More than two thirds of bacon sold in Australia is made from imported pork.

MOST consumers remain unaware that more than two thirds of bacon sold in Australia is made from imported pork. Australian Pork Limited chief executive officer Andrew Spencer said most people assumed that the tasty, crispy bacon they’re enjoying was Australian. “While people prefer to buy Australian and support our farmers, most consumers simply have no…

Almost one in five homes built in Australia are unoccupied

Australia’s record-breaking residential construction boom has done little to ease housing affordability in Australia’s largest cities, perhaps it’s because many of the homes built are currently unoccupied. Regardless of whether they were purchased by locals or foreign investors, close to one in five new dwellings built over that period was unoccupied on census night, according…

Almost one in five homes built in Australia are unoccupied

Australia’s record-breaking residential construction boom has done little to ease housing affordability in Australia’s largest cities, perhaps it’s because many of the homes built are currently unoccupied. Regardless of whether they were purchased by locals or foreign investors, close to one in five new dwellings built over that period was unoccupied on census night, according…

More than two thirds of bacon sold in Australia is made from imported pork.

MOST consumers remain unaware that more than two thirds of bacon sold in Australia is made from imported pork. Australian Pork Limited chief executive officer Andrew Spencer said most people assumed that the tasty, crispy bacon they’re enjoying was Australian. “While people prefer to buy Australian and support our farmers, most consumers simply have no…

Chinese influence in Darwin school ‘not a concern’ for NT Government

The Northern Territory Government is unconcerned about Chinese Government control over a language and culture course at a Darwin School, the NT Education Minister says. Chinese Government agency the Confucius Institute opened its first language and culture course in the Northern Territory at Woodroffe Primary School on Wednesday. “The [Confucius] classroom funding comes from a…

Chinese billionaire buys Sydney’s Exchange Centre

One of China’s largest toy manufacturers, Chinese – Hong Kong billionaire Francis Choi, has emerged as the likely buyer of the Exchange ­Centre in Bridge St, Sydney. The near $340 million deal has sent shockwaves through the ­office market in Australia. The Guangdong Province native is a self-made billionaire who opened his first factory in…

Mega-developments in Sydney and QLD attracts Chinese scrutiny

Billion-dollar hotel developments in Sydney and Queensland, a shareholding in Virgin Australia, and the Australia’s biggest cinema chain will come under the scrutiny of Chinese regulators trying to rein in a US$215 billion ($284 billion) overseas buying spree by Chinese companies. Dalian Wanda, headed by China’s richest man Wang Jialin, is among four Chinese companies…

Chinese hardware giant opens first space in Sydney

Chinese building materials and homewares company China Lesso Group Holdings opened its first exhibition space in Australia on Thursday, as it makes a push into the local market. Lesso Home opened a 30,000sqm centre in Greenacre in Sydney’s west, reportedly investing at least $20 million, with more than 60 tenants, focusing on trade buyers including…

Chinese -only Gold Coast Liberal National Party Branch gets mixed reception

A CHINESE-only branch of the Liberal National Party has formed on the Gold Coast, dividing the party faithful. The Gold Coast LNP Chinese Heritage Branch has just held its first meeting, with dozens of members joining several sitting MPs for the inauguration. The new branch comes just weeks after the launch of a similar splinter…

Indian company looking to sell breast milk to Australia

In some countries a litre of breast milk can sell for hundreds of dollars and while it’s not commercially available in Australia, it could be soon. Indian company NeoLacta Lifesciences was last year granted permission to start importing breast milk to Australia. Dr Ben Hartmann, from PREM bank at Perth’s King Edward Memorial Hospital, said…