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Jetstar angered by 'worst airline' survey

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:39:14 GMT

A survey released on Friday by consumer advocacy group Choice found passengers rated Jetstar lowest or equal lowest in six of nine categories.



ResMed's Q3 revenue jumps 13% to $688.6m

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:43:15 GMT

Strong demand for respiratory face masks and machines, and contributions from its US software unit has helped ResMed lift revenue 13 per cent.



Tatts rejects rival private equity bid

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:06:14 GMT

Wagering firm Tatts Group has rejected a revised $6 billion offer by private equity group Pacific Consortium and declines to provide it due diligence access.



Stocks to watch

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:27:11 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market



Aust shares open lower

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:22:11 GMT

Weaker oil prices and soft leads from Wall Street's Dow Jones and S&P500 prompt the Australian share market to open lower.



Muslim MP Anne Aly falsely accused of refusing to lay wreath on Anzac Day

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:20:03 GMT

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Australia's first female Muslim federal MP Anne Aly has fallen victim to fake news after an unsubstantiated story about her "refusal" to lay a wreath on Anzac Day appeared on a Facebook post.



'Most wanted' Chinese fugitive believed to be hiding in plain sight on leafy inner west street

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:21:02 GMT

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A leafy street in Sydney's Burwood has been listed by China's feared corruption investigators as the possible residence of one of its 'most wanted' international fugitives.



Food rescue group OzHarvest opens supermarket to help vulnerable people

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:41:04 GMT

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An Australian initiative which seeks to combat food wastage and feed those in need has opened its doors in Sydney.



'He told me he would rape me': horror stories in hospitality

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:23:02 GMT

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Sleaze, assault and even threats of rape are all on the menu for young women who work in hospitality.



ABC overlooked 'boot camps and cooking classes' in Don Dale report, former NT corrections minister says

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:34:02 GMT

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The politician who was sacked over the tear-gassing of Northern Territory boys in youth jail says he was the victim of a unbalanced "hatchet job" by the ABC.



AOC president John Coates apologises for 'sheltered workshop' remarks

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:35:05 GMT

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Australian Olympics Committee president John Coates has broken his silence and apologised for the comments he made in a leaked email, where he said a female staff member with cancer should "get out in the real world", because he was not running a "sheltered workshop".



Blackmores sales down, but on the improve

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:49:14 GMT

Blackmores says sales in the first nine months of the financial year are lower than a year ago, but have been improving through the year.



Testing times for Ten Network

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:47:16 GMT

Ten Network has heavy hitting shareholders and Logie-winning programs but earnings remain under pressure



Debt rethink to open infrastructure spend

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:16:13 GMT

Economists believe the Turnbull government will soon end Australian politics' decades-old damning of debt in any form and move to fund critical infrastructure.



Israeli-American teen arrested over Australian school bomb hoax calls

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:47:06 GMT

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The suspect behind 591 bomb hoaxes sent to Australian schools has been revealed as an Israeli-American teenager.



Profit underestimated, says Spotless

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:31:13 GMT

Takeover target Spotless Group says its expectations for underlying profit in the next financial year are not reflected in current broker forecasts.



Gas industry weighs impact of export curbs

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:48:13 GMT

The gas industry has criticised the federal government's export restrictions for liquefied natural gas, while Santos shares have slumped.



Terms of trade boosted by commodity prices

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:40:13 GMT

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the official trade price indexes for the March quarter.



Debbie to hit Wesfarmers coking coal sales

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:47:13 GMT

Wesfarmers expects full-year coking coal sales volumes to be at the lower end of its guidance range because of Cyclone Debbie's impact in Queensland.



Wesfarmers retailers Q3 sales

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:04:13 GMT

Snapshot of Wesfarmers retail businesses total sales for the March quarter.



South32 cuts guidance for some commodities

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:51:16 GMT

South 32 has cut full-year production targets for several commodities after disruptions at its South Africa and Western Australia operations.



'Huge surge': Solar energy take-up hits new high as gas, electricity prices jump

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:35:09 GMT

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Rising energy prices drive a huge surge of consumers and businesses installing solar panels.



Coles sales slow as price war takes toll

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:08:13 GMT

The pace of sales growth at Coles continues to slow, a sign it may be losing customers to rivals Woolworths and Aldi.



Newcrest eyes FY target despite Cadia hit

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:53:13 GMT

Gold miner Newcrest expects to hit its full-year guidance despite a drop in March quarter output and a likely disruption of several months at its biggest mine.



