THE iQ Group Global has announced its equity crowd-sourced funding platform Capital Labs has launched a new investment offer, driving a new era in Australian Healthcare.

One of the first ASIC authorised equity crowd-sourced funding (CSF) platforms in Australia, Capital Labs only partners with companies launching technology and innovations that have a positive impact on Australia’s future. For investors, Capital Labs provides access to early-stage retail investment opportunities in innovative companies and technologies in a variety of sectors for as little as $100.

Capital Labs is excited to announce its partnership with Greenfield MC Global, a medicinal cannabis enterprise focused on the development and distribution of pharmaceutical-grade medicinal cannabis products for the Asia Pacific region.

“At Greenfield MC Global, we strive to help shape this new era in patient care,” Greenfield MC Global chairmand and president Arjun Chhabra said.

“We are delighted to partner with Capital Labs to invite retail investors, who believe it’s time for change in Australia and the Asia Pacific, to participate in this raise,” he said.

Part of bioscience investment enterprise The iQ Group Global, Capital Labs backs innovative companies with a unique full-service crowdfunding raise offering, including investment banking, marketing and advisory services.

George Syrmalis,  iQ Group Global CEO, said the offer aligns with the core mission of Capital Labs.


“Capital Labs is a platform for Australians who believe in investing in positive change,” Dr Syrmalis said.

“Providing retail investors the opportunity to fund companies bringing meaningful innovations to market in sectors alongside life science, Capital Labs exemplifies our commitment to innovation,” he said.

The Greenfield MC Global offer is live now, closing on December 12, 2019. 

https://capitallabs.com/greenfieldmc  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXJMNvRF_gg&feature=emb_title

About The iQ Group Global

The iQ Group Global is a group of companies that find, fund and develop bioscience discoveries to create life-changing medical innovations. The group’s flagship innovation is the Saliva Glucose Biosensor, the first non-invasive replacement for finger-prick blood glucose testing for people living with diabetes. www.theiqgroupglobal.com.

About Greenfield MC Global

Greenfield MC Global is a licensed medicinal cannabis importer and distributor in Australia, with expanding operations in cultivation, research and distribution in New Zealand, South Korea, the Philippines and other Asia-Pacific markets.

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“THERE WAS more good news for the housing market today with the release of figures showing that the value of owner occupier home loans has reached its highest since July of last year,” Shane Garrett, chief economist of Master Builders Australia said. 

“The latest figures indicate that the seasonally-adjusted value of lending to owner occupiers reached $14.24 billion during September, an expansion of 3.2 percent compared with the previous month and up by 5.6 percent compared with a year ago. The value of new home lending was up by 0.8 percent during the month,” he said. 

“The news around the housing market has been largely positive over the past six months and the new figures out today add to the unfolding good news story,” Mr Garrett said. 

“Confidence has been in short supply across the economy over recent times with the subdued state of domestic demand reflecting this.

“The state of the housing market has a huge impact on people’s willingness to spend and invest. The continued improvement in the housing market will assist in this respect,” Mr Garrett said. 

“We still need more from all levels of government so that demand in the economy can be bolstered. Earlier today, the Reserve Bank trimmed its short-term growth forecasts for the Australian economy.

“Part of the problem is that new infrastructure projects are not hitting the ground quickly enough. This is causing economic recovery to be delayed unnecessarily,” Mr Garrett said. 

During September, Tasmania saw the largest increase in the number of owner occupier home loans (+10.3%), followed by Western Australia (+5.6%) and the Northern Territory (+3.6%). There were also increases in Queensland (+3.5%), New South Wales (+1.8%), Victoria (+1.8%) and South Australia (+1.0%). The ACT was the only market to see the number of owner occupier loans drop during September (-1.8%).

www.masterbuildersaustralia.com.au

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BRISBANE students will be encouraged to consider engineering and other STEM careers when they roll out their problem-solving skills today. 

The year 9 students from Coorparoo Secondary College, St Laurence’s College and Kelvin Grove State College will program Lego robots, discover chemical processing, and how engineering is used in environmental management on a mine site. 

