Australian farms are being bought by overseas interests at a rapid pace, led by a Chinese communist government buying spree and the Conservative Party's South Australian Senate candidate Rikki Lambert has been writing to SA's regional newspapers warning of the impending threat.
China has rocketed up the charts to now be equal-largest foreign owner of our farming land.
British, American and Canadian owners have been private, Western, non-government entities.
Australian farms and water shouldn’t be owned by other nations.
Controlling food and water confers great power. Cubbie Station^ (at the top of the Murray Darling Basin) is controlled by Shandong Ruyi, a Chinese government corporation. They are licensed to take hundreds of gigalitres a year.
The former SA government was encouraging Islamic nation Qatar’s state corporation, Hassad Foods, as it bought farms in our south-east.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi declared that we don’t want the Qataris* here due to their terror links - now they are selling up.
The Cubbie Station^ Chinese ownership example Rikki is referring to is further explained here, and in the following video:
The case of Qatar* that Rikki refers to is one concerning a small but powerful Middle Eastern nation that Senator Bernardi has long suspected of using its 'Sovereign Wealth fund' - a state-owned corporation of Qatar - to advance its overseas interests. Qatar has a questionable record including allegations it has supported terrorist organisations.
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