The Wild Wild East 11 April 2018

Property

House prices fall in the big cities but rise in the regions and Hobart

News.com.au, 03 Apr. 2018

Regional property markets are now starting to consistently outperform the major capital cities, as retiring baby boomers look for a sea change and younger households look for more affordable locations.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-03/home-prices-fall-in-cities-rise-in-the-regions/9612534

 

'Amazon of China' to start selling Australian property online

Australian Broker, 04 Apr. 2018

Property in Australia will soon be available online alongside groceries, household items and clothing.

https://www.brokernews.com.au/news/breaking-news/amazon-of-china-to-start-selling-australian-property-online-248399.aspx

 

Chinese developer R&F to build $500 million Brisbane River mixed use precinct
AFR, 04 Apr. 2018

Chinese developer R&F has unveiled plans to develop an amended $502 million mixed-use precinct and public riverside space for its 1.6-hectare landholding at Brisbane's West End.

http://www.afr.com/real-estate/chinese-developer-rf-to-build-500-million-brisbane-river-mixed-use-precinct-20180403-h0yatv

 

Renters no longer 'second rate', says Housing and Urban Research Institute

AFR, 04 Apr. 2018

Growth of the private rental sector – at a time of falling home ownership – is making landlords and real estate agents place more value on tenants than they did before, a new report by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute says.

http://www.afr.com/real-estate/renters-no-longer-second-rate-says-housing-and-urban-research-institute-20180404-h0yaya

 

Property outlook the worst in 30 years: Morgan Stanley

AFR, 05 Apr. 2018

Prospects for growth in the residential property market are the worst in 30 years, which is when Bob Hawke was prime minister and the median property price for a Sydney house was $141,000, according to analysis by investment bank Morgan Stanley.

http://www.afr.com/real-estate/property-outlook-the-worst-in-30-years-morgan-stanley-20180404-h0ycrm

 

 

Currency & Financial

Scott Morrison doubles tax for foreign investors to save 'billions'

AFR, 02 Apr. 2018

Australia will double the tax bills of some foreign investors and limit tax breaks for others, in a move Treasurer Scott Morrison says will prevent billions in lost revenue.

http://www.afr.com/news/policy/tax/scott-morrison-doubles-tax-for-foreign-investors-to-save-billions-20180330-h0y68r


Australia could be a winner in China-US trade battle

News.com.au, 05 Apr. 2018

THE United States and China are duelling it out over trade as the world’s two biggest economies slap spiralling retaliatory tariffs on each other’s goods.

http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/world-economy/australia-could-be-a-winner-in-chinaus-trade-battle/news-story/86b8909a7e1fb86fb2ddc54d85b06532

 

Anti-China Tilt in Australia Is Shortsighted

Bloomberg, 05 Apr. 2018

Chinese investment is small, but feels large. That's a reminder of why data should drive policy.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-04-04/australian-rules-against-chinese-investment-are-shortsighted

 

Reserve Bank of Australia worried about China's debt bomb

AFR, 06 Apr. 2018

China's rapidly growing pile of debt has long been regarded as one of the biggest risks to the global economy.

http://www.afr.com/news/world/reserve-bank-worried-about-chinas-debt-bomb-20180404-h0ybk7


 

 

Agriculture

Chinese hungry for more Australian wool

Farm Weekly, 02 Apr. 2018

PRODUCE more wool was the clear message Andrew Rintoul, Dongiemon and Tilba Tilba Merino studs, Williams, returned with after a recent tour of China.

http://www.farmweekly.com.au/news/agriculture/sheep/wool/chinese-hungry-for-more-australian-wool/2756964.aspx

 

Austrade visit to China revealed export potential for Australian farmers

Weekly Times Now, 03 Apr. 2018

Reports of China inevitably include the words “growth” and “opportunity” but Moore makes many of us take notice when he gives China’s continuing economic rise a regional Australia context.

https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/farm-magazine/austrade-visit-to-china-revealed-export-potential-for-australian-farmers/news-story/49c66b7c682cefd652cef63f971b17bc

 

More China distribution for infant formula maker

Australia China Business Review, 05 Apr. 2018

Infant formula manufacturer Wattle Health Australia has secured a distribution deal with China’s International Supplies and Distribution Company, providing access to more than 2,000 retail stores across 13 Chinese provinces.

http://www.acbr.com.au/more-china-distribution-infant-formula-maker

 

Echo Falls winemaker sold to private equity firm with eye on China

The Guardian, 05 Apr. 2018

Carlyle Group uncorks A$1bn deal for Accolade as Chinese demand for wine increases

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/apr/05/carlyle-group-echo-falls-winemaker-accolade-china-asian-markets

 

 

Resources

New renewable energy capacity double fossil fuel growth in record-breaking 2017: UN report

News.com.au, 06 Apr. 2018

Solar power is continuing to surge ahead as the world's emerging energy technology, according to a United Nations report that found global spending on solar was higher than any other energy source in 2017.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-04-06/solar-power-most-backed-fuel-technology/9612976


 

 

Retail & Tourism

Pullman hotel attracts top global bidders

The Australian, 04 Apr. 2018

Two of the world's largest property investors, Connecticut-based Starwood Capital Group and New York-headquartered private equity firm Blackstone, are among the major bidders vying for a Melbourne hotel positioned between the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the CBD in a $200 million deal.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/property/pullman-hotel-attracts-top-global-bidders/news-story/b7c7699bc9760ab01c7a4e82a220f05e

 

Queensland looks to Chinese investment dollars for tourism boost

Radio Australia, 08 Apr. 2018

Chinese investors could be the new saviours of Queensland's tourism industry as interest grows in the state.

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-04-08/queensland-looks-to-chinese-investment-dollars-for-tourism-boost/1748008

 

Canberra eyes up China air route to boost tourism numbers

Business Chief, 07 Apr. 2018

Australia’s capital city, Canberra, is looking to open up more international flight options in a bid to boost traffic in and out of the ACT province.

https://anz.businesschief.com/leadership/3003/Canberra-eyes-up-China-air-route-to-boost-tourism-numbers

 

 

Education

International students contribute over 24 billion USD to Aussie economy in 2017: data

Xinhua, 06 Apr. 2018

CANBERRA, April 6 (Xinhua) -- International education contributed a record 32.2 billion Australian dollars (24.7 billion U.S. dollars) to the nation's economy in 2017, data has revealed.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/06/c_137092078.htm

 

 

China Domestic

China and Japan are at it again: This time, the fight is over cherry blossoms

The Washington Post, 01 Apr. 2018

Countries in East Asia continuously squabble over everything from history textbooks to empty rocks in the sea. So don't be too surprised that the beautiful spectacle of cherry blossom season is also a matter of nationalist dispute.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/04/01/china-and-japan-are-at-it-again-this-time-the-fight-is-over-cherry-blossoms/?utm_term=.eb7ca457e435