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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Boost for Men’s and Women’s Sheds on the Gold Coast

The Liberal National Government is backing Men’s and Women’s Sheds on the Gold Coast by unlocking new fundraising potential.  Gold Coast MP Karen Andrews said Men’s and Women’s Sheds are a great Australian success story that has seen a staple of the Australian backyard evolve into a vital part of our local communities. “Every day, Men’s and Women’s…

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Resources to partner with space

The Australian Space Agency has taken another leap forward, working with the private sector to translate research in the space sector into commercial opportunities for industry. The signing of the Statement of Strategic Intent and Cooperation with Woodside Energy is designed to highlight areas of potential research, development and commercial outcomes for our unique space industry.  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology…

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Free trade agreement drives industry growth

Australian businesses will have more opportunities for growth through open trade and global investment following the signing of the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement and associated Investment Agreement today. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the signing is part of the Coalition Government’s plan for a stronger economy. “Better integrating Australia’s trade and investment markets with…

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Former Judge to lead ANSTO Board

Former Federal Court judge, the Hon Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC, has been appointed Chairperson of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Board. Dr Bennett is currently Chancellor of Bond University and practices as a consultant Senior Counsel, a mediator and an arbitrator.  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews congratulated Dr Bennett on her appointment for a five-year term.  …

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Funding for community safety on the Gold Coast

The Liberal National Government has boosted funding for grants from the Safer Communities Fund in the wake of the recent terrorist attack in Christchurch. The Liberal National Government will provide $55 million in Round 4 for grants ranging from $50,000 to $1.5 million.  Gold Coast MP Karen Andrews said local religious and community organisations and schools…

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Interview with Julie Clift – ABC Gold Coast Radio 91.7

Topics: Fast rail between Brisbane and Gold Coast – including extending the line from Varsity Lakes to the Gold Coast Airport E&OE: Julie Clift:  Speaking of roads, if the Gold Coast had a fast rail connecting us to Brisbane, would it get you off the M1? We’ve been promised an upgraded heavy rail system for years, so will the Federal…

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Funding backs life-changing projects

Three promising new treatments – one for cystic fibrosis, the second offering relief for women who have survived cancer, and the third to treat fibrosis – have been selected for commercial development assistance through a venture capital fund backed by the Liberal National Government. The $500 million Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF) consists of equal parts Commonwealth and business funding and is…

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