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SKILLS SHORTAGE CONUNDRUM

Australia has half a million jobs up for grabs but is finding it near impossible to fill most of them. The Prime Minister’s $5.4b plan to make child care cheaper for families also forms a central part of his strategy to address the skills shortage. But Mr Albanese is also facing calls to encourage pensioners to return to the workforce. New Liberal leader Peter Dutton has pressed the Albanese Government to allow pensioners to earn more money without seeing their pensions being cut back — borrowing an idea championed by WA mining magnate Gina Rinehart and rejected by the Coalition. Currently pensioners can earn $300 a fortnight before their pension payments are reduced, but Mr Dutton wants the income threshold to be increased to $600.
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Australian Grand Dairy People’s Choice Award goes to Farm Fresh

Bannister Downs Dairy’s Farm Fresh Milk has been crowned the winner of the prestigious 2022 Australian Grand Dairy People’s Choice AwardsManaging director, Suzanne Daubney, spoke with pride upon receiving the 2022 Australian Grand Dairy People’s Choice Award. “There are so many awards in the Dairy Industry, but one of the most valued is the People’s Choice Award,” Daubney said. “Knowing that consumers really appreciate our product, see how passionate we are, and value what we stand for is so rewarding for us. ”“The People’s Choice Award is highly esteemed and showcases the quality and popularity of a manufacturer’s product, and we think that Farm Fresh Milk is truly deserving of the title. Congratulations Bannister Downs Dairy as well as all the producers who were in the running.”
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S. Kidman and Co marks relocation to Queensland with Santa Gertrudis promotion at Brisbane’s Norman Hotel

Gina Rinehart ‘s S. Kidman and Co will stake a further claim in Queensland when its head office and the bulk of its operations move from South Australia to the sunshine state. An S. Kidman and Co representative confirmed to the Queensland Country Life that a promotion at the Norman Hotel in Brisbane called Santas in July would be launched on Friday to help celebrate the fact that the bulk of S. Kidman and Co’s operations and head office are to relocate to Queensland.
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AGE-OLD RULES NOT WORKING

Estimates from Deloitte Access Economics have a 5 per cent rise in the number of over-55 s in the workforce as boosting national gross domestic product by $48 billion. The idea has long been championed by WA mining billionaire Gina Rinehart, pictured right. Mr Dutton confirmed conversations with Mrs Rinehart had helped inform his stance. Mrs Rinehart said she applauded Mr Dutton “for the leadership he has shown on this issue”. “I would encourage the Government to not only consider the benefits to the department of eliminating pensioners’ paperwork but the revenue generated from additional income tax … and businesses then able to generate more taxable profits,” she said. Mrs Rinehart wants the Government to go further than Mr Dutton’s policy however, by eliminating any upward limit to what pensioners can earn, “and just let them contribute like other Australians by paying income tax” .
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DUTTON IN PENSIONER WORK PLAN | Leader’s Gina-Inspired Policy

Peter Dutton is in Perth for the second time in less than a fortnight , this time to spruik his calls for the Albanese Government to let pensioners earn more money without their pensions being cut back. WA mining magnate Gina Rinehart championed a similar policy before the Federal election as a way to help solve Australia’s worker shortage, but the idea was never adopted by former prime minister Scott Morrison.
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30 YEARS CELEBRATION – GINA RINEHART

Bannister Downs we are so very proud to not only have the privilege of knowing Mrs Rinehart, but to also have her encouragement and support along the way with everything that we do. A truly remarkable and generous lady who deserves a multitude of accolades. Congratulations from Bannister Downs !
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Rinehart-owned dairy wins popular vote | WA dairy wins national award

Gina Rinehart and the Daubney family’s joint venture Bannister Downs Dairy has created the first Western Australian milk to be crowned most popular dairy product in the country. Bannister Downs Farm Fresh Milk was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the recent 2022 Australian Grand Dairy Awards. The business was founded by the Daubney family in 1924 and is now operated by third generation farmers Mat and Sue Daubney. Mrs Rinehart entered a partnership with the Daubneys in 2014, to assist the family business to meet escalating demand. She said the People’s Choice Award was recognition for the efforts of the team and a reward for their commitment and dedication.
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