New Delhi Book Launch – Mrs. Rinehart’s Address and Photographs

by 29 June 2015

23 June 2015 Mrs. Gina Rinehart

Mr Prime Minister, distinguished guests, friends.

Namaste. What a wonderful and humbling honour it is to be with you today.

Less than twelve months ago, when I first read of your policy “From Red Tape to Red Carpet”, I was very excited, but had no inkling that one day I would be standing before you, at your home, launching my second book, written in honour of such a great [...]

Article – ‘The North’s time has come’: Federal Government reveals long-awaited plan for northern Australian development

by 25 June 2015

18 June 2015 Anna Vidot ABC Rural

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb believes the prospects for developing northern Australia have never been brighter.

The Federal Government unveiled its long-awaited White Paper for northern Australian development on Thursday, including $1.2 billion in Commonwealth funding for everything from roads and water infrastructure to tropical medicine.

Mr Robb said the potential of northern Australia had been obvious for some time, but had been left untapped because it had not [...]

Our North, Our Future: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia released

by 25 June 2015

The long awaited White Paper on Developing Northern Australia has been released. To download the full White Paper please click here.

Forward

Northern Australia can grasp its full potential and become an economic powerhouse within our great country.

Our north’s future will come from its people, its ingenuity, its diversity, and its proximity to Asia. Covering 40 per cent of Australia’s land mass, our north has the resources, the connections across the Tropics, [...]

Article – Northern Australia plan overdue: WA Premier Colin Barnett

by 25 June 2015

18 June 2015 WA Today

The federal government’s grand vision for unlocking the potential of Australia’s north has been applauded by WA Premier Colin Barnett, who says action is long overdue.

The $5 billion infrastructure fund was announced in the federal budget last month.

On Thursday following the release of the Commonwealth’s white paper on the ambitious plan, Mr Barnett said a big focus would rightly be road projects.

He particularly welcomed the Northern Territory [...]

Our North, Our Future: A Vision for Developing North Australia

by 23 June 2015

18 June 2015 Government of Australia

The Government has today released its White Paper on Developing Northern Australia: Our North, Our Future.

This is Australia’s first White Paper on developing Northern Australia, building on our Green Paper and pre-election statement.

It is an essential part of our plan for a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.

With a land mass covering over three million square kilometres, and a population of over one million [...]

Article – Water, dams to expand the north

by 23 June 2015

18 June 2015 Joe Kelly & Brendan Nicholson The Australian

Tony Abbott’s plan to harness the economic potential of northern Australia will see hundreds of millions of dollars poured into vital water infrastructure, revive the debate over dam construction and test the business case for the expansion of the Ord irrigation scheme.

The government white paper on the development of northern Australia, to be announced today by the Prime Minister, contains a commitment to a [...]

Article – Ord study to guide investment

by 23 June 2015

18 June 2015 Andrew Probyn The West Australian

A detailed study of Ord Irrigation Project Stage 3 and an assessment of water resources in the West Kimberley are central features of the Federal Government’s multi-billion dollar development blueprint for northern Australia.

The Northern Australia White Paper, to be released today, aims to unlock the region’s economic potential through infrastructure investment and streamlining investment and native title processes.

As foreshadowed in last month’s Budget, the Government [...]

Article – No tax breaks in scheme for the north

by 23 June 2015

18 June 2015 9 News

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ruled out any tax breaks as part of the government’s Northern Australia economic push.

Mr Abbott said there were many issues, including constitutional, in pursuing tax breaks for only one area of the nation.

“So we have here a very significant package … $1.2 billion of new spending … the $5 billion concessional loan facility for economic infrastructure,” he told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

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Article – Govt unveils plan for Australia’s north

by 23 June 2015

18 June 2015 Paul Osborne 7 News

Tony Abbott wants to make tropical topical around the world.

The prime minister on Thursday announced an additional $1.2 billion in spending to go with the $5 billion promised in the May budget to open up the economic prospects of northern Australia and continue to transform the region’s sleepy outposts.

“There’s only a little over a million people north of the Tropic of Capricorn but they are very [...]

Article – Northern Australia white paper to create ‘economic powerhouse’: Tony Abbott

by 23 June 2015

18 June 2015 James Massola Sydney Morning Herald

The federal government’s long-awaited blueprint for northern Australia is designed to create an “economic powerhouse”, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says, and will help the region grasp its full potential.

The northern Australia white paper, to be released on Thursday, includes a slew of new measures including a $600 million roads package to improve key routes through the north, a $200 million Water Infrastructure Development fund and a $75 million Co-operative Research Centre that will focus on developing [...]