Brexit talks: Still no progress in discussions between the Conservatives and Labour

first_imgMonday 13 May 2019 10:35 pm Brexit talks between the Conservative and Labour frontbenches ended in stalemate yet again on Monday despite frantic speculation a crunch vote was set for later this week.Tory MPs were told a three-line whip was in operation for Thursday – meaning an important vote was scheduled – before it was downgraded to a one-line whip. whatsapp whatsapp The suggestion a crucial division was being planned prompted rumours in Westminster the Conservatives and Labour had reached an agreement over a cross-party Brexit deal which would see a temporary customs union.However, a source close to one of those leading the negotiations for the Government told City A.M. that while the Tories were preparing a new offer on a post-Brexit customs union, this had not been agreed with Labour.After the talks were concluded at about 7pm, a Labour spokesperson said: “Talks continued tonight and the shadow cabinet and the trades union will be updated on what has been discussed.”A source added that no substantive progress had been made.A Downing Street spokesperson said: “In preparation for an update to cabinet tomorrow, today’s meeting took stock across the range of issues discussed in talks over the last few weeks. We continue to seek to agree a way forward in order to secure our orderly withdrawal from the EU.” Vaizey went on to back Michael Gove for the leadership, and the environment secretary told ITV it was “not a no” when asked if he would stand once May had departed.The Prime Minster is set for a showdown meeting with the executive branch of the Conservatives’ backbench 1922 committee on Thursday to set out a detailed timetable for her departure, including her plans if she cannot get her three-times defeated deal through parliament before the end of October – when the current negotiating extension agreed by the EU expires.Paul Scully, the Conservatives’ vice chairman for London who represents Sutton and Cheam, told City A.M. he worried what the impact of a leadership contest could have on his party’s standing with the voters.“My biggest worry is that a leadership election will see a six-week window where we will be talking to ourselves and not the country,” he said. The continuing deadlock will pile further pressure on Theresa May to pull the plug on the talks and put the matter to MPs through a series of indicative votes.It was reported at the weekend that leading government figures, including chancellor Philip Hammond, will use Tuesday’s cabinet meeting to urge May to end the cross-party attempt to solve the Brexit impasse, with all avenues of discussion now exhausted.May is also facing increasing calls to set out a clearer timetable for her departure from Downing Street, with former culture minister Ed Vaizey calling for her to step down soon after May 23.He told Channel 4 News: “After the European elections, that would be the right time for her to stand down.“The only thing that I could see that would keep her in office is if by some miracle she produces a deal with labour and argues that she needs time to see if she can get it through parliament.”center_img Owen Bennett Tags: Brexit Channel 4 Company ITV Michael Gove People Philip Hammond Theresa May Share Brexit talks: Still no progress in discussions between the Conservatives and Labour last_img read more

Senator says lawsuit is likely if corporation doesn’t fully fund dividends

first_imgBusiness | Juneau | Southcentral | State GovernmentSenator says lawsuit is likely if corporation doesn’t fully fund dividendsAugust 11, 2016 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, talks after a floor session in July. He is seeking to have full Permanent Fund dividend checks this fall. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)Anchorage Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski wants the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation to defy Gov. Bill Walker’s veto roughly halving this year’s dividends.If the veto stands, then Wielechowski said he’s likely to sue to force the state to fully pay Permanent Fund dividends this fall.Walker didn’t have the authority to veto PFD funds, Wielechowski said. In a letter sent Wednesday to Permanent Fund Corporation chief executive officer Angela Rodell, Wielechowski cites a state law that says the corporation shall transfer an amount set by a formula for dividends.“You just simply can’t veto a statute, regardless of what appropriation is made or not,” Wielechowski said.If it stands, then Walker’s veto will reduce the dividend from what was projected to be slightly more than $2,000 per person to $1,000. Walker said he took the step to prevent the state from exhausting all Permanent Fund earnings in the next two years, and that the veto would actually preserve PFDs into the future.Wielechowski cites a 1994 Alaska Supreme Court decision that ruled Permanent Fund earnings go directly into the earnings reserve account.From there, state law says half the annual deposit is distributed in PFDs.“They very clearly said this is an automatic transfer,” Wielechowski said. “So, I think the case law is clear. The interpretation of the statute is clear. And they’ve got an obligation to transfer the full funds.”A Permanent Fund spokeswoman referred questions to the state Department of Law. Department spokeswoman Cori Mills said the state constitution requires that all annual state spending – including dividends – is subject to the governor’s veto.“It’s been the Department of Law’s longstanding opinion that dividends do require an appropriation, just as … any other money that is spent in the state,” Mill said. “And that’s because of the constitution’s requirement … that the legislature appropriates money. The governor then has the line-item veto power.”Mills added that the 1994 Supreme Court case didn’t focus on Permanent Fund dividends.if the Permanent Fund Corporation doesn’t agree to transfer the full amount, Wielechowski said that he and others would likely sue over it.“I think there’s a  high likelihood that it’ll happen,” Wielechowski said. “I’m not going to say it with a 100-percent certainty, but I’ll just say there’s a high likelihood that there will be a lawsuit.”Mills said the administration is prepared to defend its position, and the Permanent Fund Corporation’s position, to only transfer what was provided after Walker’s veto.“We’d rather not get involved in a lawsuit, but that’s his right as well as any other citizen’s right,” Mills said.Dividends are scheduled to be distributed on Oct. 6.Share this story:last_img read more

