Sanjeev Gupta urges Canberra to underwrite energy plan

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: Online : 4-Jun-19

British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta says it is important to have new and competitive sources of power generation before ‘legacy generation’ is phased out. Gupta wants the re-elected Coalition government to expand the scope of its underwriting generation scheme, which Australian Competition & Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims first proposed in 2018 as a way of encouraging new sources of power generation. Gupta, who rescued the Whyalla steelworks from administration in 2017, wants to build electric cars in Australia.

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Gas producers face export curbs

Original article by Perry Williams, Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: 17 & 26 : 31-May-19

Manufacturing Australia CEO Ben Eade says the federal government must impose LNG export controls due to the high cost of gas in the domestic market. Resources Minister Matt Canavan has signalled that the government may be open to triggering the Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism if domestic gas prices remain well above those in Asia. Manufacturers in the eastern states are currently paying more than $10 a gigajoule for gas, and Australian Competition & Consumer chairman Rod Sims has warned that many will be forced to close if gas prices do not fall.

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Big stick returns in power fight

Original article by Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 29-May-19

Energy Minister Angus Taylor says legislation aimed at forcing power companies to reduce electricity prices will be a priority for the federal government when parliament resumes. The so-called ‘big stick’ bill was put on hold in March after being rejected by parliament, and the CEOs of major energy companies still have concerns about the proposed legislation. Taylor also says the federal government will encourage its state counterparts to take action to increase electricity and gas supply.

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Porter has mandate to restructure workplace tribunal: employers

Original article by David Marin-Guzman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 28-May-19

Australian Mines & Metals Association CEO Steve Knott says the Fair Work Commission needs to approve enterprise agreements more quickly, arguing that the often lengthy delays at present are unacceptable. He says one option may be to give the Fair Work Ombudsman responsibility for approving workplace deals. Knott has urged new Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter to undertake a review of the FWC’s performance and processes.

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New minister ready for big to-do list

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 27-May-19

Paul Fletcher has replaced Mitch Fifield as Minister for Communications and the Arts in a cabinet reshuffle following the federal election. The former Optus executive will face a number of challenges in the portfolio, including lobbying by telcos for a reduction in the national broadband network’s wholesale pricing and a push by TV networks for drama and children’s content quotas to be relaxed. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s final report on its inquiry into digital platforms will also be released shortly.

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Industry seeks action on energy

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith, Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 9 : 24-May-19

Coca-Cola Amatil CEO Alison Watkins has urged the Coalition government to target energy reform during its current term of office, while Alumina CEO Mike Ferraro says electricity prices need to fall if the Portland aluminium smelter is to remain viable. Australian Industry Group CEO Innes Willox says there needs to be more reward for energy users who reduce their consumption at times when the electricity grid is under stress, while Energy Users Association of Australia head Andrew Richards says the government needs to make the ongoing transition to cleaner energy more efficient.

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Employers fear payroll nightmare

Original article by David Marin-Guzman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 15-May-19

The Fair Work Commission is expected to make a ruling on the minimum wage before the end of May. However, employers’ groups have warned of the potential payroll complications if Labor wins the federal election and pushes ahead with plans to make a new wage submission immediately upon taking office. Any increase in the minimum wage will take effect from 1 July, and Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry CEO James Pearson has expressed concern that employers will not have enough time to apply the new pay rates if Labor seeks to make a new submission to the FWC.

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Workplace hitch to PM growth pitch

Original article by Andrew Tillett, Matthew Cranston, John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 24-Apr-19

Council of Small Business Organisations CEO Peter Strong says industrial relations reform will be essential if the federal government is to achieve its goal of creating 250,000 new small businesses over the next five years. Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry CEO James Pearson says that in addition to workplace reforms, the government must invest in training and take action to reduce power prices. The Institute of Public Affairs adds that action to reduce the red tape burden is also necessary.

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Free TV miffed by government’s iceberg of policy in a sea of nothing

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 9 : 15-Apr-19

Free TV Australia CEO Bridget Fair has criticised the federal government’s failure to relax the content requirements of traditional broadcasters after nearly six years in office. She was responding to its decision to allow streaming video companies to access tax offsets for content that is filmed in Australia. Traditional broadcasters remain subject to quotas for content such as children’s programs and adult dramas. Fair contends that such quotas do not reflect changes in viewing habits.

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EV rollout threat to power grid

Original article by Ben Packham
The Australian – Page: 4 : 5-Apr-19

Energy Networks Australia has used a submission to a Senate inquiry to warn that the nation’s electricity grid may not be equipped to cope with the growing use of electric vehicles. The peak energy network body argued that incentives will be necessary to encourage consumers to recharge their electric cars during off-peak periods. Labor recently announced that it will require electric vehicles to account for 50 per cent of new car sales by 2030 if it wins the upcoming federal election.

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