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    THE SAME techniques that a highly trained – and determined – Qantas team used to avert what could have become one of the world’s worst aviation disasters, can be used to save your business life.

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    GENERAL MOTORS (GM) has retired what it referred to as ‘the Holden brand’ from sales in Australia and New Zealand. But will the promise of new Chevrolet Corvettes, Camaros and Silverados help pacify distraught car enthusiasts?

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  • Bensley creates 2400-room ‘Human Zoo’ wildlife resort

    IS THIS what the future of travel will look like? This fantastical rendering was conceived by famed Bangkok-based architect Bill Bensley, affectionately known as the ‘Willy Wonka’ of hotel design. Report from Asia correspondent, Ellen Boonstra. 

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    REDaffect cycling products were born less than a year ago on the Sunshine Coast and three innovators -- Philip Jensen, Peter Scragg and Cuen Bibb -- are enjoying the fruits on their own social rides, plus building a solid local following from enthusiasts. 

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November 27, 2020

Brisbane LMBAs: Seipel Group highlights list of resilience, innovation, determination

SEIPEL GROUP, a relatively small Brisbane company that has made enormous progress in helping to solve a common global medical problem, highlighted the extraordinary drive, innovation and resilience of Brisbane-based business leaders, companies and start-ups as it took out the peak award last night among a list of high achievers.

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  • 29 Nov, 2020

    ABF launches trials in blockchain trade security with Singapore


    THE Australian Border Force (ABF) is developing solutions to make cross border trade simpler and paperless for Australian businesses, in line with the bilateral Australia-Singapore Digital Economy Agreement.

    A trial was launched on November 23 with Singapore Customs and Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to…

  • 28 Nov, 2020

    China moves closer to self-reliance in 7nm microchip production

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    A NEWS REPORT by China.org.cn has revealed that China is moving closer to self-reliance in 7nm chip production.

    China has recently made new breakthroughs in its 7nm chip-making process, reportedly developing tools and know-how for several segments of the manufacturing process amid efforts to reduce reliance on foreign equipment…

  • 25 Nov, 2020

    Four Corners war crimes expose Killing Field wins Gold Walkley

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    MARK WILLACY and the ABC Investigations-Four Corners Team have won Australian journalism’s highest honour, the Gold Walkley, for their six-month long investigation Killing Field.

    The program, which also won the Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism, exposed alleged war crimes by Australian special forces soldiers in…

  • 24 Nov, 2020

    Abandon electric car taxes? Or abandon 2050 zero emission target?


    THE Electric Vehicle Council is urging state governments to clarify whether they intend to push forward with electric vehicle taxes or hold to their 2050 zero greenhouse gas emissions targets.

    New research from the University of Queensland shows the decision by the governments of Victoria and South Australia to slug electric…

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Australia needs leadership now, not rulership

BUSINESS ACUMEN’s special report on leadership, in edition 93, could not be more timely. Or more poignant. Or better…

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Ombudsman welcomes 'debtor in possession' insolvency rule changes

THE Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has welcomed legislation introduced into Parliament today, overhauling…


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Less pain and effort now it’s Ezy-As

For many, the arduous task of donning compression stockings can be frustrating. This is especially true if the wearer is living independently,…

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ACS welcomes Federal Government’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy

ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector, has welcomed the release of the Federal Government’s 2020 Cyber Security…

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Quota suspension could spell curtains for film and TV small…

THE Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell said thousands of small businesses in the screen production industry could…

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October 12, 2020

Brisbane Bullets on target with Supply Aus

THE Brisbane Bullets National Basketball League club has announced a new two-year partnership with Indigenous-owned company Supply Aus.

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Four Corners war crimes expose Killing Field wins Gold Walkley

MARK WILLACY and the ABC Investigations-Four Corners Team have won Australian journalism’s highest honour, the Gold Walkley, for their six-month long…

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Moneytech launches innovative online small business loan…

BUSINESS growth platform, Moneytech Limited, has launched a new online small business loan facility specifically designed for the…


August 26, 2020

Provenir's abattoir in-a-truck is a rural revolution

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CHRIS BALASZ, who runs Australian red meat company Provenir, is revolutionising Australian abattoirs.

The regulator, Prime Safe,…

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Buildkite helps tech developers fly higher, faster

By Leon Gettler >> MORE BUSINESSES are now going online, to overcome COVID-19 affected markets, and the demand for software has increased. Companies…


November 23, 2020

Fortescue, Cbus, Aurecon join Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative

MINING COMPANY Fortescue Metals Group, industry superfund Cbus and professional services firm Aurecon are the most recent companies to sign on to the Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative…

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February 27, 2019

SiGNificant signage by design

THERE IS SOMETHING magnificent about a finely crafted roadside sign … and Indian Hills Community Center in Colorado, USA, may well be the world pace…

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