Anna Creek, the world’s largest working cattle station, formerly part of the Kidman estate.
Treasurer Scott Morrison’s reason for rejecting the Chinese bid offers a radically different definition of ‘national interest’ but doesn’t say much about how foreign interests are defined.
Chinese entrepreneur Lu Xianfeng has purchased Van Dieman’s Land Company through his business Moon Lake Investments.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has approved the $280 million sale of Australia’s largest dairy farming business to the Chinese-owned Moon Lake Investments.
Citing ‘the national interest’ enables Julie Bishop and her government colleagues simply to assert the need for everything from tougher security laws to supplying arms to Iraqi rebels.
“There is no such thing as the national interest,” I tell my first-year Australian foreign policy students. This tends to stop them in their tracks. After all, if there is no such thing as the national…