Holden factory makes its last engine

Holden ended 68 years of engine manufacturing in Australia in a private send-off attended by 175 workers at the company’s Port Melbourne factory. The car maker has stockpiled V6 engines so it can continue to build the Commodore at the Elizabeth assembly line near Adelaide before it closes at the end of next year. High-powered…

Are you consuming Bleached and chemical laden Garlic from China. 

Chinese garlic is bleached. According to Henry Bell of the Australian Garlic Industry Association, garlic from China is sprayed with chemicals to stop sprouting, to whiten garlic, and to kill insects and plant matter. He also reports that garlic is grown in untreated sewage, “Bell also calls into question some growing practices in China. “I…

Are you consuming Bleached and chemical laden Garlic from China. 

Chinese garlic is bleached. According to Henry Bell of the Australian Garlic Industry Association, garlic from China is sprayed with chemicals to stop sprouting, to whiten garlic, and to kill insects and plant matter. He also reports that garlic is grown in untreated sewage, “Bell also calls into question some growing practices in China. “I…

Local workers loosing Geelong jobs to 457 visa holders,  union claims 

Local workers are being overlooked for jobs at a Geelong construction site because the contractor is using foreign workers on 457 visas, the manufacturing union claims. Nearly 100 local welders, boilermakers and other skilled workers have applied for jobs with New World Engineering Construction (NWEC), which has been contracted by the Viva Energy oil refinery…

Chinese tycoon risks new political row defending 18C

A Chinese powerbroker at the centre of a political donations scandal, Huang Xiangmo, has moved to rally ethnic community support for controversial hate speech laws, sparking a political brawl and claims he could be ­trying to minimise scrutiny of China in Australia. In an opinion article titled “18C is a bedrock of society” published in…

Tasmanian council considers welcome signs in Chinese 

Welcome signs in Mandarin may soon greet Chinese visitors travelling through Tasmania’s east coast tourism hotspots. Break O’Day Council wants to put out the welcome mat to the booming Chinese tourism sector with traditional welcome and farewell town signs in Mandarin. Tourism is a huge economic driver in the municipality which contains areas like the…

Scott Morrison eases limits on foreign buyers as apartment glut looms

The federal government has announced it will make it easier for foreigners to buy new apartments amid concerns of a looming glut that will drive down prices.Treasurer Scott Morrison said the government will make changes to the foreign investment framework to allow foreign buyers to buy an off-the-plan dwelling that another foreign buyer has failed…

Aus job dry up, Contracts sent offshore

Mr Heitman workforce has shrunk from 200 to 70. Where 18 apprentices once learnt their trade, there are now two. When people such as Mr Heitman hear about contracts going offshore — especially government projects paid for by their taxes — the struggle seems more hopeless. They point to troubled projects sourced from overseas —…

Australia to offer 10 year, multi entry visa for Chinese tourists 

Australia plans to install a revolving door for Chinese tourists, allowing them to come and go with multiple entries for up to 10 years. Appearing at a tourism summit in Canberra, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced he had brokered an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping to make 2017 the “Australia-China Year of Tourism”. “We…

Vacancy tax’ pitched to solve rental affordability crisis

Aussies are being forced into homelessness whilst properties bought by Chinese investors, sit empty. This is a national disgrace! Why are Australians being forced onto the street so that Chinese investors can get richer?  RENTAL affordability is driving Australians onto the streets, community organisations say, and one advocate has called for a controversial solution. With…

Turnbull Government considers new user pays system for cars

ALL motorists could be tracked and charged fees based on how many kilometres they travel if a radical new proposal is adopted. The Turnbull Government has announced it will investigate whether fuel excise and registration fees should be scrapped, and replaced with a system that charges drivers for how much they use the roads. Motorists…

New Adani mine challenge dismissed

Another two challenges to Adani’s proposed $21 billion Carmichael coal mine and an associated rail line have been dismissed in Queensland, amid warnings that further legal action is in the works. The Supreme Court in Brisbane today dismissed a legal challenge to the granting of a mining lease by activist Adrian Burragubba and a dispute…