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    Forestry issues paper open for comment

    The Coalition is looking towards the future of Australia's forestry industry, with the release of the issues paper Meeting future market demand: Australia's forest products and forest industry. The issues paper was developed by the Forest Industry Advisory Council (FIAC) and...

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  • TFES announcement

    TFES enhancement will boost Tasmanian economy

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited Devonport (March 13, 2015) to announce a $203 million expansion to the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES). From 1 January 2016, the TFES will be extended to goods going to markets not currently covered by the Scheme. Tasmanian...

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  • China Free Trade Agreement

    China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

    The landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement will add billions of dollars to our economy, create jobs and drive higher living standards for Australians. It is good news for our fisheries industry, with all tariffs on seafood to be eliminated in four...

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    Carbon Tax repeal will benefit Tasmania

    The  vote by the Senate to repeal the Carbon Tax will benefit Tasmanian industry and producers, Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture said. Senator Colbeck said Tasmanian vegetable producer Simplot will save about $4 million per year...

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    Delivering initiatives to strengthen Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

    The Abbott Government is committed to supporting our agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors as key drivers of the Australian economy. The Budget includes a number of practical measures aimed at strengthening the sectors and increasing profitability at the farm gate. We’re delivering...

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  • Supertrawlers to be banned from Australian waters

    The Australian Government will move to ban supertrawlers from Australian waters. Supertrawlers were defined by Labor and ENGOs as factory freezer vessels more than 130 metres - the Coalition will adopt that definition and such vessels will not be permitted to...

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  • Coastal Shipping regulations hurting Australian business

    Opinion piece by Senator Richard Colbeck, published on The Advocate's website November 10 2014. You really do have to wonder if the Labor Party and the Labor movement are genuinely supportive of Australia's manufacturing and agriculture industry or whether it's...

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  • Our plan to combat illegal logging

    Opinion piece by Senator Richard Colbeck - Illegal logging The harvest and trade of illegal timber is a significant issue around the world and it would be irresponsible for an Australian Government to sit back and do nothing. Interpol and the United...

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  • Forest Industry Advisory Council announced

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, announced the members of the new Forest Industry Advisory Council at the Australian Forest Products Association dinner in Hobart on September 15. The establishment of a Forest Industry Advisory Council was one of the...

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