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  • Call to ban all super trawlers

    Following reporting about the alleged involvement of a person associated with the super trawler Margiris/Abel Tasman in alleged drug importation, Liberal MP for Lyons Mark Shelton today revealed he had recently written the Deputy Prime Minister requesting the Federal Government to ban all super trawlers.

    "When the Geelong Star left Australian waters it was good riddance to bad rubbish", Mr Shelton said.

  • Increasing transparency and accountability for MPs

    The Tasmanian Liberal Government is committed to the highest stands of public disclosure, transparency and accountability.

    As part of that commitment, the Government will next year introduce amendments to the Parliamentary Disclosure of Interests Act which will:

  • Saltwater Crocodile Removals for 2016

    The Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT) crocodile management team has removed 223 estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles from Northern Territory waterways as part of its crocodile management program.

    PWCNT Crocodile Management Chief Ranger Tom Nichols said last year’s total of 290 represents a significant decline in 2016. The record of 318 in 2012 still stands.

    “We want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season, so if you and your family members are on or near the water please remember to BE CROCWISE.

  • Blood Service Still Saving Lives During Holiday Season

    While most people are enjoying a summer break, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service is open for business and the Andrews Labor Government is reminding blood donors not to cancel their appointments to give blood during the holiday season.

    Earlier this year, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service opened its state-of-the-art, new Melbourne CBD Blood Donor Centre on Collins St – the largest blood donation centre in Australia.

    The centre will remain open throughout summer from 8am – 3.30pm – closing only on New Year’s Day.

  • Camera technology helps in early bushfire detection

    Remote camera monitoring technology is helping with early bushfire detection in some of the State’s most remote and fire-prone areas, thanks to assistance from the NSW Government.

    The RMTek system could prove vital this summer by helping authorities detect blazes, giving residents time to leave for a safe place with family members, pets and belongings.

    Acting Premier and Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business, John Barilaro, said the Armidale-based company RMTeK, has installed its cameras at a range of locations.

  • Report shows renewable electricity

    Canberra’s renewable energy generation has risen from 18.8% in 2014-15 to 20.2% in 2015-16, announced Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury. The report released today shows we are well on our way to meeting our target of 100% renewable electricity by 2020.

  • Western Greenway community panel report released

    A community report on the potential for urban development in western Greenway has been released, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Mick Gentleman, announced today.

    The report was prepared by the western Greenway community panel, a group of key community representatives brought together earlier this year to help explore the suitability of land and potential urban development to the west of Tuggeranong town centre.

  • MURRAY COD CATCH AND RELEASE OPENS 1 JANUARY

    Recreational fishers are being reminded to brush up on their knowledge of the correct Murray Cod handling techniques ahead of the season start on New Year's Day.

    The Murray Cod fishery will open on 1 January 2017, allowing fishers to catch and release the popular species until 31 July.

    The following handling techniques are recommended:

  • BAN ON IMPORTING RAW CRUSTACEANS FROM SOUTH-EAST QUEENSLAND

    The South Australian Government has implemented a ban on importing raw crustaceans and bait worms sourced from the Logan River area in south-east Queensland, following the detection of White Spot Disease (WSD) in Queensland.

    The disease is not present in South Australia and the state's premium wild caught prawns remain disease free, however the ban has been implemented as precautionary measure.

  • Summer Level Crossing Construction Blitz Begins

    Construction has kicked off to remove two more dangerous and congested level crossings in Melbourne’s east.

    Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan visited Blackburn today to inspect work on the removal of the Blackburn and Heatherdale Road level crossings, which will ramp up this summer.

    More than 800 staff will work around-the-clock for the next six weeks to excavate 80 Olympic swimming pools-worth of soil to lower the Belgrave/Lilydale line so trains can run safely under Blackburn and Heatherdale Roads for the first time.

  • Water Flows To Secure The Anglesea River

    Water has started to flow into the Anglesea River to maintain water levels that deliver social, economic and environmental benefits for the local community.

    Since 1969, Alcoa has operated the Anglesea power station, during which time groundwater was extracted for use in the power generation process and subsequently discharged into the Anglesea River. With the station’s closure, river levels would be expected to drop considerably over summer periods.

  • Know Your Boxing Day Bargain Rights

    The Andrews Labor Government is reminding Victorians of their consumer rights as thousands head to the shops to make the most of the annual post-Christmas sales.

    In 2015-16, Consumer Affairs Victoria was contacted more than 3,600 times regarding refunds and returns, more than 10,000 times about defective goods and more than 400 times about gift cards.

