Australian political candidates ‘China ties revealed’

The Prime Minister has confirmed reports that ASIO has evidence of links between the Chinese government and Australian political candidates. Campaigning in Bennelong, the Prime Minister was commenting on a report in the Weekend Australian that ASIO has identified around 10 candidates in State and Local government elections with close ties to Chinese intelligence Services….

Beijing’s warning to Australian universities

In a veiled threat to Australian universities, a state-run Chinese newspaper has warned that their treatment of the country’s students is jeopardising billions of dollars in tuition fees. An editorial in the Global Times said Australian institutions were treating Chinese students as a “cash machine” while doing little to help them mix with locals, and…

Farmers in tears after banks take land

At the mercy of the elements Lindsay Dingle thought the life of a farmer was hard enough. Then there was a knock on the door that has brought him 40 months of turmoil. Mr Dingle had a cattle, cropping and fodder property outside of Bundaberg in Queensland for 13 years. In 2011 and 2013 the…

China blasts Australia over foreign interference laws

China has reacted furiously to proposed foreign interference laws, accusing the Australian Government of making “irresponsible” comments which have hurt “political mutual trust”. The Turnbull Government yesterday unveiled the biggest overhaul of espionage and intelligence laws in decades amid growing concerns over international interference in Australia’s democracy. In a terse statement issued on Wednesday, the…

Bindaree Beef wins $30 million court case against Chinese customer

Bindaree Beef’s Chinese government-owned partner in an export deal gone bad has been lashed as “lacking any commercial moral compass” and ordered to pay the Australian company more than $30 million in compensation. The deal between Bindaree and Chinatex, a Chinese state-owned corporation, was sealed in mid-2015 and was supposed to have seen Bindaree kill…

Dutton signs trade deal with China

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement with China, in a move aimed at boosting trade between the two countries. Mr Dutton and Minister of China Customs Yu Guangzhou signed the agreement in Canberra today, enabling the countries’ customs and border protection departments to recognise each other’s Authorized Economic Operator programs. Australia…

China will finance Adani mine, insiders say, but it will cost Australian jobs

The Adani Group is close to securing finance for its controversial coal mine and railway project in outback Queensland, with an announcement expected in coming weeks that Chinese state-owned enterprises, banks, and export credit agencies are backing the venture. Australian taxpayers may be let off the hook under the deal, which could mean Adani no…

No place for anti-China thoughts, Chinese students taught to ‘snitch’

Chinese students taught to ‘snitch’ on politically incorrect lecturers The war being waged by Chinese international students against “politically incorrect” lecturers in Australia hasn’t emerged out of the blue. It has flowed out from China’s increasingly regimented education system. It has come from a cohesive approach pursued over the past five years by the Chinese…

Foreign ownership surcharge could turn buyers away, agents warn

Foreign investment surcharge could turn buyers away from South Australia, agents warn Real estate agents specialising in overseas investors have warned the South Australian Government the way a new levy on foreign investment in residential property is being applied will damage the state’s reputation as a good place to invest. Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis last week…

Chinese police seize 14,000 bottles of counterfeit Penfolds wine

THOUSANDS of bottles purporting to be Penfolds’ top-shelf wine have been seized in an anti-counterfeit operation in China. Chinese police seized 14,000 bottles of counterfeit wine following a complaint by Penfolds’ parent company Treasury Wine Estates about three months ago. The fake premium products were sold through Chinese giant Alibaba’s consumer-to-consumer website Taobao with sales…

130-year-old Brownes Dairy sold to Chinese firm.

One of Western Australia’s most recognised household dairy names — the 130-year-old Brownes Dairy — has been sold to a Chinese firm. Brownes chief executive Tony Girgis announced today the private equity group Archer Capital had sold the company to Shanghai Ground Food Tech, who they described as “experienced dairy operators who understand the industry”….