China’s rise a threat to Australia’s security

‘Overhaul nation’s defence strategy’ to handle China’s rise, experts warn Australia needs a new defence strategy to deter, and if necessary, defend itself against an increasingly powerful, aggressive China, two of the nation’s most experienced strategists have warned. Former senior Defence officials Paul Dibb and Richard ­Brabin-Smith say the nation faces an increased prospect of…

Chinese state-owned company in talks with Adani to bankroll mine

For years it has been a mystery where Adani would get the money to build its giant Carmichael coal mine in North Queensland. Now we may have the answer. The ABC has learned that a Chinese state-owned enterprise, China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), is in negotiations with Adani and its principal engineering and procurement contractor,…

Canberra chooses Thai-owned company as the first beneficiary of $5bn fund – Northern Australian Infrastructure fund

The first company to receive support from the federal government’s $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund is substantially owned by Thai interests, including what appears to be the brother of the country’s former finance minister. The Australian yesterday ­revealed the private company Onslow Marine Support Base had been recommended by NAIF for an $18.6 million…

Chinese government trade bank may get mortgage over Darwin port

The Chinese owner of the Port of Darwin is using the port as security to seek a $500 million loan from the Chinese government’s trade bank.Private Chinese company  Landbridge is seeking the loan from the Chinese government’s Export-Import Bank (EXIM) to prop up the firm’s ailing Australian operations, which include an $880,000 yearly consulting fee…

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…

Native title amendment the final hurdle for Adani megamine

THE Adani megamine is expected to be signed and sealed within a fortnight and the first of up to 600 workers will start to fill its Townsville office next month. The company is in the final phase of its negotiations and approvals. The last stumbling block is whether Labor will support the native title amendments…

What Chinese are buying in Australia

THE Chinese continue to pour money into Australian businesses, infrastructure, resources and real estate to the tune of $15.36 billion in 2016. The figure is the highest it’s been since 2008 when Chinese direct investment reached its peak of $21.6 billion, according to a report from KPMG and the University of Sydney. Commercial real estate…

Chinese investment is at the highest levels since the GFC.

Chinese investment in Australia has reached the highest level since the global financial crisis (GFC), up 12 per cent from 2015 to $15.4 billion last year. A new report from Sydney University and accounting firm KPMG found a record 103 deals were signed between Chinese and Australian companies in 2016. But the annual report, Demystifying…

Malcolm Turnbull tells Adani native title issues will be ‘fixed’

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has assured senior executives from Adani that native title issues threatening the Indian multinational’s proposed $21 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin will be fixed.In a private meeting in New Delhi overnight Tuesday between the Prime Minister, Gautam Adani and his top executives, Mr Adani expressed concern at a…

Adani mine granted unlimited water access 

The proposed Adani coal mine has been granted unlimited access to groundwater by the Queensland government in a move farmers fear would allow it to drain huge amounts of water from the Great Artesian Basin. According to a copy of Adani’s water licence obtained by Fairfax Media, the $16 billion Carmichael mine merely needs to…

Adani mine granted unlimited water: to impact Great Artesian Basin 

The proposed Adani coal mine has been granted unlimited access to groundwater by the Queensland government in a move farmers fear would allow it to drain huge amounts of water from the Great Artesian Basin. According to a copy of Adani’s water licence obtained by Fairfax Media, the $16 billion Carmichael mine merely needs to…