The event is being conducted at Coorparoo Secondary College by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA). 

“These practical tasks are linked to current classroom learning and help join the dots between classroom theory and the practical application of maths and science,” said Katrina-Lee Jones, director skills education and diversity with the Queensland Resources Council. 

“It also helps them understand the variety of careers available in the resources sector, and how to step onto these career pathways. 

“We are facing a critical shortage of engineers particularly in mining and we hope that these students will be encouraged to consider this vital and rewarding occupation.” 

QRC is the peak representative body for Queensland ‘s resource sector. The Queensland resources sector provides one in every five dollars in the Queensland economy, sustains one in seven Queensland jobs, and supports more than 14,400 businesses and community organisations across the State, all from 0.1 percent of Queensland’s land mass. 

The QMEA is a partnership between the QRC and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools program. It has 74 schools throughout Queensland. 

www.wrc.org.au

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THE Victorian and Commonwealth Governments are being urged to back the emerging offshore wind sector in a move that could drastically reduce carbon emissions while providing quality jobs for workers who are already being impacted by the transition out of fossil fuel industries.

In a joint report launched by the Victorian Trades Hall Council this morning, unions from the maritime, energy and manufacturing sectors have outlined a series of steps to not only encourage the use of offshore wind to reduce carbon emissions, but take advantage of the emerging industry to diversify the job opportunities for workers and communities which are currently reliant on coal, oil and gas.

Putting the ‘Justice’ in ‘Just Transition’: Tackling inequality in the new renewable economy focuses on the Star of the South project, Australia’s first proposed offshore wind farm which would use 250 turbines between 10 and 25km off the Gippsland coast to generate up to 20 percent of Victoria’s electricity.

The report, produced by the Maritime Union of Australia, Victorian Trades Hall Council, Gippsland Trades and Labour Council, Electrical Trades Union, and Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union, outlines the steps required to not only support the development of this emerging sector, but to ensure it delivers positive outcomes to communities reliant on fossil fuel industries.

The report recommends:
• the Commonwealth establish an energy transition authority to work with states and regions, develop a stand-alone Offshore Renewables Act, and create an agency responsible for facilitating the development of offshore renewable energy in Commonwealth waters;
• the development of offshore and onshore renewable energy master plans that incorporate assessments of supply chains, procurement and infrastructure;
• ensuring renewable energy financing, targets, contracts, licensing and approvals require the maximising of local jobs, including planning for direct redeployment of workers from fossil fuel industries;
• the Victorian Government establish a just transition group to ensure a well-planned energy transition with the best possible social outcomes by formally consulting with relevant stakeholders including trade unions, employers and communities;
• maximising the social benefit of the Star of the South project by requiring local design, manufacturing, and construction;
• funding of appropriate training and retraining through local TAFEs, along with minimum apprentice ratios; and
• maximising the number of jobs available by ensuring good rosters and reasonable hours of work.

Victorian Trades Hall Council secretary Luke Hilakari said addressing climate change must be a priority and political leadership is required to ensure workers and communities currently reliant on fossil fuels weren’t thrown on the scrap heap.

“This transition must be managed in a way that ensures workers and their communities are put front and centre, with clear plans to support workers into new, quality jobs in the manufacturing, construction, and maintenance of renewable energy infrastructure, when companies make decisions to close businesses,” Mr Hilakari said.

MUA deputy national secretary Will Tracey said Australia already had highly skilled seafarers and offshore oil and gas workers, capable of constructing offshore wind projects

“Political inaction has seen the decline of Australia’s shipping industry, while the growing shift away from fossil fuels threatens the jobs of skilled workers in the offshore oil and gas sectors,” Mr Tracey said.

“The development of an offshore wind industry gives us the opportunity to transition those highly-skilled workers into the important work of delivering Australia’s clean energy future.”

AMWU Victorian secretary Tony Mavromatis said the implementation of appropriate planning and procurement policies could provide a boon for local manufacturing.

