Article – The End of the Nation-State?

by 31 October 2013

12 October 2013 Parag Khanna New York Times

SINGAPORE — EVERY five years, the United States National Intelligence Council, which advises the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, publishes a report forecasting the long-term implications of global trends. Earlier this year it released its latest report, “Alternative Worlds,” which included scenarios for how the world would look a generation from now.

One scenario, “Nonstate World,” imagined a planet in which urbanization, technology and capital [...]

Article – Rail network could link northern Australia

by 31 October 2013

30 October 2013 Neda Vanovac The West Australian

Scepticism about the future of northern Australia is the enemy, the Northern Territory’s deputy chief minister says, calling on Defence to play a part in developing a rail network for the vast, sparsely-populated region.

Dave Tollner says the tropics are emerging as a key region, home to more than 40 per cent of the world’s population who generate about 20 per cent of global economic output.

He [...]

Article – Labor quietly bins Rudd troppo tax

by 31 October 2013

30 October 2013 Andrew Probyn The West Australian

Canned: The ALP has quietly binned Kevin Rudd’s tax plan.Picture: Getty Images

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s so-called “troppo tax” has been quietly consigned to the political dustbin by Labor.

Mr Rudd’s proposal, announced during the election campaign to the surprise of his party, was to lower the corporate tax rate to [...]

Article – Huge growth is full of risk

by 31 October 2013

30 October 2013 Neda Vanovac Northern Territory News/Sunday Territorian

TERRITORIANS may not want the development the Government is pushing for.

The NT has been experiencing an economic boom with large oil and gas projects in the works, but development isn’t always the only way forward, says Greg Bicknell, chief executive of the NT’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“Undeveloped and untouched is not necessarily a bad thing,” he told the NT Major Projects Conference in [...]

Article – Our door to Asia only half open

by 28 October 2013

25 October 2013 Amos Aikman The Australian

Darwin Port Corporation CEO Terry O’Connor says Darwin services a vast area across the Top End and needs to expand. Picture: Amos Aikman. Source: TheAustralian

IT is a sign of the times that this week seven ships were waiting to dock at Darwin’s throbbing port.

Queues of ships are still unusual at the Port of Darwin. But as interest in developing Australia’s tropical north grows, many fear delays and bottlenecks [...]

Article – Warren Entsch says Prime Minister Tony Abbott supports plan for federal bureaucrats to be moved to northern Australia

by 28 October 2013

28 October 2013 Steven Scott Herald Sun

Federal bureaucrats could soon be enjoying the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon on their day off, with plans mooted to move some departments to the tropical north. Source: News Limited

Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch wants to see more government agencies based out of north Queensland. Source: News Limited

CAIRNS could become the Canberra of the north under a plan to force public servants to move from the national capital to the tropics.

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Article – NT opposition reshuffles shadow cabinet

by 25 October 2013

23 October 2013 The Australian

THE Northern Territory’s Labor opposition has announced changes to its shadow cabinet, but continues to resist rumours of shaky leadership.

“Now is the right time for Labor to refresh our focus and ensure all Shadow Cabinet expand their relationships with new and enhanced responsibilities,” Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The Opposition team has delivered a disciplined and relentless pursuit of the government as they have [...]

Paper – Regenerate Australia:Our Greatest Challenge and Opportunity

by 25 October 2013

22 October 2013 Future Directions International

Summary

Australia faces major challenges with some resultant opportunities in the decades ahead. A major challenge is that our soils and bio-systems are in a constant threat of decline, which could result in a significant loss of land suitable for food and fibre production with subsequent social, economic and environmental problems. There is, however, an opportunity to restore this situation, resulting in the regeneration of up to 300 [...]

Article – NT can help power Asian boom

by 24 October 2013

22 October 2013 Ben Smee NT News

Chief Minister Adam Giles with Japan State Minister of Economy Trade and Industry Midori Matsushima. Picture: KATSUMI KASAHARA

The Japan Australia Joint Business Conference in Tokyo.

CHIEF Minister Adam Giles says it is time to develop “the whole of the Territory” to help feed, power and protect Asia.

In a keynote speech to the Japan Australia Joint Business Conference in Tokyo this afternoon, Mr Giles outlined his ambitious [...]

Article – Northern Territory leader Adam Giles pitches indigenous workforce to Asian businesses

by 22 October 2013

21 October 2013 Amos Aikman The Australian

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles says bringing economic activity to the bush is vital. Picture: Amos Aikman Source: The Australian

NORTHERN Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles says indigenous communities could become major suppliers of food to Australian and Asian markets.

In an interview marking the first time The Australian has been printed in Darwin, Mr Giles acknowledged the Country Liberals had had a tough first 14 months in office, [...]