Article – Expansion of the Seasonal Worker Programme

by 21 July 2015

25 June 2015 Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Australian Government is introducing a number of measures to reduce barriers to employment and address workforce skills shortages for Australia’s north.

The White Paper on Developing Northern Australia proposes new policies to unlock the great potential of Australia’s north.

The Australian Government will streamline and expand the Seasonal Worker Programme to better meet businesses’ labour needs.

The Seasonal Worker Programme for Pacific workers helps Australian employers access [...]

Article – PM’s Visit to Singapore

by 21 July 2015

27 June 2015 The Prime Minister

I will travel to Singapore for meetings with President Tan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to progress Australia’s economic, defence and security links.

In its 50 years as a nation, Singapore has become a dynamic economic and security partner for Australia.

It is Australia’s sixth largest source of foreign direct investment and our fifth largest trading partner with total trade of $30 billion.

The Minister for Trade and [...]

Article – Securing a strong future for Northern Australia

by 15 July 2015

19 June 2015 AMEC

“The Federal Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia recognises the enormous potential Australia’s north holds for regional communities, investment in industry and the flow-on economic benefits for all Australians,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), CEO.

“The White paper has taken on board many of AMEC’s recommendations and is a good starting point.

“Industry supports simpler land access arrangements, lowering business costs, reducing red tape, reducing [...]

Article – North opportunities at threat

by 15 July 2015

28 June 2015 Andrew Cripps The North West Star

THE Abbott Government’s Northern Australia White Paper lays the foundations for new investment in North Queensland.

We already knew this strategy would be supported by $100 million for northern beef roads and a $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund.

The white paper saw more announcements – a $600 million Northern Australia Roads Package, $200 million dedicated within the National Water Infrastructure Fund and $75 million for [...]

Article – Northern Australia plan: China backs ‘economic powerhouse’

by 15 July 2015

18 June 2015 Mark Ludlow Australian Financial Review

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has pledged $1.2 billion in new money for roads and dams and relaxed visa requirements for backpackers and tourists as part of a package announced Thursday  in a bid to unlock the “economic powerhouse” in the north.

China has backed the deal saying its trade deal with Australia will facilitate Chinese investment in farms and infrastructure in the region which is attempting to become part of Asia’s food bowl.

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Article – Sealed “beef roads” and a new co-operative research

by 15 July 2015

25 June 2015 Colin Bettles, Mark Ludlow & John Kerin The Land

SEALED “beef roads” and a new co-operative research centre (CRC) are among the big ticket items Prime Minister Tony Abbott promised last week in launching his Northern Australia White Paper.

He pledged $1.2 billion in new money for roads and dams and relaxed visa requirements for backpackers and tourists as part of a package to unlock the “economic powerhouse” in the north.

A [...]

Article – $500 million for water infrastructure

by 14 July 2015

10 July 2015 Engineers Australia

A National Water Infrastructure Development Fund has been set up for investment in water infrastructure in partnership with the states and territories as a result of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

The minister for agriculture Barnaby Joyce said $50 million would be “allocated to support the planning necessary to decide on viable projects for investment”. This is despite Joyce saying that “a lot of work has been done to identify [...]

Report – The Australian Defence Force in Northern Australia

by 14 July 2015

9 July 2015 Dr Nathan Church Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security Section

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) regards northern Australia as strategically important, both for national defence and as a forward base for regional engagement. The ADF presence in northern Australia also directly contributes to the economic and social development of the region.

A substantial amount of new ADF assets will either be based or operate in the vicinity of northern Australia, requiring new or [...]

Article – Northern Territory cattle trucked thousands of kilometres south to Victoria for better prices

by 13 July 2015

10 July 2015 Daniel Fitzgerald ABC Rural

High domestic cattle prices are making it viable for Top End pastoralists to send their heavier stock all the way to Victoria.

Cattle from Kalala Station, near Daly Waters, have been trucked over 3,000 kilometres to meatworks in Warrnambool.

Amanda Murphy, from Kalala Station, said the price offered in Victoria made the cost of the long distance freight worthwhile.

“We’re just chasing the market. At the moment that’s [...]

Article – Foreign Investors on Hunt for Aussie Farms

by 13 July 2015

5 July 2015 7 News

China is on the hunt for new food sources to feed its one and a half billion people and its central government has ordered $3 trillion be spent securing food and farmland overseas.

A significant share of that fortune is already flowing to Australia — a trend likely to increase with the signing of a Free Trade agreement with China last month.

The timing of the shopping spree couldn’t be [...]