    If you buy or receive a gift that turns out to be faulty you are entitled to a repair. If the item can’t be fixed you are entitled to a refund or replacement, even if it was bought on sale.

  • Fintech businesses to benefit from licensing exemptions

    The Australian Government has introduced a ‘regulatory sandbox’ to provide companies in the financial services sector with flexibility to test new financial technology (fintech) products.

    The Australian Security & Investments Commission (ASIC) says fintech companies can take advantage of ‘class waivers’ that let eligible businesses test products without holding an Australian financial services or credit licence.

  • Hilton Food Group invests $115 million in new meat processing facility

    UK-based Hilton Food Group plc (Hilton) is expanding its presence in Australia by constructing a new meat processing facility in Queensland.

    The facility will enable Hilton to supply meat products to Australian retailer Woolworths, via its Australian joint venture, Woolworths Meat Co Pty Ltd. In a media release, Hilton valued its investment in new plant and equipment at approximately A$115 million, and stated it expected production to commence in 2020.

  • ACCC Christmas and New Year arrangements

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will have limited operations during the Christmas and New Year period.

    The ACCC Infocentre (1300 302 502) will be:

  • ACCC closes tertiary admissions centres investigation

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has completed its inquiries into alleged anti-competitive conduct by tertiary admissions centres (TACs) and decided to discontinue its investigation.

    The ACCC commenced its investigation after the Australian National University (ANU) alleged that the Western Australian Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) and the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) had both, independently, refused to supply tertiary admission services to ANU.

  • Harrison Telecommunications companies engaged in unconscionable conduct

    The Federal Court found yesterday that corporations trading as SoleNet and Sure Telecom (the Harrison Companies) engaged in unconscionable conduct in connection with the supply of telecommunications services.

  • Melbourne startup MyGolgi turns phones into physios

    Creating interest in their new wearable device has been a relatively painless experience for Melbourne startup MyGolgi.

    Their ground-breaking technology improves posture for back pain sufferers, and the potential market is huge – 84 per cent of all Australians suffer from back pain at some point, and over 400 million workdays are lost in US, UK and Australia each year due to the condition.

  • ACCC closes tertiary admissions centres investigation

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has completed its inquiries into alleged anti-competitive conduct by tertiary admissions centres (TACs) and decided to discontinue its investigation.

    The ACCC commenced its investigation after the Australian National University (ANU) alleged that the Western Australian Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) and the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) had both, independently, refused to supply tertiary admission services to ANU.

  • Harrison Telecommunications companies engaged in unconscionable conduct

    The Federal Court found yesterday that corporations trading as SoleNet and Sure Telecom (the Harrison Companies) engaged in unconscionable conduct in connection with the supply of telecommunications services.

  • MYEFO – steady as it goes for Tasmania

    The Federal Government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) presents a steady-as-it-goes approach to Tasmania, according to preliminary analysis.

    Pleasingly it confirms that the 2016 Federal election commitments are all funded including the UTAS redevelopment in the North and North West, the Regional Jobs and Investment Package, and the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation in Launceston.

  • 3400 New Jobs And $18.6 Billion Revenue For SA’s Booming Food And Wine Industry

    South Australia's food and wine revenue has hit a record $18.64 billion and 3400 new jobs have been created in the past year, data released today shows.

    South Australia's food and wine revenue has hit a record $18.64 billion and 3400 new jobs have been created in the past year, data released today shows.

    The State Government’s 2015-16 Food and Wine Scorecard shows gross revenue has increased by $443 million compared to the previous year – largely through demand for wine, livestock, horticulture and seafood.

  • NSW Government supports Newcastle airport's growth

    The NSW Government has provided $30,000 in funding for the development of a Newcastle Airport master plan which will drive airport upgrades and sustainability over the next 20 years.

    Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, today announced the funding and said the master plan will bolster tourism and economic benefits for the Newcastle region into the future.

    “Newcastle Airport is a significant economic driver for businesses in the Hunter and the nearby regions, generating jobs and economic growth,” Mr MacDonald said.

  • Top Australian economist to help drive state's development

    The NSW Government has established a new brains trust led by one of Australia’s top economists to deliver expert advice on new measures to create jobs, build infrastructure and grow the state’s economy.

    Dr Andrew Stoeckel - founding Chairman of the Centre of International Economics and a former head of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Economics (ABARE) – would head up the new Centre for Economic Development at the NSW Department of Industry.