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THE Australian meat industry will miss out on a $420 million boost if the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement is not ratified by the end of the year.
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 Teys Beenleigh workers go backwards

http://www.judgments.fedcourt.gov.au/judgments/Judgments/fca/full/2015/2015fcafc0105
In a statement released today, Teys Australia says a final ruling by the Federal Court on Friday means the EBA that provided higher wages and bonuses is void, and the employees revert to the 2010 EBA. Teys goes on a twitter post response. https://twitter.com/teysaustralia
A LONG-RUNNING industrial relations dispute at Teys Australia's Brisbane beef processing plant ended on Friday.
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Union, Fair Work Australia has failed Teys employees. However we are committed to fix problem & improve conditions of our workers

Teys met with Beenleigh workforce. Under 2010 EBA, hourly rate will decrease. Almost every worker will be worse off, some around 12%

In 2014 the new Teys’ Beenleigh EBA saw around 500 employees receive average bonus of $4500. Similar bonuses 2015 will now be lost 

Weird IR world - AMIEU has successfully fought to reduce the benefits of Teys employees so they can chest-thump & say they won

Thanks to union & broken IR system, bonuses worth thousands & scheduled wage increases will be lost. Employees will be worse off 

AMIEU fought to oppose employee vote for higher wages & bonuses by using the complexity of Australia’s industrial relations system: Teys Twitter feed

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Short-term demand for wool is the best since the global financial crisis, according to industry analyst Chris Wilcox from Poimena Analysis.

Wool production is currently at a 50-year low worldwide.
Australian farmers are set to reap the benefits of current high demand and low production of wool.
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As a reflection of China’s interest in wool, Woolmark licensees in China have been increasing
(contrary to recent media speculation). In fact there has been a 10 per cent increase in full fee
income from Woolmark licensees in China over the last two years. The Chinese are buying more
wool and with campaigns such as Woolmark Gold, HRH The Campaign For Wool and No Finer
Feeling, AWI/Woolmark are working to have more Chinese consumers wearing our natural fibre.

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USA has a WTO settlement issue with Indonesia including barriers to US beef imports setup. 
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Industry Comments Filed in Indonesia Proceeding
USMEF, along with the North American Meat Institute, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and National Renderers Association, filed comments this week with USTR regarding the WTO dispute settlement proceeding on Indonesia’s import restrictions. Similar to comments submitted in 2013, this week’s filing discusses a number of requirements that are inconsistent with Indonesia’s international trade obligations, including:

    Limiting beef imports to products from dedicated halal slaughter facilities
    A restrictive list of beef cuts that are eligible for import
    Requiring importers to purchase Indonesian beef as a condition for receiving import permits
    Mandating that importers requesting import permits must have utilized at least 80 percent of the volume for which they were approved the preceding year
    Requiring exporting-country beef slaughter plants to undergo and pass an on-site audit by Indonesian government veterinarians, and failing to schedule these audits in a timely manner

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RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL REPORTS SECOND QUARTER 2015 RESULTS
Released : 07/27/2015
OAKVILLE, ON, July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX/NYSE: QSR, TSX: QSP) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.
Daniel Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Brands International (RBI) commented, "We are pleased to report another quarter of solid results for both of our iconic brands, TIM HORTONS® and BURGER KING®. The continued expansion of our global footprint combined with effective marketing and successful product launches drove system-wide sales growth. We believe our focus on enhancing our guest experience and increasing franchisee profitability will continue to create value for all of our stakeholders—our guests, franchisees, employees and shareholders—in the second half of the year."

Second Quarter 2015 Highlights:

Tim Hortons (TH) comparable sales increased 5.5% and Burger King (BK) comparable sales increased 6.7% in constant currency
TH delivered net restaurant growth ("NRG") of 52 and BK delivered NRG of 141
System-wide sales grew 8.4% at TH and 11.6% at BK in constant currency
RBI Adjusted EBITDA was up 19.1% on an organic basis to $427 million versus the prior year pro forma amount
RBI Adjusted Diluted EPS was $0.30 per share
RBI declared a dividend of $0.12 per common share and partnership exchangeable unit of RBI LP for the third quarter of 2015
 
OAKVILLE, ON , July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX/NYSE: QSR, TSX: QSP) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015. Daniel Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Brands International (RBI) commented, "We are pleased to ...
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http://hausmann.com.au/dhl/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-31/opinion-tim-harcourt-tpp-and-fta/6660030But in the DHL Export Barometer, there's good news about free trade agreements, which will be music to the ears of Australia's energetic Trade Minister Andrew Robb. In surveying existing and new agreements there is evidence that exporters like Australia's FTAs and that they actually work in a practical business sense despite the media controversy. This would also come as a relief to the hard working trade officials in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), who spend months and years on negotiations (they always say a good trade negotiator is a marathon runner not a sprinter). According to the DHL Export Barometer, the USA FTA (AUSFTA) is at last helpful after a decade of implementation along with NZ, Singapore, and ASEAN. In the survey, AUSFTA is benefitting exporters, with increased sales and a larger proportion of exporters claiming that the agreement has had a positive impact on their business (55 per cent). This occurred despite the USA hitting the sub-prime crisis just three years after the deal was forged in 2005. The US unemployment rate has now returned to pre-GFC levels notwithstanding the commentators who predicted that the AUSFTA would "kill a country" (I assume they meant Australia). The AUSFTA was followed by New Zealand (47 per cent from CER), AANZFTA - the agreement between Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN on 41 per cent and Singapore on 38 per cent. FTA 'trifecta' welcomed by exporters In important news for the (Andrew) Robb agenda, the new "trifecta" of FTAs; Japan, South Korea, and China, have got the endorsement of the Australian exporter community. In fact, Japan is more beneficial than expected and all FTAs to North East Asia are enticing new exporters
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Sixty one per cent of exporters think the China FTA will have a positive effect, 36 per cent think South Korea and 35 per cent think Japan.

