Chinese Developer offers Australian Residency to Buyers

Everyone knows that I have long been warning about the weak laws governing the sale of Australian land to foreign…

Posted by Pauline Hanson's Please Explain on Monday, July 16, 2018

From the Daily Telegraph (read the full story here):

FIONA WINGETT

A CHINESE developer is promising Asian investors they will also get a “permanent resident visa in as little as six months” if they buy into a Hunter Valley land deal.

Profit Palace Group also promises “quick” connections to powerful politicians and even access to Australia’s “social welfare benefits”.

But a Daily Telegraph investigation can today reveal how the company’s pledge to help wealthy Chinese families “easily acquire” a “high-quality lifestyle” is built on lies — even listing on its website “co-operating” lawyers and local politicians who have nothing to do with the project.

And now the state government will this morning demand a “high-level briefing”.

The 223-lot estate in the sleepy town of Millfield has outraged locals, who warn it could double the population and wipe out their rural community if it goes ahead.

A translation of the Profit Palace website reveals how it links “owning 750sqm” of land in its estate with helping buyers gain access to a 132A visa — a special type of entry reserved for “high-calibre” business people.

“After being granted this visa, the applicant and their family members can enjoy the social welfare benefits that Australian citizens are entitled to,” boasts the company, headed by a Jiang “James” Xiao.

“At the moment, this project has received NSW state government and local city government support. The project’s approval process is close to complete, and the 132 visa has received pre-approval.”

It goes on to say: “Even if you don’t understand English, you can quickly get connected to Australian political and business circles. You and your friends can leisurely ride horses, or have a sandboarding competition.

“You can enjoy picking grapes in your own backyard, appreciate the beautiful sunrise, or study winemaking … of course you can also take a hot-air balloon ride and enjoy the Hunter Valley’s unique Brokeback (sic) Mountain, have a helicopter adventure, or enjoy the folk music festival.”

The website includes a photo of Mr Xiao with Parramatta MP Geoff Lee in his electorate office. However, Mr Lee denies any knowledge of the company.

“I do not know anything about this company or the site. That picture was used without my permission — and I will be writing to them to ask them to remove my photo,” he said. “I can’t remember when the photo was taken. The background is in my old office and we moved about 18 months ago.”

Highly respected immigration lawyer Nigel Dobbie is also pictured on the website and described as a “co-operating lawyer”. But he, too, has no knowledge of the deal.

“This is outrageous,” he told The Telegraph. “I am nothing to do with that company or that project. They used to be in the same building as me but that is it.”

Mr Dobbie also said there was “no requirement” to purchase property to be eligible for a 132A visa.

The website also leads viewers to believe it has already sold nine properties.

Yet The Daily Telegraph can reveal that no properties have yet been sold.

A map used on the site with “SOLD” images over parcels of land is actually for another Hunter Valley development.

Repeated messages left for Mr Xiao have not been returned.

He is described on the site as chief executive director of Rundu Australia, but a search shows no company registered under that name.

He is a registered director of Profit Palace Pty Ltd, in which he holds 20 shares.

A person called Yan Hou, based in Guangzhou, China, holds the other 80 shares.

Mr Xiao’s office is listed as Suite 1701, 31 Market Street, Sydney, but the number is ­disconnected.

When The Telegraph tracked him down, Mr Xiao referred us to assistant Chelsea Chen, who said the office had relocated to Rhodes. She refused to give the address.

Ms Chen could not supply the cost of any of the land, or house and land packages, saying it was “early days”.

The website also flags a “famous” hotel brand would be part of the development, “estimated to include … 50 guest rooms, a gym, entertainment room, sauna, private club, high class dining and other entertainment facilities”.

But there is no planning application for such facilities.

A spokesman for Planning Minister Anthony Roberts last night said: “The Minister is very concerned about the comments made by the proponent that seem to indicate planning approvals have been granted that haven’t been.

“He will be seeking a high-level briefing from the Department on Monday over the exact details of the approval process and any details that have been entered into.

“The Minister has been a harsh critic of inappropriate foreign investment and will be keeping a close eye on this.”

Cessnock councillor Paul Dunn said the council could not control who bought properties. “If it’s for sale, it’s for sale … Who they market it to is not a determining factor in giving approval,” Mr Dunn said.

The development has caused huge controversy in Millfield, which has a population of 1006.

The sleepy town is about 15km southwest of Cessnock. The main road still houses the 82-year-old clapboard village hall, now a private home, which once hosted debutante balls and wedding receptions.

Mount View Road, where the new estate is planned, is even quieter.

Sue Taylor, who lives opposite the site, said: “It’s appalling. It’s just not the right kind of development for here. The peace and quiet, that people move here for, will be gone.”

11 replies
  1. tracie hanna
    tracie hanna says:

    This is a form of people smuggling. Basically promising safe passage to a country and residency. People smuggling is not just a poor persons delusion, but anyone wanting citizenship elsewhere. Tracie Hanna.

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  2. Ken
    Ken says:

    If you read the book SILENT INVASION You will understand what these people are up to Onebelt One road is the intent of the Chinese Comunist Government .No doubt there are lots of Members of Parliament who will be prepared to help .also take a look at the Energy Companies Chinese owned .
    Beware of their intent to control our Energy Markets

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  3. Glynis Robinson
    Glynis Robinson says:

    This is the stuff that needs to brought out into the open. Australians are not told of these behind doors type of deals obviously sanctioned by some local pollies. Australians, stand up and complain about these so called shonky deals.

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  4. Girish
    Girish says:

    How else would we know if it wasnt for One Nation. It is time for One Nation to expand, n hopefully quickly, benefiting all citizens.

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  5. Bruni Brewin
    Bruni Brewin says:

    We need to hear this isn’t going ahead and we need legislation so that we can decide that foreign investors are not able to purchase land. Those living in Australia are having a hard time being able to afford buying houses, they don’t need the house prices going up because foreign investment can afford to buy them. Australian people first.

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  6. Robert Buckley
    Robert Buckley says:

    Malcolm Turnbull
    Start to act like a Prime Minister and consider our siblings, upcoming citizens (yours included) future, take action that’s obvious to secure their heritage and rights.

    Our elected politicians haven’t put in place or amended any laws to protect or to stop forien takeover of our most valuable and essential commodities, if I had my way heads would be rolling and what’s more those who have taken part in skulduggery (deals for their own interests and not that of our county) behind closed doors, (one can only call treason) would be serving time in prison.
    Australians need to demand action to be taken and those guilty of neglecting their role be dealt with severely. It’s never to late to turn things around and become more self sufficient, stopping imergration and definitely no buying of any realestate, leasing perhaps under strict conditions for no more than ten years then reveiwed after that period if certain conditions are met.

    This is in Australian’s interest

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  7. Mary Winterton
    Mary Winterton says:

    Please telephone Mr Dutton and ask that Mr Xiao be investigated, swiftly.

    The Chinese have been selling Australian citizenship and visas for many years.
    I was on a jury aproximately 8 years ago, the case was about a stabbing due to a dispute over money. the dispute was over the amount of money paid for a student visa, which after that visa, a permanent residency visa was part of the “deal.”

    One party was a Chinese business man, who was a “match maker and a migration agent” in Chinatown.
    The stabber went to jail and
    we the people, paid for the stabber’s wife and two children.
    The other Chinese party (business man )just left the court.

    We should send back all criminals back to their country of origin because, we can’t afford to jail them all here, there are too many.

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  8. amida family
    amida family says:

    slowly but surely they are invading our country
    i remember we went to war to stop communists controlling our lives and freedoms
    how easily our governments can be bought

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