“A renewables sector that relies on bringing in equipment from overseas provides limited economic benefits, but if governments put in place requirements for the use of local content we would see a massive boost in local manufacturing jobs,” Mr Mavromatis.

“By not only fostering the development of offshore wind farms, but actively ensuring these towers and turbines are produced locally, the environmental benefits would be matched by economic and social outcomes.”

Gippsland Trades and Labour Council secretary Steve Dodd said the poorly managed power privatisation and the abrupt closure of the Hazelwood power station and coal mine had a devastating impact on the community.

“The closures in the Latrobe Valley are examples of how not to manage a transition, and we need to learn from those mistakes,” Mr Dodd said.

“But the Gippsland Trades and Labour Council, with the support of the Latrobe Valley Authority and the Victorian Government, has been able to train 2,000 workers and help most into new jobs.

“We need to continue this work with the Star of the South project, and show working people that it is possible to undertake major industry reform that puts workers and their communities at its heart by ensuring future low emissions jobs are good union jobs.”

Putting the ‘Justice’ in ‘Just Transition’: Tackling inequality in the new renewable economy: www.mua.org.au/sites/mua.org.au/files/uploads/Submissions/2019%20just%20transition%20offshore%20wind%20report%20FINAL.pdf

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THE Federal Court has disqualified Sydney man David Iannuzzi from practising as a registered liquidator for a period of 10 years.

This is the first time the ATO has initiated Federal Court proceedings using Corporations Act provisions to take on the facilitators of schemes designed to avoid paying tax.

The Federal Court found that Mr Iannuzzi, as the sole director of Veritas Advisory Pty Limited, had been systemically negligent in his responsibilities as a liquidator over an extended period of time and across more than 23 companies.

The Federal Court found that Mr Iannuzzi’s "systemic conduct was certainly reckless; it fell very far short of the conduct that was to be expected of him; it demonstrates that he failed to observe the obligations of candour on him with regard to disclosing relevant circumstances to creditors; it reflects poorly on his character; and it demonstrates that he is not a fit and proper person to remain registered as a liquidator".

ATO Assistant Commissioner Aislinn Walwyn said the outcome demonstrated that the ATO will take firm action to hold facilitators of illegal phoenix activity to account and take steps to remove them from the business environment where they have acted negligently.

“Our taxation and superannuation systems rely on the integrity of industry professionals, including insolvency practitioners,” Ms Walwyn said.

Illegal phoenix activity is when a company is deliberately liquidated, wound up or abandoned to defeat creditors, leaving its debts behind. Its assets are shifted to the controllers or to a new entity that begins trading, often under a similar name.

“Illegal phoenix activity affects the whole community. It rips off creditors and employees and reduces the amount of revenue that could be collected to fund essential community services,” Ms Walwyn said.

A report by PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2018 estimated the economic impact of potential illegal phoenix activity to be up to $5.13 billion per year. This includes small businesses and individual contractors or suppliers who are left unpaid, employees who haven’t been paid their entitlements, and all Australian taxpayers who ultimately bear the burden of unrecovered tax debts left behind by phoenix activity

The ATO leads the 37-member Phoenix Taskforce, which aims to protect public finances, as well as honest businesses and employees, by deterring and reducing illegal phoenix activity.

lllegal phoenix activity can be reported at www.ato.gov.au/tipoff or phone 1800 060 062.

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A NEW REPORT, to be released today, will urge the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments to back the emerging offshore wind sector in a move that could drastically reduce carbon emissions while providing quality jobs for workers transitioning out of fossil fuel industries.

In a joint report launched by the Victorian Trades Hall Council, unions from the maritime, energy and manufacturing sectors will outline a series of steps to not only encourage the use of offshore wind to reduce carbon emission, but take advantage of the emerging industry to diversify the job opportunities for workers and communities which are currently reliant on coal, oil and gas.

Putting the ‘Justice’ in ‘Just Transition’: Tackling inequality in the new renewable economy focuses on the Star of the South project, Australia’s first proposed offshore wind farm which would use 250 turbines between 10-25km off the Gippsland coast to generate up to 20 percent of Victoria’s electricity.

