Dairy farmers face D-Day

THREE of the State’s top dairy farmers who are out of Brownes Dairy contract after tomorrow, still hope to see a tanker come up their driveway on Saturday to collect their milk. They know it will not be a Brownes’ tanker, but they hope it might be picking up for Lion Dairy & Drinks or…

China trade arrangements questioned over steel, aluminium dumping

The Federal Government is facing calls to remove a special trade deal that allows China to dump cheap steel and aluminium on the Australian market. A study by the McKell Institute, a progressive think tank, has found Australia’s decision in 2004 to award China “market economy” status has backfired and Australian companies are being damaged…

Chinese hunger for Australian food as ‘Daigou’ leave $1 billion tax hole 

Why Chinese tourists are cleaning out Australian supermarket shelves.  Australia might be missing out on up to $1 billion in uncollected taxes annually from Chinese agents who ship food back home to meet insatiable demand from a booming middle class. There are 40,000 so-called Chinese ‘daigou’ in Australia making anywhere between $40,000 to $100,000 a…

Last Australian-made Ford engine comes off the line at Geelong

The last six-cylinder and V8 engines were produced at Geelong yesterday, part of the company’s staged shutdown and finishing with the last vehicle being produced at Broadmeadows on October 7. News Corp reports that about 200 workers were in attendance for the send-off at the factory, which opened in 1925 to make cars and engines…

New Zealand milk in Vic schools 

Charity forced to source overseas, interstate produce for Foodbank program. The UHT milk supplied to Victorian schools Breakfast Club  by Fonterra is branded “Product of New Zealand”  THE charity delivering the Victorian Government’s $13.7 million School Breakfast Clubs program to 500 of Victoria’s most disadvantaged schools has been forced to source milk from New Zealand…

China’s biggest winemaker buys Australian vineyards plans to invest $120m 

China’s third-biggest wine maker has purchased three vineyards in Australia as part of its plan to invest $120 million across the country in land and processing facilities. All the wine produced will be exported to China. Weilong Grape Wine Company told the Shanghai stock exchange on Wednesday it had agreed to purchase vineyards around Mildura…

Charles Lui China’s rainmaker ‘fed up’ with Australia

Charles Liu, one of China’s “rainmakers” who played a significant role in putting together the $371 million S. Kidman & Co rural property bid ­vetoed by Treasurer Scott Morrison, says he is fed up with Australia, despite 20 years of doing business there. He believes Australia is heading down the same populist ­­de-globalisation, protectionist route…

State governments may be paid millions from Federal gov to privatise hospitals, public housing 

The Baird government will seek multimillion-dollar reward payments from the Commonwealth for privatising social housing and public hospitals, NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian has indicated. A Productivity Commission draft report has identified six government services as suitable for national competition reform: social housing, public hospitals, palliative care, public dental services, remote Indigenous services and grant-based family and community services….

Ian Macfarlane new CEO of QLD premier mining lobby group 

Former federal Resources Minister Ian Macfarlane will indeed be appointed CEO of the state’s premier mining lobby group, the Queensland Resources Council.As first foreshadowed in this column back in August, Macca’s appointment is expected to be made official on Monday. When contacted Sunday afternoon for comment, the gravel-toned political warrior from Toowoomba refused to comment….