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New Dumping Duties Imposed on Tomatoes Backdated Six Months

April 17, 2014

The Federal Government has signed off on the Anti-Dumping Commission’s (ADC) final recommendations that anti-dumping duties now be applied to some 90 companies exporting Italian canned tomatoes to Australia. These duties, ranging from 4 to 26%, will be backdated to some Italian tomato imports arriving since November 2013.   Dumping refers to the difference between the home country’s prices ... Click here for full story

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Submissions Open for Corporations Law Exposure Draft

April 17, 2014

  The Federal Coalition Government is asking for submissions into the proposed amendments to the corporation’s law. The Federal Government want corporations to run more cost effectively and have less restraints caused by red-tape.   “The first amendment is the removal of the ‘100 member rule.’ The 100 member rule is where directors of a company must arrange a general meeting, paid for... Click here for full story

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The Green Army Program Coming Soon

April 14, 2014

The Green Army program will commence on the 1st of July 2014 and the Federal Coalition Government is now asking for project sponsors to apply for round one of the program. Sponsors could be councils, community groups, businesses or organisations. The program provides opportunities for young Australians aged 17-24 years to gain training and work experience.   “It is important that we get pro... Click here for full story

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Sharman Talks on Trade

April 14, 2014

So at last we have a Korean Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) in the bag, right? And we are rolling right on to finalise negotiations with Japan, China, then probably Taiwan and then the Trans Pacific Partners. Governments in rounds of trade negotiations always take careful note of the concessions made or lost in the just concluded deals and the test for a new agreement is how it compares wi... Click here for full story

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Japan-Australia Sign Economic Partnership Agreement

April 10, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have now settled on the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), which has been in negotiations for over 7 years. It follows hot on the heels of the Korean deal. Despite Australia offered free access to all of our domestic food markets, through zero tariffs, we still do not have anything like a reciprocal response. &... Click here for full story

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The Government is Helping Employers Hire New Employees

April 8, 2014

A new guide has been released to help employers attract and then hire new employees to their small business.   "The new guide to hiring new employees is a great tool that the government has funded to help aid employers employ new people. The guide goes through a number of steps to take to attract the right people to your business, to create a good hiring process with interviews and contact... Click here for full story

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Minister’s Task Force to Come to Shepparton

April 8, 2014

The Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper task force will be coming to Shepparton to discuss the proposed White Paper with local Shepparton farmers. The Minister released the issues paper in February this year and is seeking public comment. “The task force will be in Shepparton on the 9th of April and will undertake round-table discussions with 15 different local farmers. The task force wil... Click here for full story

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Help For Farmers Finally Here

March 27, 2014

Last week the Federal Government passed legislation through the Parliament to make permanent assistance available to financially stressed farmers. The Farm Household Support bill 2014will allow farmers to applyfor support no matter what the cause of their financial distress.   “This new legislation gives farmers similar support to someone who has lost their income through losing their job. ... Click here for full story

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Dames and Knights to Return to Order of Australia Honours

March 27, 2014

  The Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced that Dames and Knights will once again be a part of the Order of Australia Honours for "extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit" in their service to Australia or to humanity at large. "Dame and Knight honours were brought in by the Fraser Coalition government in 1976. Ten years later, in 1986, the Hawke Labor government abolished t... Click here for full story

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Community Heritage Grants Are Now Available

March 24, 2014

Applications for the 2014 Community Heritage grants are now open for community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents and objects for future generations. “Community groups can apply for up $15,000 in grant funding. The funding comes from the Australian Government through the National Library; Ministry o... Click here for full story

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