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Image contributed – www.kevinhogan.com.au Iluka Meals on Wheels volunteers have appealed to Page MP Kevin Hogan, to reverse a decision to cease the cooking of meals at its Iluka kitchen. The decision means that two permanent part time cooks will be made redundant and volunteers will subsequently deliver frozen meals prepared by a frozen meal wholesaler. File Image

New Free Trade Agreement is great for our region

A new free trade agreement with the UK will deliver more jobs and business opportunities for exporters in our region.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan has welcomed the announcement of an Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA). “We export a lot our local produce to other countries, so this new deal is fantastic for our farmers and producers,” Mr Hogan said. “Tariffs on all Australian exports will be phased out over the coming years – this includes beef, dairy, sugar, sheep, wine, rice, and much more.” “Australian consumers will benefit from cheaper products, with all import tariffs eliminated within five years.”

“This is about driving economic growth and job creation in our community.” “It is also great news for workers, with Australia and the UK committing to provisions on temporary entry that will encourage people to travel and work in each other’s country.” “Working Holiday Visa makers in the UK will get expanded rights and will now be able to stay for three years with an increased cut off age of 35.” “There will also be provisions to support mutual recognition of qualifications and greater certainty for skilled professionals entering the UK labour market.”

The two countries will now finalise the text, and carry out the domestic processes required to enable signature and the subsequent entry into force of the FTA.

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