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BAE produces report on productivity and innovation in the mining industry

BAE finds that robotics, automation and the digital revolution are leading the transformation of the mining sector. The report can be found at the following link:

Report to the Australian Forest Products Association

BAE finds that plantation development has currently stalled in Australia and in the absence of new investment mechanism for plantations, based on current trends Australia will be increasingly reliant on imports of timber projects to meet the growing demand for domestic consumption. The report can be found at the following link:

BAEconomics investigates the impacts of government regulation on iron ore

BAEconomics finds that government regulation of iron ore exports would reduce Australia’s export earnings and state government iron ore royalties. The working paper can be found at the following link: Additional information can be found in the following article from the Australian Financial Review:

Brian Fisher and Anna Fisher coauthor book chapter with Sean Hinton in ‘Emerging Markets and Sovereign Risk’

Brian Fisher, Sean Hinton and Anna Fisher have contributed to a book titled ‘Emerging Markets and Sovereign Risk’, edited by Nigel Finch. The chapter, ‘Big Projects in Small Economies: The Determinants of Sovereign Risk and its Control’, describes issues that can arise when multi-billion dollar natural resource projects are established in developing countries. In these […]

Brian Fisher presents at the WTO Public Forum 2014

Brian Fisher presents the primary results of BAE’s investigation of the role of ‘environmental’ goods in trade at the WTO Public Forum 2014: Why trade matters to everyone. The presentations can be found at the following links:

Brian Fisher appointed to RET review panel

The Government has announced that a four person expert panel will review the Renewable Energy Target scheme. Along with Dr Brian Fisher, the panel will be comprised of the chair Mr Dick Warburton, Ms Shirley In’t Veld and Mr Matt Zema. The panel will report to the Prime Minister, the Treasurer and the Ministers for […]

Brian Fisher speaks at Minerals Week Seminar

One of the highlights of the Mineral Council of Australia’s Minerals Week 2013 was a seminar featuring addresses from Parliamentary, government and industry leaders. Dr Fisher discussed two major themes in his address to Minerals Week 2013. In the first part of his speech he raised the importance of maintaining a good policy process. A […]

Brian Fisher presents at the Australian Farm Institute Conference: Australian Agriculture Innovation System at the Crossroads

Brian Fisher presents on the government’s role in Australia’s agricultural R&D system in the future. This presentation is available at

Brian Fisher presents at the Africa Update 2013: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity/Africa Union

Brian Fisher was asked to present on aid, trade and mining investment in Africa at the Africa Update 2013 in Canberra. The presentation is available at:

Brian Fisher presents economic assessment of the impact of Mongolia’s foreign investment environment and the proposed new mineral law

Brian Fisher presents the results from BAE’s economic assessment of the impact of the proposed new mineral law on the Mongolian economy to the Business Council of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar. The conclusions drawn are that, if the law were to be introduced in its current draft form, Mongolia would suffer a reduction in average GDP […]