Article – NT embraces northern development plan

by 22 July 2015

18 June 2015 Neda Vanovac The West Australian

Initially sceptical of federal rhetoric, the Northern Territory’s chief minister says he is now confident the northern Australia white paper has backed up with substance a development plan for the next two decades.

Released on Thursday, the paper includes a commitment from the commonwealth to put $5 million towards a feasibility study into a railway line from Tennant Creek to Mount Isa, to set up in Darwin [...]

Article – Farmers welcome Abbott government’s vision for development in northern Australia

by 22 July 2015

18 June 2015 Jared Lynch Sydney Morning Herald

Farmers say the Abbott government’s long-awaited plan to create an “economic powerhouse” in northern Australia is farsighted but achievable.

Foreign investment, stripping restrictions on pastoral leases, and research and development partnerships with other Asian countries are among a series of measures outlined in the government’s vision for the region.

If implemented, the plan could unlock a quarter of the north’s land area – about half the size [...]

Article – Release of the Northern Australia White Paper

by 22 July 2015

18 June 2015 Brendan Pearson Minerals Council of Australia

The Minerals Council of Australia welcomes the release of the Government’s Northern Australia White Paper.

The paper outlines the huge economic potential of Northern Australia, including the scale and breadth of mineral resource opportunities.

As the paper notes, the minerals industry is already a massive contributor to economic growth and development in Northern Australia, accounting for around 85 per cent of export value from Northern Australian [...]

Video – Abbott: ‘Northern Australia White Paper must be acted on’

by 22 July 2015

18 June 2015 India Times

Development of the North will benefit the entire country says the Prime Minister.

Courtesy of India Times & YouTube

Article – Agriculture paper to look at tax

by 22 July 2015

16 June 2015 The Australian

Proposed changes to the tax treatment of farm investments will be included in the soon-to-be-released agriculture white paper.

The issue of negative gearing and farms was discussed at a coalition joint party room meeting in Canberra on Tuesday.

Treasurer Joe Hockey told the meeting that the limitations on negative gearing of home farms would be dealt with in the agriculture white paper as well as the tax review.

Three coalition [...]

Article – Northern Qld shows lots of promise, says institute chief

by 22 July 2015

16 June 2015 E. McBryde Sunshine Coast Daily

DROUGHT and the mining downturn might be dogging Rockhampton at the moment, but the Regional Australia Institute chief is predicting change.

At the Regional Queensland Showcase in Brisbane on the weekend Su McCluskey said she saw a lot of promise in northern Australia, from Rockhampton and Mackay upward.

“The thing is though, regions go up and down and the more diverse regions can become, the better ability [...]

Opinion – Red tape ties up ag investment

by 22 July 2015

15 June 2015 Joel Fitzgibbon Queensland Country Life

IT’S hard to find a politician in Canberra who doesn’t support foreign investment. You certainly won’t find one amongst those from the major parties.

Indeed the overwhelming majority of both political and business leaders understand that as an island trading continent with a small population and limited savings capacity, we have always been – and always will be – heavily dependent on the money of others to [...]

Article – White paper battle lines drawn

by 22 July 2015

18 June 2015 Colin Bettles The Land

LABOR is under pressure to put its money where its mouth is in matching the Abbott government’s commitment to farming and northern development, according to Coalition backbencher Dan Tehan.

The Victorian Liberal MP, who serves as agriculture committee chair, gave this warning with the Abbott government’s Northern Development White Paper set to be unveiled on Thursday and Friday at joint launches, with the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper soon [...]

Article – Live cattle trade: Australia could earn $2b from exports to China, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says

by 22 July 2015

20 July 2015 Eliza Borrello ABC News

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has signed a deal which will see Australia export live cattle to Beijing.

It comes after Indonesia recently slashed live cattle imports from Australia.

“It’s the result of hard work over a long period of time,” Mr Joyce said.

“It gives people a real sense … that we have a strong future in the protein market, for which live cattle are a vital part.”

Mr [...]

Article – New visa measures generate international buzz

by 21 July 2015

24 June 2015 Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Announcements made last week as part of the historic China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, recent significant immigration policy reforms and initiatives revealed in the Northern Australia White Paper are already generating positive feedback in international target markets.

The Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said amendments to the Work and Holiday visa programme and enhanced Visitor visa products will further [...]