US state of Pennsylvania spruiks power to entice Aussie firms

The state of Pennsylvania has sought to poach Australian companies with a promise of “abundant’’ energy, sparking renewed warnings from Australian business leaders that the nation risks losing jobs to offshore rivals unless it tackles its energy problems. A high-powered delegation from the Pennsylvanian government, headed by Dennis Davin, the state’s Secretary for Community and…

Aviation outrage over Chinese ownership of Merredin airport

Merredin airport in Western Australia is effectively under the control of a Chinese government enterprise, prompting outrage in aviation circles, as safety concerns shut down its pilot training school. The airport’s runways, control tower, hangars and all of its assets are 50 per cent owned, and may soon be fully owned, by China’s biggest airline,…

Chinese warn of consumer-led Australian products boycott over worsening relations

Chinese officials have warned of a consumer-led boycott of ­Aus­tralian products following the breakdown in relations ­between the two countries, ­fuelled by Malcolm Turnbull’s foreign interference laws and pushback against ­Chinese influence in the Asia-Pacific region. The Australian understands there have been talks in China about indirectly pulling economic levers — potentially targeting consumer products,…

Adani scraps $2b Downer agreement after loan veto

Adani has scrapped a $2 billion agreement to outsource the operation of its controversial Queensland coal mine after the state government killed off a taxpayer-funded loan. Adani has blamed the Queensland government’s decision to kill off a taxpayer-funded loan for its decision to ditch a $2 billion agreement with a major contractor. But the Indian…

Australian universities accused of sharing military technology with China

The Defence Department has been accused of turning a blind eye to universities illegally sharing military technology with China. Former senior defence official Peter Jennings has told AM there was a “likelihood” universities were breaking strict export controls on technology that could be used for military purposes. Growing mistrust of Australia He said the time…

Australian political candidates ‘China ties revealed’

The Prime Minister has confirmed reports that ASIO has evidence of links between the Chinese government and Australian political candidates. Campaigning in Bennelong, the Prime Minister was commenting on a report in the Weekend Australian that ASIO has identified around 10 candidates in State and Local government elections with close ties to Chinese intelligence Services….

Beijing’s warning to Australian universities

In a veiled threat to Australian universities, a state-run Chinese newspaper has warned that their treatment of the country’s students is jeopardising billions of dollars in tuition fees. An editorial in the Global Times said Australian institutions were treating Chinese students as a “cash machine” while doing little to help them mix with locals, and…

Farmers in tears after banks take land

At the mercy of the elements Lindsay Dingle thought the life of a farmer was hard enough. Then there was a knock on the door that has brought him 40 months of turmoil. Mr Dingle had a cattle, cropping and fodder property outside of Bundaberg in Queensland for 13 years. In 2011 and 2013 the…

China blasts Australia over foreign interference laws

China has reacted furiously to proposed foreign interference laws, accusing the Australian Government of making “irresponsible” comments which have hurt “political mutual trust”. The Turnbull Government yesterday unveiled the biggest overhaul of espionage and intelligence laws in decades amid growing concerns over international interference in Australia’s democracy. In a terse statement issued on Wednesday, the…