Article – India next in line for trade deal talks

by 25 November 2014

18 November 2014 Coolum News

TALKS will start in earnest on a new trade deal with India next month.

The announcement was made only a day after Prime Minister Tony Abbott sealed a similar deal with China.

A trade deal with India could be under development as early as next year after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited parliament in Canberra on Tuesday.

A statement from Mr Abbott’s office also said official talks on the [...]

Article – New deal welcomes skilled workers to NT

by 25 November 2014

18 November 2014 John Pyrros Neos Kosmos

The Northern Territory’s Chief Minister Adam Giles has announced a new in-principal deal signed by the Territory government and the governing Council of Kalymnos, which will help Greek skilled workers access employment in Australia’s top end.

The pilot agreement was negotiated in principal after two days of meetings with the council, by Territory representatives.

Mr Giles told Neos Kosmos the arrangement was a push toward greater levels of [...]

Audio – Northern development should focus on urban centres

by 25 November 2014

18 November 2014 Cameron Wilson Bush Telegraph

A ‘green paper’ was released a few months ago by the federal government on northern development which focused on expanding resource, agriculture and tourism industries. But the author of a different report commissioned by local governments argues the importance of such industries will continue to decline.

The Sixteenth Annual State of the Regions report points out nearly half the area of Australia lies north of the Tropic of [...]

Article – Hitachi set to conduct feasibility study for new SEZ

by 25 November 2014

20 November 2014 Hor Kimsay and Daniel de Carteret The Phnom Penh Post

Japanese conglomerate Hitachi announced plans yesterday for the development of a new special economic zone south of Phnom Penh.

In a statement released yesterday, Hitachi, one of Japan’s largest infrastructure developers, said it is partnering with Japan’s Forval Corporation, the Japan Development Institute and Cambodian real estate developer Heng Development to assess the potential of a new economic zone in Kandal province.

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Speech Given by Mrs Gina Rinehart at the National Mining and Related Industry Day at the Darwin Convention Centre

by 24 November 2014

22 November 2014 Mrs. Gina Rinehart

Mining is the largest earner of export income generating more than $200 billion in much needed revenue for our country, a country in record debt.

It provides jobs directly and indirectly for Australians including in places where there would otherwise not be work – and mining indirectly employs many people in so many important related businesses.

Take it away, and Australia would be a very different place.

For an [...]

Speech Given by Mrs. Rinehart at the Small Business Association Gala

by 24 November 2014

22 November 2014 Mrs. Gina Rinehart

45% of our northern mainland – is home to just 5% of the population.

It’s Australia’s economic blind-spot, but with less government and more commonsense attitudes, reduced taxes, less red-tape and less government burdens – it could become our powerhouse.

We need special economic zones to encourage growth and revitalise our competitive ability – not to mention to pull in revenue to pay [...]

Article – China opens markets in Hong Kong-Shanghai deal

by 20 November 2014

16 November 2014 Josh Noble and Jennifer Hughes Financial Times

China has taken another big step towards liberalising markets with plans to give individual Chinese investors greater freedom to make overseas investments through the Shanghai free-trade zone – just as the communist country opens its stock markets to international hedge funds for the first time.

Monday’s launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, which will allow investors in each centre direct access to the other’s [...]

Article – Lack of scale crushing the Ord Irrigation Scheme’s sugar dream

by 18 November 2014

13 November 2014 Matt Brann ABC Rural

The Chinese company willing to invest $700 million in Australia’s far north is still waiting to access land in the Northern Territory so it can develop a sugar industry in the Ord Irrigation Scheme.

Pressure is mounting on the Northern Territory Government to make land available on its side of the Ord expansion project, and it appears to be struggling to progress environmental approvals and negotiations with the [...]

Article – Fertiliser giant Incitec Pivot signs deal to get Northern Territory gas

by 18 November 2014

13 November 2014 Nathan Coates ABC Rural

A proposed gas pipeline from the Northern Territory to eastern states would be a huge boost to the viability of Australia’s largest fertiliser manufacturer, Incitec Pivot.

AUDIO: Northern Territory gas pipeline will help viability of Incitec Pivot (ABC Rural)

Resources company, Central Petroleum, has just signed a heads of agreement with Incitec Pivot to supply 15 petajoules of gas annually, based on the anticipated construction of the NT pipeline.

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Article – SunRice wants to grow Australian rice production and buys mill in Northern Australia

by 18 November 2014

12 November 2014 Warwick Long ABC Rural

Australia’s largest rice processor has completed a multi-million-dollar move into northern Australia.

AUDIO: SunRice CEO, Rob Gordon explains the companies purchase of a mill in northern Australia. (ABC Rural)

SunRice’s $4.5 million purchase of the Blue Ribbon Group’s rice mill and assets in the Burdekin region near Townsville has just been given approval by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

CEO Rob Gordon says the company wants more Australian [...]