Australians will have better oversight of foreign purchases of agricultural land following the Senate’s passing of legislation which delivered on another key Coalition election commitment.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce and Senator for New South Wales John Williams said the legislation formalises the new register of foreign ownership of agricultural land, and lowers the screening thresholds for foreign purchases of agricultural land and agribusiness by private investors from $252 million to $15 million (cumulative) and $55 million respectively.
Senator Williams said this is not a blocking of foreign investment, but rather it installs a level of oversight and scrutiny that the Australian people demand to ensure purchases are in the national interest.
The No Jab, No Pay initiative from the Federal government has passed Parliament paving the way to lift immunisation rates amongst children.
Diseases like polio, tetanus and diphtheria pose a grave threat to our children and immunisation is the most effective method of protection according to the Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams.
He said from the 1st of January next year parents will need to ensure their child’s immunisations are up to date to continue receiving Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and Family Tax Benefit –A payment.
Senator Williams said people who object to vaccinations on the basis of personal or philosophical beliefs will no longer be able to access the payments, and while it is their free choice it will have a financial impact on them.
Tweed and Byron Shire Councils will share in $89 million being distributed to New South Wales councils as second quarter payments under the Financial Assistance Grants programme.
It has been announced by the Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams that Tweed Shire Council will receive $1.204 million and Byron Shire Council will receive $369,000.
He said the FAGS programme will allocate $2.3 billion in the 2015-16 financial year, although $1.1 billion was paid in early instalments on the 30th of June this year.
Senator Williams said Tweed and Byron Shires can use this money for any local priority ranging from roads to libraries to parks and halls.
Men make sacrifices every day in their place of work, in their role
as husbands and fathers, for their families, for their friends,
for their communities and for their nation.
International Men's Day is an opportunity for people everywhere
of goodwill to appreciate and celebrate the men in their lives and
the contribution they make to society for the greater good of all.