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….

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,…

China bans exports from another Australian dairy milk group 

THE regulatory minefield Australian companies must navigate to export agricultural goods to China has caught out another dairy company, with global giant Parmalat slapped with a suspension of its fresh milk licence. Just days after infant milk formula group Bellamy’s had its crucial licence to export milk powder to China suspended without warning, Parmalat has…

Concerns for biosecurity risks as raw prawn imports resume

INDUSTRY leaders fear the Government has bowed to ­foreign pressure and rushed a decision to resume raw prawn imports from 7th July , exposing the country to further biosecurity risks. Raw prawn imports were suspended for six months on January 6 as an outbreak of white spot disease spread through farms on the Logan River,…

Whyalla steelmaker Arrium to be sold to British company Liberty House

South Australian steelmaking business Arrium is to be sold to a British company and not the Korean consortium identified as the preferred bidder, the state’s Premier Jay Weatherill has confirmed. The business will be sold to Liberty House which is part of London-based GFG Alliance, with all Whyalla steelworkers expected to keep their jobs. “The…

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…