Friday, 23 August 2019 Sydney

Invest In Australia Blog::

  • Global shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen charged with criminal cartel conduct

    Following continuing investigations by the ACCC, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean AS (WWO), a Norwegian-based global shipping company, has today been charged with criminal cartel conduct.

    The charge relates to alleged cartel conduct concerning the international shipping of certain vehicles to Australia between June 2011 and July 2012.

    The charge was laid by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecution (CDPP) in the NSW District Registry of the Federal Court. The matter has been set down by the Court for a first mention on 29 August 2019.

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  • Weak Australian dollar sees petrol prices at highest level in four years



    The annual average retail petrol price in 2018–19 was the highest in real terms (i.e. adjusted for inflation) in four years according to the ACCC’s latest report on the Australian petroleum market for June quarter 2019.

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  • ABS selects Census Privacy Impact Assessment provider

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has announced it has selected Galexia to undertake the 2021 Census of Population and Housing Privacy Impact Assessment.

    Galexia will identify and evaluate the potential impact of the Census on the privacy of individuals. It will also recommend ways to minimise or manage possible privacy issues or risks.

    General Manager, Census Division, Chris Libreri said the commencement of the Privacy Impact Assessment is an important stage in the development of the next Census.

    “We are taking a ‘privacy by design’ approach to planning and conducting the Census. This ensures the privacy of individuals is considered at every step, right across the program.

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  • ACCC continues to focus on supporting small business

    Unfair contract terms are a key focus in the ACCC’s latest Small Business in Focus report.

    The twice yearly report, which provides an update on key developments in the small business, franchising, and agriculture sectors, reports on the ACCC’s continued actions to protect small businesses against terms in a standard form contract that may be considered unfair.

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  • Landmark and Ruralco rural services deal not opposed

    The ACCC will not oppose the proposed acquisition of rural services company Ruralco (ASX:RHL) by Nutrien, which operates in Australia through its wholly owned subsidiary, Landmark.

    The ACCC’s decision is subject to an undertaking requiring Nutrien to divest three rural merchandise stores located in Broome (WA), Alice Springs (NT) and Hughenden (Qld), to a purchaser approved by the ACCC.

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  • East coast gas market still tight

    The east coast gas market is unlikely to experience a shortfall in 2020 but supply remains tight and more development and production is needed, the ACCC says in its seventh Gas Inquiry Report, released today.

    The ACCC has found that a gas supply shortfall in the east coast gas market in 2020 is less likely than it was for 2019, mainly because east coast producers expect to produce more gas, about 113 PJ, than in 2019.

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  • Tasmanian whisky to be showcased in Kyoto

    Tasmanian whisky producers will be promoted on the world stage at the prestigious Whisky and Craft Beer Showcase, to be held in Kyoto, on Sunday 25 August 2019.

    Sullivans Cove Distillery, Lark Distillery (Australian Whisky Holdings), Belgrove Distillery, and Old Kempton Distillery have been invited to represent Tasmania at what is the largest whisky showcase in Japan.

    Belgrove Distillery’s involvement is a result of their participation in the Government’s Trade and Investment Mission to Japan earlier this year.

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  • Lifting Stifling GM Moratorium Gives Farmers A Choice

    The Marshall Liberal Government has today announced farmers on mainland South Australia will be given the choice to plant Genetically Modified (GM) food crops next season.

    The decision to lift the Genetically Modified Food Crops Moratorium on mainland South Australia, but retain it on Kangaroo Island, follows recommendations from a high-level independent review undertaken by Emeritus Professor Kym Anderson AC.

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  • Nuts about bees: almond pollination in full swing

    Almond pollination is now buzzing in Victoria.

    This month, about 110,000 rented bee hives from Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland will travel by truck to pollinate Victoria’s almond blossom regions.  

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  • Building the export capability of local businesses

    The Tasmanian Government is delivering increased assistance for our exporters to expand into markets across the world, supporting more local jobs and investment.

    One of the key priorities identified in my Government’s new Trade Strategy was to build the export capability of local businesses, and the appointment of a new TradeStart adviser in northern Tasmania will help do this.

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