Senior Labor figure backs Coalition’s One-Stop Shop reform

Former Resources Minister and senior Labor figure, Martin Ferguson, has backed the Coalition’s One-Stop Shop reform and is calling on Labor and the crossbench to give their support. In an article in The Australian today, Mr Ferguson said that the One-Stop Shop reform is a priority for Australia and slammed opposition to the plans to…

National Heritage Listing for Koonalda Cave’s outstanding Aboriginal heritage

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH MR ROWAN RAMSEY MP, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR GREY Today the Australian Government placed the Nullarbor Plain’s Koonalda Cave on the National Heritage List in recognition of its rare Aboriginal archaeology and heritage.  “I am delighted that Koonalda Cave has been given Australia’s highest heritage honour,” Mr Hunt said. “Aboriginal people have…

Draft emissions reduction methods for industrial facilities, wastewater and transport released for consultation

The Australian Government has released three more draft Emissions Reduction Fund methods for public consultation. The Emissions Reduction Fund is the centrepiece of the Australian Government’s efforts to tackle climate change. It’s a cost¬ effective, practical and simple approach to reduce our national emissions without a multi-billion dollar carbon tax. Emissions reduction methods set out…

Improving Great Barrier Reef Water Quality in the Wet Tropics

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH WARREN ENTSCH MP, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR LEICHARDT The Australian Government is working hard to protect the Great Barrier Reef with the opening of the $5 million Reef Trust Tender to improve water quality in the Wet Tropics. “This competitive tender from the Coalition’s $40 million Reef Trust will provide financial incentives…

Bill Shock Shorten wants to bring back the carbon tax

Bill Shorten has reaffirmed Labor’s commitment to a carbon tax. This means more pain for families, more jobs at risk and more damage to Australia’s international competitiveness. According to the SMH today, Bill Shorten will take his plan to the next election. Once again Labor has confirmed they want to hit Australian families with higher…

A One-Stop Shop for environmental assessments in Western Australia

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON ALBERT JACOB MLA, WA MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT The Australian and Western Australian Governments have signed a new bilateral agreement to streamline environmental assessments as part of the One-Stop Shop reform. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the signing of this agreement is an important milestone in achieving the Australian…

Strategic Plan sets Tasmania as gateway for Antarctica

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH SENATOR THE HON ERIC ABETZ, MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT The Australian Government is today releasing the 20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan, which provides a blueprint for Australia’s future engagement in the region and options to expand Tasmania’s role as a leading Antarctic science and logistics hub. Australia has a long and…

Work underway to clean up Tasmania’s Tamar River

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH MR ANDREW NIKOLIC MP, MEMBER FOR BASS The Coalition Government is delivering on its election commitment to clean up the Tamar River and improve the local environment and economy in Tasmania. Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt and Federal Member for Bass Andrew Nikolic today visited the Tamar River to inspect…

Helping raise awareness during Mental Health Week

This Mental Health Week (October 5-12) I am supporting the Ties for Lives SPOTaTHON in its quest to curb youth depression and anxiety. Unfortunately mental health problems are all too prevalent in our society, with many young people struggling to cope with life’s daily challenges. Ties for Lives aims to raise awareness about youth mental…