Article – North’s potential underrated

by 16 September 2015

3 September 2015 Lyndon Keane North Queensland Register

A KATHERINE forum has been told that more than 95 per cent of the country’s population needs to rethink how it views its northern cousins if the public drive to develop above the Tropic of Capricorn is to fulfill its potential.

Speaking at a forum to outline where Katherine fit into the plan to develop northern Australia on August 31, Northern Australia Development Office general manager Luke [...]

Article – China free trade agreement expected to tip billions into Australian farms, dairy industry to be popular with investors

by 16 September 2015

1 September 2015 Dylan Welch and Jeanavive McGregor ABC News

From vast Central Australian cattle stations to the smallest southern Victorian dairy farms, the Australian agriculture sector is expecting a transformation later this year, with food-hungry Chinese companies in negotiations worth billions.

The deals are the result of a recently signed free trade agreement which has removed trade tariffs and lowered barriers to investment in Australia for a mix of private firms and sovereign wealth [...]

Article – Century Iron Mines sells eggs as Australia moves from mining to dining

by 16 September 2015

19 August 2015 Andy Hoffman Australian Financial Review

The iron-ore business is so lousy that one Canadian mining company is shelving its biggest project and starting a new venture: selling Australian eggs to China.

The abrupt shift at Century Iron Mines was prompted by a global iron-ore surplus that sent prices plunging 68 per cent in four years. Chief executive officer Sandy Chim does not expect a recovery until 2018, so he’s taken a cue from [...]

Article – Northern Territory fracked gas to flow to eastern states by 2018, Chief Minister says

by 16 September 2015

24 August 2015 Ruby Jones ABC News

A pipeline that would supply east coast markets with shale gas fracked in the Northern Territory will be up and running by 2018, NT Chief Minister Adam Giles has told the Top End’s business community.

Mr Giles said he was confident the successful bidder for the project would be announced shortly, and gas “would be flowing” by the end of 2018.

Quick facts on the pipeline:

What is [...]

Article – Acland coal mine: Draft authority for expansion of controversial $900 million project issued

by 16 September 2015

31 August 2015 Mark Willacy ABC News

The expansion of a controversial Queensland coal mine has cleared another hurdle, with the state’s environment department issuing a draft authority for the $900 million project.

Key points

Expansion of Acland mine to boost output to 7.5 million tonnes Without approval, mine will run out of coal in 2017-18 Opponents say expansion will have negative environmental impacts Questions over company donations to the state LNP, federal Liberal party

The [...]

Article – Victorian Farmers Federation call for China FTA to be ratified

by 16 September 2015

31 August 2015 Emma Brown ABC Rural

The Victorian Farmers Federation has joined calls to ratify the China Free Trade Agreement.

AUDIO: Victorian Farmers Federation President Peter Tuohey on the China FTA (ABC Rural)

The agriculture lobby group said the agreement would trigger growth in the agriculture sector and delaying its ratification could risk agriculture jobs.

The CFMEU recently released an ad campaign warning the free trade agreement would allow Chinese workers to come to Australia [...]

Article – ConocoPhillips mulls major offshore gas project to keep Darwin LNG going

by 16 September 2015

26 August 2015 Angela Macdonald-Smith The Sydney Morning Herald

US oil major ConocoPhillips is targeting mid-2018 for a go-ahead on a potential $US15 billion ($21 billion) offshore gas development off northern Australia to feed its Darwin liquefied natural gas project once current supplies have run out, but says an expansion of the venture isn’t viable without a sharp drop in costs.

Frank Krieger, vice-president of exploration and development for Conoco in Australia, said that either the Caldita-Barossa gas fields in the Timor Sea or the [...]

China FTA a key focus of Robb’s Asia visit

by 16 September 2015

23 August 2015 Andrew Robb Minister for Trade and Investment

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will visit Kuala Lumpur from 23 to 24 August and Hong Kong from 25 to 26 August, and will lead a senior business delegation to China from 26 to 28 August to pursue opportunities created by the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).

In Hong Kong, Mr Robb will meet major investors across diverse sectors and promote investment opportunities arising [...]

Article – ‘If those projects don’t go, Queensland is finished’

by 16 September 2015

19 August 2015 Mark Ludlow & Misa Han Australian Financial Review

Townsville mayor Jenny Hill doesn’t hide the fact she wants Adani’s controversial $16.5 billion Carmichael mine in central Queensland to go ahead.

“We need the jobs,” she said bluntly. “As long as the project can meet the environmental standards, especially the ones about protecting the reef, the community supports it.”

With the plunging coal price killing off new coalmines in the Bowen Basin and workers finishing [...]

Audio – The mining industry is fighting back

by 16 September 2015

24 August 2015 Saskia Edwards & Steve Austin ABC Radio

In the last month green groups have had a win against the Adani Carmichael mine with the mine’s approval overturned for a skink and a snake.

Over the weekend in an interview with the Weekend Australian Adani reaffirmed its commitment.

Gautam Adani said: “the company stands ready to proceed with its significant investments in Queensland, plainly, what is required is certainty and clarity on a [...]