'Swiss cheese' FIRB needs overhaul

THE federal government is facing pressure to overhaul the foreign investment review system as it tries to deal with Chinese trade demands.
THE federal government is facing pressure to overhaul the foreign investment review system as it tries to deal with Chinese trade demands.
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WHEN live cattle exports to Indonesia were suspended in June 2011, industry representatives spoke at the time of dire and far-reaching consequences. WHEN live cattle exports to Indonesia were suspended in June 2011, industry representatives spoke at the time of dire and far-reaching consequences.
Rob and Ainsley McArthur, Mystery Park, St Lawrence, are completely sold on the virtues of cell grazing. Rob and Ainsley McArthur, Mystery Park, St Lawrence, are completely sold on the virtues of cell grazing.
FABA bean crops on the Darling Downs have come under pressure from helicoverpa larvae this season, potentially slashing returns if grain does not meet stringent quality standards. FABA bean crops on the Darling Downs have come under pressure from helicoverpa larvae this season, potentially slashing returns if grain does not meet stringent quality standards.
EDUCATING and reinvigorating the next generation is what drives 2014 Marsh Rural Ambassador Sarah Hannah. EDUCATING and reinvigorating the next generation is what drives 2014 Marsh Rural Ambassador Sarah Hannah.
INTENSIFYING drought sparked a heated debate in Canberra this week about escalating rural debt and calls for an overhaul of bank lending.
4:00 AM  5 INTENSIFYING drought sparked a heated debate in Canberra this week about escalating rural debt and calls for an overhaul of bank lending. | Face-to-face with rural debt  | Taking the debt message to Canberra 
THE boss of Australia's biggest dairy company is forecasting more consolidation, saying there
28 Aug 14  2 THE boss of Australia's biggest dairy company is forecasting more consolidation, saying there "isn't enough money to be made" for all players. | Dairy industry eyes Russia  | Lion roars in with health pitch 
FOOD labelling laws need an urgent overhaul, says the head of Tasmania's peak agricultural group.
28 Aug 14  2 FOOD labelling laws need an urgent overhaul, says the head of Tasmania's peak agricultural group. | Maggie Beer's state of origin... 
WHEN live cattle exports to Indonesia were suspended in June 2011, industry representatives spoke at the time of dire and far-reaching consequences.
28 Aug 14  3 WHEN live cattle exports to Indonesia were suspended in June 2011, industry representatives spoke at the time of dire and far-reaching consequences.
NICK Minchin has been roundly panned for encouraging ADM to have another tilt at GrainCorp, Australia’s largest listed grains business.
28 Aug 14  4 NICK Minchin has been roundly panned for encouraging ADM to have another tilt at GrainCorp, Australia’s largest listed grains business. | ADM talks 'just business':...  | Ellerston pushes GrainCorp... 
LAST minute amendments to plans for a “one-stop shop” on environmental legislation could see “water trigger” legislation saved.
28 Aug 14 LAST minute amendments to plans for a “one-stop shop” on environmental legislation could see “water trigger” legislation saved. | Farmers must 'think like miners'  | Facts v fiction – busting the... 
A RURAL debt roundtable will be held in Canberra on September 23, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce announced today.
27 Aug 14  9 A RURAL debt roundtable will be held in Canberra on September 23, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce announced today. | Taking the debt message to Canberra  | Drought forces Qld farmers into... 
FONTERRA has announced a partnership with a Chinese baby food manufacturer to seize more of the lucrative infant formula market.
27 Aug 14  3 FONTERRA has announced a partnership with a Chinese baby food manufacturer to seize more of the lucrative infant formula market.
WHILE rivals have posted significant lifts, Murray Goulburn's expansion push has resulted in a 16pc profit drop despite record revenue.
27 Aug 14 WHILE rivals have posted significant lifts, Murray Goulburn's expansion push has resulted in a 16pc profit drop despite record revenue. | Down, down goes milk value  | MG's next generation push 
ICONIC brands King Gee, Stubbies and Hard Yakka will remain in Australian hands after Wesfarmers agreed to pay $180 million for Pacific Brands' struggling workwear business.
27 Aug 14 ICONIC brands King Gee, Stubbies and Hard Yakka will remain in Australian hands after Wesfarmers agreed to pay $180 million for Pacific Brands' struggling workwear business.
WA grain growers will see a new player in the grain marketing space in the 2014-15 season in US-based co-op CHS Trading Company Australia.
