Article – NT wants 2500 more Asian migrants per year

by 7 May 2014

6 May 2014 Neda Vanovac The Australian

THE Northern Territory government hopes to welcome 2500 migrants from Asia to fill labour gaps as part of a proposal to develop northern Australia.

Chief Minister Adam Giles says he is in talks with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and federal Minister for Immigration Scott Morrison about putting in place a regional migration agreement, but admits it hasn’t been easy.

“There are challenges in perceptions around the country about [...]

Book Review – Northern Australia: Task for a Nation

by 2 May 2014

2 May 2014 Kerriann Lock

Australian Institute of Political Science (1954). Northern Australia: Task for a Nation. (Sydney : Angus and Robertson).

Sixty years ago, Australians were thinking about northern development and how this might best be achieved. Northern Australia: Task for a Nation documents the issues and recommendations arising from discussions between stakeholders at the time.

In his introduction to the book, Norman Cowper acknowledges the task ahead is not an easy one, but [...]

Article – Are Visa Restrictions Imperilling Infrastructure Growth?

by 30 April 2014

29 April 2014 Marc Howe Sourceable

Consult Australia warns that the country’s current visa regime is starving the design and construction industries of engineering talent, and severely impeding future infrastructure development as a consequence.

Megan-Motto Megan Motto, CEO Consult Australia Megan Motto, CEO of Consult Australia, said that changes to outdated visa regulations are urgently needed given the critical role that skilled migration plays in supplying the country with qualified engineers.

“Robust skilled [...]

Article – Pilbara hears diversification crucial to region’s growth

by 11 April 2014

10 April 2014 ABC News

The chairman of a Federal Government committee, examining the development of northern Australia, says the diversification of the Pilbara’s industries is essential to the future growth of the region.

The Coalition plans to prepare a white paper by September to guide future development of the region and is looking at the potential for more investment, infrastructure, jobs and services.

Chairman Warren Entsch attended a hearing in Karratha yesterday and says [...]

Article – North West needs help to survive

by 3 April 2014

2 April 2014 The North West Star

The Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia will listen to submissions into the Northern Australia Vision Paper in Mount Isa tomorrow.

No doubt it is a step in the right direction and we won’t begrudge any opportunity for those in power to hear our views on building a sustainable future.

But the region, especially the North West, needs tangible action, not more “talk fests”.

And it needs it [...]

Article – WA’s $1.7 billion question: can Pilbara Cities become reality?

by 19 March 2014

17 March 2014 Peter Law Perth Now

Announced four years ago, the plan was to make Karratha and Port Hedland not only economically successful, but livable cities of 50,000 people by 2035.

By the end of 2017-18, Royalties for Regions will have committed more than $1.7 billion directly to Pilbara Cities projects.

The latest State Government progress report details $650 million in commitments. It includes Karratha city centre infrastructure works ($65 million) and [...]

Article – Foreign labour call

by 26 February 2014

24 February 2014 Renee Viellaris Townsville Bulletin

TAX breaks should be ruled out for Northern Australia and businesses should be able to hire more foreign workers, says lobby group the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland ( CCIQ).

It has urged a reversal of the tough migration restrictions imposed by the Labor government in 2013 and a massive investment in infrastructure.

The Abbott Government is holding an inquiry into the economy in Northern Australia, which [...]

Article – Infrastructure deficit puts us on a road to nowhere

by 30 January 2014

30 January 2014 Alan Kohler The Drum

There’s every indication we are approaching a national emergency when it comes to infrastructure, writes Alan Kohler.

One of Australia’s many political ironies is that the national effort to Stop The Boats has disguised an immigration boom.

Immigration has increased five-fold since the Howard Government came to office and with a big increase in births over the past ten years, in part also due to Howard [...]

Media Release – Workforce figures show development vital for Northern Australia

by 28 January 2014

27 January 2014 Office of Senator Ian Macdonald

The urgent need for the real development of Northern Australia has been highlighted by the recently released employment figures according to North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald.

According to a report released this week by regional economist Colin Dwyer, official December 2013 figures show the Northern & North West regions workforce fell by 4,400 in December 2013.  The region is now running over 9,000 jobs below its [...]

Article – Let’s not be too hasty in rejecting northern development

by 28 January 2014

18 August 2013 Sinclair Davidson, Professor of Institutional Economics at RMIT University The Conversation

In the early noughties former Labor leader Kim Beazley suggested that he’d like to see the unemployment rate with a ‘5’ in front of it. At the time this was considered a huge faux pas.

At the time he had no specific ideas as to bring this about, and no costed policies either.

As it turns out we do now have [...]