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  1. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Foreigners push up Australian home prices

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 04:49am by BLOOM

    ... rose despite a relatively expensive valuation and Australian dollar," Haslem and Tharenou wrote in the report. "We see a likely ongoing long-term uptrend of foreign investment ... of the Reserve Bank of Australia, said at a hearing held as part of the housing inquiry last week. Australia tightened rules on foreign investment in real estate in 2010, requiring offshore buyers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1544377/foreigners-push-australian-home-prices
  2. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Foreign minister says 150 Australians are fighting in Syria, Iraq

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 01:24pm by Associated Press in Canberra

    ... Associated Press in Canberra Julie Bishop says Australians who have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside radical militants pose a terrorist threat if they return home Around 150 Australians have fought with radical militants in Syria and Iraq, raising fears of a terrorist threat to Australia if the fighters return home, the country’s foreign minister said on Thursday. Foreign ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1536096/foreign-minister-says-150-australians-are-fighting-syria-iraq
  3. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Sri Lankan asylum seeker group to be taken to the Australian mainland

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 03:36pm by Associated Press in Sydney

    ... Associated Press in Sydney Foreign Minister Scott Morrison announced on Friday a group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers would be brought to Australia so that their nationality could be determined A group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers that has been languishing on board an Australian customs vessel for weeks will temporarily be brought to Australia’s mainland and may be sent to India, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1558985/sri-lankan-asylum-seeker-group-be-taken-australian-mainland
  4. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian parliament repeals carbon tax, emissions trading scheme

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 11:18am by Reuters in Sydney

    ... and the fact that Abbott has retained the A$10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation, another of Palmer’s demands. The government-backed loan agency invests in wind, solar, and bioenergy projects ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1555539/australian-parliament-repeals-carbon-tax-emissions-trading-scheme
  5. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Zeng Wei angers Sydney by knocking down 106-year-old harbour mansion

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 11:25pm by WASHPOST

    ... recently expanded a programme to grant permanent residence to foreigners prepared to invest at least A$5 million in Australian businesses. To date, 90 per cent of the applicants have been Chinese. ... Australians are not convinced, according to submissions to the inquiry from the public. "Widespread injustice will continue with Australians being outbid by foreigners on an uneven playing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1535689/zeng-wei-angers-sydney-knocking-down-106-year-old-harbour-mansion
  6. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia PM denies closer ties with Japan will hurt China relations after Abe visit

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 10:47am by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... with China, I am still reasonably optimistic we will succeed there. We want better friendships with everyone,” he added. His comments came as Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australia ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1550920/australia-pm-denies-closer-ties-japan-will-hurt-china-relations-after-abe
  7. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia sends troops to protect Baghdad embassy, PM vows to stop jihadists returning

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 01:57pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... said authorities were keeping a careful watch on as many of the Australians who had travelled to conflict zones as possible. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Thursday she ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1536824/australia-sends-troops-protect-baghdad-embassy
  8. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Chinese ambassador to Australia Ma Zhaoxu unexpectedly recalled to Beijing at short notice

    Posted May 27th 2014, 10:36am

    ... on Tuesday that as recently as Saturday, the Chinese embassy told Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs that Ma would be returning to Beijing in mid-June. However, foreign ministry spokesman Qin ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1519842/chinese-ambassador-australia-ma-zhaoxu-recalled-beijing-short-notice
  9. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Chinese overtake US buyers as biggest investors in Australian property

    Posted Mar 05th 2014, 05:16am by Bloomberg

    ... billion), compared with an 85 per cent slump to A$4.4 billion in purchases by US buyers, according to an annual investment update from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) on its website. Home ... foreign investment in Australia fell to A$135.7 billion in the 12 months ending June 30, the FIRB report showed. The real estate and mineral exploration and development industries were the biggest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1440312/chinese-overtake-us-buyers-biggest-investors-australian
  10. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    New asylum seeker controversy strains Australia-Indonesia relations

    Posted May 07th 2014, 12:47pm by Associated Press in Canberra

    ... allegations, maintaining his government’s policy of keeping such operations against people smuggling secret. If true, opposition lawmakers argue that the transfer of foreigners to another boat amounted to an escalation of Australia’s border protection policies of turning back boats that Indonesia complains breach its national sovereignty. Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1506529/new-asylum-seeker-controversy-strains-australia-indonesia-relations

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