Article – Dissent over WA exclusion

by 13 June 2016

29 April 2016 Phoebe Wearne The West Australian

The heads of all Gascoyne councils and the development commission have written to Federal MPs to protest against the region’s exclusion from a Federal definition of northern Australia that favours Queensland and the Northern Territory.

While the gas-rich city of Gladstone in the Sunshine State has been included in the Turnbull Government’s definition of northern Australia, key WA towns have been snubbed.

The decision puts Carnarvon, Coral Bay, [...]


by 13 June 2016

18 April 2016 Daryl Manzie Territory FM

DARYL MANZIE:                    Time to say good morning to Chief Minister Adam Giles. Good morning, Chief Minister.

ADAM GILES:                        Good morning Daryl, how are you?

DARYL MANZIE:                    Pretty good. Now you’ve had a pretty busy time in planes, out of planes, running round, back in planes, back to the Territory and all around the place. And this morning you’re, you’ve been at a forum where it’s designed to deal [...]

Henry Ford on Government

by 13 June 2016

Article – Mining exploration gets $100m budget injection

by 31 May 2016

4 May 2016 Oliver Probert Bulk Handling Review

$100m in additional funding announced in the budget will help map mineral, energy and groundwater potential in northern Australia and South Australia,  resources minister Josh Frydenberg has said.

The federal budget, handed down on Tuesday night, included $100m of new funding for Geoscience Australia.

“The $100m Exploring for the Future programme will produce pre-competitive geoscience data, to be released on an annual basis over the next four years,” Frydenberg [...]

Article – WA towns in loan scheme

by 31 May 2016

3 May 2016 Phoebe Wearne The West Australian

The Federal Government has capitulated to a campaign to include key WA towns in its definition of northern Australia.

Gascoyne councils and the Gascoyne Development Commission wrote to Federal MPs to protest against their region’s exclusion from the definition, which favoured the Northern Territory and Queensland.

The gas-rich city of Gladstone in Queensland and the entire NT were included, despite being below the Tropic of Capricorn, while [...]

Victorian Liberal Party Function speech by Mrs. Rinehart

by 17 May 2016

28 April 2016 Gina Rinehart

Distinguished guests and friends, thank you very much for inviting me to speak with you today.

May I extend my best wishes for the launch of the Endeavour 270 Club, and for the opening of this federal campaign in Victoria as we head towards another federal election.

I have just come back from some special occasions in Australia’s outback. Taking some of our wonderful young hardworking Olympians to Australia’s north, [...]

Report on the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Bill 2016

by 10 May 2016

Advisory Report Presented

The Federal Parliament’s Northern Australia Committee today recommended the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Bill 2016 be passed by the Australian Parliament in its report titled ‘Advisory Report on the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Bill 2016’.

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility established by the Bill will provide up to $5 billion in concessional financial assistance for infrastructure projects designed to stimulate economic and population growth in Northern Australia.

The Committee Chair, the Hon [...]

Article – Call for haste on infrastructure

by 10 May 2016

15 April 2016 Cairns Post

THE Turnbull Government needs to urgently pass legislation for the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) as soon as possible to give certainty to North Queenslanders before they go to an early election.

In Cairns yesterday, Treasurer Curtis Pitt and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke called on the Federal Government to prioritise the important legislation.

“After years of inaction under Prime Minister Tony Abbott we’re [...]

Article – Cairns to host Federal Government’s $5 billion loans scheme for developing northern Australia

by 4 April 2016

24 March 2016 Craig Zonca ABC Rural

The Federal Government has chosen Cairns to host the administration of its $5 billion loans scheme for developing northern Australia.

AUDIO: Senator Matt Canavan explains why Cairns was chosen to host the North Australia Infrastructure Facility(ABC Rural)

“This is all about regional development and it’s great that we’re bringing the kind of expertise and skills to a place like Cairns,” said Minister for Northern Australia Matt Canavan.

There [...]

Article – Capricorn and Townsville Enterprises added to Northern Australia Alliance

by 29 December 2015

10 November 2015 Inga Stünzner Queensland Country Life

Northern Australian is set for a more unified voice with Capricorn Enterprise and Townsville Enterprise joining advocacy bodies from Cairns, Broome and the Northern Territory in the the Northern Australia Alliance.

The Alliance was launched by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in June and is an agreement between the enterprise bodies to work together to help shape communities across northern Australia.

“The Northern Australian Alliance is completely [...]