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Shorten declares he’ll be a pro-WA PM as the big-dollar promises roll in

Labor leader Bill Shorten has promised to be a prime minister for WA as he pledges millions of dollars in rail and infrastructure funding to kickstart the State’s post-boom renaissance. The West

Forest joins fight against Bight drilling

Iron ore mining billionaire Andrew ‘‘Twiggy’’ Forrest has added his influence to the considerable weight of opposition to the contentious oil exploration drilling planned by Norway’s Equinor in the Great Australian Bight and met members of the Norwegian government this month to get his concerns across at the highest level. The Fin

‘Patient’ Fed backs off rate hikes

The US Federal Reserve’s surprise backdown on interest rate hikes has unleashed fears the slowdown in global growth detected by markets is deeper than expected, causing Australia’s long-term rates to fall to more than two-year lows. The Fin

Officeworks boxes big in defence against Amazon

Officeworks has unveiled its latest defence against Amazon, opening the world’s largest office supplies store where customers can test pens, paint and office chairs while experimenting with voice technology and home automation. The Fin

Labor’s health hit on 65,000 families

Up to 65,000 families in regional areas are the most likely to be targeted under Labor’s plans to scrap private health insurance rebates for so-called “junk” policies. The Aus

Vaccine database blunder causes chaos

Perth parents have been left confused and panicked after being incorrectly told their children were not fully vaccinated. The West

Kailis pair ‘leave company’

Two Kailis brothers have reportedly left the seafood processing business founded by their Rich List family, three years after selling a majority stake to Chinese-owned Legend Holdings. The West

Prelude set for shipment

Shell’s Prelude LNG vessel is close to shipping its first product as a condensate tanker prepares to connect to the 488m-long giant. The West

 

 

The Australian Financial Review

Page 1: The US Federal Reserve’s surprise backdown on interest rate hikes has unleashed fears the slowdown in global growth detected by markets is deeper than expected, causing Australia’s long-term rates to fall to more than two-year lows.

Page 3: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced an immediate ban on semi-automatic and automatic weapons like the ones used in the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch that killed 50 worshippers.

Page 6: The operator of Australia’s key iron ore exporting ports said it was clearing ships from the sites as a severe tropical cyclone heads towards the northwestern coast, while miners were also bracing for a separate cyclone in the north-east.

Page 7: Real wage growth has been keeping pace with labour productivity over the long-term, contrary to union claims, a Reserve Bank economist has argued.

Page 16: Ben Gray’s BGH Capital with AustralianSuper have pulled off their first big acquisition with a $2.3 billion deal to buy the university partnership business Navitas.

Officeworks has unveiled its latest defence against Amazon, opening the world’s largest office supplies store where customers can test pens, paint and office chairs while experimenting with voice technology and home automation.

Page 18: Iron ore mining billionaire Andrew ‘‘Twiggy’’ Forrest has added his influence to the considerable weight of opposition to the contentious oil exploration drilling planned by Norway’s Equinor in the Great Australian Bight and met members of the Norwegian government this month to get his concerns across at the highest level.

Page 19: Beleaguered department store chain Myer has promised customers will not be affected by another major redundancy program.

 

 

The Australian

Page 2: Official data released yesterday showed the number of employed Australians rose 4600 between January and February, forcing the unemployment rate below 5 per cent for the first time since 2011.

The number of Australians working two jobs has jumped by 20 per cent over two years to more than one million, with the growth in workers taking on secondary jobs spiking in the health and education sectors.

Page 6: Home builders say it is “not the right time” to put the brakes on permanent migration because it could exacerbate a slowdown in construction.

The National Farmers Federation will soon launch an aggressive campaign ahead of the federal election to extract key commitments from the Coalition and Labor on trade, land clearing, carbon emissions and a national agriculture strategy.

Page 7: Up to 65,000 families in regional areas are the most likely to be targeted under Labor’s plans to scrap private health insurance rebates for so-called “junk” policies.

Page 9: China’s President Xi Jinping has begun his European tour amid increasing tensions over Italy’s plans to sign up to his ambitious Belt and Road Initiative.

Page 21: Australian shares are on track for their best quarterly performance since the global financial crisis, fuelled by a resurgent mining sector and a rebound from the December market rout.

Page 24: An increasing number of ports in China are holding up shipments of Australian coal, prompting more Chinese buyers to look for other sources of supply, according to a new report by commodities analyst S&P Global Platts.

 

 

The West Australian

Page 5: Perth parents have been left confused and panicked after being incorrectly told their children were not fully vaccinated.

Parents are discouraging their teenage children from pursuing careers in the resources sector because they mistakenly believe there are “no jobs” in the industry — potentially helping to create a crippling future skills shortage.

Page 6: Louise Stewart, the independent candidate vying to win the Liberal seat of Curtin, has been caught out radically changing her views on Bill Shorten — praising him just days before declaring she was “terrified” of a Federal Labor government.

Page 7: Labor leader Bill Shorten has promised to be a prime minister for WA as he pledges millions of dollars in rail and infrastructure funding to kickstart the State’s post-boom renaissance.

Page 15: Thousands of women are set to benefit from the first drug designed to tackle post-natal depression.

Page 19: Breast cancer groups want mammograms offered to women in their 40s, claiming some are dying because they are not being offered the free checks.

Page 20: Qantas is offering optimistic WA football fans special fares and more seats in a four-day seat sale for this year’s AFL grand final.

Business: Two Kailis brothers have reportedly left the seafood processing business founded by their Rich List family, three years after selling a majority stake to Chinese-owned Legend Holdings.

A private equity consortium including Navitas co-founder Rod Jones has finalised a $2.3 billion deal to buy the Perth-based global education provider.

Shell’s Prelude LNG vessel is close to shipping its first product as a condensate tanker prepares to connect to the 488m-long giant.

The LNG players that pushed back against new large projects having to offset all their greenhouse gases produce a dominant and growing share of the State’s carbon emissions from industry and power generation.

Technology company Security Matters has struck a deal with the Perth Mint to develop a bespoke mark and trace technology for gold.

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