New Vision for a competitive North – IFANN Update 28/4/11

Immigration issues have been all over the news lately for all the wrong reasons. But what about skilled migration? Here is an article from The West Australian suggesting that what we need are more skilled workers, not higher wages for the few we have.

Here is a report from the ABC which makes reference to a Deloitte report stating that the mining boom is likely to keep Australia afloat, when every other industry is struggling. Additionally, KPMG have just issued a report showing that just four mining companies accounted for 47% of profits from the ASX50, up from 20% a decade ago.

In this article from last weeks The Australian, the IPA’s Tim Wilson explains the effect that a carbon tax will have on the cost of a birthday cake.

This week has seen the first of our roadshows in which we will be visiting towns all over Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia to talk about the carbon tax and the consequences it will have on northern Australia. Also at the meetings has been Professor Bob Carter – a geologist and environmental scientist, Adjunct Professor at James Cook University and the author of ‘Climate: the Counter-Consensus’.

Over the past three days Professor Carter and I have visited Mackay, Charters Towers and Townsville in the first of our carbon tax information sessions. We have been thrilled at the turnouts, 115 in Mackay, 75 in Charters Towers and 55 in Townsville. The Daily Mercury in Mackay and the Townsville Bulletin covered the events here and here. Guests also heard remarks from George Christensen MP and Bob Katter MP among others. Stay tuned for details of upcoming events over the coming months.

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