Rise of imported seafood as commercial fishermen squeezed out

THE Central Coast has a wealth of wonderful waterways. And latest catch data shows local fish stocks are on par with a decade ago but most of the seafood on offer is imported. Amid the rush for seafood ahead of Good Friday, a traditional meat-free day, the Express Advocate can reveal­ the majority of fish…

China rejects Murray Goulburn milk, formula

Beleaguered dairy processor Murray Goulburn is blaming administrative errors for the rejection of shipments of its milk and infant formula in China last year, dismissing suggestions it was being punished for bypassing Chinese bidders in favour of a $1.3 billion takeover offer by Canadian giant Saputo. Murray Goulburn confirmed the incidents, which saw as much…

Pineapple go to waste farmers warn of shortage

North Queensland farmers are being forced to leave hundreds of tonnes of pineapples to rot due to a glut of the fruit. Ideal growing conditions across Queensland have led to a bumper season, forcing down the amount of money paid to farmers for their crop. In many cases, it’s not enough to cover the cost…

China eyes new Sydney airport as part of ‘belt and road’ plan

China is eyeing Sydney’s new airport as a potential project that could be linked to its trillion dollar “One Belt, One Road” infrastructure plan, according to a government-linked think tank. The interest in Sydney infrastructure follows Canberra’s decision to keep its $5 billion Northern Australia development plan separate from OBOR, despite a push from Beijing…

US state of Pennsylvania spruiks power to entice Aussie firms

The state of Pennsylvania has sought to poach Australian companies with a promise of “abundant’’ energy, sparking renewed warnings from Australian business leaders that the nation risks losing jobs to offshore rivals unless it tackles its energy problems. A high-powered delegation from the Pennsylvanian government, headed by Dennis Davin, the state’s Secretary for Community and…

Aviation outrage over Chinese ownership of Merredin airport

Merredin airport in Western Australia is effectively under the control of a Chinese government enterprise, prompting outrage in aviation circles, as safety concerns shut down its pilot training school. The airport’s runways, control tower, hangars and all of its assets are 50 per cent owned, and may soon be fully owned, by China’s biggest airline,…

Chinese warn of consumer-led Australian products boycott over worsening relations

Chinese officials have warned of a consumer-led boycott of ­Aus­tralian products following the breakdown in relations ­between the two countries, ­fuelled by Malcolm Turnbull’s foreign interference laws and pushback against ­Chinese influence in the Asia-Pacific region. The Australian understands there have been talks in China about indirectly pulling economic levers — potentially targeting consumer products,…

Adani scraps $2b Downer agreement after loan veto

Adani has scrapped a $2 billion agreement to outsource the operation of its controversial Queensland coal mine after the state government killed off a taxpayer-funded loan. Adani has blamed the Queensland government’s decision to kill off a taxpayer-funded loan for its decision to ditch a $2 billion agreement with a major contractor. But the Indian…