May, 2020

Argent Minerals Settles R&D Tax Dispute Allowing Some Of Previously Disputed Claim To Be Deemed Eligible

May 26th, 2020

Argent Minerals Limited has previously disclosed a liability in the company’s 2019 annual report for “R&D Claims repayable” of approximately $1.4M. This liability was in respect of R&D Tax Offsets for the FY16 and FY17 periods that AusIndustry had found relate to ineligible activities. Argent Minerals Limited had also reported that the company remained of the view that its R&D activities were eligible, and intended to pursue dispute of the adverse finding. The company has announced to the ASX over the past week […]

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R&D Tax Incentive Reform Still On Government Agenda, Despite Focus On Enhancing Local Manufacturing

May 22nd, 2020

Industry Minister Karen Andrews addressed the National Press Club during the week to outline Government plans for industry policy in the wake of the COVID-19 situation. Points from the speech include the following: Ms Andrews said the Coronavirus pandemic had exposed gaps in Australia’s manufacturing capacity, and there would be “significant changes” once the crisis abated; The government would look to build on its “comparative strengths” in mining and agriculture and find ways to “value-add” on raw materials previously marked […]

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Breville Group Reports Increased R&D Investment Delivering Results

May 18th, 2020

Breville Group, has been one of the outstanding performers on the ASX over the past year, with the value of its shares having approximately doubled in the past 12 months; Breville Group has a design and R&D headquarters in Sydney, with manufacturing, distribution and sales facilities around the world. In a cautiously optimistic trading update announced during this week, Breville Group has reported that: Total annual R&D Investment has increased 97% between FY15 and FY19; R&D Team headcount has increased […]

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Opposition Critical of Government Innovation Policy as Australia Emerges from COVID-19

May 11th, 2020

An article in The Australian by long time Labor Industry Spokesman Kim Carr this week has been critical of the Australian Government’s R&D Tax Policy, and has linked this to decline in Australian manufacturing and supply chain weakness. Highlights form Carr’s article include the following: The government reintroduced the R&D Tax reform bill in December 2019, despite: A senate economics inquiry concluding that a previous iteration of the bill should be withdrawn due to concerns over complexity, particularly the controversial […]

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