Saturday, April 10, 2021

Chinese Owner's 'Catastrophic Failure' drives Australia's Biggest Dairy Farm into the Ground

 So says the newspaper The Age.

A controversial act by Prime Minister Scott Morrison when he was then Federal Treasurer in 2016 was to approve the sale of Australia's largest dairy farm in north west Tasmania to a Chinese company known as Moon Lake Investments. I am never sure why we allow foreigners to own land in Australia, and especially so when they don't respect our regulations. It has been an animal welfare, staff and environmental disaster. 

Morrison did impose some conditions on the sale but of course these were ignored and enforcement not followed through by the various responsible authorities. What were Morrison's penalties if the conditions  were not met? What an utter disgrace. Well, we shall just sit back and wait, as we sit back and wait for the next live animal export disaster.

I'll just post some linked headlines. The Age has a good summary to start with and tells you all you really need to know.

https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/chinese-owner-s-catastrophic-failure-drives-australia-s-biggest-dairy-farm-into-the-ground-20210406-p57gts.html

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-09/van-dairy-group-sued-by-former-owners-over-milk-price-crash/12962292

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-06-27/vdl-dairy-in-mutiny-amid-animal-welfare-concerns/11243876

https://www.afr.com/street-talk/rabobank-asks-cbre-to-value-van-diemen-s-land-company-20191002-p52wt2

https://farmtable.com.au/eye-gouging-broken-tails-among-cruelty-allegations-probed-at-chinese-dairy-giant/

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/25/mass-resignations-at-chinese-owner-of-australias-largest-dairy-farm-cast-doubt-on-investment

The man behind the Moon Lake company is Xianfeng Lu. Photo from Farmtable.com.au

15 comments:

  1. How I wish this was an isolated incident. It isn't. And while the government continues to cut red and green tape similar things will continue to happen - and be ignored by the government. How I wish that they would accept some responsibility for their actions/decisions. How I wish that they were called to account...
    And as an aside, how I wish I didn't have to hunt for your 5am posts. 'New' blogger conceals them from me for an hour or more each day.

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    1. Hear hear EC. Occasionally mine are delayed by either Blogger or perhaps my independent rss feed. I could make them 4am posting.

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  2. Yuk. chiina owns quite a lot of land in America too, something I don't understand.

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    1. Strayer, but neither you nor I can buy land in China.

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    2. Very unfair in my opinion, although I have to say I wouldn't want to be buying any land in China, but if we can't buy there, they shouldn't be allowed to buy here.

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  3. The world needs to watch China very carefully. They already own most of what's viable throughout Africa, and it'll happen elsewhere.

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    1. Cro, they have been very busy investing and donating in many small countries, often to sure up UN votes. Governments aren't going to bit the hand that just built them a new power station.

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  4. They can offer the best prices because humans mean nothing to them, except their own precious self ! One worker falls down he is immediately replaced by somebody else that's why they can sell so cheap. And animals ... if men don't count they don't care ar all except a few rich with precious cats and dogs !

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    1. Gattina, quite right about men and animals. The only good news is there are lots of people fighting for animal welfare in China, including local people.

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  5. How many times in the past have we heard or read about China's horrific farming practices? Why on earth would anyone allow a dairy company to be bought by Chinese? And why weren't they made to follow regulations?

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    1. Both good questions River and authorities need to feel the heat over this.

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  6. We are permitting it here as well. I don't understand it myself. The animal cruelty is really quite sickening. Where are all your PETA people now?

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    1. Debby, I hope PETA people are still working away. Maybe we only know when something explosive occurs.

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  7. Many Chinese citizens hate what their government does or allows.

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    1. Cynthia, I am sure they do. As you probably know, the people have ways and means of knowing things via non official media.

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