Entries by Robert Harrison

ABC Prodution “Ready for This” coming to German KIKA

The German TV channel ZDF has acquired Australian live-action children’s drama Ready For This, originally broadcast on childrens’ channel ABC3 and will show it on the  free-to-air kids channel KiKA . The series follows six equally talented but different Indigenous children who venture to Sydney to realize their dreams. Originally commissioned for ABC3 Australia last year, Ready For This also has Blackfella […]

The Australia-Germany Joint Research Scheme

The Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme is a joint initiative (PDF 1.2MB) of Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany’s national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. It aims to foster research collaboration of the highest quality between Australian researchers from Universities Australia member  universities and German researchers from German universities and research institutes. The scheme will […]

Australia and Eurovision

Congratulations to Australian entry Dami Im who came second in the 2016 Eurovision song contest, just being pipped to the post by the Ukrainian entry. SBS don’t know whether Australia will be invited back next year – that depends apparently on receiving an invitation from Ukraine. However, the broadcaster is going ahead with the plans […]

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 […]