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…

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…

Red alert: Warning as China eyes SA’s Flinders Port deal

A CHINESE corporation Landbridge that sparked a global diplomatic incident expressed interest in securing a stake in SA’s Flinders Ports, which controls a crucial Port Adelaide site near where the $50 billion future submarines will be built. The Advertiser can reveal retiring Trade and Investment Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith and SA Government bureaucrats met senior managers…

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…