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The port City of Fremantle, now considered by many as part of greater Metropolitan Perth, has been home to Fremantle Port since the turn of the 19th Century. For more than a century, 90% of Western Australia’s imports and 30% of its exports have moved through the port. In 2014, during their first budget, the Abbott Federal Government allocated federal funding supplemented by state funding to upgrade and expand Roe Highway, in order to improve…
Australia’s goal to decrease its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 26-28% by 2030 is a direct result of the Paris Climate Conference in 2015. This commitment will be partially executed through the existing Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). The ERF is a voluntary scheme introduced by the Australian Government (Government) that incentivises individuals and businesses to adopt practices that reduce CO2 emissions. There are three aspects to the ERF, namely, crediting, purchasing and safeguarding the decrease…
Taxpayers in Western Australia have been left to foot the bill after Jirsch Sutherland, liquidator for the Kimberley Diamond Company Pty Ltd (“KDC”), used a legal loophole to handball expensive mining leases back to the Department of Mines and Petroleum (“DMP”). Care and maintenance costs for KDC’s Ellendale diamond mine amount to $100,000 (AUD) a month and environmental rehabilitation obligations are estimated to be $40 million (AUD). The DMP has been servicing these costs since…
The renewable energy industry is celebrating the change in Coalition leadership, with hopes pinned on Malcolm Turnbull to show support for the renewable energy sources that Tony Abbott so fervently rejected. Out With the Old In 2014, Australia invested just $240 million in renewable energy projects and facilities, compared to a global investment of $310 billion. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey campaigned against wind farms as an energy source. In an…