Dunleavy decision on PFD could affect timing of dividend payment

first_imgEconomy | Politics | Southcentral | Southwest | State GovernmentDunleavy decision on PFD could affect timing of dividend paymentAugust 8, 2019 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute on Monday. Dunleavy is weighing whether to sign a bill that would provide permanent fund dividends of $1,600. If Dunleavy vetoes that amount, Alaskans could receive dividends later than normal this year. (Photo by Kirsten Swann/Alaska Public Media)Gov. Mike Dunleavy is weighing whether to sign a bill he received on Wednesday that would provide a $1,600 permanent fund dividend this year.If Dunleavy vetoes that amount, Alaskans could receive dividends later than normal this year.In a statement, Dunleavy said he isn’t planning to call the Alaska Legislature back into a third special session immediately. If he vetoes the PFD funding in House Bill 2001, the Legislature would need to meet again to ensure PFDs get out this year.Dunleavy, a Republican, has until Aug. 30 to sign the bill, or to veto all or parts of it.Historically, the state Department of Revenue needed to know the PFD amount by Aug. 31 in order to issue dividends in the first week of October.If Dunleavy vetoes the PFD amount in the bill, he can’t call the Legislature back into a special session in time for dividends to go out on the normal schedule. That’s because state law requires the governor to provide 30 days notice for a special session. However, the Legislature could call itself into a special session at any time.State law allows dividends to be sent as late as Dec. 31.Dunleavy prefers a full dividend under the formula set in a 1982 state law, which would be roughly $3,000. But the House of Representatives and the Senate passed a smaller amount. They say they wanted to stay within a limit on spending from permanent fund earnings set in a law enacted last year.The bill that would fund the dividend also would reverse most of Dunleavy’s line-item vetoes.Confused about Alaska’s budget? You’re not alone. Here’s 10 things to know.While legislative leaders have said they expect there to be a PFD this year, that will depend on Dunleavy and the Legislature agreeing on an amount. Dividends have been issued each of the past 37 years.House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, a Dillingham independent, and Senate President Cathy Giessel, an Anchorage Republican, have proposed a third special session focused on the sustainability of permanent fund earnings and dividends.Dunleavy sent a letter to the leaders thanking them for the proposal. He wrote in the letter that he’s “weighing all options available for my Administration to continue the dialogue and work with the legislature on these matters.”Dunleavy signed Senate Bill 2002 on Thursday, which funds the capital budget and maintains funding for Power Cost Equalization, college scholarships and other programs. He vetoed portions of the bill.Share this story:last_img read more

