March 29, 2012
The Gillard government’s controversial mining tax, which aims to spread the spoils of the mining boom across Australia’s economy, has cleared its final hurdle and passed the Senate last week.
Legislation that imposes a 30 per cent tax on the extraordinary profits of coal and iron ore miners passed the Senate on Monday night 38 votes to 32, with support of the Greens. It plans to use the $11 billion it will generate over three years to boost compulsory superannuation contributions, pay for infrastructure and provide a one per cent tax cut for business.
Labor’s initial proposal in 2010, to tax mining companies’ super profits at 40 per cent, attracted industry-wide opposition which contributed to the downfall of former prime minister Kevin Rudd.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard later negotiated a modified tax rate with BHP, Rio and Xstrata, but smaller miners remain unhappy with the deal with Queensland mining magnate Clive Palmer threatening a High Court challenge. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is vowing to repeal the tax if he wins government.
The Australian Greens made a last ditch bid to have the tax rate increased to 40 per cent but that amendment was defeated. Another Greens amendment to apply the tax to gold, uranium and rare earth minerals was ruled out of order by Senate President John Hogg and thrown out.
The mining tax will operate from July 1, 2012.
March 26, 2012
The ABB iDock with its simple elegance blends with every environment. With the Apple* remote control the iPod* or the iPhone* are easy to operate from a distance. Even MP3 players from other manufacturers can be connected to a 3.5 mm jack socket. The iDock offers excellent interplay with the Digital Radio or integration with Audio-World®.
Because music can have a powerful influence on the atmosphere in a room, whether relaxing or stimulating – sound waves directly affect body and spirit. And therefore one’s well-being. That is why music as a permanent part of life also deserves a fixed place in the living environment. Matching one’s personal style.
The ABB iDock offers each iPod* or iPhone* a permanent place in the home. Its simple design fits every type of atmosphere. With the Apple* remote control the iPod* or the iPhone* can be conducted comfortably from a distance. Also MP3 players from other manufacturers can be connected to a 3.5 mm jack socket. Perfect interplay offers the ABB iDock with the ABB Digital Radio or the integration in ABB Audio-World®.
For more information contact your nearest Rexel Branch today.
*Apple, the Apple logo, iPod classic, Ipod nano and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple inc., which are registered in the USA and in other countries. iPhone is a trademark of Apple inc. Apple is not responsible for the function of the device or its conformity with safety standards and regulatory standards
March 20, 2012
Powerspot M / Powerspot XL / Powerspot XXL
A powerful accent lighting spot range for mains voltage tracks, used to illuminate and highlight objects, artwork or a retail display. Unlike other wall lighting techniques, accent lighting is designed to illuminate the object on display only. An effective accent light is aimed at the center of attraction using an angled luminaire mounted about 1 m from the wall. This produces a flattering light about 30 degree from vertical, which is generally agreed to be the best for art and objects.
- Equipped with high-flux PrevaLED® Light Engine replacing classic 50/75 W low voltage halogen or 20/35 W HID lamp spots.
- Average lifetime > 50,000 hours
- High Colour Rendering Index CRI > 90 in warm white (3000K)
- Direct mains connection with universal adaptor to 220–240 V tracks
- Housing colours in matt white and anodized aluminium
- Shop lighting
- Hospitality lighting
March 5, 2012
Hager B&R are giving you the chance to support your team by picking up your favourite teams jersey. Simply purchase any of the special Hager B&R packs below and fill out the form.
You can choose a team jersey from the following codes*:
- Premier League
- And other popular soccer teams!
You want to buy a pack don’t you? Simply visit a Rexel branch near you! Terms and conditions apply, please visit the Hager B&R website for more details.