Sunday, 25 February 2018 Sydney

Invest In Australia Blog::

  • Dwelling approvals through the roof

    The Hodgman Liberal Government has a long-term Plan for Tasmania, and we want to address cost of living issues and create an environment where more Tasmanians can afford their own house.

    We have implemented a State-wide planning scheme, increased the first home builders grant, and we are supporting more young Tasmanians into work through a $25 million package to support small businesses who employ a new apprentice or trainee, and payroll tax relief for larger businesses employing apprentices and trainees.

    New confidence in Tasmania’s building and construction industry is reflected in the latest statistics for dwelling approvals.

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  • Australia ranked one of the world’s top innovators

    A new global ranking from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has identified Australia as one of the top innovators in the 2018 Consumer Technology Association (CTA) International Innovation Scorecard.

    The largest American technical trade association has recognised 13 countries as leading nations with factors conducive to innovation from a field of 38.

    It ranked Australia third behind Finland and the United Kingdom, followed by Sweden, United States, Singapore, Netherlands, Canada, Portugal, Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark and New Zealand as the 2018 Innovation Champions.

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  • Controlled Clean Up Begins After Thomas Foods Abattoir Fire

    A controlled clean-up will begin today at the Thomas Foods International, Murray Bridge abattoir, after a fire caused significant damage to the plant last week.

    The State Government, through the EPA, is working with Thomas Foods International and its contractors to support the appropriate removal and transport of processed carcasses in chiller rooms destroyed or spoiled by the fire.

    The material will be transported to a local licensed landfill for disposal in a properly lined and prepared cell.

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  • Dwelling approvals rise 0.9 per cent in November

    The number of dwellings approved rose 0.9 per cent in November 2017, in trend terms, and has risen for 10 months, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

    "Dwelling approvals have continued to rise in recent months, which has been driven by renewed strength in approvals for apartments," said Justin Lokhorst, Director of Construction Statistics at the ABS. "Approvals for private sector houses have remained stable, with just under 10,000 houses approved in November 2017."

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  • What's next - Labor to put a tax on sugar

    Tasmanians are sick and tired of the Labor Party telling them how to live their lives.

    Just like Labor’s plan to ban pokies, Tasmanian Labor leader Rebecca White also wants to put a new tax on sugary drinks.

    Labor doesn’t believe in personal choice, instead Ms White thinks she knows best.

    Labor’s stated position is to adopt the approach of the “Rethink Sugary Drinks” campaign, a key part of which is a recommendation to increase taxes on sugar-sweetened drinks. #

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  • 39 Per Cent Increase In Consumer Guarantee Reports In 2017

    More than 29,000 people reported consumer guarantee issues to the ACCC in 2017, with half noting problems getting remedies for faulty automotive, whitegoods or electronics products.

    The ACCC is concerned by this growing trend, which shows a 39 per cent increase in reports about consumer guarantee issues when compared to the 21,000 received in 2016.

    “It’s disappointing to see that more and more people are having issues enforcing their consumer guarantee rights,” ACCC Acting Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.

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  • Payment performance improves but more needs to be done

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman says state governments and multinational companies need to improve their payment times to small business suppliers in 2018.

    Ombudsman Kate Carnell said the Federal Government and some big businesses had made significant commitments and lifted their performance in 2017.

    The Ombudsman’s office held an inquiry into payment times and practices last year. It found many small businesses were being crippled by slow payments and the national economy was suffering as a result.

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  • Labor priorities wrong on Health – must prioritise public patients

    Improving the health system for public patients is our top priority – however it’s clearly not the case for Labor.

    Rebecca White claims there is a health crisis yet Labor have no plans to open even a single extra public hospital bed to ease bed block. In fact Labor’s health policies appear at odds with everything they claim to stand for.

    Instead of supporting the public health system, Labor’s focus in Launceston is on giving away public land at the LGH to a private company, for a private hospital which would likely take a decade to even happen.

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  • Nt Epa Recommends Approval With Stringent Oversight Of Nolans Rare Earth Mine

    The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has completed a rigorous environmental impact assessment of Arafura Resources Ltd’s Nolans Project, and concluded that it could be managed to avoid unacceptable environmental impacts and risks.

    The proposal is to mine rare earth elements, key components in many green and sustainable products, such as wind turbines for the clean energy industry and hybrid vehicles. The proposal includes open cut mining and processing over a 55 year mine life.

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  • Small business cyber security guide released

    Cyber Security Best Practice Guide has been developed to help busy small business operators understand the risks and how to prevent cyber attacks.

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman published the guide after research showed that 60 per cent of small firms that experienced a cyber breach went out of business within the following six months.

    Ombudsman Kate Carnell said many small businesses lacked time and resources but couldn’t afford to be complacent about cyber security.

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