Transcript – Imants Kins, ANDEV Co-Chair – ABC Darwin 03/04/13

by 8 April 2013

Presenter:                   ANDEV, when you go to their website, has a range of discussions for you to read. As I’ve mentioned it is Gina Rinehart who is really the driving force behind the organisation but it is made up of a range of individuals and businesses in Australia demanding that our government welcome investment and provide economic vision for our country’s future. It is also co-chaired by this chap, he is our guest, Imants Kins. Imants [...]

Media Release – ANDEV backs Adam Giles’ efforts to develop Northern Australia

by 8 April 2013

Australians for Northern Development and Economic Vision (ANDEV) has strongly supported the formation of a select group of ministers and experts appointed by Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles. The Cabinet sub-committee has been formed to progress growth in the Northern Territory economy with a focus on mining, energy, tourism, education, food and exports.

ANDEV Chairman Mrs Gina Rinehart came out in support of the NT Government saying, “The NT Government has a ‘can do’ [...]

Article – Southern red tape hobbles Top End’s great leap forward, by Adam Creighton

by 6 April 2013

Published in  The Australian on 06/04/13

In one sense Australia’s remote Northern Territory is enjoying an economic boom more impressive than Western Australia’s. The Top End’s economy grew by about 30 per cent last year, four times as fast as China’s or WA’s, and almost 10 times faster than Australia’s.

Yet the stellar statistic stems from the Territory’s minuscule size. Despite making up around a fifth of the Australian landmass, it is barely home to [...]

North Australia Weekly Digest – 22/03/2013

by 22 March 2013

The Australian

Amendments to Queensland’s Vegetation Management Act have been introduced in the Queensland parliament, which will allow Cape York to be opened up for large-scale farming for the first time. The relaxation of land clearing laws will allow citrus plantations, broadacre grain growing and the construction of dams as part of a strategy to “normalise the economy” as well as increase employment opportunities in the region. Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said the changes would [...]

North Australia Weekly Digest – 01/03/2013

by 1 March 2013

The Australian

Company directors and industry groups have accused the government of caving in to union pressures following its announcement to crackdown on skilled migrant workers. Business leaders have warned that turning away temporary skilled workers would damage employers and cut growth at a time of skills shortages and low unemployment. “I just wonder if anybody in Canberra understands the damage this does to confidence, to investment, and ultimately economic growth and job creation [...]

North Australia Weekly Digest – 15/02/2013

by 15 February 2013

The Australian

In response to the Coalition’s draft discussion paper on northern development, Adam Creighton’s opinion piece in The Australian contends that North Australia is perfectly suited to special economic zones. “The proposition that fewer regulations and lower taxes foster economic growth remains true even if it applies only to parts of a country,” Creighton said. He also contends that “Darwin is the most promising place for a special zone because of its size, [...]

Media Release – Coalition’s Northern Vision Welcomed

by 7 February 2013

The Coalition’s draft discussion paper on Developing Northern Australia, reported in today’s media, is a welcome recognition of the potential for Northern Australia to be the driving force of the Australian economy in coming decades, according to the Institute of Public Affairs.

“The resources boom has benefited all Australians including those in southern regions. Developing the North further will create wealth and provide jobs for all Australians, both in the North and in the South,” [...]

Speech – Townsville Launch “North Australia and then some” – John Roskam

by 18 December 2012

Good evening and what a pleasure it is to be introduced by Senator Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia and Secretary for the Defence Force and Defence Support.

I would also like to acknowledge the presence this evening of Mrs Rosemary Menkens MP, the Member for Burdekin, and Mr John Hathaway MP, the Member for Townsville.

It is an honour to be in Townsville to launch Northern Australia and then some by [...]

Pilbara cries out for workers

by 12 December 2012

The bid by shire councils in the Pilbara to import workers for retail, hospitality and other sectors demonstrates that it is not just big resources companies that are desperate for skilled and willing staff. As the mining industry has expanded, so has demand for support services in local communities. But the high cost of living in the region, as well as the isolation, has deterred many people from taking up the job opportunities.

The Pilbara [...]

Pilbara councils eye foreign workers

by 11 December 2012

Pilbara councils want to import foreign workers for smaller businesses in the retail, hospitality and other sectors that are struggling to secure local employees.

Pilbara Regional Council chief executive Tony Friday told ABC radio today that the council had written to Federal Immigration Minister Chris Bowen, flagging its intention to apply for a Regional Migration Agreement.

The Pilbara Regional Council includes the shires of Ashburton, East Pilbara and Roebourne and the town of Port Hedland.

The RMA program was [...]