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02/09/2021 - 06:46

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Big miners shun letter of demand on reopen

Three of Western Australia’s biggest employers broke ranks with the Business Council of Australia and opted against signing a letter calling for a national plan to open up society and live with Covid-19. The Aus

BHP hits back in nickel play takeover war with Forrest

BHP has slapped down claims from Andrew Forrest’s Wyloo Metals that its bid for Canadian nickel play Noront Resources is doomed to fail and says it will not walk away from a takeover war. The Fin

Migrant scheme ‘broken’ for all parties: inquiry

Australia’s temporary migrant program is ‘‘broken’’ and doesn’t work for any stakeholder, a parliamentary inquiry has found, recommending visa classes be streamlined and extra resources be given to the Home Affairs Department to process applications more quickly. The Fin

Rio hopes for project atonement

Rio Tinto’s proposed Hope Downs 2 iron ore project in the Pilbara is looming as the first major test of its relationships with Traditional Owners in the wake of the Juukan Gorge disaster last year. The West

HBF boss John Van Der Wielen opens up on elective surgery waitlists during a pandemic

HBF chief executive John Van Der Wielen has backed in the McGowan Government’s call to defer some elective surgeries to relieve pressure on the strained public health system, saying tough times warrant tough decisions. The West

COVID-free WA keeps economy on the boil

WA’s pandemic-defying economy has added another quarter of growth to further entrench itself as the best performer among all States since the arrival of COVID-19. The West

Tech sector gives opportunity to strengthen Indian trade ties

The technology sector could help strengthen trade ties between India and Australia, which have lagged behind the strong political and defence links between the two nations, say business leaders. The Fin

Afterpay comparisons as refunds start-up Refundid raises $3m

Refundid, a fintech start-up offering instant refunds for online purchases, is barely a year old, but comparisons are already being made with buy now, pay later pioneer Afterpay because of its ability to take pain points out of online shopping. The Fin

NDIS assessors ‘lack empathy, too bureaucratic’

Employees of the nation’s disability insurance scheme are too often “inward-facing, technical and bureaucratic” in their dealings with people with disabilities and their carers, a new report found. The Aus

Hospitals face ‘cycle of crisis’ with vaccinated below 80pc

Australian hospitals will not remain functional unless vaccination rates are higher than 80 per cent once the nation begins to open borders, the Australian Medical Association has warned, casting doubt on the system’s ability to cope with the rising case numbers predicted by Doherty Institute modelling. The Aus

 

 

The Australian Financial Review

Page 1: Australia’s ambassador to the United States, Arthur Sinodinos, says China’s coercion in the Pacific is now a bigger threat than September 11-style terrorism and that the strategic ANZUS alliance will be stronger in coming months as both countries hasten military and economic tie-ups to counter intimidation from Beijing.

Page 5: Yesterday’s economic growth figures show that when Australians are allowed to get out of their homes, they’re willing and ready to spend.

Page 6: NSW residents won’t face lockdowns once 80 per cent of over-16s are fully vaccinated, with economists saying inoculations are the state’s ‘‘get-out-of-jail-free card’’.

Page 11: The Australian navy will defy China’s new edict that foreign ships entering ‘‘Chinese territorial waters’’ will have to declare their presence, saying its warships will continue to exercise freedom of navigation under international law.

Page 13: Australia’s temporary migrant program is ‘‘broken’’ and doesn’t work for any stakeholder, a parliamentary inquiry has found, recommending visa classes be streamlined and extra resources be given to the Home Affairs Department to process applications more quickly.

The technology sector could help strengthen trade ties between India and Australia, which have lagged behind the strong political and defence links between the two nations, say business leaders.

Page 17: Construction companies say people signing up to build new houses are increasingly looking at the ‘‘green’’ credentials of manufacturers of steel roofing, bricks and plasterboard as pressure rises on big suppliers to be on the front foot to cut carbon emissions faster.

BHP has slapped down claims from Andrew Forrest’s Wyloo Metals that its bid for Canadian nickel play Noront Resources is doomed to fail and says it will not walk away from a takeover war.

Independent retailers supplied by wholesaler Metcash appear to be taking market share from industry giants Coles, Woolworths, Endeavour Group and Bunnings as consumers continue to shop locally at neighbourhood stores for food, liquor and hardware.

Page 19: Andrew Forrest has linked welfare and mining royalties to the tragedy of youth suicide and social breakdown in Aboriginal communities as his Fortescue Metals Group braces for what could amount to a multibillion-dollar compensation claim from traditional owners in Western Australia.

Refundid, a fintech start-up offering instant refunds for online purchases, is barely a year old, but comparisons are already being made with buy now, pay later pioneer Afterpay because of its ability to take pain points out of online shopping.

Page 20: Manchester and outdoor retailer Spotlight Group has come to the rescue of Mosaic Brands, taking up $10 million of a $32 million equity raising aimed at helping the retailer bounce back when lockdowns come to an end.

 

 

The Australian

Page 2: Employees of the nation’s disability insurance scheme are too often “inward-facing, technical and bureaucratic” in their dealings with people with disabilities and their carers, a new report found.

Page 3: Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has called on the ABC board and management to examine its audience complaints handling process after several formal complaints about its Luna Park ghost train fire documentary were dismissed despite an external review heavily criticising the program.

Page 4: Three of Western Australia’s biggest employers broke ranks with the Business Council of Australia and opted against signing a letter calling for a national plan to open up society and live with Covid-19.

Australian hospitals will not remain functional unless vaccination rates are higher than 80 per cent once the nation begins to open borders, the Australian Medical Association has warned, casting doubt on the system’s ability to cope with the rising case numbers predicted by Doherty Institute modelling.

Page 15: Virgin Australia has joined the campaign to get the country vaccinated as soon as possible, offering $150,000 worth of “prizes” for those who have had the double jab.

 

 

The West Australian

Page 3: A WA mining giant has summoned major contractors to a high-level forum to help stamp out sexual assaults and harassment in the industry.

Page 4: HBF’s Run for a Reason race — one of the State’s biggest community events — will require participants to roll up their sleeves, with boss John Van Der Wielen revealing he will enforce a “no jab, no run” policy.

Page 5: The southern outback area of WA has the lowest double-dose vaccination rate of Indigenous communities in the country, new Federal data has revealed.

Page 14: WA’s public hospitals recorded a staggering 490 code yellow internal emergencies in 12 months — with more than 100 caused by “capacity issues”.

Business: HBF chief executive John Van Der Wielen has backed in the McGowan Government’s call to defer some elective surgeries to relieve pressure on the strained public health system, saying tough times warrant tough decisions.

A co-founder of newly listed DDH1 Limited, Matt Thurston, has netted $22 million in a further selldown of his stake in the mining services company.

Royal Dutch Shell is making a push to expand its network of electric vehicle chargers in the UK to drivers who don’t have private parking.

WA’s pandemic-defying economy has added another quarter of growth to further entrench itself as the best performer among all States since the arrival of COVID-19.

Rio Tinto is filling the roles for its new iron ore mine in the Pilbara with a locally based workforce, as it fine-tunes their skills at WesTrac’s specialist training centre.

Rio Tinto’s proposed Hope Downs 2 iron ore project in the Pilbara is looming as the first major test of its relationships with Traditional Owners in the wake of the Juukan Gorge disaster last year.

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