Andrew Robb appointed to Ten board by Gina Reinhart 

Former trade minister, Liberal Party president, and Kerry Packer adviser, Andrew Robb, has been appointed as a non-executive board member at Ten Network Holdings as Gina Rinehart’s representative.  Andrew Lancaster will also join the board as a non-executive director representing elusive billionaire Bruce Gordon, who now owns 14.6 per cent of the network.  Ten shares…

Andrew Robb joins company with control of Darwin Port 

Two years after clinching a historic free trade deal with Beijing, former trade minister Andrew Robb has become a “high-level economic consultant” with the Chinese company that now operates Darwin Port. A Landbridge Group company statement obtained by the ABC said Mr Robb was appointed to the role by chairman Ye Cheng at an “auspicious”…

HIGH immigration making housing affordability an “impossible dream”

HIGH immigration is making housing affordability an “impossible dream”, a research institute says. More than half of the need for new housing in Melbourne in the decade to 2022 was attributable to migration, according to The Australian Population Research Institute. In Sydney the proportion was even higher, at 64 per cent. Net migration is around…

Andrew Robb takes swipe at All Aussie bid Kidman & Co sale 

Former trade minister Andrew Robb warned investment was being put at risk by “cowboys down here playing the China card” in a clear swipe at the wealthy farming families who lobbed a $386m rival offer for Kidman early this week.  Mr Robb, trade minister in the Abbott and Turnbull governments, said there were “a number…

Australians risk living in a rented country 

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has warned that the sale of Australian farmland to foreigners is threatening the nation’s patriotism and sovereignty. The Nationals leader fears that as more land mass is bought and owned by overseas interests, it is less likely that Australians will be prepared to fight and die to defend their country….

Toxic contaminants found in foods sold in Australia 

AN alarming number of heavy metals, carcinogenic insecticides and arsenic chemicals has been found in foods being imported into Australia, and stocked on the shelves of various ethnic grocery stores. SBS Radio’s Punjabi program exclusively investigated 18 common food products found in small grocery stores across Melbourne, including well known brands of basmati rice, Indian…

Rinehart & Chinese upped their bid for S.Kidman and Co. 

GINA Rinehart and Chinese owned Shanghai CRED has upped their bid to acquire the entire S.Kidman and Co. Australian Outback Beef (AOB), which is a joint venture between Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting and Shanghai CRED Real Estate Stock Co Ltd, has today offered $386,500,000 for the mega cattle business. AOB today lodged documentation with the Australian…

Chinese owned VDL dairy to fly milk direct to China weekly 

VDL Dairy in Tasmania owned by Chinese, Australia’s largest dairy operation is going to fly fresh milk directly back to China weekly,  the Chinese are now getting a strong foot hold in Tasmania and Australia’s dairy industry  Moon Lake said it plans to increase milk production at its VDL Farms by 80 percent within five…

Australia could soon be importing milk

Dairy farmers have warned a Senate inquiry Australia could soon be importing milk from New Zealand and other countries if the crisis enveloping the dairy industry is not addressed. Colleague Darryl Cardona expects Australia will soon be importing milk, including from New Zealand. “I pretty much guess that this will happen in the next two…

Aussie Underdogs not fazed by battle with Rinehart for Kidman estate 

The four BBHO families battling Gina Rinehart and China for S.Kidman & Co.  The all Australian bidders BBHO carry the underdog status in the battle for Kidman, taking on Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart, and her Chinese joint venture partner Shanghai CRED who have bid $365 million for the 10 million hectares. When cattleman Sterling…

Hancock group defends joint Australian-Chinese bid for Kidman & Co 

The Hancock Group has defended its joint Australian-Chinese bid for the Kidman cattle empire by denying an all-Australian offer is superior. A syndicate of four grazier families is making a $386 million bid for S Kidman and Co, effectively a couple of million dollars more than the preferred offer by Hancock Prospecting and its minority…