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South Australians paying more for using less water

The latest Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows South Australian households are paying the highest price for water in the nation despite falling water consumption.
Yesterday’s ABS figures revealed South Australian households paid $4.29 per kilolitre (kL) for urban distributed water in 2013-14, the highest in the nation and significantly above the Australian average of $3.08 per kL.

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SA’s trade representation top of trip agenda
State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall and Shadow Minister for Investment and Trade Tim Whetstone will join Federal Trade Minister Andrew Robb at Indonesia-Australia Business Week in Jakarta today before travelling to Thailand and Malaysia meeting with government and industry stakeholders.
“A permanent South Australian presence on the ground in South East Asia and opportunities for businesses to access new export markets will be at the top of the agenda during this trip,” said Mr Tim Whetstone.
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SA’s top exporters acknowledged at awards

The diversity and innovation amongst South Australia’s exporters was recognised at the Business SA 2015 Export Awards at the National Wine Centre today.

Shadow Minister for Investment and Trade Tim Whetstone said the nine award winners demonstrate the export success stories present in South Australia.

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TPP potential for SA as export growth weak

South Australia must be better positioned to take advantage of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement signed last night to arrest the State’s falling merchandise exports.

Figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show a 6.4 per cent drop in the value of merchandise exports over the past 12 months.

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Don’t be a pest this long weekend by risking export markets

Shadow Minister for Investment and Trade Tim Whetstone is calling on visitors to the Riverland over the October long weekend to leave fruit fly host material at home and not risk crucial export market access.

South Australia is the only mainland state that is fruit fly free and this status in the Riverland is a crucial market advantage across the world.

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Back to the future on trade

The State Liberals have described the Weatherill Government’s latest foray into South East Asia as a re-run of previous broken promises on trade.

Following the Hartley Review in 2012, the State Labor Government closed nine of South Australia’s overseas trade offices, including in Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam, to save more than $2 million.

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Trade Minister wants to ‘steer away from consultants’ – appoints another consultant

The Weatherill Labor Government has hired yet another consultant despite the Minister for Trade declaring his approach “to steer away from consultants”.

Minister Hamilton-Smith yesterday announced that former Labor Minister Karlene Maywald had been appointed as a ‘Strategic Adviser – Water Opportunities’ – a $70,000 a year external consultancy role which follows her appointment as the Sampson Flat bushfire recovery coordinator this year.

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It’s not cricket

A surge in the number of South Australians playing cricket has highlighted the need for increased State Government investment in the facilities of community cricket clubs.
Statistics from the Australian Cricket Census for 2014-15 reveal the number of people playing cricket in South Australia in the past three years has increased by almost 40,000 and that participation in the sport has exceeded 100,000 for the first time.

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Reversing SA’s export slide critical to economy

An alarming $1 billion fall in the value of South Australia’s merchandise exports detailed in Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data released today is further evidence of the collapse of economic activity in South Australia.
The value of merchandise exports has plummeted by $1 billion or 8.2 per cent to $11.34 billion over the last 12 months in South Australia.

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Riverland forum to address devastating impact of ice in regional South Australia

The use of crystal methamphetamine or ‘ice’ in regional South Australia is a growing issue posing an increasingly high risk to communities.
A forum organised by the Riverland Community Services Alliances titled ‘Knowing the Facts About ICE’ will be held tonight at the Chaffey Theatre in Renmark with more than 600 people expected to attend.

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