Article – Northern food bowl vision stirs political stew

by 27 November 2013

27 November 2013 ABC News

Visions of a northern Australian ‘food bowl’ and growing mining sector to supply Asian markets are causing a stew in the Northern Territory.

Primary industries Minister Willem Westra Van Holthe has attacked a prominent environment group and its director for “misleading” the public over controversial mining and food development plans.

In the Legislative Assembly last night, he condemned the Northern Territory Environment Centre and launched a personal attack on its [...]

Mrs Rinehart’s Address to the Small Business Association

by 22 November 2013

Small Business Association – Rinehart Annual Address.  Friday 22 November 2013.


A few days ago I was in Canberra and heard Barnaby Joyce give his maiden speech, after making the transition from Senator to a House of Representatives member.

In a very fine contribution mentioning the values of work in the country, one phrase also stuck out, “two things happen to you in this building (Parliament House) [...]

Launch of National Mining and Related Industries Day Brisbane 22/11/13

by 22 November 2013

Introductory remarks by Mrs Rinehart for the launch of National Mining and Related industries Day, in Brisbane 22/11/13.

It is an honour and a great occasion to be a part of the launch of this, the inaugural National Mining and Related Industries Day.

And how good is it, that our industry group now has its own permanent place on the calendar? The 22nd of November every year – will be an opportunity [...]

Global Strategic Thinker Award 2013

by 21 November 2013










Photograph of the Global Strategic Thinker Award presented to Mrs Rinehart. 18 November 2013

ANDEV chair awarded global strategic thinker 2013 award at Mining technology and operations summit 18 November 2013 by Marcus Evans. Acceptance speech by ANDEV co chair Imants Kins who chaired the two day summit and was a key note speaker.

Acceptance of Global Strategic [...]

Article – Mines minister pushes Top End uranium projects

by 20 November 2013

19 November 2013 Marty McCarthy ABC

Northern Territory Mines Minister Willem Westra Van Holthe says he will meet his federal counterpart to discuss ways to streamline environmental approvals for uranium exploration.

The Federal Government has already drafted a bilateral agreement with the Queensland Government for more localised assessment of environmentally sensitive projects.

Mr Westra van Holthe says he will discuss ways in talks this week for the Territory to cut red and green [...]

Article – Mount Isa Mayor urges tax zone rebate changes

by 19 November 2013

18 November 2013 Kate Stephens ABC News

Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady says changes are needed if governments are going to encourage more people to live in northern Australia.

Councillor McGrady says he has requested a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss ahead of the Federal Government finalising its white paper on the development of the region.

He says the council has also started a petition, calling for a change to tax zone allowances, [...]

Article – That’s When Neighbors Become Good Friends:Australia’s Northern Territory Seeking Closer Ties with Bali and Indonesia

by 18 November 2013

15 November 2013 Bali Discovery

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika received a visit from the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory in Australia, the Honorable Graham Miles MLA on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.  Accompanying Miles on his visit was the Mayor for Darwin, Katrina Fong Lim, who is on a tour with Miles to improve relations with Indonesia and East Timor.

In Indonesia, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara have been identified by [...]

Article – Urgent Need for Systemic Change to Govt Policies

by 15 November 2013

15 November 2013 Gerry McCarthy Tennant & District Times


POPULAR political discourse reflects northern Australia becoming the food bowl for Asia as Asia’s food security becomes its economic development priority in the 21st century.

This requires a major policy shift for the Australian Government where southern states need to support the radical macro agricultural project in the north at the expense of urban development on the coastal fringe!

Desert Knowledge Australia in a [...]

Article – Zone Tax Needs to ‘Better Reflect’ Living Areas

by 15 November 2013

14 November 2013 North West Star

PEOPLE living in northern Queensland should have access to a zone tax to the tune of between $15,000 and $20,000 each year, Senator Ian MacDonald told Parliament on Wednesday.

“Zone tax was mentioned in our northern Australian development paper and that is something that must be addressed,” he said.

“Madam acting deputy president, do you realise that if you live in, say, Cloncurry in North West Queensland and you [...]

Article – Support for the North

by 14 November 2013

13 November 2013 Hailey Renault North West Star

FORCES from the north banded together in support of recognising the potential boom in northern Australia at the opening of the 44th Parliament this week.

Senator Ian MacDonald said the commitment to the development of northern Australia by the coalition in the Governor General’s speech was welcome, despite his inability to drive development from the front bench.

The Senator, who toured the North West during the federal [...]