benefit basically reflects a change in the […]

Queensland and Berlin sign Declaration on Intent in Health Matters

The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, and the Premier of Queensland, Anastacia Palaszczuk, have just signed a Declaration of Intent to cooperate in the field of health. The Hon @AnnastaciaMP & #Bundesratspräsident Michael #Müller, @RegBerlin, just signed a joint declaration of intent between the Land #Berlin & the State of #Queensland to increase cooperation in […]

Brisbane – German Science and Innovation Day

Brisbane German Week is an annual event to highlight the relationships between Germany and Australia, and more particularly with Queensland and its capital Brisbane. This year’s science and innovation day was held at the Queensland University of Technology’s Gardens Point Campus. Organised by Prof. Michael Rosemann, Honorary Consul for Germany in the city and also […]

132 Years to Reach its Destination

The German magazine Spiegel reports that a message in a bottle has been found 132 years after being released by a German Research vessel. The message was found on the coast of Western Australia last year with a request to return it to a research institute in Hamburg (which no longer exists) or to a […]

Australia and Global Innovation – better than ever

It appears every year and is probably the most comprehensive report on the world’s innovation systems. The Global Innovation Report 2018ranks Australia as number 20 in the world – up three places since 2017.  Reading through the report is fascinating – it finds Australia’s strength lies mainly in its human capital and research capabilities, in particular […]

New .AU Top-Level Domain Name

Top level domain name xxx.au is likely to be available soon. The .AU Australian Domain Administration Ltd is completing a policy review which has suggested one of the most significant changes in the registration system. Currently, Australia does not enable a domain name registration with simply the company name extension. Businesses register using the so-called “second […]