Article – NT Labor leader Michael Gunner unveils new-look front bench with Lynne Walker as deputy leader, after resignation of Delia Lawrie

by 28 April 2015

23 April 2015 ABC News

The Northern Territory Opposition has dumped former leader Delia Lawrie from its front bench and installed Lynne Walker as the new deputy leader.

After the first Caucus meeting since his successful leadership challenge, Northern Territory ALP leader Michael Gunner on Thursday unveiled his new-look team.

As expected Ms Lawrie, who has been under a cloud since a Supreme Court judge recently criticised her actions during an inquiry last year, was [...]

Article – Entsch lands barra as focus turns to aquaculture

by 28 April 2015

April 2015 Boyd Robertson Newsport

Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch stopped in at Wonga Beach on Wednesday to open Daintree Barramundi Fish Farms as focus turns toward aquaculture in Far North Queensland. 

Although Daintree Barramundi Fish Farm has already been operating for three years, Mr Entsch ‘officially opened’ the business to mark its success.

The farm’s barramundi regularly pick up awards from national food shows and are also in high demand as breeding stock.

The [...]

Sydney Parliament House Speech for Book Launch, Friday 24 April 2015

by 28 April 2015

24 April 2015 Mrs. Gina Rinehart

Members of Parliament, distinguished guests, friends,

It’s lovely to see so many friends and smiling faces here at Parliament House – especially terrific after such a tough week for Sydney with this weather.

And, on the eve of Anzac Day and this most important milestone in Australian history, I would like to acknowledge the bravery and sacrifices that have occurred, along with some thoughts to better prepare us for [...]

Sydney Book Launch Address and Presentation

by 24 April 2015

24 April 2015

To view the presentation from the Sydney launch of Mrs. Rinehart’s book, “From Red Tape to Red Carpet…And Then Some”, click SYDNEY From Red Tape to Red Carpet Book Launch.

To read Mrs. Rinehart’s address at the launch, click here.

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Mrs Rinehart’s address for the launch of her second book “From Red Tape to Red Carpet and Then Some” Friday 24th April 2015, NSW Parliament House

by 24 April 2015

24 April 2015 Mrs. Gina Rinehart

Members of Parliament, distinguished guests, friends,

It’s lovely to see so many friends, and smiling faces here at Parliament House – especially terrific after such a tough week for Sydney with this weather.

And, on the eve of Anzac Day and this most important milestone in Australian history, it is right to acknowledge the bravery and sacrifices that have occurred, along with some thoughts to better prepare us for [...]

Article – Joyce defends white paper delay

by 23 April 2015

16 April 2015 Laura Griffin Farm Weekly

AGRICULTURE Minister Barnaby Joyce has defended the delay in releasing the agriculture white paper, saying he would rather it be robust than rushed.

“We could easily have had a white paper out last year but it will be worth the wait to make it substantial,” he said at a food forum in Melbourne last week.

“It will have meat on the bone.”

The Green Paper on the Competitiveness [...]

Article – Former treasurer DeLacy says north must be developed

by 23 April 2015

16 April 2015 Eric Johnston The Australian

The development of northern Australia presents a “great opportunity” for Australia to help feed growing demand for food globally, according to Keith DeLacy, a former treasurer of Queensland.

Mr DeLacy, who is proposing a $2 billion sugar and cattle project, said the fundamentals for the region were in place, including water, land and sunshine. However, the lack of infrastructure that was crimping development.

“We’ve got an obligation, of [...]

Article – Northern Australian food bowl dream a risky fantasy: John Foss

by 23 April 2015

13 April 2015 Damon Kitney The Australian

One of the nation’s most successful international agricultural entrepreneurs, the New York-based John Foss, has warned that the development of broadacre commodity crops in northern Australia to feed booming Asian demand is doomed to failure.

Mr Foss, whose Chia Company sells its products to some of the biggest food retailers in the world and is on track to turn over more than $100 million this year, said he [...]

Article – Western Australia seeks Singapore tie-up on LNG

by 21 April 2015

12 April 2015 Jonathan Pearlman The Straits Times

Western Australia wants to expand ties with Singapore by using it as a trading hub for the state’s massive supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG), and its Premier, Mr Colin Barnett, will push for collaboration on gas projects when he arrives in Singapore today.

He also hopes that Singapore can help to develop his state’s wine and agricultural products industries.

Ahead of his four-day visit, Mr Barnett [...]

Article – Big week of budget announcements for NT

by 21 April 2015

10 April 2015 AAP

The Northern Territory government has made six budget announcements this week, including funding for a new special-needs school, more police and a boost to tourism.

The Country Liberals’ third budget will be unveiled on April 28.

Treasurer Dave Tollner has already flagged that it will be “responsible and frugal” but with a “significant” infrastructure spend.

A $31.5 million new school with places for 120 middle and senior students with special [...]