Australia lifts ban on Vietnam raw shrimp

 Australia has lifted the ban it imposed in January on uncooked Vietnamese shrimp products. Vietnamese companies may resume importing raw prawns caught in Australia for processing and export them to Australia for consumption. The department “will be accepting permit applications for uncooked Australian wild caught prawns exported to Vietnam for processing and re-imported into Australia…

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…

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…

Fears proposal to allow lime imports could jeopardise Australian lime industry 

There are fears the Australian lime industry could be jeopardised by a Federal Government plan to allow the import of Tahitian limes from five Pacific nations. The Department of Agriculture’s draft report for the review of biosecurity import requirements for fruit from the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu proposes that imports be permitted….

Dairy farmer facing $180,000 fine after battle with council 

A dairy farmer hoping to save his struggling family farm is facing a huge $180,000 fine after a battle with the local council over opening up his scenic backyard to holiday campers. The Sunshine Coast Council issued the fine to Shane Paulger for not complying with council regulations or getting his campsite approved. Mr Paulger…

More than two thirds of bacon sold in Australia is made from imported pork.

MOST consumers remain unaware that more than two thirds of bacon sold in Australia is made from imported pork. Australian Pork Limited chief executive officer Andrew Spencer said most people assumed that the tasty, crispy bacon they’re enjoying was Australian. “While people prefer to buy Australian and support our farmers, most consumers simply have no…

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…