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Former Victoria premier Brumby welcomes new China investment laws

China’s congress was ready to overhaul its Foreign Investment Law on Friday as it continues its efforts to open up its markets and level the playing field for foreign investors. The issue has been central to China’s long running trade sparring with the United States and it is now set to have an impact on…

Interest cuts major catalyst for rising housing prices

Falling interest rates were the major catalyst for rising housing prices across Australia according to new research published on Monday by the Reserve Bank. The new findings come just a week after the RBA’s governor Philip Lowe said the rate cuts had not had a notable impact on house prices during the early to mid-2010s….

WA Premier criticizes new EPA carbon emission cutting guidelines

WA Premier Mark McGowan claimed the state’s environmental watchdog had overstepped its mark with new guidelines aimed at reducing carbon emissions and believes the limitations could deter investors from backing major projects during the next few years. The EPA said last week that Western Australia is not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gases and is…

Australia’s economy contracts on per capita basis for second straight quarter

Australia’s economy contracted on a per capita basis for the second successive quarter during the final three months of last year as “soft” household spending and a drop off in dwelling investment weighed down the gross domestic product (GDP). Analysts had warned of slowing growth and a possible recession in recent days following a batch…

Australia’s electric car industry struggling to get around policy

It has long been noted that for an industry to be able to make waves in the energy industry, it cannot rely on policy alone. Successive Australian governments have been notorious for their inability to agree on proposals to create any launch pad for an energy revolution, and now it seems that the electric car…

Banking investors set for unsteady 2019 as uncertainty lingers

While 2018 was not exactly the easiest year for Australian banks, it seems clear that it was even harder for those looking to invest in them. With the Royal Commission inquiry’s findings spilling out into the press and the markets, there was little that the banks could do to prevent some of the scandals affecting…

Rio Tinto partners with Nespresso for sustainable coffee pods

Rio Tinto is set to supply Nespresso with sustainable aluminum for their coffee pods. Although both sides of this deal have been under fire this year for not looking like they are doing enough to help reduce the impact on climate change, this could be set to change. Angle-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has found…

Business leaders call for capital provisions for small companies

Business leaders in Australia have called for better collaboration on how to increase capital flow and liquidity to small businesses that need it most to keep the supply chain flowing smoothly. Smaller companies are known to struggle most when there is a buffer on capital flow with less cash available to take the hit as…

IMF says UK and Portugal have “weakest” public finances

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released its twice-yearly fiscal monitor, revealing some startling figures about public finances in various countries, with the UK and Portugal rated as the worst. The countries that topped the list with the most secure allocation of public finances have assumed this position primarily due to a successful sovereign wealth…

India set to develop US and Russia infrastructure link

India is in talks on a deal with the US and Russia that is set to build infrastructure in its country and beyond to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The move will also encompass working with Australia and Japan, among others. The partnership will span the Indo-Pacific region, and connectivity networks will be…

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