Raids on premises treble in HMRC tax evasion crackdown

first_img Express KCS Raids on premises treble in HMRC tax evasion crackdown whatsapp whatsapp The number of raids carried out on premises has trebled in the last four years, as part of government investigations into tax evasion.Almost 600 property raids were carried out this year by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), following increased pressure from the government to meet its target of 1,165 tax evasion prosecutions set out for this year.The number of raids on premises carried out by HMRC in the course of investigations into tax evasion has increased by almost a fifth, rising from 500 in 2013, to 593 last year, according to international law firm Pinsent Masons. In the 2010-11 tax year, just 196 were conducted.Pinsent Masons say that the number of custodial sentences given out in cases of criminal tax evasion has also risen, with convictions up 30 per cent since 2011. In 2010, the government allocated £900m over four years to address non-compliance in the tax system and added 320 staff to their criminal investigation unit.Pinsent Masons Paul Noble said: “(HMRC) is pursuing as many cases as possible in an effort to meet targets set by the government. It is targeting a broad range of taxpayers and refusing to let those suspected of minor offences slip through the cracks.” Sharecenter_img Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailGameday NewsNASCAR Drivers Salaries Finally ReleasedGameday NewsInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEliteSinglesThe Dating Site for Highly-Educated Singles in ScottsdaleEliteSingles More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com Sunday 21 June 2015 11:25 pm Tags: HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Taxlast_img read more

The Real Springboard of Change

first_img The Real Springboard of Change AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] By Daily NK – 2012.02.02 5:22pm Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE Analysis & Opinion Various predictions of change (or not) on the Korean Peninsula have been made since the death of Kim Jong Il late last year. There has been the idea that there could be an intentional provocation to generate systemic cohesion, or an accidental one resulting from a power struggle. Conversely, there has been the idea that Vice-Chairman Kim Jong Eun has successfully acceded to power, and that rather than a hardline policy he might opt for change through reform and opening. Thus, discussion of what might become of the North Korean system in South Korean society has suddenly turned to focus entirely on the success or failure of the succession. This is based on the logic of North Korea being unified, against a background of regime policy decisions and a system with stamina.But, there is another way to see things. It is necessary to remember that there exists both top-down and bottom-up change. There are many reasons why the North Korean system continues to exist, but strict controls over information and repressive ruling methods are among the main ones. One of the key factors in these social control mechanism is the ordinary people’s access to outside information and the distorted nature of that information which is permitted. Ideological strength and loyalty are achieved through deliberate ideological education and indoctrination. If the factors allowing for the existence of North Korea’s system are indeed provided by these harsh controls over access to information and ideological education, then if change can be affected in this area, then the system can also be changed. If strict controls and surveillance are coupled to indoctrination with the ruling elite’s ideas alone, then loyalty and solidarity will be strong and the system will have stamina; conversely, if the opposite is true then the system will be made slack and change can be brought about.From the point of view of systemic reinforcement and regime preservation, 2012 must without fail bring visible results that can bind the people in solidarity. To solve food supply problems, the regime has no choice but to focus on recovering the economy. The regime’s true dilemma is that while they have to show visible results in terms of securing the people’s livelihoods and the construction of a stronger state, they have no choice but to strengthen social controls if they want to strengthen the regime and achieve social cohesion.However, there is a difference between North Korea today and in previous eras in terms of political and ideological unity. As was written by the regime in the 2012 Joint Editorial, “Let’s fight to pull up the roots of inappropriate lifestyle tendencies and pulverize the imperialist cultural infiltration,” a statement which proved nothing other than that North Korean society is indeed some way away from the regime’s desired path.Now that official idolization efforts and brainwashing no longer work, the political loyalty and cohesion of the ‘jangmadang generation’ is low. These are people who lived their youths during the March of Tribulation, and they prioritize getting secure access to food. They both think anew due to information inflows and have found a way to live via the market. They are unprecedentedly tired of and resistant to the authorities’ controls, and are at the core of a society of passive resistance. Throught South Korean dramas and films they have obtained indirect experience of South Korea’s development, and if official repression and economic weakness continue indefinitely, then this experience can become a trigger for demands for systemic change.The exposure of the North Korean people to external information, in combination with other factors, can move the entirety of North Korean society. Bottom-up awareness changing factors should remain a core focus.center_img Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? last_img read more

