Indonesian Mangoes set to be imported into Australia

Indonesia looks set to begin exporting mangoes to Australia for the first time, after a trade deal was advanced between the two nations in Melbourne last week. According to Indonesian media, the first trays of Indonesian mangoes are due to arrive in October, putting them in direct competition with the Australian harvest. While plenty of…

Chinese developer’s billion-dollar proposal would move Sydney motorway

A wealthy Chinese developer is pushing the New South Wales Government to overhaul its plans for billions of dollars in infrastructure around Badgery’s Creek Airport to make way for a bold development proposal. The 344 hectare parcel of prime land north of Elizabeth Drive at Badgery’s Creek is owned by accused murderer Ron Medich and…

Historic landmark mansion sold $52.5m suspected offshore Chinese buyer

A historic Melbourne mansion that was once Victoria’s Government House and the home to governors has changed hands for $52.5 million, smashing the state’s residential price record. Art dealer Rod Menzies has sold Stonington mansion at 336 Glenferrie Road in the prestigious southeastern suburb of Malvern, public records show. The buyer is listed as the…

Small rural business owners pipeline contractors miss out on pay

SMALL rural business owners, subcontracted to work on the $2 billion Connections project, say a contractual dispute has left them out of pocket to the tune of about $500,000. The businesses are scattered around Cohuna and Swan Hill, where they had been subcontracted by Queensland firm Aqua Infrastructure to supply piping and machinery or carry…

China an ‘extreme’ threat to Australia: ASIO

China is listed as an “extreme” threat on a secret country-by-country counter-intelligence index compiled by Australia’s domestic spy agency. ASIO’s Deputy Director-General Counter-Espionage and Interference Peter Vickery told parliament today the level of espionage and foreign interference in Australia was now worse than at the height of the Cold War. “We do have examples, current…

Hong Kong group pays $40m for Brisbane’s Emporium hotel

.One of Brisbane’s most iconic ­hotels, the stylish Emporium in Fortitude Valley, has been picked up by Hong Kong’s Ovolo Hotels group in a deal worth about $40 million. Developed 10 years ago by Tony John of the Anthony John Group, the multi-award-winning hotel was sold in an off-market deal by CBRE Hotels national director…