Wednesday, 19 June 2019 Sydney

Invest In Australia Blog::

  • Funding for housing to be boosted in 2019-20 Budget.

    In recognition of continuing high demand for social and affordable housing, the Hodgman Liberal Government will allocate almost $68 million in 2019-20 to boost the supply of new social and affordable homes.

    This budget is about maintaining the momentum and investing for growth. The Hodgman Liberal Government recognises the increased demand for housing, and we are working through our ten year Affordable Housing Strategy to address housing stress and reduce homelessness in Tasmania.

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  • Cherbourg community stands against unlawful door-to-door traders

    New roadside signage in the Aboriginal community of Cherbourg in southern Queensland is reminding door-to-door traders about their legal obligations under the Australian Consumer Law.

    The community today launched the ‘Do Not Knock informed’ communities program, a joint initiative between the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council, the ACCC and the Queensland Office of Fair Trading (QOFT).

    The signage, located at the entrance to Cherbourg, reminds door-to-door traders that they must not approach houses displaying do-not-knock notices.

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  • NBN consumers continue shift to higher speed plans

    More than 5.2 million Australian households are now connected to the NBN, with almost 60 per cent subscribed to higher speed plans, according to the ACCC’s latest quarterly Wholesale Market Indicators Report, released today.

    The report shows that NBN residential broadband connections across Australia rose by 8.5 per cent in the March quarter, up from 4.8 million at the end of the previous three months.

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  • The good news continues for commercial kaffir lime leaf growers in the Northern Territory

    In good news for kaffir lime leaf growers, the first interstate consignment of leaves were sent from the Northern Territory to New South Wales on 13 May under a recently-approved national protocol.

    In April 2019, a protocol detailing procedures for the treatment and movement of kaffir lime leaves was approved by the other state and territory governments. The approved protocol allows the Territory’s commercial kaffir lime leaf growers to transport kaffir lime leaves to interstate markets for culinary purposes.

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  • GSK and Novartis misled consumers with Voltaren Osteo Gel claims

    The Federal Court has accepted admissions by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Australia Pty Ltd (GSK) and Novartis Consumer Health Australasia Pty Ltd (Novartis) that they breached the Australian Consumer Law by making false or misleading representations in the marketing of Voltaren Osteo Gel and Voltaren Emulgel pain relief products.

    GSK and Novartis admitted that from January 2012 to March 2017,  they marketed Osteo Gel as being specifically formulated and more effective than Emulgel in treating osteoarthritis related pain and inflammation.

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  • Budget to invest heavily in job creating infrastructure

    This year’s State Budget will be about maintaining the momentum in Tasmania and investing for growth.

    It will see the Hodgman Liberal Government invest heavily in intergenerational infrastructure that sets Tasmania up for the future.

    That means roads, schools, hospitals, and housing, as well as key economic infrastructure such as water and sewerage, irrigation and rail.

    It’s infrastructure that creates jobs and helps us deliver better essential services.

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  • More Tasmanians in work

    Australian Bureau of Statistics labour force data release today for April shows there are now nearly 13,000 more Tasmanians in work than when the Hodgman Liberal Government came to office.

    Importantly, today’s data shows that 200 more Tasmanians found work compared to March which is a positive boost for the State.

    Today’s figures demonstrate that the Hodgman Liberal Government’s economic leadership is working for Tasmanians.

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  • No reporting rules for dark fibre, NBN aggregation providers

    The ACCC will not require dark fibre and NBN wholesale aggregation service providers to regularly provide it with pricing and supply data.

    The services in question create more choice for consumers, by helping retail service providers (RSPs) deliver NBN to retail customers and by providing smaller RSPs with wholesale NBN access.

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  • Statement on merger decision disclosure

    The ACCC has expressed its deep regret regarding the inadvertent disclosure of a merger decision last week on the afternoon before it was due to be announced.

    The competition regulator has conducted a full investigation into the incident and identified that it was caused by a flaw in its website content management system, which has been rectified. 

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  • Launch of the newly relocated Haven in Launceston

    As part of National Families Week, I’m pleased to welcome the launch of the newly relocated Haven in Launceston.

    In a partnership between the Child Health Association Tasmania (CHAT) and TasTAFE, the Haven is a safe space for families to meet other parents, get up to date and practical information about your family’s health and wellbeing, access support and education services.

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