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  • Liquefied natural gas in Queensland - where will the gas come from?

    Posted 10/12/2013 by Alex St John
    The production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Australia has become an important export industry. Sales from three existing LNG projects (the North West Shelf, Darwin LNG and Pluto LNG) earned $14.3 billion in export revenue in 2012-13, according to the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE). Increased global demand for gas is driving investment in Australia to open new LNG projects, exploiting gas resources offshore from Western Australia and the Northern Territory. In addition, on... Read more...

    TAGS: coal seam gas, export, liquefied natural gas

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  • The National Food Plan: food policy or something else?

    Posted 17/07/2013 by Rob Dossor
    The Australian Government released the National Food Plan White Paper (the Paper) on 25 May 2013. At the time the then Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry said ‘For the first time, Australia’s food businesses and consumers have a road map for the future…’ The Paper, however, is not about food for Australians; it has minimal focus on what Australians eat, or food processing in Australia. It is more an export plan, particularly for Australian producers.What’s in the National Food Plan... Read more...

    TAGS: Australia in the Asian Century, Department of Agriculture, export, Fisheries and Forestry, food, food labelling, Productivity Commission, regulation, vocational education and training

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  • The effectiveness of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System

    Posted 24/05/2013 by Leah Ferris
    Following the release of graphic film footage that depicts the inhumane treatment of cattle in Egyptian abattoirs, questions have again been raised about the effectiveness of Australia’s current live export arrangements.The footage, obtained by Animals Australia, was filmed in October 2012 and April 2013 by Egyptian vet, Dr Mahmoud Abdelwahab and was aired on the ABC's 7.30 report. As a result, Australia suspended all live exports to Egypt on 3 May 2013. While acknowledging the ‘abhorrent abuses... Read more...

    TAGS: animal health, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, live exports

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