The report, produced by the Maritime Union of Australia, Victorian Trades Hall Council, Gippsland Trades and Labour Council, Electrical Trades Union, and Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union, outlines the steps required to not only support the development of this emerging sector, but to ensure it delivers positive outcomes to communities reliant on fossil fuel industries.

Workers from fossil fuel industries who would like to transition into a new offshore wind sector will also be available for media interviews.

Launch: Putting the Justice in ‘Just Transition’

When: 10:30am, Friday 8 November 2019

Where: VTHC, 54 Victoria St, Carlton

 

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THE Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has welcomed the Federal Government’s move to pay e-invoices within five days or pay interest on late payments.

The five day e-invoicing payment policy applies to contracts valued up to $1 million, where both the lead contractor and federal government agency both use e-invoicing.

“This is a game-changer for e-invoicing small businesses that are directly engaged in a contract with a federal government agency,” Ms Carnell said.

“The next step would be to apply this to businesses right down the supply chain. Our Small Business Counts report shows that late payments continue to hamper small business viability, with half of all small businesses reporting late payments on 40% of their invoices," she said.

“This policy will improve cash flow for small businesses so they have the confidence and the capital to re-invest. We encourage small and family businesses to adopt e-invoicing and make the most of the benefits that flow from that, including reduced administration costs and fewer processing and handling errors.

“We know that around 1.2 billion invoices are exchanged in Australia every year. Research shows it costs about $30 to process a paper invoice and about $9 per e-invoice, a significant saving," Ms Carnell said.

“Around 20 percent of traditional invoices are sent to the wrong person and about 30 percent contain incorrect information – delaying payment. In fact, research shows the Australian economy would benefit to the tune of $28 billion over a decade, if all businesses switched to e-invoicing.

“This Federal Government e-invoicing payment initiative sets a benchmark for all states, teritories and big business to follow.”

www.asbfeo.gov.au

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WOULD the House of Representatives work more effectively with fixed four-year terms? What would that mean for the Senate? If the length of terms was fixed, in what circumstances should an early election be allowed?

The House Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee will discuss these issues with a panel of constitutional experts on Thursday, November 7.

The panel will comprise professors Gabrielle Appleby, Cheryl Saunders, Anne Twomey, and George Williams, and Mr Malcolm Mackerras. 

Chair of the committee, Andrew Wallace MP said that since Federation the average length of Parliaments has been about two and a half years.

"I’m looking forward to involving the public in a discussion about whether longer parliamentary terms would improve the Australian political system," Mr Wallace said.

The discussion will be open to the public and streamed live on the Parliament’s website.

The House of Representatives’ Twitter account, @AbouttheHouse, will be following the discussion, and the Committee will consider questions posted on Twitter. The Committee encourages those making contributions to do so respectfully.

Further information is available on the Committee’s website.

Roundtable details 

Date: Thursday 7 November, 2019
Time: 9am to 12.15pm
Location: Committee Room 2R1, Parliament House, Canberra

The roundtable will be broadcast live at aph.gov.au/live.

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THE Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell wants to hear from small and family enterprises being exited from financial planning businesses.

“Following recent media reports regarding AMP Financial Planning’s restructure of its business, my office has received dozens of requests for assistance from small business financial planners across a number of licensors, many of whom say they are facing financial ruin,” Ms Carnell said.

“Small business owners are reporting that they are bearing the brunt of brutal restructures by their licensors. They are saying that licensors’ handling of matters has not been transparent or equitable."

The Ombudsman wants to hear from financial planning licensees who feel that their treatment is unfair.

“We’re concerned about a number of behaviours that may include the conduct of lookback audits, financial planning licensors shifting responsibility for client compensation payments to licencees, short notice periods provided to licencees exiting the business and restraint of trade provisions," Ms Carnell said.

