Australia got in first with restrictions on foreign investors in housing, but Jacinda Arden’s new government plans to go further.
Concerns about foreign investors driving up housing prices have been growing. Australia was first to bar foreign purchases of existing residential property, but New Zealand is set to go further.
The impact of Airbnb varies from city to city and suburb to suburb.
About 10% of empty dwellings on census night – 1.2% of all housing – were available for rental and vacancy rates have changed little in 35 years. Could governments be overreacting?
Highly skilled foreign workers (and the investment that follows them) are drawn to Australia because of the lifestyle.
As innovative and business-friendly as Australia has become in its short history, what makes Australia stand out to international workers is its quality of life.
Most Sydneysiders are concerned about the effects of foreign investment on the local real estate market.
Only 18% of Sydneysiders think foreign investors should be able to buy property. They simply don't accept arguments that this investment improves housing affordability by increasing supply.
A Shorten government would double the screening fees on foreign investment and financial penalties that apply to foreign investment in residential real estate.
Labor will promise to ban direct borrowing by self-managed superannuation funds, as part of a housing affordability policy released on Friday.
Uncertain ground ahead.
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With Britain’s exit from the EU, China is losing a champion on similar trade and investment issues.
The Chinese Community Party has trouble controlling its own members much less those of private businesses.
The public debate about Chinese corporations investing in Australia is spurred by several misleading ideas about the control of the Chinese government and its intervention with private businesses.
The newly created Critical Infrastructure Centre could assist overseas investors on whether they should bid for critical assets like ports.
The new Critical Infrastructure Centre might provide clarity on certain projects but it doesn't resolve the ongoing debate on what approach the government should take with foreign investment.
Scott Morrison says after current spending is taken care of the government will be able to focus on ‘good debt’.
Treasurer Scott Morrison says the government will take on more 'good debt' to boost productivity when current spending is under control.
The government has changed the rules so that another foreign investor can replace one who has pulled out of buying an off-the-plan dwelling.
The government says its changes to foreign investment will increase housing supply and make it more affordable, but that's relying on narrow and possibly incorrect assumptions about investors.
Scott Morrison will argue in favour of ‘keeping the door open’.
Scott Morrison will argue that Australia 'can't afford not to trade'.
The Australian Tax Office has found that nearly 14% of Australian farmland is held by foreign investors.
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Katter's Australian Party federal MP Bob Katter said 30% of the Northern Territory's farmland and 22% of Tasmania's farmland is foreign-owned. Is that true?
The interventionist foreign policy of the Gulf states is increasingly at odds with their economic security.
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Whose land are domestic and foreign real estate investors trading?
The history of foreign investment in land and real estate shows the global movement of people and capital is closely linked to the prevailing geopolitics.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says China has more freedom to invest in Australia than almost any other country.
Evidence suggests our foreign investment policy has changed over time, but to what end?
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Scott Morrison cited national security concerns in knocking back a bid by Chinese companies for a share of Ausgrid.
Scott Morrison has formally ruled out Chinese companies obtaining a 50.4% share of Ausgrid.
China’s State Grid Corporation was hoping to add a majority stake in Ausgrid to its growing global network.
Energy markets are increasingly global, with growing security issues. Disengaging is not the answer.
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