World Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Summarised on Wikipedia

by 9 January 2015

“Mr Modi made a very positive impression on all who have met (including our  Chair Mrs Rinehart!) and listened to him during the G20 in Brisbane. India and especially Mr Modi are supporters of SEZ’s. See below a brief outline on the history of SEZ’s in India- The SEZ scoreboard in the SEZ Test match – There are 143 SEZ’s operating in India – Australia NIL! India is a resounding Winner over Australia.”

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Article – Federal Government hopes China free trade agreement will begin by end of 2015

by 9 January 2015

17 December 2014 Lucy Barbour ABC Rural

The Federal Government hopes the Free Trade Agreement with China will take effect before the end of next year.

The Korea Free Trade Agreement came into force last week, and the Japan FTA starts on January 15.

Federal Trade Minister Andrew Robb recently visited China with Australian business delegates. He says it was a chance for them to learn more about potential trade opportunities.

“There’s a lot of legal [...]

Article – Rinehart Expands Pastoral Interests with Big NSW Wagyu Cattle Investment

by 9 January 2015

19 December 2014 Jon Condon Beef Central

Mining magnate Gina Rinehart has arrived as a significant player in the Western Australian pastoral industry this year, but the exposure has moved in a dramatic new direction this week following her first land and beef cattle investment in Eastern Australia.

Click here to read the full article.

Courtesy of Beef Central

Article – More land for Ord

by 8 January 2015

19 December 2014 Farm Weekly

THE Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project, funded through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, continues to grow with the announcement of preferred proponents for two parcels of land in the Packsaddle area, south of Kununurra.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman has announced Gray Australia Pty Ltd as the successful preferred proponent of the 360 hectare first parcel and J H & CS Engelke as the successful preferred proponent for the [...]

Article – NT to East Coast gas link proposal gains momentum

by 8 January 2015

Summer 2014/15 Gas Today

A gas pipeline linking the Northern Territory to the east coast gas market is now closer than ever after NSW and NT signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the pipeline. Gas Today spoke with NT Chief Minister Adam Giles about the proposed pipeline.

After having recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the NSW Government, while also having been given the blessing of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), the Northern [...]

Article – Japan Free Trade Agreement to come into force in January

by 8 January 2015

16 December 2014 Lucy Barbour ABC Rural

The Federal Trade Minister Andrew Robb has announced that Australia’s free trade agreement with Japan will begin on January 15.

Mr Robb says the implementation of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) will mean exporters will benefit from two rounds of tariff cuts in the first half of 2015.

The second round of tariff cuts will take place at the beginning of April.

The JAEPA is the first free trade [...]

Article – Could migrants fill skill shortages in the bush?

by 8 January 2015

3 December 2014 Tara Miko Fraser Coast Chronicle

THE reluctance of school leavers to take on a career in agriculture is contributing to the nation’s skills shortage in the sector.

While recent figures show there has been an increased uptake of people entering the agricultural industry, there remains a shortage that stretches into the thousands.

But Auslink Regional Migration head and registered migration agent Mick Keegan believes that shortage can be met via overseas workers [...]

Article – Red meat industry welcomes KAFTA

by 7 January 2015

8 December 2014 Queensland Country Life

THE Australian red meat industry today welcomed news that the Korea-Australia free trade agreement (KAFTA) will come into force on December 12, 2014.

This follows the recent ratification of the KAFTA Implementation Bills by the Australian Parliament and completion of a similar bill approval process by the National Assembly of Korea.

“The Australian red meat industry is very supportive of the KAFTA,” spokesman for the KAFTA Australian red meat [...]

Article – Central Qld councils unite to maximise potential from Arrow gas pipeline project

by 7 January 2015

10 December 2014 Megan Hendry ABC News

The Rockhampton Regional Council says it will capitalise on spin-off opportunities from a major gas pipeline in the region.

The Rockhampton council yesterday decided to form a partnership with the Isaac and Gladstone regional councils to negotiate with Arrow Energy over its proposed liquefied natural gas pipeline between the Bowen Basin and Curtis Island.

The council’s economic development manager, Rick Palmer, told yesterday’s council meeting, the project had [...]

Tiger Brennan Drive duplication continues

by 7 January 2015

9 December 2014 Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Tiger Brennan Drive’s transformation continues, with new road works starting today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upgrade of the Tiger Brennan Drive is a priority for the Australian and Northern Territory Governments.

“The two-lane single carriageway road currently carries more than 22,000 vehicles a day, and is already at capacity during peak hours,” Mr Truss said.

“With the [...]