The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), announced today by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and China’s President Xi Jinping, has been welcomed by Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett and Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston.
Mr Barnett said any move to reduce trade barriers with one of Australia’s largest export markets was good news for WA, particularly for agriculture and food producers.
“China is one of WA’s most valuable export markets and this agreement will help ensure the State can further benefit from the very rapid growth of China’s middle and upper classes,” the Premier said.
“The new trade agreement between Australia and China will provide incentives for WA exporters to further develop their business with China, and for many, it will encourage them to consider exporting there for the first time.”
Fiona Stanley Hospital will provide an expanded range of clinical services to patients from today, with the second phase of the hospital opening on schedule.
Following the official opening of the State’s new flagship hospital in October, Health Minister Kim Hames said Phase 2 would see an increase of patients in the main hospital, with two co-located wards opening on level five to provide care for general medical and surgical patients.
“Phase 2 will really maximise use of resources, staff and clinical capacity as more services become operational,” Dr Hames said.
“The hospital will then prepare for the opening of the maternity and neonatal services, which are moving from Kaleeya Hospital in December.”
The Minister said Phase 2 would specifically see the start of selected general medical, surgical, orthopaedic and anaesthetic services.