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…

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…

Labor plans joint ventures with China in Australia’s north

Labor could enter jointly funded infrastructure ventures with the Chinese government in Australia’s north under Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative, all as part of an escalated embrace of Asia, should it win the next election. Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen will today propose coordinating the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund with the Belt and Road…

Rise of imported seafood as commercial fishermen squeezed out

THE Central Coast has a wealth of wonderful waterways. And latest catch data shows local fish stocks are on par with a decade ago but most of the seafood on offer is imported. Amid the rush for seafood ahead of Good Friday, a traditional meat-free day, the Express Advocate can reveal­ the majority of fish…

China rejects Murray Goulburn milk, formula

Beleaguered dairy processor Murray Goulburn is blaming administrative errors for the rejection of shipments of its milk and infant formula in China last year, dismissing suggestions it was being punished for bypassing Chinese bidders in favour of a $1.3 billion takeover offer by Canadian giant Saputo. Murray Goulburn confirmed the incidents, which saw as much…

Pineapple go to waste farmers warn of shortage

North Queensland farmers are being forced to leave hundreds of tonnes of pineapples to rot due to a glut of the fruit. Ideal growing conditions across Queensland have led to a bumper season, forcing down the amount of money paid to farmers for their crop. In many cases, it’s not enough to cover the cost…

China eyes new Sydney airport as part of ‘belt and road’ plan

China is eyeing Sydney’s new airport as a potential project that could be linked to its trillion dollar “One Belt, One Road” infrastructure plan, according to a government-linked think tank. The interest in Sydney infrastructure follows Canberra’s decision to keep its $5 billion Northern Australia development plan separate from OBOR, despite a push from Beijing…

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…

Bindaree Beef wins $30 million court case against Chinese customer

Bindaree Beef’s Chinese government-owned partner in an export deal gone bad has been lashed as “lacking any commercial moral compass” and ordered to pay the Australian company more than $30 million in compensation. The deal between Bindaree and Chinatex, a Chinese state-owned corporation, was sealed in mid-2015 and was supposed to have seen Bindaree kill…

Dutton signs trade deal with China

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement with China, in a move aimed at boosting trade between the two countries. Mr Dutton and Minister of China Customs Yu Guangzhou signed the agreement in Canberra today, enabling the countries’ customs and border protection departments to recognise each other’s Authorized Economic Operator programs. Australia…