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  1. 31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
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    Bill Shorten … ‘resilience’
    The death of manufacturing in Australia has been vastly exaggerated, according to latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
    Surprisingly, the number of Australians employed in the manufacturing industry has increased in the past year. This is... Read More
  2. Business expects unemployment to rise: new survey
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In
    The latest ACCI Survey of Investor Confidence has found that most Australian firms expect full-time employment figures to fall this year, suggesting that overall unemployment will continue to rise.
    Unless conditions improve further from their current levels, business capacity will remain... Read More
  3. Is it the end of the road for auto industry subsidies?
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In
    The federal government is considering giving GM Holden a “blood transfusion” of funding before the end of the year in the absence of a long-term industry plan.
    Mr Macfarlane met last week with Holden general manager Mike Devereux at the company's manufacturing plant in Adelaide to begin talks on... Read More
  4. Another record year for EFIC
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In , In
     
    Angus Armour … ‘strong results’
    Australia’s export credit agency, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) has posted strong results for the previous financial year despite volatile global financial markets.
    EFIC achieved a record number of facilities in 2011-12, according to its Annual... Read More
  5. 31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In , In
     
    Many small businesses fear this month’s federal budget will hinder growth, according to a new survey.
    The latest Bibby Barometer survey found that many small businesses don’t expect much support from the Budget.
    The key inclusions that small businesses would like to see in the Federal Budget, to... Read More
  6. Consumers urged to buy Aussie Made this Christmas
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
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    Ian Harrison … ‘buy local’
    The Australian Made Campaign is encouraging consumers to buy local this Christmas to support and celebrate local industry and local jobs.
    “The festive season is a great time to celebrate the fantastic products and produce we have here in this country, and the people... Read More
  7. 31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
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    Greg Combet … ‘encouraging’
    Business expenditure on research and development hit an historic high of $17.9 billion last financial year.
    This was an increase of more than 7 per cent over the previous financial year, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics R&D data.
    The Minister... Read More
  8. 31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In
    Are you looking for a 3D printing system to take your business to the next level?
    SOS Components will offer the latest in 3D printing technology at a special auction sale at its Brisbane headquarters tomorrow.
    The sale will feature the recent models of high end 3D printers, equipment and... Read More
  9. Manufacturing sector on the rise again
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In
    Activity in Australia's manufacturing sector has expanded for the first time for more than two years.
    Helped by the lower Australian dollar and lower interest rates, manufacturing rose 5.3 points to 51.7 points in September, according to the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group).
    This was the first... Read More
  10. Apprentice program extended as unions push for higher wages
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In , In
    The Government will extend the $57.5 million Apprentice Kickstart Initiative to make it easier for employers to take on apprentices.
    Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Chris Bowen said the two-month extension means that employers in the building, construction and engineering trades now... Read More