No immediate changes to super: Hockey

AAP Treasurer Joe Hockey has poured cold water on any immediate tightening of tax concessions for superannuation. Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen says the tax treatment of superannuation needs to be improved and he will be consulting the sector this week about possible options.

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  • Chinese rival French for French vineyards AAP - 2 hours 11 minutes ago

    Chinese investors now rival the French in buying vineyards in Bordeaux: a sign both of the region's global prestige and China's seemingly unquenchable thirst for wine, according to local property agencies and industry associations. Although most of the Chinese owners stay discreet, French wine industry groups are publicly welcoming the new money flowing in. These purchases lift the profile of the Bordeaux brand and have advanced the vineyard property market, even if there are still vineyards for sale," said the head of the CIVB Bordeaux wine growers' association, Bernard Farges. One name dominates the list of Chinese arrivals: Qu Naijie, an industrialist with net worth estimated at $US800 million ($A1.03 billion) who comes from sea transport and theme parks, and owns nearly 30 Bordeaux vineyards.

  • Bird flu found in a top Minnesota turkey producing county Associated Press - Sun, Mar 29, 2015 10:27 AM AEDT
    Bird flu found in a top Minnesota turkey producing county

    An outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain spread to one of the top poultry producing counties of the nation's top turkey producing state of Minnesota, government officials confirmed on Saturday, raising ...

  • Anticipation and angst as Europe ends milk quotas AFP - Sun, Mar 29, 2015 6:39 AM AEDT
    Anticipation and angst as Europe ends milk quotas

    European dairy farmers are facing the end of three decades of milk quotas on Wednesday with a mixture of anticipation and angst as it will allow them to serve growing demand in emerging markets, but could also cause a crash in prices. In northern Europe, farmers have hailed the move as a chance to cash in on the growing global thirst for milk, particularly in China. The Netherlands and Germany, Europe's largest producer, are gearing up for increases of 20 percent.

  • 3rd Minnesota turkey farm hit by bird flu outbreak Associated Press - Sun, Mar 29, 2015 5:39 AM AEDT

    An outbreak of a bird flu strain that's deadly to poultry deepened Saturday when state and federal officials confirmed a third Minnesota turkey farm has been infected, this time in one of the state's top ...

  • Dairy farms asked to consider breeding no-horn cows Associated Press - Sun, Mar 29, 2015 1:27 AM AEDT
    Dairy farms asked to consider breeding no-horn cows

    Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue that's long bothered activists but is little known to consumers: the painful removal of budding ...

  • How This Franchisee Runs More Than 275 Restaurants Entrepreneur - Sat, Mar 28, 2015 10:00 PM AEDT
    How This Franchisee Runs More Than 275 Restaurants

    Aslam Khan is still actively involved in running his Church's Chicken, Long John silvers and Hardees locations across the U.S.

  • King's Flair Announces Final Results for the Year Ended 31 December 2014 ACN Newswire - Sat, Mar 28, 2015 12:11 PM AEDT

    Achieves Record Revenues and Profitability HONG KONG, Mar 28, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - King's Flair International (Holdings) Limited, ("King's Flair" or the "Company", together with ...

  • Final Glance: Restaurant companies Associated Press - Sat, Mar 28, 2015 9:10 AM AEDT

    Shares of some top restaurant companies were mixed at the close of trading: Brinker International Inc. rose $.56 or .9 percent, to $60.59. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. rose $3.90 or .6 percent, to $662.72. ...

  • Final Glance: Food companies Associated Press - Sat, Mar 28, 2015 9:10 AM AEDT

    Shares of some top food companies were up at the close of trading: ConAgra Foods Inc. rose $2.01 or 5.8 percent, to $36.76. General Mills Inc. rose $1.05 or 1.9 percent, to $54.99. Hormel Foods Corp. rose ...

  • Final Glance: Tools and Appliances companies Associated Press - Sat, Mar 28, 2015 9:10 AM AEDT

    Shares of some top tools and appliances companies were up at the close of trading: General Electric Co. rose $.06 or .2 percent, to $24.86. Snap-On rose $1.86 or 1.3 percent, to $144.06. Stanley Works ...