A Senate hearing will be held in Murwillumbah this Tuesday to scrutinise the sugar industry.
The Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee is inquiring into the current and future arrangements for the marketing of Australian sugar.
The inquiry was instigated by the Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams and his Nationals Queensland colleague Senator Barry O’Sullivan.
Senator Williams sought the inquiry after meeting with canegrowers on his visit to the area in August last year and hearing their concerns about the future of the industry’s marketing arrangments.
The highly successful ADF Gap Year programme will return next year and applications open today.
The Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams said the programme has been an enormous success this year with almost 4,000 young people having applied for the 2015 intake and 260 were chosen.
Senator Williams said for 2016 there will be up to 445 places available including 250 in the Army, 120 in the Air Force and for the first time 75 will be available in the Navy.
“This programme provides a positive experience for young people who will do their initial training at RAAF Base Wagga or the Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka before being assigned to units across the country.
News that the Federal Government is going to move on Country of Origin Labelling will be welcomed by all Australians according to the Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams.
He said for the past twenty years he has been frustrated in his attempts to get industry and political consensus on a labelling system that would state clearly where the product originated from and the mixture of Australian and imported ingredients.
Senator Williams said the announcement by the Prime Minister Tony Abbott that the Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce and the Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane would develop a Country of Origin framework is a huge step forward.
Three projects will be rolled out in the Richmond electorate under Round 2 of the Federal Government’s Green Army programme.
The Green Army provides opportunities for young Australians ager 17 to 24 years to gain training and experience in environmental and conservation fields while participating in projects that generate real benefits for the environment.
The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams says the project sponsor for all projects will be Envite Inc. and the service provider will be Job Futures.