Sell the farm to buy a future as China’s food bowl

Lauren Quaintance
Sydney Morning Herald

PLANS to seek billions of dollars in Chinese investment to transform vast tracts of undeveloped land in northern Australia for farming would come at the expense of giving Australians access to affordable, good quality food, opponents say.

The Trade and Competitiveness Minister, Craig Emerson, has confirmed that the government is undertaking a joint study with China to examine the policy changes needed to facilitate a massive investment by Chinese agricultural interests.

Dr Emerson denied this meant plans to ”buy up the farm” and use imported labour to produce food for the voracious Chinese market with its 1.3 billion citizens. “It is designed to lift Australian food production for world markets,” Mr Emerson said.

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