Entries by Robert Harrison

Federal Election 2016

Malcolm Turnbull has announced that the next federal election will be on 2nd July. It will be a double dissolution election in which the whole of the senate as well as the house of representatives will be elected. The senate election will be held under a new set of rules, which was agreed recently by […]

Australian Landing Pad in Berlin

As part of the national innovation strategy, Australia is setting up five  landing pads to help startup companies expand internationally. The Hon. Steven Ciobo , Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment was in Berlin’s co-working space Rainmaking Loft this week to announce the selection of Berlin as the European launching landing pad. He was joined […]

ThyssenKrupp to buy Australian ASC?

The Adelaide Advertiser reports that German firm Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems is looking at the feasability of buying South Australian firm ASC, currently owned by the Australian Federal Government. Thyssen Krupp is engaged in a bidding process to supply the Australian Navy with its next fleet of submarines. Thyssen Krupp is suggesting that it will […]

Australian Budget

This week was budget week in Australia. The annual speech in Canberra’s Parliament by the treasurer is part of the Australian political scene and the lead up to the big day is everywhere. Newspapers and TV discuss extensively the options open to the Treasurer and attempt to double guess the outcome. Afterwards all the newspapers […]

Free Trade Down-Under

Free Trade with Australia? Politico’s Ryan Heath has noted in today’s insider news from Brussels that a free trade agreement with Australia and New Zealand is being bumped up the priority list in the European Commission. This is definitely good news for Australian companies trading in Europe and those companies interested in doing business “down […]

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Free Trade with Australia? Politico’s Ryan Heath has noted in today’s insider news from Brussels that a free trade agreement with Australia and New Zealand is being bumped up the priority list in the European Commission. This is definitely good news for Australian companies trading in Europe and those companies interested in doing business “down […]

Australian Defence Minister visitng German Shipyards

Kevin Andrews, the defence minister in Australia, is currently in Germany and will be visiting ThyssenKrupp’s marine systems shipyards on Thursday 23rd April, as reported in the Australian. ThyssenKrupp together with Siemens is hoping to win a potentially lucrative contract to replace Australia’s aging Collins class submarines. Wikipedia has a detailed article on the issues […]

Australia-Germany Advisory Group

The Prime Minister of Australia and the German Chancellor have announced the membership of the newly created Australia-Germany Advisory Group. The purpose of the group is to examine ways to build even closer ties between Australia and Germany and was set up during Chancellor Merkel’s visit to Australia for the G20 Summit and bilateral meetings […]

Investment Destination Australia

The 2015 Benchmark Report has been launched by the Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb at Australia Business Week in India. Produced by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), the annual report presents key economic, financial and demographic data to highlight Australia’s competitive strengths as a major player in global trade and investment. Speaking at the […]

Graphene in Germany

Australian graphite company Talga Resources has announced that it will set up a graphene demonstration plant in the German state of Thüringen. The plant will process ores from Sweden. Graphene is a so-called allotrope of carbon which has the form of a two-dimension hexagonal lattice. It was invented by two researchers at the University of […]