Article – China summit to help build two-way silk road

by 2 September 2015

28 August 2015 Greg Earl Australian Financial Review

The Chinese government wants to link its silk road infrastructure development initiative with the Abbott government’s plans to develop northern Australia, in a broadening of the potential business links to flow from the bilateral trade agreement.

NSW deputy consul-general Tong Xuejun said the idea of linking the development of northern Australia with the regional infrastructure initiatives that China is bundling up under its One Belt One Road [...]

Australia-China Strategic Economic Dialogue promotes investment in regional infrastructure

by 26 August 2015

13 August 2015 Joe Hockey Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia

The Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment today hosted the second annual Australia‑China Strategic Economic Dialogue with Chairman Xu Shaoshi of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The Australia-China bilateral relationship is vital to growing Australia’s economy and creating jobs for Australians, and is worth more than A$150 billion annually in two-way trade.

The Australian Government has worked hard to ensure that [...]

ABC ‘Fact Check’ needs a reality check

by 26 August 2015

13 August 2015 Andrew Robb Minister for Trade and Investment

A ‘verdict’ by ABC’s ‘Fact Check’ that our landmark China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) allows Chinese companies to bring in workers for major projects without offering the jobs to Australian workers first is dead wrong.

These are the real facts:

Investment Facilitation Arrangements (IFA) negotiated in parallel to ChAFTA will not reduce existing migration safeguards or permit overseas workers to work in Australia in preference to [...]

Article – Bipartisan trade mission to strengthen live export industry

by 20 August 2015

6 August 2015 Bill Byrne My Sunshine Coast

The Northern Territory and Queensland Governments will lead a delegation on a bipartisan trade mission to Indonesia, aimed at supporting Northern Australian agribusiness.

NT Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe will be joined by Queensland Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne, along with an industry delegation including the Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association and the Livestock Exporters Association.

Minister Westra van Holthe said the visit is [...]

Article – Construction and agribusiness to win from Singapore trade plan

by 19 August 2015

10 August 2015 Greg Earl Australian Financial Review

The construction industry and farm exporters will be the probable first beneficiaries of a plan by the Abbott government to create a free market between Singapore and Australia modelled on this country’s relationship with New Zealand.

The two countries are working on mutual recognition of standards for construction products and agribusiness over the next year to give some substance to a plan to create a Closer Economic Relations-style market within [...]

Article – China: new market for livestock exports

by 22 July 2015

20 July 2015 Barnaby Joyce Minister for Agriculture

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, has today announced a breakthrough in live cattle export trade negotiations with China.

Minister Joyce said the Australian and Chinese veterinary authorities were in the process of formalising agreement on animal health certification requirements, which would allow industry to begin to prepare the commercial and ESCAS arrangements for trade to commence.

“I was very pleased today to sign the agreement of health [...]

Article – Live cattle trade: Australia could earn $2b from exports to China, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says

by 22 July 2015

20 July 2015 Eliza Borrello ABC News

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has signed a deal which will see Australia export live cattle to Beijing.

It comes after Indonesia recently slashed live cattle imports from Australia.

“It’s the result of hard work over a long period of time,” Mr Joyce said.

“It gives people a real sense … that we have a strong future in the protein market, for which live cattle are a vital part.”

Mr [...]

Article – PM’s Visit to Singapore

by 21 July 2015

27 June 2015 The Prime Minister

I will travel to Singapore for meetings with President Tan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to progress Australia’s economic, defence and security links.

In its 50 years as a nation, Singapore has become a dynamic economic and security partner for Australia.

It is Australia’s sixth largest source of foreign direct investment and our fifth largest trading partner with total trade of $30 billion.

The Minister for Trade and [...]

Article – Northern Australia plan: China backs ‘economic powerhouse’

by 15 July 2015

18 June 2015 Mark Ludlow Australian Financial Review

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has pledged $1.2 billion in new money for roads and dams and relaxed visa requirements for backpackers and tourists as part of a package announced Thursday  in a bid to unlock the “economic powerhouse” in the north.

China has backed the deal saying its trade deal with Australia will facilitate Chinese investment in farms and infrastructure in the region which is attempting to become part of Asia’s food bowl.


Article – Northern Territory cattle trucked thousands of kilometres south to Victoria for better prices

by 13 July 2015

10 July 2015 Daniel Fitzgerald ABC Rural

High domestic cattle prices are making it viable for Top End pastoralists to send their heavier stock all the way to Victoria.

Cattle from Kalala Station, near Daly Waters, have been trucked over 3,000 kilometres to meatworks in Warrnambool.

Amanda Murphy, from Kalala Station, said the price offered in Victoria made the cost of the long distance freight worthwhile.

“We’re just chasing the market. At the moment that’s [...]