Wrathall went to the the most remote and contested parts of north Western Australia to investigate stories of the forced closure of Aboriginal communities. What he found instead was a complex and complicated set of issues around the ways that huge mineral-rich region is being developed by government, big mining and big agriculture.
Australia's foreign investment regulator no longer believes private companies in China are free of Communist Party control, and plans on subjecting Chinese takeovers and deals, such as those for farmland, to more screening on national security grounds.
One of Canada’s largest pension funds acquires majority stake in Australian company that owns 44,167 ha of arable land, as well as significant grain storage, fertilizer, agronomy, livestock, farming and logistics businesses.
ANZ Banking Group violated its own policies and international human rights standards by financing a Cambodian sugar company that seized land from local farmers, according to a report released by an Australian government body that monitors corporate behavior overseas.
Warakirri says it is already managing discrete agricultural investments for super funds, but this new fund is being set up in response to demand from private family offices, high-net-worth and not-for-profit community
The BFB sale has raised concerns that even if local bidders are able to raise the cash required for these deals, they’re not able to compete with the vast resources and track records of international players.