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China Australia Free Trade Agreement Boosting Aussie Exports

Posted on 20 May, 2017 at 1:10 Comments comments (3)

The China Australla Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), introduced just 18 months ago, is already proving advantageous to Australian exporters in key industry sectors, including wine making.


This article in today's Sydney Morning Herald states that the latest data to March 2017 shows a 51% increase in Australian wine sales to China, with the largest increase (87%) in premium category wines ($20 to $50 per bottle).

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457 Visa's Demise Predictable, but Need for Temporary Skilled Visas Continues

Posted on 18 April, 2017 at 3:25 Comments comments (0)


With the recent rise of anti-immigration political parties like Pauline Hanson's One Nation, and ongoing pressure from trade unions and their political party the ALP, the 457 visa was always going to be targeted by the Australian Government for significant change.      


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Political Winds Begin to Blow Against Migration

Posted on 2 March, 2017 at 1:40 Comments comments (0)

Today's Australian media carried the news that the Government has moved to stop 457 skilled migration for positions with fast food chains.  The popular media has supported this move, saying that such migration was taking jobs away from young Australians.


But neither this Government policy nor the subsequent media commentary should come as no surprise.  The developed world has seen distinct anti-migration se...

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BRIC Index Has Outlived Its Usefulness

Posted on 24 September, 2016 at 10:30 Comments comments (1)

The "BRIC" (Brazil, Russia, India and China) index of markets has outlived its usefulness, according to a report by Ogilvy and Mather.


The report highlights a shift to South Asia as the epicentre of future economic growth, as indicated by middle class consumer growth.  The report states that the middle class across countries including China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippin...

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Foreign Investment Review Board Decision on NSW Power Assets Sends Wrong Message

Posted on 12 August, 2016 at 5:10 Comments comments (0)

The decision of the Australian Federal Government's Foreign Investment Review Board to disallow the partial lease of one of the New South Wales electricity networks, Ausgrid, by Chinese bidders including State Grid, sends the wrong message regarding foreign investment into Australia.


Modern Australia has been built upon foreign investment; the infrastructure needed for a geographically large but young nation has alwa...

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Skilled/Qualified Migration Categories (457, 186, 187) under scrutiny

Posted on 19 January, 2016 at 19:40 Comments comments (2)

The need for professional Human Resources companies to facilitate real, high quality jobs for skilled and qualified Australian migration categories (186, 187 and 457) has never been greater.


Recent cases, including a Sydney restaurant alleged to have significantly underpaid workers on visas (see below) have drawn considerable media attention in Australia, and no doubt have caught the eye of the Federal Government, pa...

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New Entrepreneurs' Visa Welcome but Some Way Off

Posted on 6 December, 2015 at 14:30 Comments comments (0)

A new entrepreneurs' visa announced today by the Australian Government as part of a raft of innovation policies is a welcome development, however it is not likely to become law until at least 2017.


This is because the innovation policies are to be taken to the next Federal election, which is not due until November 2016.  Assuming the Turnbull Government is re-elected (which at this stage is likely, given the poor standing of the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in the pol...

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Huge Opportunities for Aussie Businesses in Next Phase of China Economy

Posted on 18 October, 2015 at 21:30 Comments comments (0)

There are huge opportunities for Australian businesses as the China economy transitions from growth led by infrastructure development and manufacturing activity, to an economy led by cashed up consumers.


A new report commissioned by the ANZ Bank, "Sleeping Giant: China Consumer", concludes that a near quadrupling of disposable incomes in China's urban areas over the next 15 years will transform China's economy, with positive ramifications for its major trading partner...

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Finally, Movement on the ChAFTA, but Greater Urgency Needed

Posted on 13 October, 2015 at 23:25 Comments comments (0)

After months languishing in the Australian Parliament, it seems the ratification of the Australia China Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will finally happen.


Reports in today's press indicate that Bill Shorten's Labor Party, having blocked the passage of the ChAFTA to date, have now put forward conditions to the Government in exchange for their support. The conditions include increasing the minimum wage for 457 visas from $53,000 to $57,000 per annum and amending the Migration ...

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Greater Effort by Turnbull Government Needed on ChAFTA

Posted on 8 October, 2015 at 19:35 Comments comments (0)

It's nice that the Federal Government has taken out advertisements in the major Australian newspapers in support of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)




However, nice is just not good enough. The hard reality is the ChAFTA has been languishing for months in the Australian Parliament, whilst Australian exporters continue to miss out on trade deals with China due to the continuation of...

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