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The Federal Budget and Australian Manufacturing

The podcast provides businesspeople and policy junkies with timely and usable information with the business and industry view of the latest developments in Industry Policy in Australia. It looks at what’s happening in the wider macro economy, and the likely impact on business and industry.

Issues covered this month include:

  • Ai Group’s pre-budget submissions to the Federal Government- did we get our wish list? 
  • What the future 'Made in Australia' and other budget initiatives will mean for business.
  • The investment priorities of the budget and how business can benefit.
  • A discussion on the recently announced Australia’s National Battery Strategy, and the need to think about Mobile Energy Storage.
  • The impact on businesses following the announcement of the abolish of 500 ‘nuisance tariffs’. 
  • And much more.

A fascinating conversation full of insights, thought-provoking opinions, and observations. Well worth a listen. 

Louise’s Homework:

Here’s the link to episode mentioned in the podcast of  James’ other Ai Group business improvement podcast Supply Circles: Episode 43:  From Adelaide to the world: The Red Arc story: with Anthony Kittel, Red Arc Group


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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 Supply Chain Resilience for Ai Group. A skilled communicator and adviser, James has been involved with Oil & Gas, the Defence industry and supply chain across the board for over 40 years.

James has a Masters degree in International Management and a partially completed Doctor of Business Administration. He says he'll get around to finishing it when he retires. 

    Louise McGrath

    In her role as Ai Group’s Head of Industry Development and Policy Louise provides strategic leadership and guidance for Ai Group’s policy agenda in building competitive industries through global integration, infrastructure development and innovation. She ensures that through policy leadership members have a voice at all levels of government, by representing and promoting their interests on current and emerging issues.

    Louise represents Australian Industry in several multilateral forums, such as the B20 Taskforces, Global Business Coalition, and the East Asia Business Council working group on RCEP. She advocates for the interests of Ai Group members during Free Trade Negotiations and translates those agreements to support the strategic aims of members. She is a member of CSIRO’s Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence Think Tank and the Manufacturing Advisory Group, the NESP Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub and the Advisory Group of The Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS).

    Louise has studied a Bachelor of Arts (Arabic Language and Culture) at Deakin University and an Advanced Diploma in International Trade at RMIT. She has also studied Arabic at universities in Jordan and Egypt.

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