Article – Prime Minister Tony Abbott puts focus on Cairns and Northern Australia

by 20 May 2015

9 May 2015 Anika Hume The Cairns Post

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott will crack the whip on his new Northern Australia Insurance Premium Taskforce, announced in Cairns yesterday, commanding the group get to work on driving down Far North insurance costs.

Jetting into the city with a raft of announcements to develop Northern Australia, Mr Abbott demanded urgent action from the taskforce, putting insurance companies on notice that he meant business in his bid to [...]

Article – Cash splash part of fiscal masquerade

by 18 May 2015

13 May 2015 Adele Ferguson Canberra Times

This budget is more in keeping with an ALP budget, which will make it hard for Labor to block in the Senate.

It is a cash splash limited only by the imagination. It will cost billions of dollars and it is the centrepiece of the government’s get-out-of-jail budget as it looks to shore up votes ahead of an election next year.

From 7.30pm on budget night, Australians operating [...]

Article – $5 billion in loans to open up the north

by 18 May 2015

13 May 2015 Mark Ludlow The Australian Financial Review

The federal government will offer up to $5 billion in concessional loans to encourage the private sector and state governments to build ports, pipelines, electricity and water infrastructure to open up the economic potential of northern Australia.

The move is part of a concerted push by the Abbott government to shore up support in rural and regional Australia, which has been hit hard by drought.

With [...]

Northern Australia gets major boost with airport expansion

by 18 May 2015

9 May 2015 Warren Truss Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Northern Territory’s booming tourism industry has received a major boost with the completion of the $75 million Darwin International Airport Terminal Expansion, which was officially opened today in Darwin by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project is an important contribution to the region’s economy and will support continued growth in Australia’s [...]

Article – Queensland to benefit from plan to develop northern Australia

by 14 May 2015

9 May 2015 Steven Scott and Peter Michael The Courier Mail

TROPICAL medical research, water projects and upgrades to airports are all set to be funded as part of the Abbott Government’s push to develop northern Australia.

The Courier-Mail yesterday revealed the Government had set aside $1.7 billion to fund its long-awaited White Papers on northern Australia and agriculture, with a $100 million roads package the first of the measures to be funded in next week’s [...]

Article – NT white paper due next month

by 14 May 2015

9 May 2015 Nine News

A government white paper on the future of the Northern Territory development will be formally launched next month.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott made the announcement in Darwin at the opening of the newly redeveloped international airport.

Mr Abbott also announced the government will continue the remote airstrips upgrade program, as well as the $40 million remote air services subsidy scheme.

Courtesy of Nine News

Article – Northern Australia could be opened to foreign airlines

by 14 May 2015

6 May 2015 Andrew Probyn and Nick Butterly The West Australian

Foreign airlines could be given clearance to fly passengers between domestic airports in northern Australia under a radical plan being considered by the Abbott Government.

The West Australian can reveal that Cabinet’s budget razor gang, the expenditure review committee, has discussed allowing international carriers to fly direct to airports north of the Tropic of Capricorn and then fly freely between northern airports.

An “open skies [...]

Article – High fertility bulls key to increasing northern Australia’s cattle productivity by 10 per cent: cattle geneticist

by 12 May 2015

6 May 2015 Robin McConchie and Lydia Burton ABC Rural

A geneticist says northern cattle producers could increase their productivity by 10 per cent if they selected bulls with high fertility.

AUDIO: Geneticist Alex McDonald wins the Genetic Improvement Award at Beef Australia 2015 (ABC Rural)

Victorian Alex McDonald received the RW Vincent Genetic Improvement Award at Beef Australia 2015.

Mr McDonald said there were huge gains to be made, worth billions of dollars to the [...]

Article – West Australian producers set to secure dedicated aisle in Hong Kong supermarket

by 12 May 2015

5 May 2015 Bridget Fitzgerald ABC Rural

West Australian food producers are set to secure a dedicated aisle in a major Hong Kong supermarket following a ministerial trade visit.

Minister for Agriculture and Food Ken Baston met with representatives from Hong Kong chain 759 Store about stocking produce from WA.

Mr Baston said the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) could act as a facilitator for private deals between producers and retailers.

He said many [...]

Article – Live export, ESCAS, welfare, abattoirs and the future of the northern cattle industry

by 12 May 2015

27 March 2015 Matt Brann and Warwick Long ABC Rural

The temporary suspension of the live cattle trade to Indonesia in 2011 is still being felt by many producers across Australia’s north, but there’s some optimism in the air.

The current production environment is looking good, with high cattle prices, strong demand, extra markets, a new abattoir and a supportive government.

Hundreds of cattle producers from across the north are in Darwin this week for [...]