Daily News Roundup

October 15, 2018

Prince Harry, Meghan arrive in Sydney ahead of Invictus Games

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have landed in Sydney for the start of their first official royal tour.

Key points:

  • Prince Harry and Meghan arrived early this morning and were taken to Admiralty House
  • Their official engagements on the 16-day tour begin tomorrow
  • It is their first trip to Australia since their wedding in May

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan touched down on a Qantas flight in Sydney early on a drizzly Sydney morning.

They emerged from the terminal about 7:30am and made their way to a fleet of vehicles, surrounded by officials and minders.

It was a low-key arrival with a large contingent of security and media in place to meet them.

The Duchess was dressed all in black, while Prince Harry was seen wearing a collared shirt and grey jumper.

She smiled as she emerged from the terminal holding her husband’s hand.

Prince Harry placed bags in the boot of a vehicle before the pair were whisked away in a motorcade of six white vehicles.

There was also a heavy security contingent, including police motorcycles that accompanied the pair on their trip to Admiralty House at Kirribilli.

Admiralty House, the official residence of the Governor-General, is often one of the first points of call in Australia for important overseas visitors and has stunning views of the famous Sydney Harbour.

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove will welcome the couple to Australia and there will be representatives present of each of the 18 countries participating in the Invictus Games.

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Made in Australia: Why the weaker dollar and Donald Trump’s trade war are good for local manufacturers

Prepare to start seeing more of the ‘Made in Australia’ logo in the next few years. That is because the Australian dollar’s fall is leading to the resurgence of the local manufacturing industry.

People like Ty Hermans are cashing in.

Mr Hermans designed a lightweight, environmentally friendly replacement for a concrete slab in his parents’ shed in 2006.

The Polyslab, which is used as a base for products such as air conditioning units, was a big hit.

“We started out as a product developer with one little plastic product that we took all over the world,” he said.

Designing, manufacturing and taking the Polyslab beyond Australian shores was the launchpad for a much bigger business.

“Going through that process of learning to design and develop those products has sort of turned into a business where we help customers and companies develop their own solutions to product needs,” Mr Hermans added.

Mr Hermans is now not only manufacturing and exporting finished products for his own company, he is doing it for other companies as well, and sending those goods to more than 130 countries.

All that global business means a changing Australian dollar is integral to his operations.

“Some projects are as little as one or two months and some of them can be up to 12 months long,” he explained.

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Coles, Aldi blasted by Minister over handling of 10c milk levy for drought-stricken farmers

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has launched a scathing attack on Coles over its handling of the 10c milk levy for drought relief, calling the supermarket chain’s approach “slippery” and saying the extra money may not even go back to the right farmers.

Key points:

  • Agriculture Minister slams supermarket giant’s “media stunt”
  • Urges shoppers to consider independent grocers and buy branded milk
  • Coles says Minister wasn’t “familiar with the facts”

Mr Littleproud also rounded on Aldi, saying the German-owned supermarket giant refused to apply any levy and had done “bugger all” to help Australian farmers.

The Minister’s broadside came after Woolworths last month responded to calls from the dairy industry by announcing it would increase the price of its own brand milk by 10 cents a litre as part of a new special drought relief milk range.

Coles quickly followed suit, but only for its 3-litre own brand milk.

Mr Littleproud said he wanted to give Coles the benefit of the doubt but he has now concluded it is an “empty media stunt”.

“The reality is, that is a very narrow portion of their range that sells,” he said.

“What they’ve also done to compound this is actually made a bureaucracy around getting that 10 cents a litre back to the farmer — they’ve actually now asked the farmer to apply for it.

 

This daily news roundup is curated with stories from ABC News.

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