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The Infrastructure Fund is facing a large redemption queue as merging Australian superfunds seek to rebalance portfolios.
The GP partnered with Spirit Super, after the latter’s failed bid to acquire the Australian bulk port alongside Palisade Investment Partners.
The bill passed by the NSW legislative assembly will lift restrictions on traffic at the Port of Newcastle that potentially required penalty payments to NSW Ports.
The consortium has walked away from the acquisition of the major port as a result of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s competition concerns regarding the deal.
The Australian government’s willingness to undercut the Chinese-owned asset by funding upgraded port facilities nearby shows a lack of joined-up thinking.
Infra cover story Feb 2022
The pandemic has caused severe disruptions to the global supply chain, but ports have proven resilient in what has been described as the biggest crisis since the start of container shipping, writes Alastair O’Dell.
The Australian bulk port, put on the market last year by Brookfield and State Super, represented a ‘rare’ opportunity, Palisade Investment Partners’ Alastair Pollock says.
The country's competition watchdog is keen to expand its remit in aviation and ports – but it isn’t clear that a bigger role would benefit customers.
The Lucky Bay shallow-water port, operational since mid-2020, could list in late 2023 following a capital raise to fund expansion and repay construction debt.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg ruled in favour of Port of Newcastle, partly owned by MIRA-managed The Infrastructure Fund, in a dispute over access with the NSW Minerals Council.

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