SK must see Chinese vessels near the NLL as security threat

first_img Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion AvatarChoi Song Min Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center center_img The waters off the coast of the West Seaencompass the de facto North-South maritime border referred to as the NorthernLimit Line [NLL]. Here, fresh water from the Han River meets ocean water,creating a natural estuary with fertile fishing grounds. With blue crab fishingseason in full swing, however, these waters become an area of increasingtension as South Korean fishermen face off against illegal Chinese fishingvessels. Conditions are said to have worsened thisyear. Chinese fishing companies, realizing that these waters have remainedrelatively untouched for almost seven decades, have been bringing their vesselsin droves. Although the area has a violent history of inter-Korean navalskirmishes, the Chinese fishing vessels seem determined to get their catchdespite the risks. Adding further fuel to the fire is thatNorth Korea appears to be exploring ways to use the tension to its ownadvantage. When Chinese fishing vessels are driven away by the South Koreannavy, their modus operandi is to immediately flee into North Korean waters. Inthe areas immediately flanking the NLL, Pyongyang appears content to take nofurther action against them. This situation may be used as a bargaining chipfor discussions on creating a peaceful inter-Korean fishing zone and laying theblame on Seoul for not having worked towards one sooner. The South Korean coast guard officerspursuing these Chinese vessels do so at serious risk to themselves, and are indanger of finding themselves drawn into a provocation preplanned by the North.The North’s General Bureau of Reconnaissance operates dozens of high-speedboats for military operations disguised as Chinese fishing vessels.These vessels have the same appearance ofsimple fishing boats, but are sufficiently armed to inflict heavy damage duringa potential skirmish. Onboard each clandestine vessel are dozens of specialoperations agents that are trained to carry out abductions at sea.Although these military vessels aretypically equipped with four high-speed engines, they normally only operate ona single engine (like a regular fishing boat) moving at approximately 18-20knots. However, once they shift into combat mode, the vessels can reach speedsof over 45 knots using all four engines. For confrontations, they possess multiplerocket launchers, autocannons, and anti-aircraft machine guns hidden on deckand in the galley. These weapons can be quickly operated at short notice. SouthKorean agents who under the belief that they are apprehending illegal Chinesefishermen are therefore at serious risk during potential boarding attempts. These North Korean vessels can positionthemselves in a fleet of Chinese boats and pretend to fish, only to launch asudden attack against South Korean patrol boats. Another potential tactic is tolure South Korean coast guards to board their vessel, which would make it verychallenging to prove accountability for their actions. It is also worth noting the currentpolitical climate on the Korean Peninsula. The North may use theseopportunities at sea to express its anger at Seoul for not budging on itsrequest for the talks that it has proposed, albeit with no sign of addressing thepreconditions for dialogue stipulated by South Korea. The South Korean authorities must thereforeconsider illegal Chinese fishing boats near the NLL to be a threat to nationalsecurity. Leniency and complacency may lead to dire consequences.  Facebook Twitter SHARE By Choi Song Min – 2016.06.22 2:31pm Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? SK must see Chinese vessels near the NLL as security threatlast_img read more

CSA unveils framework to manage electronic trading risks

Related news James Langton Keywords Electronic tradingCompanies Canadian Securities Administrators, Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada “Electronic trading risks arise from greater speed and automation in the Canadian market. This increases the potential impact of a trading error or a rapid series of errors, caused by a computer or human fault,” the notice says. The rule aims to address specific risks that may arise from electronic trading, including credit risk, market integrity risk, technology or systems risk, and regulatory arbitrage risk. The framework is designed to ensure that trading venues and dealers are actively monitoring and managing these risks, by maintaining certain policies, procedures and controls. However, requirements regarding the provision of direct electronic access, which were included in the CSA’s first proposal in this area, are not being included in the new rule. The CSA indicates that it has decided that other forms of marketplace access, such as order execution service accounts, or dealer-to-dealer routing, raise similar risks to direct access, and should be subject to similar requirements. Therefore, the CSA and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) are developing a package of proposed rules to deal with these issues, which will be published in the coming months. The new rule concerning electronic trading is expected to take effect March 1, 2013, subject to ministerial approval. Provinces that belong to the passport system are also publishing amendments to permit the use of the passport system for certain aspects of the new electronic trading rule. And, IIROC is also publishing proposed amendments to the trading rules to conform to the new CSA rule. “Establishing the right regulatory framework to oversee and manage the risks of electronic trading is a priority for the CSA,” said Bill Rice, chair of the CSA and chair and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission. “The regulatory obligations in this new rule provide better protection. The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada has issued a package of proposed rule changes to align market trading rules with the implementation of the CSA framework. “These proposed changes to IIROC rules complement the CSA’s establishment of a regulatory framework for the oversight and management of risks associated with the use of electronic trading on Canadian marketplaces,” said Susan Wolburgh Jenah, IIROC’s president and CEO. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canadian securities regulators are going ahead with rules to govern electronic trading, but provisions concerning direct market access are being put off for now. The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced Thursday that they are planning to adopt a new rule, which establishes a regulatory framework for electronic trading, and imposes requirements on dealers and markets designed to ensure that the risks associated with this sort of trading are well managed. The new rule details specific requirements for controls, policies and procedures relating to electronic trading. IIROC re-issues investor bulletin amid increase in DIY investor complaints GameStop saga makes Wall Street an issue for Biden team Getting ghosted by the markets read more