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“While nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, I would say we have taken provisional decisions on more than 90 per cent of issues and during my involvement in TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) negotiations this has been by far the most productive meeting at both ministerial and officials’ level.”

“The provisional decisions already taken would make this the biggest regional agreement in the world and the most significant agreement since the conclusion of the Uruguay round more than 20 years ago,” Mr Robb said.
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Teys Australia has announced a 50 million dollar upgrade of its #Bomen meat processing plant. http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/3224707/50m-jobs-boon/ The plant will be able to process 1429 carcasses, up from the current limit of 1275 per day.
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A PROMINENT farming identity has been jailed for his role in breaching export crop fumigation processes.
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Between October 2012 and January 2014, the global dairy price more than doubled, as producers struggled to keep up with growing Chinese demand.

However, in 2014 China started cutting back on its milk imports and reducing its stockpiles, just as extra output from New Zealand and Europe was hitting the market.

That saw the milk price halve over 18 months, and it is now sitting at a six-year low.
Like so many other commodities, the price of milk has ridden a China-driven rollercoaster over the past few years.
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Cows and calves twice top $1750
Border/Merino Ewe Lambs $195

Numbers dropped back in another week dominated by young breeders across both sheep and 
cattle. Cattle totalled 5,347 with big numbers out of QLD and excellent prices for cows 
and calves. Sheep numbers were back 8,000 to 24,589, though numbers should pick up 
significantly in the next few weeks as bigger numbers of store lambs start hitting the 
market.
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Excellent idea. Take stock and simplify and make it transparent and usable and consider the changes in supply chains over recent years.
An industry leader says Australia's meat quality, safety and integrity systems need to be overhauled,
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There is no independant assessment of the red meat supply chain.The process from farm to factory and factory to plate needs to be verified . The process would cover food safety,animal welfare,product integrity.....product provenance.
Safemeat should except the responsibility to develop such a process that meets the need of the consumer,industry ,food manufactures and retailers both in Australia and overseas.
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Came for lunch but hopelessly loud and unenjoyable music. Real rip off. Asahi beers $11. Absolutely disgraceful. Meals were minuscule but reasonable. My guests liked it but I did not like the price. Why must the music be so loud. If I wanted loud music I could turn my radio up in the car. We were there to chat and discuss business. $359 is too much for entre main and a couple of bottles of wine. Never again.
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reviewed a month ago
I am totally unimpressed with this over priced outfit. I will not be back. Ordered 3 $39.90 steaks for our business meal and they were good. Maybe not quite medium rare but acceptable. The side dishes were over priced and miniscule. Creamed spinach and mushroom was $12.50 and was way too small for 3 and the fries were sufficient but not worth $9. Oysters way too expensive for 6 pieces at $22.90. Sydney is turning into the biggest rip off on earth and this is backed up by Deutsche Bank annual survey as the most expensive place in the world. People need to speak up and get these restaurant back on track. The bubble will burst and they are going to have to either lower their prices or go broke. Not happy to pay $446.30 for 3 people and have merchant fees and a donation added. Get real you people. Just a complete joke and I feel an idiot going there. Never again.
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Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
took visitors to Australia and they loved the protein splendour. Great service, food and lively (and noisy) atmosphere. Considering it was a Tuesday night, the place was very busy. Would recommend. Wheelchair access at rear, phone ahead.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
this is out of date. They have moved to Level 8, 2 Elizabeth Plaza.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Disappointing and high prices with poor, somewhat uncomfortable seating at the front of the restaurant. Odd accompaniments under pan fried fish. Chips were overcooked. I can cook Saltwater Barramundi and local Mulloway better at home. 18footers at Double Bay is a better option.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Heavily overrated place. Could not even manage to put some valets at the entrance on a quiet Sunday night. Guy on reception was unfriendly and suspicious as I had no booking. Very expensive, bad parking arrangements as unless you want to pay $10 on top of an already steep $50 for parking you need to drive around the corner and then find a spot in a pretty crowded carpark. No guest services phone quality with phone left to ring and no one answered. Lined up in busy reception. Do not know why they are busy. Would never return.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Very poor hotel and way past its use by date. Continental breakfast for 2, $52 NZ. Coffee was just undrinkable swill. Horrible. Valet parking $25. Do not eat there or stay there. Must be far better to choose from in Wellington.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago