The Distillery: Robb's juggling act

Jotters wonder if the new trade minister can balance the needs of business and his Coalition partners on foreign investment.

Quite what new Treasurer Joe Hockey thinks about the proposed takeover of GrainCorp by US giant Archer Daniels Midland has been the subject of speculation for quite some time. Now we’re working with live ammo and the commentators are expanding the conversation to include Trade Minister Andrew Robb, who has a long history with agricultural policy and foreign investment — the places where the Coalition is at its most vulnerable.

Fairfax’s Elizabeth Knight writes that all the focus is on Hockey and Robb to set the line for foreign investment, with Archer Daniels Midland’s offer for GrainCorp.



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