Some Ideas for Building the Australian Manufacturing Sector

Some Ideas for Building the Australian Manufacturing Sector

 

Let’s face it, Australia’s manufacturing sector needs help.

There are certainly many great things going on with innovative products and services being developed, and with the dollar at rock bottom, we hope, it is a good time to get into export.

But the problem is that for all the great ideas our companies continue to be nailed by competitors elsewhere who can produce similar products and services faster and cheaper.

So, any way that we can speed up production and reduce our costs is going to help with that competitive edge.… Read more »

Politicians, out of touch or just don’t give a damn?

Politicians, out of touch or just don’t give a damn?

The past few years has placed a spotlight on the individuals who are elected to our various institutions of government like never before.

Young people with an aspiration for public life and service to the community through the political process should be looking closely at the current situation because the electorate are as mad as hell and they are not going to take it anymore.

The electorate is clamouring for politicians who speak straight, do what they say they will do and when elected follow through on the needs and aspirations of their own electorate.… Read more »

Freedom of the Press

Freedom of the Press

It seems everywhere the press is under pressure to survive.

Attacked on all sides, the wounded media is becoming easy prey for those who have always feared a vibrant and independent press. Politicians, the corrupt, corporate groups, developers looking to short cut approvals, miners looking for cheap labour and no tax, drug lords, religious groups not wanting discussion about their teachings or critical assessments of their performance and of their followers and so on and so forth.

Here in Australia we see the Abbott Government attempting to emasculate the ABC, a major source of independent reporting.… Read more »

Australia scaring away renewable energy innovators

Australia scaring away renewable energy innovators

A couple of weeks ago our house joined the renewable energy revolution.

Looking like we could communicate with Alpha Centauri a solar panel array now covers the surface of our roof, we are aiming to reduce our dependence of fossil fuel generated electricity and of course reduce our escalating electricity costs.

And when I survey the neighborhood, it is obvious from the increasing numbers of solar panels on rooftops that many others are thinking the same way.

Clean energy is definitely the way for us to go.… Read more »

Consumer Watchdog Releases New Guide on Selling and Advertising

Consumer Watchdog Releases New Guide on Selling and Advertising

The massive increase in on-line advertising and promotion has moved the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) produce new guidelines on selling and advertising.

The latest directions from the consumer watchdog, highlight a range of unacceptable practices used to sell and promote various products and services including those that are offered online.

In launching the new guide, the Deputy Chair of the ACCC, Dr Michael Schaper, said: “Truth in advertising is not just a slogan, it’s the law.”

Dr Schaper went on to say that Australian Consumer Law (ACL) aimed to put business on “a level playing field” by requiring that goods and services were advertised truthfully.… Read more »