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A Future with Robots

September 12th, 2016

Bigger Better Faster Stronger One of the greatest strengths of the human race is our continual practice of innovation – we are always creating newer, better, faster and safer ways of completing the tasks and challenges we face. As robots have become a major topic of conversation many have begun to wonder; will robots be another success for humanity or a colossal disaster? Well, first we must determine what exactly is meant by the term robot. A robot is a […]

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Increased R&D Funding for the Beef Industry

September 8th, 2016

Upping Investment Funding MLA (Meat & Livestock Australia) released plans to increase investment funding in R&D by about AU$100,000 more than the previous year in support of the innovation and development of the grain-fed and grass-fed beef industry sectors. Of this AU$12.7 million, approximately AU$7 million will be focused on research and development (R&D) while the remaining funds will put towards marketing campaigns for both grass and grain fed stocks. Competitive Advantage In Global Meat News, the point was made that as […]

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Greens Call for Increased Agriculture R&D in Their 2016 Election Policy

May 19th, 2016

As Australia barrels towards an election on July 2, major parties have been announcing excerpts of their policies as the week progresses. Most recently, the Greens have unveiled their election policy for 2016, boasting a large focus on agriculture and abandoning the higher taxes for working holidaymakers (“backpackers tax”). However, the centrepiece of the Green’s policy was a pledging for extra funding for research and development (R&D) and Landcare. In specific, the party is aiming to convert farmer voters with a promise to […]

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Commission Audit targeted by agricultural R&D

May 13th, 2014

The Commission Audit report, which examined Australian Government finances, has recommended that public funding of agricultural R&D in Australia be significantly reduced. The recommendations made by the report suggested that the amount of government funding be reduced to better reflect the mix of private and public benefits. It was suggested that the current cap on dollar for dollar matching of industry contributions by the government (which is currently set at 0.5 percent of gross value of production) should be halved […]

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