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International elections, and difficult choices

The podcast provides businesspeople and policy junkies with timely and usable information with a 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 your business and industry.

Issues covered this month include:

  • The recent elections in India, U.K. and France have surprising outcomes and the potential impacts for Australian businesses are significant. Louise provides a fascinating overview of the changing world and what it means.  
  • A discussion on the impact of the Islamic religious holidays Eid al-Adha on modern day thinking and the choices we face in a changing world- and how its impacting industry policy worldwide.
  • A deep dive into emerging policy issues in Future Made in Australia, Net Zero and ESG, and Guarantee of Origin especially regarding hydrogen and critical minerals.
  • Some thoughts and opinions on the policy developments in Circular Economy and Waste Management, packaging rules and the importance of eating Kit Kats, 
  • And much more. 

Another fascinating conversation full of insights and 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:

‘What’s next for circular supply chains’ with Rachel Wilkinson.

‘Business sustainability using smart design processes’ with John Gertsakis.

‘The case for Circular Supply Chains’ with Brendan O’Keeffe.



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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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