PM defends funding to help Indonesia boost tourism, create 10 new Balis

Malcolm Turnbull has defended Australia's decision to provide money to the World Bank to help boost Indonesian tourism and create 10 so-called "new Balis".During a trip to Broome the prime minister dismissed claims the unknown contribution would encourage Australians to skip local tourism destinations in Australia's north, like the Kimberley region in Western Australia."We are…

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…

Adani hopes to start Australian coal mine project by August

Gautam Adani expects the first coal to come out of the mines by 2020Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani, whose $22 billion Carmichael coal mine and port cum railhead project in Queensland is being opposed by some people, says he is hopeful of starting it by August this year. “We expect the final federal approvals by…

Aussies accepting farm sales to China,   claims Australia-China Relations 

Australians are not as opposed to Chinese investors buying local farms and agricultural assets as often claimed, the Australia-China Relations Institute said. Institute deputy director James Laurenceson said a survey by the group showed the Australian public was more nuanced and sophisticated about the benefits and disadvantages of greater foreign investment in agriculture by Chinese…

Questions over $750 million project in koala habitat area 

A Chinese property developer closely connected to a mayor in southeast Queensland has secured approvals to build a $750 million resort in a koala habitat that the state government has said it will not oppose. The approval by Logan council, which is expected to deliver massive windfalls to developer Liansheng Yue after he bought the…

Chinese-linked among political donations

Chinese-linked company Hong Kong Kingson Investment Limited was the second-largest disclosed political donor in 2015-16, the Australian Electoral Commission’s annual disclosure report reveals. The company pledged $860,000 to Australian political parties, including more than $700,000 to the Liberal Party. Hong Kong Kingson Investment Ltd is listed with a Hong Kong address and owned by billionaire…

Nothing to fear about the rise of China : Bill Shorten 

Labor leader Bill Shorten has told Chinese New Year celebrations that Australia has nothing to fear about the rise of China. Australia has nothing to fear about the rise of China, Bill Shorten believes. The Labor leader made the remark while joining Chinese New Year celebrations in Melbourne on Saturday, welcoming in the year of…

Chinese businessman calls for donation reform

A major Chinese donor has called for changes to federal political donor laws. The billionaire head of the Yuhu Group, Huang Xiangmo, said direct contributions to politicians should be banned, arguing Australia should instead establish a democracy fund to accept donations from individuals and companies. The Sydney based investor said the funds wouldn’t be direct…

Chinese tycoon risks new political row defending 18C

A Chinese powerbroker at the centre of a political donations scandal, Huang Xiangmo, has moved to rally ethnic community support for controversial hate speech laws, sparking a political brawl and claims he could be ­trying to minimise scrutiny of China in Australia. In an opinion article titled “18C is a bedrock of society” published in…

NSW Liberals fined $600k over election funding abuses

The NSW division of the Liberal party has been fined $600,000 of public funding because of unlawful donations received from property developers and funnelled through a blind trust during the 2011 election campaign.The NSW Electoral Commission on Thursday announced the penalty which arose from breaches of electoral law uncovered in 2014 during a NSW Independent…