b'Canberra observed Figure 2.Selected commodity prices from 2019 through to 2022.June 2021 to $US108 in December 2022.Defence capabilityThe war in Ukraine and the ChineseEnabling capabilities.demand are crucial in determining these prices, and you would not want to forecastThe NRF will be modelled on the what might happen in 2023. Clean Energy Finance Corporation. It will be governed by an independent board making independent A $15 billion National Reconstructioninvestment decisions and will be Fund- opportunities for explorationable to invest through a range of research financing including loans, equity and guarantees.Back in November 2022 at the NationalWhats more, the Government is Press Club, Ed Husic, the Minister forundertaking public consultation to Industry and Science, launched thefurther define the scope of the seven Federal Governments plan to establishpriority areas for investment and how the the so-called $15 billion Nationalfund will make investment decisions.Reconstruction Fund.The plan is for this fund to support,Consultation ended on 3 February 2023, diversify and transform Australias industrybut you can go to:and economy, helping to create secure,https://consult.industry.gov.au/national-well-paid jobs, securing future prosperity,reconstruction-fundand driving sustainable economic growth.for further information and to investigate It will invest across seven priority areas ofwhat opportunities may be available.the economy. These are:It will be very interesting to see who Renewables and low emissionswill be appointed to the Board and how technologies the appointments will avoid vested Medical science interests.TransportValue-adding in the agriculture,So, watch this space and lets hope that forestry and fisheries sectors the NRF does not get bogged down in Value adding in resources bureaucratic wrangling.FEBRUARY 2023 PREVIEW 38'