Northern Star lifts sales in March quarter

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:59:13 GMT

Gold miner Northern Star has lifted output to 132,558 ounces of gold in the March quarter and expects to comfortably achieve its full-year guidance.



Stocks to watch

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:10:11 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market



Banks drive modest share market gain

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:19:11 GMT

The share market has gained ground for a fifth straight session, with investors continuing to buy financial stocks.



Ten's fate lies with major shareholders

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:00:15 GMT

Ten Network's future looks bleak as management seek to improve the broadcaster's earnings performance to secure new funding of $250 million.



Majority believe Australia has a problem with excess drinking

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:00:03 GMT

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Seventy-eight per cent of people believe Australia has a problem with excess drinking, a poll has found.



Paralympians condemn John Coates for 'sheltered workshop' jibe

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:25:05 GMT

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"It's hard enough for people, and this kind of comment just makes it harder," says Paralympics chief executive.



Former NT prison boss Ken Middlebrook decries 'militarised regime' at Don Dale

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:35:07 GMT

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Man who used to run the NT's prison system appears at royal commission into children in detention.



Deborah Thomas' time at Ardent Leisure

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:58:13 GMT

Some of the key moments for theme park owner Ardent Leisure during Deborah Thomas' two years as CEO.



Baby humpbacks 'whisper' to their mothers to avoid threats

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:04:02 GMT

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The findings highlight the importance of keeping humpback "nursery" waters as quiet as possible, scientists say.



AOC not a 'sheltered workshop', John Coates says to staff

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:06:04 GMT

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Australian Olympic chief John Coates urged a female staff member to "get out in the real world," because he was not running a "sheltered workshop," internal emails from the embattled organisation have revealed.



Inflation returns to RBA's target band

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:59:15 GMT

Consumer prices rose 0.5 per cent in the March quarter and 2.1 per cent annually, putting consumer price rises in line with the Reserve Bank's forecasts.



Thomas steps down as Ardent Leisure CEO

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:27:13 GMT

Dreamworld owner Ardent Leisure has announced the surprise end of CEO Deborah Thomas's brief tenure.



Aurizon Qld coal volumes drop 5% on Debbie

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:44:13 GMT

Rail freight operator Aurizon says coal haulage volumes in Queensland were down five per cent in the March quarter because of Cyclone Debbie.



Low wage growth sapping confidence: ANZ

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:20:13 GMT

Low wage growth and rising global geopolitical risks are weighing heavily on consumer confidence, which has fallen for a second consecutive week, ANZ says.



Stocks to watch

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:27:11 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market



BHP cuts copper guidance, plans shale sale

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:09:15 GMT

Industrial action at the Escondida copper mine has forced BHP to cut its full-year production guidance but investors still seem reasonably happy.



Bounce in China sales boosts a2 Milk

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:19:13 GMT

Infant formula maker a2 Milk has upgraded its full year revenue forecast due to surprisingly strong sales in Australia and China.



Banks lead Wall St catch-up in ASX gains

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:25:11 GMT

The share market has gained ground as investors catch up with overseas gains following the Anzac Day holiday.



Yassmin Abdel-Magied courts controversy with Anzac Day Facebook post

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:52:02 GMT

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Muslim activist and television host Yassmin Abdel-Magied has courted controversy with an Anzac Day Facebook post suggesting Australians should turn their attention to the suffering on Manus Island and Nauru, and in Syria and Palestine.



Melbourne taxi driver allegedly bashed by fare-evading teens

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:37:06 GMT

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A 13-year-old boy is among four teenagers accused of bashing a taxi driver leaving him serious head injuries and two broken teeth.



Minimum wage for temporary visa holders falls behind inflation

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:55:44 GMT

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The minimum wage for temporary work visa holders has not been revised to ensure it will keep up with inflation as part of federal government reforms to the visa system.



Inflation set to match RBA target

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:03:13 GMT

Consumer prices in the March quarter are expected to have lifted 0.6 per cent on the back of rising costs for petrol and for fruits and vegetables.



Fake science: Taxpayers shell out more than $3 million for unreliable research

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:50:02 GMT

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Twenty one research federally funded projects breached integrity standards in the past two years.



Anzac Day 2017: numbers fall away for Gallipoli service

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:35:07 GMT

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Terror threats have severely dampened enthusiasm for this year's ANZAC day proceedings at Gallipoli.



Inflation set to match RBA target

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 03:02:13 GMT

Consumer prices in the March quarter are expected to have lifted 0.6 per cent on the back of rising costs for petrol and for fruits and vegetables.