Any small or family business that has been impacted by changes in the financial planning sector is encouraged to share their story via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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WHITE AUSTRALIA comes to a halt for the race that stops a nation, 20 South East Queensland students will be at Evolution Mining’s Mount Carlton gold mine -- the birthplace of this year’s coveted 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy.   

The students from 10 Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) schools, will spend two days touring the mine located 150km south of Townsville, arriving today. 

They’ll see the mine, processing plant, hear from geologists, engineers, scientists and tradies, and inspect one of the mine’s five 95 tonne haul trucks.  

“Last year the mine produced more than 100,000 ounces of gold and this year we are commencing an underground expansion,” said Evolution’s Mount Carlton general manager Anton Kruger. 

“It’s also great to see that 14 of the students attending are girls who will have an opportunity to meet some female employees on site in various roles, showing that this industry is definitely one for them to consider.

“It’s fantastic to have the students on-site to gain some insights into how gold is produced, and an overview of the many career opportunities available in the resources sector,” he said.  

“Gold is used not just in the obvious things like jewellery, but also in medicine, for example playing a critical role in cancer detection and cure, electronics such as mobile phones and computers, and of course, the Melbourne Cup, for which we are very proud to have this year produced the gold. 

“While many of the end products from mining are very familiar, the time, effort and resources spent on their production are not always apparent. 

“We hope that the tour will spark interest in the students in considering resources as an exciting and rewarding career option."   

The QMEA is a partnership between the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools program. It has 74 schools throughout Queensland. 

QRC is the peak representative body for Queensland ‘s resource sector. The Queensland resources sector provides one in every five dollars in the Queensland economy, sustains one in seven Queensland jobs.

www.qrc.org.au

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INDUSTRY super fund owned IFM Investors completed the purchase of US energy company Buckeye Partners, over this weekend, Australian-time.  It is the largest Australian cross border acquisition of a foreign company since BHP acquired Petrohawk in 2011 and the largest deal in the history of IFM, catapulting it to being one of the most significant owners of infrastructure in the world.

Six million working Australians who are members of industry superannuation funds and whose retirement savings are part-managed by IFM Investors will benefit from the transaction.

Buckeye’s critical energy infrastructure assets include 6,000 miles of pipeline, with over 100 delivery locations and 115 liquid petroleum products terminals with aggregate tank capacity of over 118 million barrels, and a network of marine terminals located primarily in the East and Gulf Coast regions of the US, as well as in the Caribbean.

IFM Investors chief executive Brett Himbury said the Buckeye deal was a strong long-term investment for millions of industry super fund members and a transformational acquisition for the firm.

“With our scale, reach and capability, IFM Investors and industry super funds are a significant exporter of capital. As long term stewards of critical infrastructure, IFM seeks to deliver great investment outcomes in a sustained and sustainable way for millions of working people here and around the world.”

Mr Himbury said that IFM would actively lower carbon emissions at Buckeye to assist the firm navigate the next phase of the US and global energy revolution, and protect the value of the investment in the long term.

“In our experience, working to lower emissions is good for business and good for our investors," Mr Himbury said.

“As the largest owners of infrastructure in Australia, IFM has significant expertise now in responsible stewardship and we look forward to contributing more investment in infrastructure in Australia.

"Our priority is delivering great returns to members. We also know that long-term investment in infrastructure builds the productive capacity of the nation and generates employment. We are committed to meeting community standards as investors in infrastructure the public relies upon and continuing to partner with federal and state governments.”

About IFM Investors

IFM Investors is an investor-owned global fund manager with A$152 billion under management as of 30 September 2019. Established more than 20 years ago and owned by 27 major pension funds, IFM Investors’ interests are deeply aligned with those of its investors. Investment teams in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia manage institutional strategies across infrastructure (equity and debt), debt investments, listed equities and private capital. IFM Investors is committed to the United Nations supported Principles for Responsible Investment and has been a signatory since 2008. IFM Investors has offices in nine locations; Melbourne, Sydney, New York, London, Berlin, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul and Zurich. For more information please visit www.ifminvestors.com

 

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