Oct 25, 2012

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: jelly wrestling for the girls, beer pong for the boys

The company that brought us the Prius with its boast of fuel-efficiency to help save the planet is really no different to the rest of the gas guzzling motor manufacturing industry. Plus other political news of the day.

Richard Farmer

Crikey political commentator

A policy for the Australian Liberal-National coalition to borrow? Foreign ownership, especially of farming land by Chinese government controlled companies, is a potential policy conflict for the Coalition but perhaps the Canadian government is providing a way of at least stalling the disagreements for a while. The Canadians are planning to introduce a "two-track system" for judging whether a foreign takeover provides a "net benefit" -- on track for transactions with what The Globe and Mail describes as typical corporations and another track for firms under the influence of foreign governments.

Not dead yet. My colleague Bernard Keane might have left you with the impression yesterday that the nuclear power industry was well and truly on the way out. But not quite if this report from the China Daily can be believed.

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