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$31.5 million to further improve on-farm irrigation efficiency

The Australian Government has renewed its commitment to the Murray-Darling Basin in South Australia by funding a further 122 projects to modernise on-farm irrigation infrastructure and return water to the environment.

The investment of $31.5 million will be delivered through a partnership with the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management (SAMDB NRM) Board as part of Round Four of the Government’s On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program.

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South Australian agribusinesses urged to apply to industry skills fund

South Australian agribusinesses will be among those eligible to apply to a new Australian Government fund aimed at boosting skills in their workforce.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston urged local agribusinesses to apply to the $476 million Industry Skills Fund.

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South Australian primary producers to reap JAEPA benefits from today

South Australian primary producers are poised to reap substantial benefits from the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), which entered into force today.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the State’s primary industries were well-placed to take advantage of opportunities offered by the free trade agreement (FTA).

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Ruston calls for elimination of testing cosmetics on animals

A motion moved in Parliament today by Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston urges the Australian Government to investigate measures to eliminate testing of cosmetic products on animals in Australia.

“I think it’s time we acknowledged that most Australians consider testing cosmetic products or their ingredients on animals is unnecessary and – in many cases – cruel,” Senator Ruston said.

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China FTA opens huge opportunities for SA farmers

South Australian agriculture and food industries are poised to reap huge benefits from the historic free trade agreement (FTA) finalised between Australia and China this week.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said key primary industries in the State such as beef, sheep meat, dairy, horticulture, wine, barley and seafood would benefit from the elimination of Chinese tariffs.

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Lake Albert communities at risk from SA Government

The South Australian Government is risking the viability of rural communities at Lake Albert by refusing to consider the economic and social benefits of a connector between the lake and the Coorong.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston, chair of the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee, said it was revealed in Senate Estimates today the SA Government’s scoping study for managing the lake’s salinity did not factor in the economic and social benefits of the proposed connector.

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Postal network must unite to face challenges

Australia Post must take a more inclusive and consultative leadership role with stakeholders and the community in addressing ongoing challenges in a rapidly changing postal environment according to a report tabled in the Senate today.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston, chair of the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee, said the inquiry into the performance of Australia Post found that in responding to rapid change, Australia Post’s relationship with key stakeholders needed to be improved.

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NBN fixed wireless rollout for Berri and Cadell

Work has commenced on a National Broadband Network fixed wireless service in the areas around Berri and Cadell.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston, a member of the NBN Select Committee who is also based in the region, welcomed the addition of Berri and Cadell to the NBN rollout in the Riverland.

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Ruston appointed senior deputy government whip

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston has been appointed the Senior Deputy Government Whip in the Senate.

Senator Ruston, who became a senator in October 2012, will take up her new position from 1 July 2014.

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Black spot funding boost for regional Australian roads

The Australian Government will triple its funding commitment to the national Black Spot Program to $160 million per year from 2015-16, with at least 50% of the money to be allocated to regional roads over the first two years.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston today welcomed announcement and urged regional South Australian councils to identify potential projects and apply for the funding when it becomes available.

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