Fuel retailers on notice

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) will commence a national audit into fuel pump accuracy in the lead up to the Easter long weekend. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said it’s important Australian consumers get what they pay for when they buy products by weight, volume or number. “The Morrison Government is putting fuel retailers on notice, and they can expect a rigorous but fair approach…

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Support extended for major prawn project

A multi-billion dollar prawn aquaculture project, expected to create 1,600 jobs in Northern Australia, has been granted a renewal of its Major Project Status. Project Sea Dragon will produce Black Tiger prawns, mainly for the Asian export market, and involves five sites in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the Liberal…

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Local heroes honoured at McPherson Community Awards

A Gold Coast student who performed at the Commonwealth Games and has raised money for around a dozen charities is among 95 unsung local heroes acknowledged with a McPherson Community Achiever Award. Anthea Young received a Young Achiever award at today’s ceremony held at the Robina Community Centre. Anthea has been a member of the Leo’s Club for 5…

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Incubator funding helps kick-start new ventures

Five new incubator projects in the agricultural technology, resources and energy sectors will benefit from $2.2 million in funding from the Liberal National Government. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the successful grant applicants demonstrated the sort of initiative and imagination that was essential to growing Australia’s economy. “The Liberal National Government provides this support because we recognise the critical…

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Grants to accelerate small business

Head injury assessment, fresh food tracking, animal welfare and a self-cleaning BBQ are some of the business ideas set to benefit from the latest round of the Coalition’s Accelerating Commercialisation grants. The Morrison Government funding will provide $5.3 million to 15 businesses from New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia to take their products to market…

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$35m investment to ensure Australia’s fresh food capability is world leading

The Morrison Government is positioning Australia as a global leader in providing premium, fresh, customised and nutritious food with new funding for an industry-led cooperative research centre. The Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre will receive $35 million in funding from the Morrison Government over 10 years, as well as $149.6 million in cash and in-kind funds from more than 50 participants.…

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Science and Technology Australia President & CEO Forum – Sydney

** Check against delivery ** Ladies and gentlemen, it’s great to be here, and I would like to thank STA for the kind invitation. This is a great opportunity for us to come together to share insights into Australia’s great science and technology sectors. As many of you would know, I am an engineer. I studied mechanical engineering at university before working in power stations and the broader petrochemical industry. So I…

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Local apprentices join national wage subsidy trial

A Liberal National Government trial offering regional businesses a wage subsidy to take on new apprentices has begun on the Gold Coast, with new apprentices signing up at 55 local businesses. The $60 million Australian Apprenticeships Wage Subsidy offers employers subsidies worth 75 per cent of the apprentice’s award wage in the first year, 50 per cent in the…

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