Article – Chinese free-trade deal opens door to exports

by 18 November 2014

17 November 2014 The Australian

TONY Abbott has won a dramatic increase in market access for ­Australian farmers, services and manufacturers in a trade deal worth at least $18 billion over a decade that maintains full scrutiny of investments by Chinese state-owned ­enterprises.

The Prime Minister and ­Chinese President Xi Jinping will sign a memorandum of understanding in Canberra today on an Australia-China free-trade agreement, strengthening the nation’s relationship with its biggest trading partner.

Mr [...]

Article – Jacqui Lambie on the warpath

by 10 September 2014

5 June 2014 Sean Ford The Advocate

PAYROLL tax cuts to keep Qantas jobs in Tasmania should be just the start of creating a “special economic zone” in Tasmania, Palmer United senator-elect Jacqui Lambie says.

In a wide-ranging spray taking in Liberals, Nationals and newspaper columnist Andrew Bolt,  Ms Lambie this morning  seized on the Hodgman Government offering Qantas a $10.9 million incentive over 10 years – mostly via payroll tax relief – to secure [...]