27 Aug 14  2 WA grain growers will see a new player in the grain marketing space in the 2014-15 season in US-based co-op CHS Trading Company Australia.
A SPECIAL business forum in Melbourne in October will give women the chance to share ideas and network with ag industry leaders.
27 Aug 14 A SPECIAL business forum in Melbourne in October will give women the chance to share ideas and network with ag industry leaders.
WHEN Andrew Ferguson began work on his father’s fishing boat, rock lobster exports from SA were limited to tails packed off to the US.
27 Aug 14 WHEN Andrew Ferguson began work on his father’s fishing boat, rock lobster exports from SA were limited to tails packed off to the US.
SENATOR David Leyonhjelm has postponed a vote on his controversial disallowance motion that aims to reverse increases to ag levies.
26 Aug 14  5 SENATOR David Leyonhjelm has postponed a vote on his controversial disallowance motion that aims to reverse increases to ag levies. | Levy spat moves to the streets  | Ag at levy crossroads 
WAFARMERS will launch its own brand of milk in conjunction with supermarket giant Coles and multinational dairy processor Parmalat.
26 Aug 14  2 WAFARMERS will launch its own brand of milk in conjunction with supermarket giant Coles and multinational dairy processor Parmalat.
AUSTRALIA needs to cut its grape ­production by about 15 per cent, wine industry veteran Bruce Tyrrell says.
26 Aug 14 AUSTRALIA needs to cut its grape ­production by about 15 per cent, wine industry veteran Bruce Tyrrell says. | Bright Foods rules out Treasury bid  | Grange match: Treasury battle... 
A SCANDINAVIAN pension fund has poured $20 million into Australian dairy farms to help lift stagnant local milk production.
25 Aug 14  1 A SCANDINAVIAN pension fund has poured $20 million into Australian dairy farms to help lift stagnant local milk production.
AUSTRALIAN Vintage has sealed a distribution deal with China's largest food processor and trader, the state-owned COFCO.
25 Aug 14 AUSTRALIAN Vintage has sealed a distribution deal with China's largest food processor and trader, the state-owned COFCO. | Former Penfolds boss slates...  | Maggie Beer's state of origin... 
ACTING chief executive officer Alicia Garden has been officially appointed CEO of GrainGrowers.
25 Aug 14  4 ACTING chief executive officer Alicia Garden has been officially appointed CEO of GrainGrowers. | Eastburn leaves GrainGrowers...  | Changing of the guard at GGL 
TANDOU has reported a 45pc jump in total income to $8.7 million, but NPAT of just $200,000 after a series of significant purchases.
25 Aug 14  3 TANDOU has reported a 45pc jump in total income to $8.7 million, but NPAT of just $200,000 after a series of significant purchases. | Tandou downgrades profit forecast 
THE woes Alison Watkins is dealing with at Coca-Cola Amatil must be music to Lion dairy and drinks boss Peter West's ears.
25 Aug 14 THE woes Alison Watkins is dealing with at Coca-Cola Amatil must be music to Lion dairy and drinks boss Peter West's ears. | Investors queueing for elusive...  | FY14 takes $405m bite from GFF 
ANOTHER large Queensland farm has gone into receivership and is up for sale either as an individual farm, or four separate properties.
25 Aug 14  13 ANOTHER large Queensland farm has gone into receivership and is up for sale either as an individual farm, or four separate properties. | Rural debt stoush heats up  | Face-to-face with rural debt 
CLOSE to 60 per cent of ­farmers in a major new survey still believe there should be less foreign investment in Australian farms.
25 Aug 14  4 CLOSE to 60 per cent of ­farmers in a major new survey still believe there should be less foreign investment in Australian farms.
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QSL are keen to talk about grower choice in who they sell their sugar through. Thats great but
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why are we so pent up about our regulators? surely the transparency and motives of SOEs,
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1. Producers need more debt like the proverbial. (Even at cheap rates unless it is to retire
WHEN live cattle exports to Indonesia were suspended in June 2011, industry representatives spoke at the time of dire and far-reaching consequences.28 Aug 14  3 WHEN live cattle exports to Indonesia were suspended in June 2011, industry representatives spoke at the time of...
A PROJECT designed to increase the number of organically certified beef businesses is on track to draw an extra 100 producers and an additional 30,000 certified organic carcases into the growing market.
28 Aug 14  1 A PROJECT designed to increase the number of organically certified beef businesses is on track to draw an extra 100...