Sunday, 25 February 2018 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • White confirms will scrap wages cap, wreck budget

    After months of trying to dodge the issue, the Leader of the Opposition Ms White has finally come clean on public sector wages – revealing to the Australian newspaper today that she will “scrap” the two percent wages cap.*

    Now, she must outline exactly how much of a pay-rise she intends to give Tasmania’s public servants, noting that every one percent increase is an additional $25 million per year.

    This could only mean cuts to health, cuts to education, and cuts to police numbers.

  • Water Users At West Lakes To Remain Vigilant

    Waters users at West Lakes can still enjoy recreational fishing and boating, however should remain vigilant following yesterday’s discovery of a fish kill.

    On Thursday 11 January, Primary Industries & Regions SA (PIRSA) Fisheries and Aquaculture was alerted to a fish kill of approximately two to three hundred fish including Bream, Snapper, Mulloway, Trevally, Mullet and Crabs at West Lakes, near the Trimmer Parade inlet.

  • Grant Bolsters Spirits At Mclaren Vale Winery

    A joint venture between a McLaren Vale winery and a new spirits distillery will create 15 fulltime equivalent jobs, while showcasing some of South Australia’s best wine and spirits in the one place.

    A $400,000 State Government Regional Development Fund grant will contribute to a $1.6 million project to  help Royal Park-based Never Never Distilling Co. move to McLaren Vale, where it will expand its operations at the Chalk Hill Wines site.

  • Sky scrapers out of major projects legislation

    The Hodgman Government has a Plan to Build Your Future.

    A key part of our Plan is encouraging investment, creating jobs and growing the economy.

    That’s why we are developing draft laws that change how major projects are considered.

    The aim of the draft laws is to streamline the approval process and provide greater certainty, while also requiring that all relevant and necessary approvals including environmental, Aboriginal and heritage approvals must be granted by the relevant regulators.

  • Korean manufacturer Nutribiotech chooses Melbourne for new plant

    Nutribiotech, a leading nutritional supplement producer with factories in China, Korea and the US, has chosen Victoria as the location of its fourth global manufacturing facility.

    The leading Korean manufacturer has opened a new state-of-the-art factory in Dandenong South (in Melbourne's south-east) that will create 150 new full time jobs.

  • Black Friday and iPhone X sales drive 1.2 per cent rise

    Australian retail turnover rose 1.2 per cent in November 2017, seasonally adjusted, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Retail Trade figures. 

    This follows a 0.5 per cent rise in October 2017.

    "In seasonally adjusted terms, rises were led by the household goods (4.5 per cent) and other retailing (2.2 per cent) industries," the Director of the Quarterly Economy Wide Surveys, Ben James, said. "Seasonally adjusted sales in both these industries are influenced by the release of the iPhone X and the increasing popularity of promotions in November, including Black Friday sales." 

  • Strong November Retail Trade statistics

    Since the March 2014 election, the Hodgman Liberal Government has been working hard to implement our long-term Plan for economic growth and job creation in Tasmania.

    Business confidence is up, retail and export statistics continue to go from strength-to-strength, and more than 10,000 jobs have been created since the election of a majority Hodgman Liberal Government.

    The latest figures released by the ABS today confirms that November was the 18th consecutive month where retail turnover has topped more than $500 million.

  • Signing of new Spirits contract vindicates Government’s policy

    Today’s announcement by TT-Line that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with a German shipyard to build the replacement Spirits of Tasmania is an affirmation of the success of the Hodgman Liberal Government’s policy on the vessels.

    This Liberal majority Government came to office with a policy to increase the number of visitors coming to Tasmania via the Spirits and the result has even exceeded our own expectations, with a 31.5 per cent increase in passengers in just four years.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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. #

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Energy bonus cheques

    I welcome Westpac’s apology regarding the special energy bonus.

    I am extremely disappointed that despite repeated assurances, not all cheques were despatched by Westpac’s mail distribution provider in the timeframe we were advised they had been.

    I was first made aware of a potential issue at Westpac's end on Tuesday afternoon, and we have spent the past 24 hours talking to Westpac and getting to the bottom of the problem.

    I share the frustration of many Tasmanians who have not yet received their cheques, and have expressed these frustrations directly to senior Westpac management.

  • Further upgrade to South Coast Track

    The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania’s great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.

    The upgrades have resulted in a new track alignment that includes a footbridge to replace an 800 metre section of the track, resulting in a better experience for walkers and better protecting the dunes from Milford Creek to the Prion Bay exit on Wierah Hill.

    We have a goal for tourists to stay longer and spend more in our regional areas, and upgrades like this will ensure a high-class visitor experience in our stunning natural areas.

  • Banks should not make moral judgements on businesses

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman says banks are discriminating against the legitimate adult industry by withdrawing or failing to provide financial services.

    Ombudsman Kate Carnell has written to the Australian Bankers Association, expressing her concern.

    “It’s a bit rich for the banks to decide which industries are moral and which aren’t,” Ms Carnell said.

  • Small business export potential rises

    Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, predicts 2018 will be a year of strong growth for small business exporters.

    Ms Carnell said Australia’s International Business Survey 2017 showed there’s greater confidence among businesses that are already exporting.

    In agriculture and wholesaling, two thirds of businesses believe the outlook is better than the previous two years.

  • Notable achievements in 2017 for small businesses

    The small business sector enjoyed some notable achievements in 2017 but challenges loom on several policy fronts, according to Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell.

    Ms Carnell said her inquiries this year into small business loans and payment times had yielded significant benefits for small businesses.

    “A highlight was the Federal Government announcing it will introduce 15-business-day payment terms for small business suppliers,” she said.

    “There has also been improved payment performance from many big businesses following my inquiry and the adoption of a voluntary code.

  • Multi-Million Dollar Reform Package To Secure Sustainable Fishing Future

    Thursday 28 December 2017

    In the biggest fisheries shake-up in decades, the State Government will spend $20 million to buy back up to a third of South Australia's Marine Scalefish fishing licenses.

    This will help to ensure snapper, whiting and garfish stocks are available for future generations of South Australians to catch and enjoy.

    The multi-million structural reform package will provide better access for recreational fishers, economic viability for commercial fishers and greater sustainability for the fishery overall.