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…

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…

Mega-developments in Sydney and QLD attracts Chinese scrutiny

Billion-dollar hotel developments in Sydney and Queensland, a shareholding in Virgin Australia, and the Australia’s biggest cinema chain will come under the scrutiny of Chinese regulators trying to rein in a US$215 billion ($284 billion) overseas buying spree by Chinese companies. Dalian Wanda, headed by China’s richest man Wang Jialin, is among four Chinese companies…

Chinese -only Gold Coast Liberal National Party Branch gets mixed reception

A CHINESE-only branch of the Liberal National Party has formed on the Gold Coast, dividing the party faithful. The Gold Coast LNP Chinese Heritage Branch has just held its first meeting, with dozens of members joining several sitting MPs for the inauguration. The new branch comes just weeks after the launch of a similar splinter…

Chinese investment in real estate grows to $32b: FIRB

Chinese investors topped the list of foreign investment approvals for the financial 2016, and have pledged to invest $47.3 billion in Australia, mainly in real estate, the latest Foreign Investment Review Board annual report shows. The figure is similar to the previous year when $46.6 billion in approvals was awarded to Chinese investors. Of China’s…

Immigration intake will remain at record level for 2017 – 2018

Australia’s permanent migration programme for 2017-18 will remain at a ceiling of 190,000 places. This was announced by Department of Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton on budget day. After recent announcements of abolishing the 457 visas and strengthening the requirement to gain Australia’s citizenship, all eyes were on government to see if the…

Keep foreign workers coming, IMF says

Just hours before Treasurer Scott Morrison hands down his second budget, the International Monetary Fund has offered some sage advice – keep Australia’s borders open to foreign workers. At a time when the Turnbull government is tightening the criteria for foreign workers and Labor is in a flap over it’s “Employ Australians First” ad, the…

Chinese buying big in Australian agribusiness

CHINA’S investment in Australian agribusiness has tripled in just one year as China strives to meet rising demand for high-quality food among its growing middle class. In 2016, Chinese companies invested $1.2 billion in Australian agribusiness, three times the investment of $375 million in 2015, shows a report form financial services provider KPMG and the…

Proposed Phillip Island cancer facility to target Chinese visitors

Phillip Island could become a destination for Asian tourists jetting in to seek cancer treatment. A major proposal is afoot to build an international radiation, oncology and chemotherapy treatment centre, complete with 72-bed luxury accommodation and possible golf course. More than a million visitors flock to Phillip Island each year, with the penguin parade a…