Resources, tech stocks lift TSX

first_img“The U.S. market is up, I would say, on positive earnings as well as easing of political concerns, specifically around the China trade war. Fears have been calming down, and we saw more signs today about them opening up their auto sector, which would be seen as a positive development.”Canadian markets have also seen gains as investors lean towards riskier assets, but haven’t seen the same boost from trade and earnings progress, said Jerusalim.“Different story in Canada. There is strength today in Canada and that’s coming specifically from the energy and technology sector. Again that’s a sign of risk on.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 52.92 points at 15,353.30 for a 0.35% gain.“It’s more modest in Canada, and that’s sort of been the trend we’ve seen all year,” said Jerusalim.In New York, the Nasdaq composite index ended up 124.82 points or 1.74% at 7,281.10 after big gains from tech stocks like Netflix. The S&P 500 index ended up 28.55 points or 1.07% at 2,706.39, while the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 213.59 points at 24,786.63.The Canadian dollar averaged US79.67¢, up 0.17 of a U.S. cent to continue fairly steady gains for the past month.Jerusalim said the consensus is that the Bank of Canada will keep rates steady in its announcement Wednesday, doing little to help the loonie. But easing tensions on NAFTA discussions and rising oil prices are helping.“There’s been an easing of the tense negotiations we saw earlier in the year, and that can be a slight positive,” he said.The dollar climbed on the same day Statistics Canada said manufacturing sales grew by 1.9% February, reversing two straight months of decreases.The federal agency said factory sales reached $55.8-billion for the month, boosted by the transportation equipment industry where sales were up 6.6% following assembly plant shutdowns in January.The day also saw the International Monetary Fund slightly downgrade expected growth for Canada, forecasting moderate growth of 2.1% this year compared with the 2.3% it said in January.Also readIMF trims Canadian economic growth outlookThe May crude contract closed up US30¢ at US$66.52 per barrel and the May natural gas contract was down a penny at US$2.74 per mmBTU.The June gold contract closed down US$1.20 to US$1,349.50 an ounce and the May copper contract ended down US2¢ at US$3.08 a pound. Resource and technology stocks helped boost Canada’s main stock index Tuesday, while U.S. markets were solidly higher.The rise in stock prices, especially in the U.S., came after another day of easing tensions on the trade front as well as strong earnings results so far, said Craig Jerusalim, portfolio manager at CIBC Global Asset Management. Ian Bickis Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Related news Keywords Marketwatch last_img read more

Narromine to Narrabri Inland Rail Environmental Impact Statement out on exhibition

first_imgNarromine to Narrabri Inland Rail Environmental Impact Statement out on exhibition Local communities and stakeholders of the transformational Inland Rail project are invited to submit feedback on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Narromine to Narrabri (N2N) section released today for public exhibition.Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said the release of the EIS for public exhibition marked a significant milestone in the Inland Rail project and would ensure community members can have their say.“The Narromine to Narrabri section is the longest stretch of new track that will connect the 1,700 kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail, transforming the way freight is moved across Australia,” Mr McCormack said.“This 306-kilometre section of new rail infrastructure is essential to deliver the fast, lower-cost and reliable Inland Rail freight Australia needs to meet the growing freight challenge and we must deliver it by listening to and respecting those people who call this land home.“I encourage the communities and businesses of Narromine, Curban, Coonamble, Gilgandra, Narrabri and all those in between to provide feedback on the EIS for the N2N section of Inland Rail.“Submissions made through this important regulatory approval process will help Federal and State environment departments to better understand the views of the community and inform their assessment of the project.”Mr McCormack said Inland Rail is essential to Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19.“Inland Rail’s construction between Parkes and Narromine has already brought significant opportunities to regional New South Wales, delivering almost $110 million in local stimulus and providing work for more than 1800 people,” he said.Local member for Parkes and Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government Mark Coulton said that the EIS on public exhibition provided an important opportunity for community members to share input into the Narromine to Narrabri (N2N) section of Inland Rail.“The EIS will provide detailed information to the public about the project including the environmental, economic and social impacts of Inland Rail, and I urge community members to provide their extremely valuable input,” Minister Coulton said.“The EIS on exhibition is informed by detailed hydrology, land impact assessments and technical studies carried out by the ARTC and specialist consultants, and is the result of years of planning and community consultation.”Minister Coulton said he is pleased communities in the Parkes electorate can attend upcoming information sessions at Narrabri, Baradine, Coonamble, Curban, Gilgandra and Narromine, with an additional option to contribute via an online session.The New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry and Environment released the N2N EIS today (8 December) as part of the planning approval process.The public exhibition of the EIS will remain open for an extended period of eight weeks, until 7 February 2021. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Baradine, Brisbane, communications, Coonamble, Deputy Prime Minister, Federal, Gilgandra, Government, infrastructure, Local Government, Melbourne, Narrabri, Narromine, New South Wales, Parkes, Prime Minister, regional developmentlast_img read more

