• Commercialising university research: a good but costly move

    Tim Mazzarol     |      August 26, 2014

    The federal government is seeking to restructure the way university research funding is allocated to foster more applied outcomes. Tim Mazzarol explains why strengthening the relationship between universities and industry makes sense.

  • The GrainCorp deal: Choosing between open for business or grower control

    Tim Mazzarol     |      November 18, 2013

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott says that it will be federal Treasurer Joe Hockey’s decision alone if a foreign acquisition of Australia’s largest agribusiness GrainCorp will go ahead. Tim Mazzarol provides background to a contentious issue.

  • Coal Seam Gas and the future of manufacturing in Australia

    Tim Mazzarol     |      October 9, 2013

    Seen as either environmental hazard or important source of energy, coal seam gas (CSG) development remains a controversial issue. Tim Mazzarol, Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia, explores the challenges the government, and Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane in particular, are facing.

  • Red tape and Australia’s cost of doing business

    Tim Mazzarol     |      June 14, 2012

    How does Australia fair against other nations when it comes to Red Tape? Tim Mazzarol takes an indepth look at where we sit compared to other countries and what this means for local businesses.

    The term "red tape" has been used so much in recent years that it is difficult to trace either its meaning or its origins. It is thought to have come from the use by King Charles V of Spain’s use of red tapes manufactured in Holland that he used to bind important documents of state during his reign in the 16th Century.

    During the United States Civil War in the 1860s the US Government used red tapes to bind veteran’s records. People who sought access to such documents used the term as an emblem for bureaucratic intransigence and time wasting. Today it represents a term for unnecessary regulations that impose time delays and compliance costs on business.