Article – Developing the north key COAG priority for Chief

by 16 December 2013

13 December 2013 Clare Rawlinson ABC News

The Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles said developing Northern Australia will be one of his key priorities at COAG talks today.

Chief Minister Giles is in Canberra for Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s first Council of Australian Governments’ meeting since winning the election.

The federal and Northern Territory governments have come under fire for not offering enough support to the Top End town of Nhulunbuy, following Rio Tinto’s [...]

Interview – Holistic Management and the Regeneration of Northern Australia

by 11 December 2013

10 December 2013 Moira Lanzarin Future Directions International

The Northern Australia Research Programme is pleased to release its latest Feature Interview: Holistic Management and the Regeneration of Northern Australia.

In this interview, FDI continues its collaboration with Soils for Life on the Regenerate Australia concept. Following the release of the Regenerate Australia: Our Greatest Challenge and Opportunity concept paper in October, Future Directions and Soils for Life spoke to Northern Territory farmer Moira Lanzarin about [...]

Article – Ag needs ‘bigger scale’

by 11 December 2013

10 December 2013 James Massola and Joanna Heath The Land

THE coming policy white paper on agriculture will examine ways to get a better return for farmers, thereby stimulating production, as well as how to capitalise on Australia’s regional advantage, Agriculture Minister ­Barnaby Joyce says.

But economists and the federal opposition have warned any government policy designed to boost profits for family farmers would not deliver the investment needed to boost agricultural production.

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Article – Foreign cash key to food bowl

by 9 December 2013

9 December 2013 Jason Scott North Queensland Register

SOME cattle producers in the Top End have warned that Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s vision to turn Australia’s remote north into a food bowl for Asia will fail unless he allows greater Asian investment.

The government’s decision late last month to block the US-led $2 billion purchase of GrainCorp has put a cloud over Mr Abbott’s vow after his election win that Australia is “open [...]

Article – Growth drives NT population rise predictions

by 9 December 2013

26 November 2013 ABC News

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) predicts the population of the Northern Territory will grow by more than 50 per cent by 2040.

In its latest population projections, the ABS says it expects the number of people in the Territory will increase to 360,000 over the next 27 years.

In 2012, the Territory population was about 240,000.

ABS director of demography Bjorn Jarvis says current trends indicate that [...]

Article – Landry in play for committee spot

by 9 December 2013

7 December 2013 Pam McKay Daily Mercury

MICHELLE Landry is making a play for a spot on the joint standing committee for Northern Australia.

The Member for Capricornia has made her intention known to committee chairman and Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch.

The make-up of the 12-member committee has been decided but it is possible Ms Landry will be appointed as a supplementary (non-voting) member.

The committee is responsible for considering policies for the development of [...]

Article – Entsch ‘appalled’ by threat to $1.2b Cape York bauxite mine

by 9 December 2013

22 November 2013 Sharnie Kim and Kirsty Nancarrow ABC News

Federal Coalition MP Warren Entsch has hit out at the Queensland Government for jeopardising a major mining project on Cape York in the state’s far north.

Mr Entsch, the Member for Leichhardt, says the Queensland Government has made an “appalling decision” by banning mining on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.

The move sent miner Cape Alumina into a trading halt.

The ban affects the company’s [...]

Article – Tax breaks for northern Australia back on map for parliamentary committee inquiry

by 6 December 2013

6 December 2013 ABC News

The terms of reference for a Federal Government parliamentary inquiry into northern Australia have been amended to include the consideration of taxation issues.

Further developing the north was a key Coalition platform before the federal election, with the Coalition promising a white paper on the topic after a year in power.

Last month, the terms of reference for a parliamentary committee were adopted in the lower house.

But this week, [...]

Article – China Plans to Ease Rules for Trade Zone

by 6 December 2013

2 December 2013 Bob Davis & Dinny McMahon Wall Street Journal

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, left, talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing on Monday. Getty Images

BEIJING—China’s central bank said it would ease the way for foreign investors to plow money into a highly touted free-trade zone in Shanghai and let Chinese residents use the zone as a base for investment overseas by [...]

Article – Transport ‘roadmap’ to boost NT

by 6 December 2013

5 December 2013 North Queensland Register

The Northern Territory Government will create an Integrated Transport Planning and Investment Roadmap, to deliver infrastructure, services and safety across the Territory.

NT MINISTER for Transport Peter Styles has told Parliament that transport was the key enabler in achieving the government’s vision for the Territory to become Australia’s trading route and logistics hub into Asia.“The Territory is open for business and we need to capitalise – it’s as simple [...]