Media, 29 April 2015 Read

Fire exposes 'dirty secret' of cheap cladding

Builders in the multi-billion-dollar apartment sector are bracing for a potential wave of legal action amid fears that a cheaply imported, combustible aluminium cladding found to have fuelled a disastrous fire in Melbourne has been used in tens of thousands of complexes nationwide.

Media, 28 April 2015 Read

Victorian gas charges rise in lead-up to winter

Victorians are facing higher gas bills as winter approaches.

Media, 28 April 2015 Read

Manufacturing, mining, tourism winners as dollar drops

The plunge in the Australian dollar is supporting economic growth, with manufacturing, mining and tourism the main winners, according to a new research paper from JPMorgan.

Media, 26 April 2015 Read

Manufacturers urge caution on post-2020 targets

Energy-intensive manufacturers have urged the Abbott government not to adopt aggressive post-2020 emissions reduction targets and have backed its direct action policy as desirable relative to the former Labor government's carbon tax.

Media, 25 April 2015 Read

Gas is becoming the 'risible' market

*By Michael West, Australian Financial Review*

Media, 23 April 2015 Read

ACCC's Rod Sims warns of 'gaps' in cartel laws

Australia is at risk of corporate cartels because of gaps in the law that could stop companies being prosecuted, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims says.

Media, 20 April 2015 Read

Arrium and Bluescope want dumping crackdown amid glut

Steelmakers Arrium and BlueScope Steel have urged the Abbott government to be vigorous in its crackdown on dumping and called on the senate to pass reforms to the anti-dumping system as a weakening Chinese economy raises the prospect of more cheap steel flooding oversupplied Asian markets.

Media, 18 April 2015 Read

Manufacturing's emerging gas train wreck

Sometimes the weirdness of the energy debate is too much for this elderly observer.

Media, 16 April 2015 Read

Company tax rate for some fuels uncertainty for others

The prospect of a "two-tier" company tax system flagged by Prime Minister Tony Abbott has fuelled confusion over who will pay what and threatens to undermine any political gain for the government arising from the announcement.

Media, 13 April 2015 Read

Gas squeeze threatens 83,000 jobs

Manufacturers have called for an overhaul of the domestic gas market to ensure surging east coast gas exports will not squeeze supplies to large industrial users, resulting in a threat to tens of thousands of jobs.