Trade and industry
After the latest meeting between the federal Government and the heads of the three big east coast gas exporters, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the companies have given commitments to ensure that the east coast gas market will be supplied.
The Productivity Commission has published a consultation paper for its inquiry into “phoenixing” – the practice of stripping and transferring assets from one company to another to avoid paying liabilities.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture Anne Ruston says Australia’s illegal logging laws are being improved to reduce compliance costs for timber importers and processors.
The federal Government is asking industry for final feedback on a framework of standards for an opt-in digital identity for Australians.
The federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting workers affected by the cessation of Toyota’s automotive manufacturing operations in Melbourne.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester says a new road safety app is set to help drivers make better choices and save lives on Australian roads.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull continues to nag the major gas suppliers about shortages on the east coast but finds himself under growing pressure to act rather than talk.
By general consensus the Government’s meeting with the major gas producers last week has averted an immediate crisis of a major gas shortage in 2018 and 2019.
The federal Government has released a paper for public consultation on the proposed National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC).
The Government has introduced legislation in federal Parliament to extend crowd-sourced equity funding to proprietary companies.
The Federal Government has announced a new industry-led cyber security Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to build Australia’s cyber security capability and deliver solutions to ensure the safety of businesses and citizens in cyberspace.
The minister responsible for consumer affairs, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack has made a directive for a recall notice for the controversial Takata airbags.
The Australian Government will develop a new Digital Economy Strategy, described by the Industry Minister Arthur Sinodinos as “a forward-looking plan to maximise the potential of digital technology to improve the nation’s productivity and competitiveness, while minimising its negative effects”.
Before he took the Liberal leadership from Tony Abbott one of the key elements that distinguished Malcolm Turnbull from his predecessor was his support of market-based solutions for economic problems.
The Coalition continues to be bedevilled by energy policy and the high gas and electricity bills being delivered to households around the country.
The Australian Energy Market Operator has cited climate change, and the potential for large fossil fuel generators to fail in the summer heat-wave as the biggest threats to Australia’s electricity supplies in the coming years.
Commonwealth agencies are teaming up to streamline business registration to make it easier to start a new business in Australia.
The Government’s ban on excessive credit card surcharging for all businesses took effect from 1 September.
Legislation to implement the housing affordability package announced in the Budget has been introduced in federal Parliament.
The federal Government will commit $100 million to secure additional private investment in vital greenfields mineral exploration “to drive the next wave of mineral discoveries crucial to the resources sector and the Australian economy”.
Companies now have the first opportunity to register their interest to construct a section of the historic Inland Rail project.
As part of its review of copyright laws, the Communications Department has published a consultation paper and draft regulations.
The Commonwealth Government has announced significant changes to the way businesses can sell IT services to the Government.
The Commonwealth Government has released its response to the review of Australia’s intellectual property arrangements and begun a consultation process on proposed changes.
Infrastructure Australia is calling on Australian governments and industry leaders to identify infrastructure problems and opportunities of national significance as part of its 2018 Infrastructure Priority List (IPL) update.
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says exporters in new and emerging industries and those in established ones will benefit from simplified agricultural export legislation, released for public consultation, making the regulations easier to follow to save exporters time and money.
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan says government and the private sector must continue working together to improve Australia’s cyber security.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says “it is simply not good enough” that some electricity consumers cannot always afford to turn on their lights, heating and equipment.
The federal Government has announced a set of principles to guide its investment in programs that help the most vulnerable Australians.
The Government has started consultation on ways to modernise business registers to make it simpler for business to get on with business.