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Australia rules out return to state infrastructure incentive scheme

Oct 10 2019

SYDNEY, Oct 11 Australia's federal treasurer on Friday ruled out a return to an infrastructure investment incentive scheme, closing out a policy that spurred billion-dollar privatisations ahead of a meeting with state counterparts on increasing infrastructure spending.

Litany of failings behind Pacific ferry disaster that killed 95: inquiry

Oct 08 2019

SYDNEY An overloaded ferry that sank near the Pacific island archipelago of Kiribati last year, killing 95 people, was not allowed to carry passengers in the open sea, and had twice run aground before its fateful journey, an inquiry has found.

UPDATE 2-Australia's CBA slapped with rare criminal charges for unsolicited sales calls

Oct 04 2019

* CBA insurance unit charged with 87 breaches of anti-hawking law

Relatives of New Zealand's Pike River mine disaster visit sealed site

Oct 03 2019

A survivor and relatives of 29 men who died nine years ago in one of New Zealand's worst industrial disasters visited the Pike River mine on Thursday, ahead of government attempts to make a full recovery of the site.

Australia's NAB doubles compensation pot; dividend cut, capital raising possible

Oct 02 2019

National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB) said on Wednesday it has almost doubled funds set aside to repay customers for overcharged fees to A$2.09 billion ($1.40 billion), raising expectations of further dividend cuts or a capital raising.

Panel urges easing of Sydney alcohol laws that curbed violence but hit economy

Sep 30 2019

SYDNEY Sydney's business district should be freed of restrictions that have successfully curbed alcohol-related violence in Australia's largest city but hurt its economy and nightlife, a parliamentary panel recommended on Monday.

Amazon helps deliver crocodile-spotting drones in Australia

Sep 26 2019

SYDNEY An Australian maker of drones used to spot sharks near surf beaches has partnered with online retailer Amazon.com Inc and other firms to create a drone service that could protect tourists from crocodiles in holiday destinations. | Video

Australian drought to linger three more months, hurt wheat output

Sep 26 2019

SYDNEY, Sept 26 Australia's east coast will swelter through at least three more months of hot, dry weather, the weather bureau said on Thursday, a dire forecast for the struggling agricultural sector.

Amazon helps deliver crocodile-spotting drones in Australia

Sep 26 2019

SYDNEY, Sept 26 An Australian maker of drones used to spot sharks near surf beaches has partnered with Amazon.com Inc and other firms to create a drone service that could protect tourists from crocodiles in holiday destinations.

New Zealand funds manuka honey trademark bid, leaving Australia with sour taste

Sep 25 2019

SYDNEY The New Zealand government is supporting a bid by the country's honey producers to trademark the name "manuka" in China, angering Australian rivals who fear losing out in their joint biggest market for the lucrative product.

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