12/10/2007 - 07:20

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Midwestplays down relationship with Sinosteel; re-elected Howard would call referendum to recognise indigenous; $133.5b worth of Boeing delayed; best job figures could bring interest rate increase; WA mining leader says the state is asleep at the wheel

Today's 7.30am headlines

Midwest Corp has played down the strength of its relationship with China's Sinosteel, a move that could weaken its defence against Murchison Metals hostile takeover bid. The West

A re-elected Howard government will call a referendum to recognise indigenous people in the constitution, says the prime minister, who is seeking "equity rather than apologies". The Australian

Parts shortages and assembly delays mean $133.5 billion worth of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, expected to reach airlines by May next year, will not operate until late November or possibly December, 2008. The Financial Review

The best job figures in 33 years have proved a double-edged sword for John Howard, boosting his credentials on economic management on the one hand but raising the risk of an interest rate rise in the middle of the election campaign on the other. The West

One of Western Australia's top mining industry leaders has criticised the state government for being "asleep at the wheel" by ignoring the sector which generates billions of dollars for the state. The Financial Review

 

THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
Page 1: Prime Minister John Howard has unveiled an astonishing policy shift, pledging to hold a referendum to formally recognise Aboriginal history, culture and language in the Constitution should he win re-election.

The Anglican Church will call on the federal government to scrap major religious holidays, including Good Friday and Christmas, and implement a system for workers to nominate their own holy days, under a proposal before the Perth dioceses annual synod.

Page 3: The Dutch exploration of WA, the Perth-to-Kalgoorlie pipeline and the gold rush have been named by politicians and historians as key WA events that should be included in a compulsory history curriculum.

Page 4: The best job figures in 33 years have proved a double-edged sword for John Howard, boosting his credentials on economic management on the one hand but raising the risk of an interest rate rise in the middle of the election campaign on the other.

Locusts are emerging as the latest threat to WA's drastically slashed grain crop and sought after livestock feed.

Business: Midwest Corp has played down the strength of its relationship with China's Sinosteel, a move that could weaken its defence against Murchison Metals hostile takeover bid.

A top barrister trying to save company promoter Brian Millwood Smith from being jailed yesterday claimed his client was the victim of long and unexplained delays by federal authorities in an international share warehousing probe.

Veteran deal maker Peter Briggs was last night toasting his latest success after discovering oil in America.

The third force in the Australian farm service market, Ruralco, has ruled out restructuring its expanding national network of businesses under a single name and brand like major rivals Elders and AWB landmark.

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