02/10/2007 - 07:27

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02/10/2007 - 07:27

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Coles chief John Fletcher has handed back $1 million of his $4.57 million paypacket. The Australian Financial Review

The board of Coles faces more fire after it emerged yesterday that its decision to sell the company to Wesfarmers gained barely lukewarm support from independent expert Grant Samuel. The West

Maureen and Tony Wheeler have sold the Lonely Planet business they started 34 years ago to BBC Worldwide, in a deal believed to be worth about $200 million. The West

A billion-dollar oilfield has been discovered in the South Australian desert, the find touted as one of the biggest of its kind on the Australian mainland. The Adelaide Advertiser

The Howard Government is set to pick a new fight with the states over public hospitals on the eve of the federal election campaign.The Age

The stress of rising petrol prices and home mortgage interest rates is concentrated in the outer suburbs of Australia's capital cities, making marginal electorates extremely volatile for the major political parties, a new study has found. The Canberra Times

 

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Page 3: The Howard Government will today reveal a plan to fix the country's crumbling public hospital system, proposing to increase funding to the States in return for a much bigger say in the running of hospitals, including community run-boards.

The WA president of the RSL, Bill Gaynor, says Australia should dump the Union Jack from the flag because as a multicultural country it's time for a change.

Page 9: The Australian Building and Construction Commission is set to drop or downgrade its landmark legal action against city rail workers involved in industrial action, according to the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.

Finance: Maureen and Tony Wheeler have sold the Lonely Planet business they started 34 years ago to BBC Worldwide, in a deal believed to be worth about $200 million.

The board of Coles faces more fire after it emerged yesterday that its decision to sell the company to Wesfarmers gained barely lukewarm support from independent expert Grant Samuel.

AWB boosts forecast return about to be harvested by a record $65 to $405 a tonne, about $125 a tonne more than it has ever paid out in its 68 years history.

Funds manager DKN Financial Group has significantly increased an offer to clients who were advised by its failed financial services subsidiary to put their savings into failed property group Westpoint.



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