Article – Expand Aust food production now: Nufarm

by 12 December 2014

4 December 2014 Trevor Chappell The West Australian

Australian farmers risk missing a major chance to supply hungry Asian markets unless governments and businesses dramatically expand food production in the nation’s north.

That’s the view of Nufarm chairman Donald McGauchie, who oversees the agribusiness that sells crop protection and seed products to farmers around the globe.

Mr McGauchie says it would be a tragedy if New Zealand, Brazil and Indonesia continued to massively increase their [...]

Article – Ord work on track

by 9 December 2014

6 December 2014 Jacinta Bolsenbroek Farm Weekly

CLEARING in the Goomig area is on track, and will likely allow Kimberley Agricultural Investment’s (KAI) Ord development to begin farming 1000 hectares in the next year.

KAI has spent the past year developing 6600ha of Goomig farmlands, which will convert to 50-year leases, and has been seeking approvals for its Knox Plain development.

More than 4600 hectares has been cleared in the region, and earthworks, dam construction [...]

Article – NTLEA’s live ex Christmas bonus

by 9 December 2014

5 December 2014 The Land

LIVESTOCK shipments are going full steam ahead, with five vessels in Darwin harbour ready to be loaded.

Almost 50,000 head of cattle will be loaded, destined for Indonesian and Vietnamese markets during December, according to Andrew Gray, recently appointed Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association (NTLEA) chairman.

“The vessels are taking Northern Territory prime feeder and slaughter cattle to Asian markets and will be returning to transport further shipments prior to [...]

Article – Mining: Australia’s Most Important Industry

by 3 December 2014

December 2014 Mrs. Gina Rinehart Australian Resources and Investment, vol.8 no.4

Mining is our largest earner of export income generating more than $200 billion in much needed revenue for this country. It provides jobs directly for approximately a quarter of a million Australians in places where there may otherwise not be work. But of course direct employment is only a small part of the story. Mining also creates employment for people in related industries – [...]

Article – Gina Rinehart calls for mining red tape to be cut while prices down

by 3 December 2014

2 December 2014 Barry FitzGerald The Australian

THE crash in commodity prices has stirred billionaire iron ore magnate Gina Rinehart to renew her call for the federal and state governments to act decisively on overregulation of the resources industry.

Mrs Rinehart, Australia’s richest person and the major shareholder in Fairfax Media, also lashed out at the media, saying it is dominated by anti-mining voices.

In her regular column in Australian Resources and Investment, out today, Mrs [...]

Report – Burden of Government Regulation

by 3 December 2014

March 2014 Yi Ming Hu and Julie Toth The Australian Industry Group

Australian businesses face regulatory burdens that are far too high. They are growing and, because our regulatory burdens are heavier than in other countries, they place us at a competitive disadvantage.

Ai Group’s research and consultations with Australian business indicate that the burden of government regulation has been rising for some time. It has become an increasingly prominent issue over the past two [...]

Article – Tax the rich not the poor, corporate advisers tell Tony Abbott

by 3 December 2014

2 December 2014 Nassim Khadem The Age

Corporate advisers are calling on the Abbott government to consider taxing the wealthy – by scrapping a raft of concessions available to them – in order to achieve a hike in the GST and lower corporate and personal tax rates.

EY tax partner Glenn Williams told Fairfax Media that the only way the government could afford to deliver significant company tax cuts and personal tax cuts was to [...]

Article – Woodside to go ahead with $1bn Persephone gas project, offshore Australia

by 3 December 2014

28 November 2014 Offshore Technology

Woodside Petroleum will go ahead with the A$1.2bn ($1bn) Persephone gas project, offshore north-west Australia, after North West Shelf (NWS) participants approved the development.

Woodside Energy operates and owns a 16.67% stake in the project, which is the third major gas development for the NWS in the last six years.

Other project stakeholders include BHP Billiton Petroleum (North West Shelf), BP Developments Australia, Chevron Australia, Japan Australia LNG and Shell [...]

Article – Gina Rinehart wins Chairperson of the Year award

by 28 November 2014

28 November 2014 Cole Latimer Australian Mining

Gina Rinehart has won CEO Magazine’s Chairperson of the Year award for the second year running.

She took out the gong at the third Executive of the Year Awards, held last night in Sydney.

Upon taking the stage Rinehart said she accepted it “on behalf of my small, hard working executive team and the many thousands of men and women working in the challenging Australian outback, including those [...]

Julian Malnic wins Mining & Energy Category of the Australian/Shell Innovation Challenge

by 28 November 2014

27 November 2014 Imants Kins

Last night Julian Malnic who is a member of the ANDEV Executive team won the Mining & Energy category of The Australian’s Shell Innovation Challenge. He developed the direct nickel process. The award was presented by the Minister for Industry, Ian McFarlane. Well done Julian!