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Tasmanian business leaders to advise Major Projects Agency

Two prominent Tasmanian business people have been appointed to a board to advise the newly created Tasmanian Major Projects Approval Agency. Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane said the Agency will attract new investment to the State and is a key element of the Government’s Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania.

National Broadband Network rolling out in Launceston

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About 7800 premises in Launceston are a step closer to getting access to the National Broadband Network with build preparation work now underway, Bass MP Andrew Nikolic said today.

“In coming weeks, work will be visible in streets as pre-construction activity begins, such as the clearing of Telstra’s pits and ducts, before the fibre-to-the-premises network is built,” Mr Nikolic said.READ MORE

Carbon Tax repeal means cheaper power for Tasmanians

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Bass MP Andrew Nikolic has welcomed today’s vote by the Senate to repeal the Carbon Tax and said it is great news for Tasmanian families and businesses.

“Tasmania’s Independent Economic Regulator announced in June that electricity prices would fall by 7.8 per cent from 1 July 2014 with the Carbon Tax gone.READ MORE

Trade Support Loans for apprentices now available

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The legislation for Trade Support Loans has been passed by the Federal Parliament, allowing loans of up to $20,000 over the four years of an apprenticeship.

Bass MP Andrew Nikolic said the Government is delivering on its commitment to introduce Trade Support Loans for apprentices to encourage more young people to take up a trade and complete their qualification. READ MORE