Policy & Initiatives Archive

Mr Jason Waters appointed CEO of soon-to-be-merged Synergy Energy (22 December 2013)

Western Australia’s Energy Minister, Dr Mike Nahan, and Synergy board chairman, Mr Michael Smith, have announced the appointment of Mr Jason Waters as CEO of the new merged Synergy and Verve entity. Mr Waters has served as CEO of

Queensland Alumina Limited fined $125,000 for 3rd environmental harm offence (22 December 2013)

Gladstone alumina refinery Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) has been fined $125,000 and had a conviction recorded against them after pleading guilty to causing serious environmental harm. In Gladstone Magistrates’ Court this week, QAL pleaded guilty to allowing the release

Should Australians work until they’re 70? We look at the recent Productivity Commission report (29 November 2013)

The Productivity Commission’s report An Ageing Australia: Preparing for the Future is an ambitious, detailed and comprehensive exploration the potential fiscal and economic impacts of the demographic changes Australia might experience in the decades ahead. The report will provide

Regulation: Australian Business Council report calls for less regulation while another energy company faces penalties for illegal & unconscionable conduct (29 November 2013)

In the past week the Business Council of Australia has released a report, Improving Australia’s Regulatory System, in which it argues for reduction to the cost and burden on regulated parties – “the ‘dead hand’ of regulation imposing unnecessary

New population projections suggest Melbourne could grow by 83% to 10.3 million in 2061 (28 November 2013)

Latest population projections for Australia released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest that Melbourne and Victoria will continue to accommodate strong population growth over the coming 50 years. The statistics released by the ABS forecast that according

Board appointed to Queensland’s new building industry regulator (26 November 2013)

A Board for Queensland’s new building industry regulator has been appointed, to take the reins from December 2013. Queensland’s Housing and Public Works Minister, Mr Tim Mander, said the creation of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) represented

Australia’s Federal Government proposes streamlined environmental approval process for offshore petroleum and greenhouse gas storage activities (25 November 2013)

The Australian Federal Government has released two draft reports for public comment on establishing a ‘one-stop-shop’ environmental approval process for offshore petroleum and greenhouse gas storage activities. The reports are a requirement of the strategic assessment process under national

Mr David Murray AO to head inquiry into Australia’s financial system (21 November 2013)

The Federal Government has announced the appointment of Mr David Murray AO to head an inquiry into Australia’s financial system. Mr Murray will head a Committee of four eminent Australians drawn from the finance, business and academic sectors. Among

Queensland Government releases plan to encourage resources sector growth on Cape York Peninsula (21 November 2013)

Queensland’s Liberal-National Government has released for public comment its blueprint for the future of Cape York Peninsula. Queensland’s Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Mr Jeff Seeney, said the draft Cape York Regional Plan delivers

New water laws for Western Australia (19 November 2013)

Western Australia’s Liberal-National State Government has announced that new water laws will transform the provision of water, sewerage, irrigation and drainage services in Western Australia after they come into effect today. Western Australia’s Water Minister, Mr Terry Redman, said