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Australia approves sale of giant Kidman pastoral holdings

Sydney | Reuters –– Australia on Friday approved the A$386.5 million (C$379.3 million) sale of the country’s largest private landholder S. Kidman and Co. to a consortium led by the country’s richest woman Gina Rinehart, after blocking two previous bids. Rinehart and her minority partner, Chinese developer Shanghai CRED, will now complete the purchase of […] Read more



Australia competition watchdog to widen dairy investigation

Sydney | Reuters — Australia’s competition watchdog will launch a broad investigation into the country’s dairy industry, the country’s deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce said on Thursday. The investigation comes after Australia’s largest dairy processor Murray Goulburn and New Zealand’s Fonterra Co-operative Group in April reduced their farm gate prices, or what they pay farmers […] Read more

Australia’s richest woman buys two cattle stations

Reuters – Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart has expanded her cattle business, buying two cattle properties in the country’s north, as the billionaire seeks to profit from Asia’s fast-growing food market. The cattle properties, located southwest of the town of Katherine in the Northern Territory, were bought from one of Indonesia’s largest importers of cattle, Japfa, […] Read more


Australia to defer decision on China land deal

Sydney | Reuters — The Australian government is deferring until after an upcoming federal election a politically sensitive decision on whether to allow the sale of one of the country’s biggest cattle empires, S. Kidman and Co., to a Chinese-led consortium. Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison rejected a previous foreign-led offer for the ranching company — […] Read more

Brewers toast Australian gluten-free barley

Sydney | Reuters — Australian scientists say they have developed the world’s first WHO-approved “gluten-free” barley, a breakthrough for global beer manufacturers. They have had to use alternatives to barley such as rice and sorghum to brew gluten-free beer. Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) said April 8 it had sold 70 tonnes […] Read more