Costello: 'it's been a shemozzle' – The Fin; Small business set to get bigger – The Fin; Grange buoyed by Kobe stake – The West; Alacer Gold eyes chance to snap up rest of Frog's Leg mine – The West; Wahaha stakes $220m on WA dairy farms – The Fin
Rudd poised to end AWAs by February; Market expected to be positive after poll; Costello clocks off as Howard's flaws are exposed; Rio Tinto to launch own offensive on BHP bid; Spitfire closes $6m float subscriptions early.
WA Treasurer Eric Ripper will push for the Federal Government to establish a $100 million-a-year infrastructure fund for Western Australia, matching a pre-election commitment from Federal Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd.
The latest silly fracas between the nation’s two top Liberals – Prime Minister John Howard and his deputy Peter Costello – over who’ll be king of the castle highlights several troubling features within Liberal ranks.
Virtually since day one of the present century, Australians have been subjected to a steadily increasing stream of media reports on whether and when Prime Minister John Howard, who is not yet 67, will retire.
Just before Anzac Day, several senior federal Liberal MPs had fun slinging off at Labor leader, Kim Beazley, because he’d forgotten, during a radio interview, the names of a few South Australian senators.