Australia Today: Wave power for Australian grid
BioPower Systems Pty Ltd (BioPower) has finished constructing its prototype wave power unit to be installed off the coast of Port Fairy, Victoria, later this year. ‘If successfully installed, it will be the second ARENA supported wave energy device supplying energy to a major Australian grid, feeding 250kW of renewable energy into the National Electricity Market.
Permanent Inspector-General of Biosecurity
Australia’s Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the Interim Inspector-General of Biosecurity (IIGB) currently provided valuable independent oversight of Australia’s biosecurity system. With the successful passage of the Biosecurity Act 2015 the interim role will be replaced by a permanent Inspector-General of Biosecurity when the new Act takes effect in June 2016, Minister Joyce said. The existing IIGB position and the ongoing Inspector General of Biosecurity position are vital roles that help maintain the quality of Australia’s biosecurity system.
Joyce also announced that From 1 July 2015, all foreign investors who hold interests in agricultural land must register those interests with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) regardless of the value of that land.
Chief of Navy response to Sun Herald article
The article in the Sunday edition of the Sun Herald on 28 June 2015 and other Fairfax Media publications entitled HMAS Stirling suicides: lack of action raised Navy Concerns’, is misleading and displays a lack of understanding of the support mechanisms which have been introduced by Defence since these reported deaths in 2011-12. The article failed to represent or understand the significant effort that Defence has undertaken to monitor and care for our service men and women with a range of supporting mechanisms.
Australian business cannot afford to ignore China’s rapidly growing online retail markets
Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb today announced a new initiative to assist Australian businesses capture opportunities in China’s rapidly growing online retail markets. This is a market Australian business cannot afford to ignore, Robb said.