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In this episode the team unpack the relationship of business and government, and explore the complex relationship from a host of different perspectives.

The episode starts with the lessons of Covid, the differing responses of the various states and the Federal Government, and the lesson for businesses in the transitioning economy: Is it effective or counter-productive to have different responses?

The team considers the historical legacy of ‘the federation of states’ and make some interesting observations.

The Ukraine crisis is discussed and explored. The team dissect the influence the war will have on energy markets and structures in the medium and longer term, and the impact on the global energy transition. Tennant wonders if Russia will r-enter the market at some stage ‘under new management’.

The AGL attempted takeover is discussed, and the team explores instances where business strategies are ahead of government policy, and the impact this has on markets, governments and business.

Government policy tools such as market signalling and economic levers are considered for their impact on business, and James questions the impact on business of the four year election cycle.

Paul brings the discussion together, and to a close, by reminding us that business needs to make its own strategies whilst also working with government policy: be aware of the advantages of government programs and the support available to your business whilst also looking to peers and the market for opportunities.

Another fascinating conversation between three friends who love exploring complex global issues and the impact on local businesses.

James Scotland

After a long career in multiple aspects of supply chain management, corporate training and business advisory, James brings a business improvement mindset to his role as General Manager of Minerals, Energy & Supply Chain Resilience for Ai Group.

A skilled communicator and analyst, James has been involved with Oil & Gas, the mining industry and supply chain across the board for over 25 years.

    Tennant Reed

    Tennant is Principal National Adviser – Public Policy at Ai Group. He has worked heavily on climate and energy issues, advising Ai Group’s Leaders’ Group on Energy and Climate Policy and developing reports on natural gas supply, energy prices and energy efficiency. Previously he was an adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, working on fiscal policy, stimulus and infrastructure.

    Paul Hodgson

    Paul Hodgson is an advisor in innovation, the energy transition and economic growth with diverse experience and insights gained over a 30 year career. Amongst his current roles, he is Interim CEO of the Scaling Green Hydrogen Cooperative Research Centre Bid, a member of the Australian Government’s Low Emissions Technology and Services Working Group, and a Non-Executive Director of Queensland Manufacturing Institute Ltd.

    With a Bachelor of International Business and a Master of Sustainable Development, he is passionate about developing and connecting local talent and enterprise capability into global ESG and net zero market opportunities. From 2019-2021, he led the development of a national hydrogen technology cluster network, which now has 18 regional clusters across Australia.