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  • Upgrading West Coast Walking Infrastructure

    West Coasters will be able to step a little easier with new grants to help the local council to upgrade walking infrastructure at Queenstown and Strahan.

    The Hodgman Liberal Government’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF) is all about helping local communities around Tasmania to meet their infrastructure needs.

    Today, I am pleased to announce two major CIF grants to the West Coast Council.

    Funding of $91,750 will assist in reconstructing a footpath on the south-western side of Penghana Road at the main entry into Queenstown.

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  • Agricultural Teacher Named State Rural Ambassador

    An agricultural teacher from Orroroo in the Southern Flinders Ranges has been announced as the winner of the 2017 State Rural Ambassador Award – as the awards program reaches its milestone 20th anniversary.



    Sarah Hazel, 26, representing the Northern Region was named winner at the State Rural Ambassador Awards dinner run by the SA Country Shows Association last night.

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  • ACCC takes JJ Richards to court over alleged unfair contract terms

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd (JJ Richards) alleging that eight clauses in its standard form small business contract are void because they are unfair under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

    JJ Richards is one of the largest privately-owned waste management companies in Australia and provides recycling, sanitary, and green waste collection services.

    From 12 November 2016, the unfair contract terms provisions of the ACL were extended to cover standard form contracts involving small businesses.

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  • Statement on Shamir matter

    The ATO investigates all allegations from employees and taxpayers of improper or illegal conduct in the course of administering the tax and super systems. We have an internal, independent team dedicated to investigating fraud cases and ensuring the ATO’s actions are appropriate, consistent with the law and principles of procedural fairness.

    We have a very strong culture of integrity in the ATO and our procedures, controls and monitoring systems work well. We have had an extremely low incidence of fraud, corruption or serious misconduct by ATO staff in the ATO’s history and it is a very rare thing for there to be any doubt about the honesty of the people in the ATO.

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  • University of Melbourne again ranked as Australia’s top university

    The 2018 Times Higher Education: Top 1,000 Universities has once again ranked the University of Melbourne as number one in Australia, moving one spot up to 32nd in the world.

    A total of six Australian universities ranked in the top 100 universities worldwide, with Victoria’s Monash University placed at number four in Australia in equal 80th place. Victoria University, La Trobe University, RMIT University, Deakin University and Swinburne University all ranked in the top 500 in the world.

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  • Social impact investment making a difference for vulnerable families

    Australia’s first social impact investment has now been helping vulnerable families reunite or stay safely together for four years.

    Premier Gladys Berejiklian said since the Newpin program began in 2013 it has restored 203 children in out-of-home care to their families and prevented children from 55 families from entering out-of-home care.

    Based on the fourth year results, investors in the bond will receive a 13.16 per cent return on investment.

    “These results are a great achievement and the NSW Government is pleased with the progress being made,” Ms Berejiklian said.

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  • New Ombudsman for NSW

    NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian today announced the Government has proposed the appointment of Michael Barnes as the NSW Ombudsman.

    Mr Barnes is currently the State Coroner of NSW, a role he commenced in 2014 following a career in law and academia stretching back to 1980. He recently handed down findings in the Inquest into the deaths arising from the Lindt Café siege.

    “Mr Barnes brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this important role,” Ms Berejiklian said.

    “I have every confidence that under his leadership, NSW Government agencies will continue to operate with fairness and transparency.”

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  • Residents have their say on short-term letting

    Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

    An independent survey of strata owners, occupiers and investors within the City of Sydney shows most respondents support short-term letting of a residents’ own home, but oppose short-term letting as a full-time commercial operation.

    Commissioned by the City of Sydney, Woolcott Research and Engagement interviewed 1,001 people including apartment tenants (56%), owner-occupiers (38%) and investors (8%).

    The survey found:

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  • Program to Encourage Better Businesses in our Forest Industry

    The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to rebuilding Tasmania’s forest industry by encouraging new investment and jobs growth.

    Achieving best practice standards is challenging in any industry, but is particularly important in forestry where the community rightly expects businesses to operate safely and sustainably.

    The Forestry Better Business Program will help forest contractors by providing an efficient online tool to identify and maintain best practice standards.

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  • ATO presentation: superannuation funds

    James O'Halloran, Deputy Commissioner, Superannuation

    Speech to The National Superannuation Conference

    Sydney, 24 - 25 August 2017

    1 Introduction

    I want to thank the Tax Institute for the opportunity to speak at this conference at such a significant time for superannuation advisers and the broader community.

    Through its members, the Tax Institute has greatly assisted the ATO in implementing a raft of super reforms in recent months.

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