Australia and China have agreed to new horticulture market access priorities that will allow future exports of Australian blueberries to China. The inclusion of blueberries on the priority list will progress after the existing access priority of mainland apples.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said the agreement will improve Australia’s horticultural market access and support the trade relationship between the two countries.Read more
The Turnbull Government today welcomes the tabling of an audit which found telecommunication Universal Service Obligation (USO) contracts signed by Labor failed to provide value for money and lacked transparency.
The USO is a longstanding consumer safeguard that ensures all Australians have access to voice-only standard telephone services and payphones. USO arrangements were put in place in an era before the widespread availability of mobile and broadband services.Read more
The second annual NSW Rural Crime Week officially commenced today just days after the Liberals & Nationals Government introduced a Bill to strengthen legislation regarding stock theft, trespass and illegal hunting.
Minister for Police Troy Grant joined NSW Police Deputy Commissioner for Regional Field Operations Gary Worboys and Assistant Commissioner and Western Region Commander Geoff McKechnie to launch the week and announce the establishment of rural crime prevention teams for regional NSW.Read more
New labour force released by the ABS today has revealed a continued strengthening of Australia’s labour market, with the unemployment rate falling to 5.5 per cent, and seasonally adjusted employment rising 19,800 in September, to a record high of 12,290,200.
Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, today welcomed the release of the figures, saying they showed that more Australians were employed than ever before.Read more
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today helped to officially open the Friends of the Koala’s new $170,000 Burribi Education and Administration Centre.
“This is a terrific project that will increase the number of tourists visiting Lismore and allow the Friends of the Koala to deliver more educational information about koalas to more groups,” he said.Read more
Australian agriculture is a world leader in the fight against development of superbugs.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce said the Coalition Government was providing almost $1.3 million to Australian Pork Limited under the Rural R&D for Profit program to boost Australia’s trade reputation by demonstrating the low antimicrobial resistance status of our farm produce.Read more
A program to promote the use of community halls in Byron Shire will receive funding under the Australian government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
The Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams has announced that $20,000 will be provided to Byron Shire Council for its Building Capacity in Byron’s Community Halls venture.Read more
On Sunday, a packed-out room of members at the Griffith Exies elected Riverina boy and Coleambally local Austin Evans as their Nationals candidate for the upcoming Murray by-election.
As a long time National, with a deep knowledge of the issues affecting the electorate, Austin Evans succeeded against what NSW Nationals Leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro named a “star-studded” field to claim the preselection spot, taking over the legacy of Adrian Piccoli who has served for 18 years.Read more
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey has announced major improvements to the state’s highly successful Graduated Licensing Scheme to ensure new drivers are safe drivers on our roads.
The NSW licensing system for young drivers is already one of the safest in the world and the changes that come into effect on 20 November 2017 are designed to improve the way the scheme prepares novice drivers - in particular young drivers – to be safe on the road.Read more