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  • Premier Colin Barnett encourages to explore opportunities in Western Australia

    Western Australia has experienced a period of unprecedented economic growth in recent year, driven by the rapid expansion of the State's mineral and petroleum sector.

     

    With only 11 per cent of the national population, Western Australia punches well above its weight economically. We produce 51 per cent of Australia's total merchandise exports and account for large shares of the nation's exports to China (71%), South Korea (50%) and Japan (49%).

  • Fifteenth anniversary for iconic Australian entrepreneur awards – nominations open

    Do you have what it takes to be Australia’s next top entrepreneur? Nominations are now open for Australia’s 15th annual EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM awards.

     

    EY has begun the search for the nation’s best entrepreneurial talent to take part in the 2015 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM program.

     

    EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year Leader for Oceania, Bryan Zekulich, said the Entrepreneur Of The Year program – now celebrating its 15th year in Australia – had been founded to promote the important role entrepreneurs play in local and global economies and to help inspire the next generation.

     

  • Australian Government delivers first stage of $1 billion Mr Fluffy loan

    The Hon Warren Truss MP

    • Deputy Prime Minister
    • Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

    Senator the Hon Eric Abetz

    • Leader of the Government in the Senate
    • Minister for Employment
    • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
    • Senator for Tasmania

    Senator Zed Seselja

  • Fisher & Paykel and Domestic & General to each pay $200,000 for false or misleading extended warranty representations

    The Federal Court has declared by consent that both Fisher & Paykel Customer Services Pty Ltd (Fisher & Paykel) and Domestic & General Services Pty Ltd (Domestic & General) made a false or misleading representation in the course of offering an extended warranty to consumers, and imposed a pecuniary penalty of $200,000 on each business.

    Between January 2011 and December 2012, Fisher & Paykel and Domestic & General sent letters to consumers who had purchased a Fisher & Paykel appliance inviting them to purchase an extended warranty. The letters contained a number of statements, including:

  • Visit to Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates

    Yesterday I visited our military and civilian personnel stationed in Afghanistan for Australia Day. I thanked them for their outstanding service to our contribution to peace and security efforts for the people of Afghanistan.

    I also met with representatives of the newly formed Afghan government in Kabul to reiterate Australia’s commitment to Afghanistan as the government enters a transition phase to take responsibility for security across the country.

    Approximately 400 Australians are currently serving as part of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission which came into effect on 1 January 2015. Australia and Afghanistan enjoy a close partnership and we have provided over $1 billion in development assistance to Afghanistan since 2001.

  • Growing stronger regions across Queensland

    The Australian Government has today announced the Chair and Deputy Chair appointments to Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees across Queensland.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the three-year appointments will provide leadership to RDA committees to drive economic growth and make the most of the potential capability of their region.

    “The RDA committees can play a key role in growing stronger regions across the nation and ensure all three tiers of government work together,” Mr Truss said.

    "The committees will advise on priority activities that will unlock regional economic development and improve the productivity of their region.

  • Growing stronger regions across New South Wales

    The Australian Government has today announced the Chair and Deputy Chair appointments to Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees across New South Wales.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the three-year appointments will provide leadership to RDA committees to drive economic growth and make the most of the potential capability of their region.

    “The RDA committees can play a key role in growing stronger regions across the nation and ensure all three tiers of government work together,” Mr Truss said.

    "The committees will advise on priority activities that will unlock regional economic development and improve the productivity of their region.

  • Growing stronger regions across the nation

    The Australian Government has today announced the Chair and Deputy Chair appointments to Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees across Australia.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the three-year appointments will provide leadership to RDA committees to drive economic growth and make the most of the potential capability of their region.

    “The RDA committees can play a key role in growing stronger regions across the nation and ensure all three tiers of government work together,” Mr Truss said.

    “The committees will advise on priority activities that will unlock regional economic development and improve the productivity of their region.

  • Congratulations to the 2015 Young Australian of the Year

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training Senator the Hon Scott Ryan congratulated 2015 Young Australian of the Year Drisana Levitzke-Gray, who was recognised for her leadership in and advocacy for the deaf community.

    Senator Ryan said the award will allow Ms Levitzke-Gray to continue working to help deaf people and advocating for them.

    Senator Ryan hosted Ms Levitzke-Gray and other 2015 Young Australian of the Year finalists at a function in Canberra on Saturday 24 January.

    “Drisana is an excellent role model for both the deaf community and the wider Australian community. She goes to great lengths to promote a positive image of deafness and to encourage everyone to accept diversity,” Senator Ryan said.

  • Best-selling author Jackie French named Senior Australian of the Year

    Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Scott Morrison and Assistant Minister Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield have today congratulated best-selling children’s author, Jackie French, who was named the Senior Australian of the Year for 2015.

    Jackie has a long and distinguished career as a beloved children’s writer, earning more than 60 literary prizes for her books. Overcoming dyslexia herself, she has also been a passionate campaigner for children with learning difficulties.

    As the Director of the Wombat Foundation, Jackie also raises funds for research into the preservation of endangered species.

  • Interview with Ross Greenwood, 2GB Sunday Business, Sydney

    SUBJECTS: Economy, jobs, consumer confidence, polls, Free Trade Agreements, Industrial Relations, Fair Work Commission, Economic Action Strategy, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Board of Taxation review

    ROSS GREENWOOD:

    Happy New Year Bruce Billson, many thanks for your time.

    MINISTER BILLSON:

    Great to be back with you Ross and best wishes to all those enterprising listeners that appreciate your program.

    ROSS GREENWOOD:

    You would accept that it is very, very difficult for many businesses, it’s not necessarily the conditions are bad – it’s more that the mood is not so great.

