Tony Seabrook expresses acknowledgement of Mrs Gina Rinehart AO’s extraordinary commitment to Agriculture & community.
Agriculture feeds us and our important allies overseas. Our clean gas keeps the lights on, and factories, hospitals and shops open from Tokyo to Toowoomba. At the Hancock Prospecting companies, we’re working in the bush every day to keep Australians warm, clothed, and well fed.
A study by University of Auckland public health dietitian Leanne Young looked at the nutritional value and cost of plant-based products that mimic meat, such as vegetarian mince and sausages. Only 12% of the meat alternatives surveyed had a 3.5-star health rating or higher, compared to 91% of the legumes, tofu and falafel products, Young said. “These meat alternatives, or meat analogues, were quite high in salt generally, and products like the meat-free sausages were quite high in salt and saturated fat,” she said. The fake meat products were highly processed. “The level of processing is also a concern because it goes against what we’re recommending with plant-based eating.
Calls are growing to make safety warning systems mandatory on garbage trucks after a renowned doctor was killed in New South Wales. The technology is already in place in Perth, thanks to Australia’s richest person, Gina Rinehart, who stepped in after learning of the tragedy.
Business leaders, economists and seniors groups are urging Anthony Albanese to develop an ambitious blueprint aimed at encouraging older Australians to stay in the workforce for longer as a way to ease the growing tax burden on the young while the country’s population ages. The policy prescriptions include raising the pension age again, delaying when superannuation can be accessed, allowing people to work more hours without losing the aged pension, increasing training programs for older workers, and pushing for an end to age discrimination in the workforce.
One of the key messages from Treasury’s Intergenerational Report, released yesterday, is that Australia will have a dwindling pool of workers over the next 40 years as the population’s average age increases. The Treasurer Jim Chalmers says he wants to get older people working if they want to. But older workers say they face significant challenges to stay in the workforce. And advocates say it’s time to get rid of the bureaucratic redtape.
With the Australian population set to age, the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) says the government needs to “remove unfair tax and red tape barriers stopping Australian pensioners, veterans, and students who want to work.” Research Fellow at the IPA Saxon Davidson told Oliver Peterson on Perth Live that Australia needs to emulate New Zealand where pensioners are not punished for working, “Leading surveys show that twenty per cent of pensioners would rejoin the workforce if these unfair barriers were removed.”
My father throughout his whole life was a huge lover of the bush and of our country, and made himself unpopular at times, standing up for what he could see was in the nation’s best interests. On our long drives together in the bush to check windmills and cattle – I was the gate opener and tool carrier – Dad would sometimes tell me jokes. One he especially liked was told by Dr Edward Teller – scientists who knew both Teller and Einstein said that Teller had the greater mind.
“Age-old problem needs future-proofing” is missing an important component in the worker shortage debate, the harsh treatment by the Federal Government of aged Australians and other pensioners who would otherwise like to continue working.Let’s look after our own better and remove the incomes test. Allow those pensioners who would like to, including veterans, contribute to the prosperity of us all. This initiative will assist with the current housing crisis and cost-of-living issues as well. | Dean Nalder