Village Roadshow hit by theme park woes

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:28:13 GMT

Investors dumped Village Roadshow shares after the theme park operator warned of a 9.4 per cent decline in Gold Coast visitors.



ASX company sells DroneGun to G7 military

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:21:13 GMT

DroneShield, an ASX-listed company that develops drone detection technology, says the military of a G7 country has bought its DroneGun.



Auctions surge, but clearance rate slips

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:38:29 GMT

The number of auctions held in the capital cities in the week to April 23 more than tripled to 1,732, but the clearance rate slipped.



Tatts predator to allow dividends

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:23:13 GMT

Pacific Consortium says dividend payments to Tatts shareholders won't affect its $4.21-a-share offer should a transaction take longer than expected.



Spotless rejects Downer EDI takeover bid

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:25:13 GMT

Spotless has rejected Downer EDI's takeover bid, arguing that it undervalues the company and is hostile and highly conditional.



Stocks to watch

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:29:11 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market



Shares boosted by French election relief

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:05:11 GMT

The share market has finished Monday stronger with the financials leading the gains followed by energy and consumer stocks.



NSW still boasts top economy

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:04:14 GMT

NSW remains solidly on top of the nation's economic performance rankings, according to CommSec's latest State of the States report.



Investors waiting on international moves

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:57:15 GMT

Australian investors will play the waiting game on major political and corporate news due this week, CommSec's chief economist says.



Inflation likely to hit RBA target band

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:03:13 GMT

Consumer prices in the March quarter are likely to have lifted 0.6 per cent on the back of rising costs for petrol, fruits and vegetables and tobacco.



Darwin couple rescued after 24 hours bogged in WA desert

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:09:02 GMT

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A Darwin couple spent 24 hours awaiting rescue in outback Western Australia after getting bogged in the Gibson Desert.



Address vaccination concerns to keep immunisation rates up

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:15:15 GMT

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Doctors and the medical community need to take vaccination hesitancy seriously, or risk seeing immunisation rates fall, researchers have found.



North Korea: 'Travel to this secretive country can be life-changing'

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:15:14 GMT

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A Melburnian who works as a North Korea tour guide has a fresh perspective on the hermit nation.



Twin loses fight to reduce brother's share of mother's estate

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:15:00 GMT

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A court has rejected Lennie Meres' attempt to reduce his twin brother's share of their mother's estate.



The world's favourite chimpanzee whisperer Jane Goodall talks revolution at 83

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:15:00 GMT

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The world's favourite ape whisperer has a stark warning for its thoughtless human overlords.



Unions vow to take on Amazon as its harsh reputation precedes it

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:39:07 GMT

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Amazon, well-known for its controversial labour practices and distrust of unions, faces a challenge in Australia



Are the 457 visa reforms an illusion act?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:18:08 GMT

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There was tellingly little outcry from business groups as the government announced its 457 visa changes.



Photos of the week: April 22, 2017

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:00:34 GMT

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A week in photos from award winning Sydney Morning Herald photographers.



Paramedic tells of fight to save shark attack victim Laeticia

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:56:09 GMT

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As he tried to revive surfer Laeticia Brouwer, Esperance community paramedic Paul Gaughan knew her shark bite injuries were dire



ACT fears metadata evidence ban could have 'catastrophic' consequences

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:00:04 GMT

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Ban on metadata being used in family violence civil proceedings could have potentially "catastrophic" consequences.



Jail school principal's Facebook attack on her students

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:40:05 GMT

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The principal of the school inside Darwin's notorious juvenile detention centre went on Facebook to attack compensation payouts to four teenage detainees who had been tear-gassed during riots in the Darwin facility.



Canberra teachers reduce hours to deal with workload stress

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:41:18 GMT

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One Canberra teacher, who asked to remain anonymous, said a heavy workload left her feeling like she was "drowning".



Government has no plans for ISP filters to block internet pornography

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:34:02 GMT

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There are no plans for Australia to follow the UK's lead and require internet service providers to offer network-level filters that block children from viewing internet porn.



ANZ continues Asian divestments in Vietnam

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:53:13 GMT

ANZ is continuing its downsizing in Asia by selling its retail banking operation in Vietnam to the local arm of South Korea's Shinhan Financial Group.



CBA hikes interest-only and investor rates

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:48:13 GMT

CBA is lifting fixed investor and interest-only mortgage rates by up to half a percentage point, with owner-occupier principal and interest loans unchanged.