Roundtable event highlights McGowan Government’s investment in job creating research

first_imgRoundtable event highlights McGowan Government’s investment in job creating research Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) are partnerships between government, industry and research institutions that fund research to support the growth of Australian industry Prior to the election of the McGowan Government, WA was missing out on this important research funding McGowan Government has invested $43 million in six WA-based CRCsScience Minister Dave Kelly has facilitated an inaugural roundtable discussion of key representatives from and partners of Western Australia’s Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs).Speaking at the CRC Roundtable event in Perth, Minister Kelly acknowledged the achievements and contributions to economic diversification to-date of WA-based CRC’s, and reiterated the McGowan Government’s commitment to promoting research-backed industry development and opportunities in the State.The Federal Government’s long standing CRC Program provides significant Commonwealth funding for partnerships between industry and the research sector. The CRC program supports industry-led research that improves the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.Prior to the election of the McGowan Government in 2017, WA was home to just one CRC. Western Australian industry and research institutions were missing out on the benefits of this program.The McGowan Government has supported the establishment of five new CRCs in WA since March 2017.The McGowan Government’s substantial investment of more than $50 million in partnerships with CRCs homed or hubbed in WA, is a demonstration of this commitment, that has helped establish the State as a hub for collaborative research that is well placed to shape and create the jobs of the future for Western Australians.The six WA-based CRCs have leveraged $192 million in Australian Government grant funding.The CRC Roundtable, facilitated by the Minister in conjunction with the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, brought together CEOs and key research program leaders from the WA-based CRCs, as well as industry partners and Vice Chancellors from Western Australian universities. The roundtable heard about the Future Battery Industries CRC plans to encourage a lithium battery precursor manufacturing industry in WA, with the CRC having already released a report into the economic feasibility and supply chain requirements for manufacturing in WA at industrial scale.Other WA-based CRCs at the roundtable highlighted their progress in creating technology to protect our local honey industry, new opportunities to export hydrogen, plans to better shutdown and rehabilitate old mine sites, the need to build the cyber security workforce and how cutting edge research is being used for smarter farming and foods.In addition to the $43 million to six WA-headquartered CRCs, the Western Australian Government has contributed another $8 million to a range of CRCs that have involvement from Western Australian industry, government and universities but are based elsewhere in Australia.The six WA-based CRCs are the Future Battery Industries CRC, MinEX CRC, Cyber Security CRC, CRC for Honey Bee Products, Future Energy Exports (FEnEx) CRC and CRC for Transformations in Mining Economies (TiME).The roundtable also included representatives of the Food Agility CRC, Future Food CRC and SmartSat CRC.An independent impact study in 2012 estimated the CRC program would generate a net economic benefit of $7.5 billion between 1991 and 2017.For more information about CRCs, visit the CRC Association website at https://crca.asn.au/As stated by Science Minister Dave Kelly:“WA is strong in industry-led research, with five new CRCs homed in WA since 2017, and a number of other major research programs led out of WA.“The McGowan Government’s $51 million investment in job creating research has been able to secure nearly $200 million of Federal Government funding.“The McGowan Government recognises the important role research plays in diversifying the economy and creating jobs, and the CRC research helps industry adapt, innovate and grow.“With their focus on industry-led research collaboration, CRCs can unlock opportunities for WA to strengthen the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of the State’s key industries.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Australian industry, commonwealth, cyber security, demonstration, federal government, Government, innovation, Investment, Minister, sustainability, technology, WA, Western Australialast_img read more