Shoddy builders using foam bricks in cheap homes

THE construction scandal ­engulfing Australia is becoming so dangerous a property expert has revealed foam fake bricks are being used in shoddy homes by dodgy builders.National building and property maintenance consultant Roscon Property Services said developers were putting residents at risk by using polystyrene bricks to cut costs on the “Esky” homes.It comes as one…

New plan to dam WA’s Fitzroy river and create cotton powerhouse

A New South Wales-based company has put forward a new plan to dam Western Australia's Fitzroy River. AM has obtained a leaked copy of the detailed proposal from retired NSW cotton farmer and KIMCO founder John Logan. The document argues it could transform the Kimberley into a cotton powerhouse rivalling New South Wales and Queensland.But…

Tit- for- tat trade fear over Australian export meat ban to China

Six Australian meat companies have been barred from selling beef and lamb to China, raising concerns about the reliability of Australia’s $750 million meat ­export trade with the Asian powerhouse. The temporary bans are linked to meatworks in specific locations across three states, with Chinese import authorities imposing the bans because labels “did not comply”…

Australia Post confirms sale of historic Sydney GPO to Singaporean billionaires

Australia Post has confirmed the sale of one of Australia's most significant heritage buildings, the Sydney GPO, to two Singaporean billionaires, despite an outcry over heritage concerns and a secretive sales process. The sale stands as one of the last acts of outgoing Australia Post boss Ahmed Fahour who leaves the organisation on Friday, delivering…

China has temporarily banned beef exports from several Australian meatworks,

China has temporarily banned beef exports from a number of Australian meatworks, The Australian Meat Industry Council has confirmed it is working with the federal Department of Agriculture through diplomatic channels on the issue. There are shipments currently on the water, although the ABC understands the Australian Government is hopeful it can resolve the issue…

Australian beef processors hit by China export ban

CHINA has placed temporary export bans on as many as six beef processing plants in Australia. There have been allegations the bans are in retaliation to deputy Prime Minister Julie Bishop’s comments last week over freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. One meat processor has confirmed the temporary ban to The Weekly Times….

Plans to privatise Lindeman Island National Park land, Chinese developers to build accommodation exclusive for wealthy tourist

NEARLY 37 hectares of Lindeman Island National Park will be privatised if the recommendations of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released this afternoon are approved. The EIS details plans to privatise Lindeman Island National Park and place it in the hands of Chinese company, Whitehorse Developments, which will create exclusive accommodation for wealthy tourists. The…

Food waste shapes up as a national scandal

UP TO half the food produced in Australia every year — about 44 million tonnes — is thrown away. According to an Australian Institute study, Australians are discarding food worth $5.2 billion a year. Shiny potatoes, carrots that are too big and bananas “too sausage-shaped” are being rejected by supermarkets, adding to the food waste…

Qatar’s $500m food bank farms in Australia

The murky world of Middle Eastern politics, Islamic extremists and terrorism seems far away as a mob of sheep with young lambs at foot quietly graze the daisy-flecked paddocks of Barton ­Station against a backdrop of ­Victoria’s spectacular Grampian ranges. Experienced agribusiness boss John McKillop hopes it stays that way. Mr McKillop heads Hassad Australia,…

Tasmanian olive grower pays price for cheap imports

TONNES of olives are going to waste at one Tasmanian grove as consumers choose cheaper imported olive oils. Christine Mann has owned the award-winning Glendale Olive Grove at White Hills since 2013. The grove, planted in 2005, is the second biggest in Tasmania with 9000 trees on 15ha. Despite an abundance of top-quality olives that…