|03 Dec 2019||
Canadian pension fund loads up on Australian water rights and almond farms
A Canadian pension fund has bought a huge parcel of Australian permanent water rights for $490M to irrigate almond trees, in a move that puts the spotlight on foreign ownership of farms and water resources as drought ravages the country.
|07 Nov 2016||
Chinese ownership of agricultural land soars above 3 million hectares
The amount of agricultural land owned by Chinese interests has soared above 3 million hectares, more than double the 1.46 million declared by the Australian Taxation Office last month, according to a Fairfax Media analysis of reported land sales.
|16 Feb 2016||
Ex-Macquarie director Tim Hornibrook cops ASIC ban for fake email ploy
Mr Hornibrook, who was a former head of Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management, along with some members of his sales team, were found to have extracted sensitive commercial information from a rival fund.
|20 Aug 2012||
Stop selling our land overseas
Politicians and economists say that the Australian public is only worked up about foreign ownership of agricultural land because the community is misinformed. This drives the belief that a register of foreign land holdings will calm everyone's anxiety. Given that Queensland has had such a register for 20 years, and that disquiet about foreign ownership still resonates among Queenslanders, this means that something else is at play.
|20 Mar 2012||
Heffernan slams policy on foreign farm buys
Australian Liberal senator Bill Heffernan has described as "bullshit" his party's proposed policy for more scrutiny of overseas companies buying into Australian agriculture because it ignored the real threat posed by foreign government-owned funds buying up farmland.
|16 Mar 2012||
Barnaby Joyce breaks ranks over foreign ownership of farmland
The Australian Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce is pushing for even tougher restrictions on foreign ownership of farmland and agribusinesses than those advocated by his party, fuelling Liberal anger at Tony Abbott's failure to rein in National Party ''freelancing'' on sensitive economic issues.
|20 Aug 2011||
Should Australia be selling the farm?
Agricultural analyst at Citi Investment Research, Tim Mitchell, recently calculated that "rural raiders" from overseas had spent "well in excess of $12 billion" over the past four years on Australian agribusinesses and farms.
|01 Aug 2011||
Nation feeds Gulf's appetite for ownership
Hassad plans to spend $US350 million ($318 million) in Australia to secure food supplies for Qatar, which imports 95 per cent of its food.
|01 Aug 2011||
Shut the gate: why cash-strapped landowners are selling the farm
Australians do realise the value of what is being sold, a land agent and rural property specialist said, "but their hands are tied because they can't raise the money".
|30 Jul 2011||
Foreign investors sow deep roots in food bowl
Community agitation grows as farmers feel threatened in New South Wales
|10 Jan 2011||
Future of food policy must start at home
Foreign farmland acquisitions are a telling vote of no confidence in international markets by food-deficient countries, which understandably fear a repeat of the 2008 food crisis may deny them opportunities to buy grains and other essential soft commodities at any price.