Kogan lifts full-year earnings forecast

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:54:17 GMT

Kogan.com has upgraded its full-year earnings outlook after stronger-than-expected trade in the three months to March 31.



BHP to invest in Queensland coal project

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:07:13 GMT

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance will invest $US204 million for an overland conveyor system between two of its coal mines in Queensland's Bowen Basin.



People still cynical about banks: McPhee

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:46:13 GMT

Major banks have updated protections for staff who flag suspicions of wrongdoing but the public remains cynical of their commitment to change, Ian McPhee says.



Mixed stock market debut for Tinybeans

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:19:15 GMT

Niche social media network Tinybeans has made a timid arrival on the Australian share market after raising $6.5 million to fund its growth.



FIRB okays CKI's $7.5bn DUET bid

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:49:13 GMT

Hong Kong's Cheung Kong Infrastructure has secured FIRB approval for its $7.5 billion acquisition of energy utility operator DUET Group.



Coca-Cola Amatil flags profit weakness

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:51:13 GMT

Soft drinks maker Coca-Cola Amatil expects first-half underlying net profit to fall because of lower-than-expected sales at its Australian beverages business.



Woolies wins Masters dispute with Lowe's

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:46:17 GMT

Woolworths will get on with selling its failed home improvement chain Masters' stores and sites after winning a dispute with US retailer Lowe's.



Stocks to watch

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:05:23 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market



Iron ore price helps drive market up

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:40:11 GMT

A lift in the iron ore price and a positive lead from Wall Street has helped boost the Australian share market.



Malcolm Turnbull says hydro plan could make Tasmania a 'battery for Australia'

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:11:21 GMT

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Tasmania could become a "battery for Australia" under a proposal to double the capacity of the country's largest hydro power scheme, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared.



Dylan Voller's violent past detailed at Don Dale royal commission

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:53:02 GMT

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Dylan Voller's tragic and chaotic life was spelled out in detail as the NT government sought to counter his evidence about the Don Dale detention centre.



Underwater drone IPO oversubscribed

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:37:13 GMT

US underwater drone maker Aquabotix has enjoyed strong support for its initial offer of shares that are to be listed on the Australian market.



Watching grass grow is dull but profitable

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 03:41:13 GMT

An Australian agricultural technology firm has developed a new tool to help graziers manage their pasture and stocking levels.



Job market could improve soon: NAB survey

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 03:07:13 GMT

Businesses are upbeat about conditions and leading indicators, but inflation pressures remain weak and there are risks to the outlook, NAB says.



Bad weather takes a toll on Woodside

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:28:13 GMT

Woodside Petroleum's revenue fell nearly nine per cent in the first quarter of 2017, as production was hit by bad weather in Western Australia.



Iluka Q1 revenue soars after acquisition

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:54:16 GMT

Mineral sands miner Iluka Resources has reported revenue of $218.5 million for the three months to March 31 following its recent acquisition in Sierra Leone.



Santos lifts Q1 revenue 14%, cuts debt

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:54:16 GMT

Santos has lifted total revenue by 14 per cent to $US684 million for the three months to March 31 and has cut its total debt to $US3.1 billion.



Priceline says retail will get tougher

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:29:13 GMT

The operator of Priceline Pharmacy says the competitive retail environment is only going to get tougher.



Cyclone barely hit Evolution's gold output

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:18:13 GMT

Cyclone Debbie had minimal impact on Evolution Mining's gold production in the March quarter with the company beating its own output forecast.



Shaver Shop soars on earnings upgrade

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:19:14 GMT

Shaver Shop has upgraded its annual earnings guidance, thanks to a revenue boost from the resale of its grooming products to consumers in Asia.



Rio affirms forecasts despite bad weather

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:28:13 GMT

Rio Tinto's iron ore shipments have been affected by bad weather, but it has maintained its full year guidance.



Canberra should play the political game on decentralisation to save jobs

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 02:33:02 GMT

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Canberra should play the political game on decentralisation. Let Sydney and Melbourne take the hit.



Amazon to shake up Aussie retail sector

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:17:13 GMT

Amazon has confirmed it will launch its full site in Australia, though remains tight lipped on when, and what it will sell.



Stocks to watch

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:27:11 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market



Share market breaks its losing streak

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:12:11 GMT

Gains by the big banks, Telstra and TPG Telecom have pushed the share market to its first rise in a week.



Outback Steakhouse accused of using training scheme to underpay staff

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:21:02 GMT

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Outback Steakhouse asked employees to sign up for training which turned out to be a three-year contract.