Economic reforms key for WA growth

by 20 May 2020

Article by Dean Nalder – WA Shadow Treasurer

Now more than ever, WA needs to undertake significant economic reform to create jobs quickly and stimulate a fragile economy. It’s worth remembering that before COVID-19 , our domestic economy was fragile at best. Recent events have done even more economic damage making it now imperative to: › Cut energy costs for businesses and households; › Reform inefficient taxes and charges like stamp duty; › Increase spending [...]

Article – Opportunity awaits in India, says Malcolm Turnbull

by 22 May 2017

7 April 2017 Geoff Chambers The Australian

Malcolm Turnbull has described India as a “land of immense opportunity for Australia”, ahead of his first visit to the subcontinent powerhouse next week.

In a speech to the Sydney ­Institute last night, the Prime ­Minister outlined the importance of Australia’s ties with India, a day after billionaire Gina Rinehart warned the federal government to follow the economic lead of ­Narendra Modi.

“Alongside China, India is a land [...]

Article – Gina Rinehart to export cattle to China

by 15 May 2017

6 May 2017 Craig Dunlop NT News

THE Territory’s largest landholder, and emerging cattle baroness, Gina Rinehart, has reportedly been spruiking long-term plans to develop the live export market into Asia, with proposals to ship 800,000 cattle to China a year.

The plan, if successful, would see China leapfrog Indonesia as the most significant export destination for Australia’s live cattle trade and could present a further boon for the Northern Territory.

Cattle industry publication Beef Central [...]

Article – Sky News Business interview with Janine Perrett

by 13 November 2015

10 November 2015 Northern Australia Investment Forum, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)

Janine Perrett: I spoke earlier with our very busy Trade Minister Andrew Robb in Darwin.

Andrew Robb: It’s been a remarkable three days; we’ve had 250 people from 20 countries, plus 100 investors from Australia, and it’s been a really fast and furious program with enormous connections made and a big buzz in the room for the whole three days.

Janine Perrett: Apart from a marketing exercise [...]

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 – 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 [...]

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 – Indonesia poised to run out of Aus beef

by 16 September 2015

17 August 2015 Jared Lynch Queensland Country Life

INDONESIA is set to run out of Australian beef within six weeks, according to Australian cattle exporters who say Jakarta’s plan to combat rising meat prices and public protests has come too late.

Last week Indonesian authorities issued import permits to state procurement agency BULOG (the Indonesian Bureau of Logistics) for an extra 50,000 head of live cattle, which must be ready for slaughter.

This doubled the number of [...]

Article – China summit to help build two-way silk road

by 2 September 2015

28 August 2015 Greg Earl Australian Financial Review

The Chinese government wants to link its silk road infrastructure development initiative with the Abbott government’s plans to develop northern Australia, in a broadening of the potential business links to flow from the bilateral trade agreement.

NSW deputy consul-general Tong Xuejun said the idea of linking the development of northern Australia with the regional infrastructure initiatives that China is bundling up under its One Belt One Road [...]