The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, Minister for Industry

The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, Minister for Industry
The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP
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Australia attracts $660 million in new offshore exploration

17 December 2014

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane today announced the awarding of seven new permits worth more than $660 million as part of Round 2 of the Australian Government’s 2013 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release.

Government to seek voluntary nominations for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility site

12 December 2014

The Australian Government will begin a nationwide voluntary site nomination process for a radioactive waste management facility. A call for expressions of interest from landowners will open in March 2015.

RV Investigator marks a new era in marine science and research

12 December 2014

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane officially commissioned into service the Research Vessel (RV) Investigator for the Marine National Facility in a special welcome to port ceremony in Hobart today.

Taking action on energy market reform

11 December 2014

The Australian Government is leading a new focus on reforms to put downward pressure on electricity prices and give Australian consumers greater power over their energy bills, Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane said today at the COAG Energy Council meeting in Adelaide.

New report highlights opportunities for Australian industry in transition

10 December 2014

Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane welcomed today’s inaugural Australian Industry Report 2014, which provides a snapshot of the changing face of industry and reinforces the need for Australia to refocus its economy on new growth in areas of competitive strength.

Labor's talk is cheap on science funding

8 December 2014

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s hollow claims that the Labor Party would increase funding for CSIRO are empty rhetoric that defy the evidence of Labor’s record in Government over six years, which were bookended by budgets that slashed CSIRO funding.

Food and agriculture precinct builds on Australia's strengths

5 December 2014

Australia has a new hub of scientific expertise in one of the nation’s areas of competitive strengths, as Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane today launched the National Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Precinct (NAESP) at CSIRO’s redeveloped $200 million Black Mountain site in Canberra.

Tax offset to boost search for new minerals

4 December 2014

The Government is acting to boost exploration for new mineral deposits, bringing legislation into Parliament today that delivers on our election commitment to support junior mineral explorers with new exploration.

Australia to host global space research group to keep satellites safely in orbit

2 December 2014

International and Australian space researchers and companies will work together as part of a new collaboration to determine ways to monitor and potentially move space debris that put satellites at risk.

Commonwealth Science Council brings scientists and business leaders together to collaborate

27 November 2014

The Commonwealth Science Council will hold its first meeting today, bringing together the nation’s most eminent scientists and business people to provide advice on boosting Australia’s prosperity and competitiveness.