    MINISTER BILLSON:

  • Australian Government to establish a Digital Transformation Office

    The Commonwealth Government will establish a Digital Transformation Office (DTO) within the Department of Communications so that government services can be delivered digitally from start to finish and better serve the needs of citizens and businesses.

     

    The DTO will comprise a small team of developers, designers, researchers and content specialists working across government to develop and coordinate the delivery of digital services. The DTO will operate more like a start-up than a traditional government agency, focussing on end-user needs in developing digital services.

     

    The DTO will use technology to make services simpler, clearer and faster for Australian families and businesses.

     

  • New air deal with China: 2015 off to a flying start for Australian tourism

    GROWTH opportunities for Australia’s tourism industry are set to increase following the settlement of a landmark new air services agreement between Australia and China.

     

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss, along with Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb, who is responsible for tourism, today announced the conclusion of negotiations between the two countries.

     

    “Making it possible for Asian markets to grow has been a key priority for the Abbott Government, and this new deal with China will allow Chinese airlines to almost triple their services to Australia over the next two years,” Mr Truss said.

     

  • Australian CEOs getting on with business, despite threats to growth

    CEOs are more optimistic about growth than international counterparts, despite concerns about over-regulation and the Government's response to Australia's fiscal deficit, according to a PwC report launched today.

  • Reducing the red tape for small businesses in Australia

    The ‘Review of Tax Impediments Facing Small Businesses’ by the Board of Taxation was published this week. The report outlines the Government’s plans to reduce the red tape hindering the success and growth of Australia’s small businesses.

     

  • Interview with Jon Faine, 774 ABC Melbourne

    SUBJECTS: Industrial relations, contracting laws, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Victorian Liberal Presidency

    JON FAINE:

    Thank you for joining us this morning and we will come to some of the other issues affecting the Government in just a moment, but what do you want to do about the law on contractors and employment law?

    MINISTER BILLSON:

    The clarity of what is a contractor versus an employee is something that is very important to everybody contributing to the workplace - whether you are the person that has been engaged to carry out certain work and complete certain assignments, or whether you are a business that is engaging that talent. 

  • Productivity Commission Review of the Fair Work Laws Release of Issues Papers

    The Productivity Commission has today released five issues papers, commencing its review of the workplace relations system.

    The Productivity Commission has for the first time established an online comments forum on its website which individuals can use to quickly and simply submit their experiences of the system to allow greater participation in the review.

    Submissions can be made on any aspect of the system covered by the Terms of Reference, whether or not they are covered in the issues papers.

    The independent review, foreshadowed in the Coalition’s Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws (released in May 2013), will assess the operation of the Fair Work framework and consider options for improvement before making recommendations to Government.

  • Strengthening the Queensland grain industry

    The Australian Minister for Agriculture, ​Barnaby Joyce, and the Queensland Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, John McVeigh, have today reaffirmed their governments’ commitment to strengthening agricultural industries in Queensland by announcing over $14 million in new research and development investments.
    Making the announcement in Toowoomba today, Minister Joyce said the funding was for three separate projects which would together fund around 17 research and technical jobs in Queensland.

  • Mayor Tony McGrady welcomes to do business with Mount Isa City

    Mount Isa is a thriving and dynamic city in the heart of the great North West of Queensland.

     

    Today the Isa is an icon of industry, oasis for commerce and land of bountiful opportunity.

     

  • Chasing the future on Australia Day

    Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb today welcomed an international campaign promoting the achievements of young Australians and the power of the nation’s education system to shape a career.

    Culminating on 26 January 2015, Australia Day, the Future Chasers: Australian Experiences, Global Impact campaign profiles 19 young decision-makers helping to define the next generation’s success and influence.

    The campaign will tell the stories of 15 young Australians and four international alumni from Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India.

  • Strengthened arrangements to benefit fisheries off Western Australia

    Offshore fisheries management near Western Australia will be strengthened with changes agreed to by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, and the Western Australian Fisheries Minister, Ken Baston.
    The changes to the Offshore Constitutional Settlement arrangements between the Commonwealth and Western Australia were agreed to at the Fisheries Ministers Meeting in Melbourne in December and implementation will begin immediately.
    Senator Colbeck said the Australian Government is committed to a collaborative approach to fisheries working with the jurisdictions on ways to streamline regulations and reduce red tape. 

  • ESCAS review demonstrates success, recommends improvements

    Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today said that Australia has now been established as a clear world leader in the welfare of exported live animals. The Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) report released today contains data that indicates more than 99% of livestock exported have experienced a positive welfare outcome since comprehensive welfare standards spanning the entire supply chain we​re introduced in 2011.

    The high rate of compliance with international animal welfare standards covers more than eight million exported animals to over 860 facilities across 18 countries.

  • Sydney the most popular city to study and the fourth most appealing destination for skilled international workers - Lord Mayor Moore

    Sydney is a global city at the heart of the Australian economy. More than $100 billion is generated here each year – almost a quarter of our entire state’s GDP.

     

    Our amazing harbour and landmarks such as the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, world class international events, museums, galleries and cultural life are well known. But it’s our investment in both our community and our economy that I’m most excited about.

  • Geotechnical analysis starts at Badgerys Creek step toward Western Sydney airport

    Geotechnical analysis of the northern parts of Commonwealth-owned land at Badgerys Creek commenced today.

     

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the geotechnical drilling is a crucial step in planning for the proposed Western Sydney airport.

     

    “A team of engineers will be at Badgerys Creek to profile the subsoil and rock at several locations over the next week,” Mr Truss said.

     

    “A drilling rig will drill several boreholes to a depth of 20 metres, and pits up to five metres deep will be dug by an excavator. The samples will be analysed over the coming weeks.