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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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  • 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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  • Second round of Farm Finance open for Tasmanian farmers

    Tasmanian farm businesses can apply for the second round of the Australian Government’s Farm Finance Concessional Loans Scheme from August 11, 2014. The Australian Government is providing up to $15 million in 2014-15 for the provision of concessional loans to eligible...

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  • RIRDC Rural Women's Award - nominations now open

    Nominations are now open for the 2015 RIRDC Rural Women's Award, which recognises the commitment and innovation of women working to improve life in rural Australia. Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, encourages Tasmanians to nominate a rural woman who demonstrates...

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  • Have your say on the National Landcare Programme

    The Australian Government is visiting Tasmania in August to seek community engagement on the National Landcare Programme Community information sessions will be held in Hobart and Launceston and I encourage you to attend to find out how you can get involved...

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  • Supporting sustainable fisheries in the Pacific


    The Coalition has renewed commitment to combat illegal fishing and support sustainable fisheries management in the Pacific. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister to Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, became the first Australian Government executive member to visit Tokelau, in the South Pacific,...

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  • Managing the risk of bushfires

    Back row (l-r) Captain Jean-Michel Dumaz, Mr Eric Soulier, Dr Anne Gantaume, Mr Tom Harbour, Mr Tim McGuffog Front row (l-r) Minister Victor Trevino, Ms Alison Mann, Mr Cédric Prieto, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, Ms Alison Mann, Mr Nathaniel Rein

    Senator Richard Colbeck delivered the opening address at the International Symposium on Bushfire Management on May 1 and highlighted the opportunity to learn from other countries’ experiences with bushfires. The symposium was hosted by the Australia-New Zealand Forest Fire Management Group...

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  • World Heritage mockery - photographs

    Inside the TWWHA at Lake Gordon area

    Check out more photos here These photographs and aerial maps of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area extension reveal it is riddled with recently harvested forestry coupes, forestry access roads, quarries and high voltage power lines. Closer inspection shows extensive...

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  • Map of TWWHA minor boundary modification

    Following a review of the 2013 extension to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA)�the Australian Government is seeking a minor boundary modification that will remove areas from the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area that the Government considers detract from...

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  • Tasmanian Jobs Programme starts six months early

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    Tasmanian employers will receive incentive payments to hire job seekers under the Liberals’ plan to kick-start the state’s employment market. The payments will be available six months early, from January 1. Employers are encouraged to take full advantage of this...

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  • Woolworths Invests $16.5 million in Simplot

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    October 18, 2013 Senator Richard Colbeck today welcomed Woolworth's $16.5 million investment in Simplot. Woolworths announced it would invest $16.5 million in Simplot to source 100 per cent of its Select frozen vegetables from Australia by May 2014. Senator Colbeck said...

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