Australia-China Strategic Economic Dialogue promotes investment in regional infrastructure

by 26 August 2015

13 August 2015 Joe Hockey Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia

The Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment today hosted the second annual Australia‑China Strategic Economic Dialogue with Chairman Xu Shaoshi of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The Australia-China bilateral relationship is vital to growing Australia’s economy and creating jobs for Australians, and is worth more than A$150 billion annually in two-way trade.

The Australian Government has worked hard to ensure that [...]

ABC ‘Fact Check’ needs a reality check

by 26 August 2015

13 August 2015 Andrew Robb Minister for Trade and Investment

A ‘verdict’ by ABC’s ‘Fact Check’ that our landmark China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) allows Chinese companies to bring in workers for major projects without offering the jobs to Australian workers first is dead wrong.

These are the real facts:

Investment Facilitation Arrangements (IFA) negotiated in parallel to ChAFTA will not reduce existing migration safeguards or permit overseas workers to work in Australia in preference to [...]

Article – Stokes Re-enters Northern WA Cattle Industry with Napier Downs Purchase

by 26 August 2015

11 August 2015 Jon Condon Beef Central

Another large Kimberley/Pilbara cattle station acquisition by another WA business magnate.

Perth business tycoon Kerry Stokes’ private holding company has bought Napier Downs, regarded as one of, if not the best, cattle property in the state’s Kimberley region.

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Courtesy of Beef Central


Article – ‘We aim to attract investments that can create lots of jobs’

by 20 August 2015

10 August 2015 K.T. Jagannathan & G. Balachandar The Hindu Business Line

At a time industrial units in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are scouting for a place free of controversies to set up their factories, Sri City, a private multi-product operational SEZ (special economic zone) located 60 km from north of Chennai, has emerged as an attractive destination with its world-class infrastructure and industry-friendly ambience. Since its launch in August 2008, the SEZ has [...]

Article – Abbott labels Carmichael approvals overturn ‘green sabotage’

by 20 August 2015

7 August 2015 Cole Latimer Australian Mining

In the wake of the Adani Carmichael coal mine’s overturning of its environmental approvals, Tony Abbott has labelled the move ‘sabotage’.

In a case led by the Mackay Conservation Group, represented by the Environmental Legal Centre EDO NSW, Federal Court justice Anna Katzman set aside the federal approval granted on 24 June 2014.

Principal solicitor Sue Higginson said the decision was based on a failure by federal environment [...]

Article – Minister for Lands admits Western Australia’s pastoral lease system is ‘clunky’

by 20 August 2015

6 August 2015 Tom Edwards ABC Rural

The Western Australia Minister for Lands has admitted the approvals process for agriculture projects on cattle stations is “clunky”, but says the system is being improved.

In announcing major project approval for the world’s largest prawn farm on Legune Station, in the Northern Territory last week, Seafarms Group chairman Ian Trahar said the project could not have occurred in WA due to red tape.

Mr Trahar said the [...]

Article – Bipartisan trade mission to strengthen live export industry

by 20 August 2015

6 August 2015 Bill Byrne My Sunshine Coast

The Northern Territory and Queensland Governments will lead a delegation on a bipartisan trade mission to Indonesia, aimed at supporting Northern Australian agribusiness.

NT Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe will be joined by Queensland Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne, along with an industry delegation including the Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association and the Livestock Exporters Association.

Minister Westra van Holthe said the visit is [...]

Article – Homegrown hopes for R&D boost to boost farm exports

by 19 August 2015

8 August 2015 Damon Kitney The Australian

The chief executive of the newly listed Costa Group, Harry Debney, is no stranger to using technology and research to eliminate the risks associated with agricultural production.

Australia’s biggest fruit and vegetable company now runs a protected cropping model where its produce is grown in glasshouses, galvanised steel tunnels shielded in plastic and other forms of undercover production.

The strategy has allowed Costa to export berry growing to [...]

Article – Australian PM calls for end to ‘sabotage’ of mining projects

by 19 August 2015

7 August 2015 The West Australian

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned against the use of courts to “sabotage” developments, after approval for a massive India-backed coal mine was revoked on a legal challenge.

The Federal Court this week set aside approval for Adani’s Aus$16.5 billion (US$12.2 billion) Carmichael coal mine in Queensland state, a project which critics argue risks impacting the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.

“If a vital national project can be [...]

Article – Construction and agribusiness to win from Singapore trade plan

by 19 August 2015

10 August 2015 Greg Earl Australian Financial Review

The construction industry and farm exporters will be the probable first beneficiaries of a plan by the Abbott government to create a free market between Singapore and Australia modelled on this country’s relationship with New Zealand.

The two countries are working on mutual recognition of standards for construction products and agribusiness over the next year to give some substance to a plan to create a Closer Economic Relations-style market within [...]