Food & Agribusiness Talking Points 27-10-2015


Date: Tuesday, 27th October 2015


Telecommunications Review highlights regional connectivity challenge (English)

Source: NFF, 23 Oct 2015

The report from Regional Telecommunications Review tabled in Parliament yesterday builds the case for improved connectivity in the bush, says NFF. The report captures the increasing importance of connectivity in rural Australia. Farming families rely heavily on communications infrastructure to stay connected and run their businesses from remote locations. The review highlights that, despite ongoing investment, rural areas are continuing to fall well behind on quality, reliability and affordability of telecommunications services”.


Cattle pass China muster (English)

Source: North Queensland Register, 27 Oct 2015

The first trial shipment of 150 live slaughter-ready cattle from Melbourne, Australia to Chongqing in south-west China was greeted by incredible media fanfare and intense government scrutiny. To meet those new protocols, the cattle must have also resided on their originating farm for three months prior to export and spent seven days in a Department quarantine facility and been inspected by officials and passed as disease or parasite free.


Three Chinese companies bid for world’s largest cattle ranch in Australia (English)

Source: The Standard, 26 Oct 2015

A company that owns the world’s largest cattle ranch and other Australian land greater in area than South Korea is up for sale. Don Manifold, a director of Ernst & Young who is managing the sale, said he expects between six and 12 bidders will lodge their offers for Australia’s largest private landowner by tomorrow’s deadline. At least three Chinese bidders are reportedly interested in buying the Adelaide-based company which was founded by beef baron Sir Sidney Kidman in 1899. Foreign bids would be scrutinized by FIRB to ensure that such a sale would be in Australia’s national interest.


This brief summarises a range of publicly available news articles in both Chinese and English and AustCham takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information in these articles. In addition, the views and opinions reflected in these articles are not necessarily representative of AustCham.


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