Archived News for Professionals in Federal Government - May, 2013
National dwelling approvals have recorded a slight upswing in April, recording the first rally in 2013 according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Consumer sentiment has taken a battering in May, with the lowest reading of the Westpac Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment falling by 7 per cent over the last month.
The Federal Government has introduced legislation before Parliament that will seek to allow a referendum on local government recognition in the Australian Constitution.
A new survey of over 1,000 people found that 45 per cent of respondents want to see the Federal Government’s carbon price given a go, while those wanting to see it dropped has fallen from 42 per cent to 35 per cent, while those unsure about it has remained at 19 per cent.
The Productivity Commission has released a draft report into the access of national significant infrastructure, saying that legislation governing regulated third party access should be changed.
The relationship between the Federal Government and their erstwhile political allies the Greens has deteriorated even further after Minister for Resources and Energy, Gary Gray, blasted the Green’s proposed blanket ban on all new coal seam gas exploration and production.
Qantas has announced it will up its investment in Perth’s Airport to $100 million over the coming 18 months as the airlines seeks to expand and upgrade its presence in the Western Australian market.
The Northern Territory and Commonwealth Governments have struck a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will aim to provide security over long term gas supply to the Territory.
Australia could be facing a gas supply crisis if the Federal Government fails to intervene and ensure competitively price gas supply, according to the latest report released by Manufacturing Australia.
The Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) Reform Council has released its fourth report on the National Healthcare Agreement, concluding that Australians are living longer, smoking less and enjoying better health than ever before.
Ford has announced the end of its car making business in Australia, with all manufacturing operations set to cease in October 2016 following an estimated $500 million loss over the past fiver years.
The Federal Government has announced it has granted approval for the Anketell Point Iron Ore Processing and Export Project in Western Australia, subject to 45 strict conditions.