Wednesday, 19 June 2019 Sydney

Invest In Australia Blog::

  • The Team to take Tasmania’s case to the AFL

    A high-powered team of business and football leaders has been appointed to build the case for Tasmanian AFL and AFLW sides.

    The Project Team will be Chaired by founding Virgin Australia CEO and tourism industry entrepreneur Brett Godfrey.

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  • Bacon fries Budget

    Scott Bacon knows Labor’s reckless spending would immediately drive Tasmania into deficit and almost double net debt across the forward estimates – that’s why he has refused to deliver an alternative Budget.

    When costed, Labor’s State Budget thought bubbles, including a blanket 3 per cent per annum public sector wage rise and opposition to the government efficiency dividend, would blow a $790.5 million hole in the Budget bottom line, driving State net debt to more than $1.9 billion by 2022-23.

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  • Ombudsman looks forward to working with new shadow ministry


    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has welcomed the new federal shadow ministry, and looks forward to working closely with Shadow Minister for Small and Family Business, Brendan O’Connor and Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Tony Burke.

    “Brendan O’Connor has a long political history and has previously served as the Minister for Small Business,” Ms Carnell said.

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  • Two Draft Water Allocation Plans Released for Public Comment

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has released two water allocation plans for public comment ‑ the draft Oolloo Dolostone Aquifer Water Allocation Plan 2019-2029 and draft Katherine Tindall Limestone Aquifer Water Allocation Plan 2019-2029.

    DENR Water Planning and Engagement Director, Tim Bond, said both draft Plan areas are within the Daly Roper Beetaloo Water Control District and, while the Plans relate to different groundwater resources, the aquifer boundaries and management of surface water overlap.

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  • Households could save hundreds of dollars on their gas bill each year through the Energy Switch service.

    Energy Switch is a free online service, helping households find the best gas and electricity deals in NSW.

    To use the service, customers need to upload their latest e-bill to the Energy Switch website. The bill is compared to every NSW retailer to see what they could be saving and the cheapest plans available.

    Customers will also be provided with all of the information needed to switch plans and be reminded when it’s time to review their plan again.

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  • More transparency needed in wine grape sector

    Harmful market practices are restricting competition in some Australian wine grape growing regions and limiting the potential for growth of Australia’s wine industry, according to an interim report released today by the ACCC.

    Through its detailed market study into the wine grape sector, the ACCC has proposed measures to address concerning practices it believes are common across high-production, warm climate wine grape-growing regions. 

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  • Celebrating Tasmanian women in the resources industry

    Congratulations to the exceptional Tasmanian women who were the recipients of the Women in Resources Tasmania Awards 2019.

    Playing leading roles in the fields of mining, mineral processing, civil contracting and heavy industry manufacturing, these women are breaking stereotypes with their achievements in traditionally male-dominated industries.

    I was proud to meet these women last night in Parliament House and hear the commendations they have received from their employers.

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  • Delivering upgrades for the Great Eastern Drive

    The Hodgman Liberal Government’s 2019-20 State Budget delivers a record $1.6 billion in partnership with the Morrison Federal Liberal Government, to build the job-creating transport infrastructure our growing state needs.

    It provides $58 million dollars to continue delivering our election policy commitments under our Roads to Support Tasmania’s Visitor Economy program.

    The Great Eastern Drive is a 176 kilometre long section of the Tasman Highway that extends from Orford to St Helens on Tasmania’s East Coast.

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  • Lower petrol prices in March quarter but trending upwards

    Average petrol prices in the five largest cities, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, were at their lowest levels in more than two years during the March quarter but prices are trending upwards.

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  • Jetstar to pay $1.95 million for false or misleading claims on refunds

    The Federal Court has ordered Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd to pay $1.95 million in penalties for making false or misleading representations about consumer guarantee rights under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

    The Court found that between April 2017 and March 2018, Jetstar made false or misleading representations on its website about the rights and remedies available to consumers under the ACL.

    Jetstar made false or misleading statements on its website that some fares were not refundable, and that consumers could only get a refund if they purchased a more expensive fare.

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