Exporters taxed to boost borders; Qantas ditches BA merger; Bang goes the west's boom; Jilted shipowners sue FMG; Fahour is pushed aside as Clyne takes reins at NAB
Tax slug to boost borders
Exporters and air travellers face tax increases to fund a $260m-a-year funding boost for our thinly stretched quarantine services. The Aust
Qantas ditches BA merger
Qantas has abruptly ended its brief flirtation with British Airways, after the airlines failed to reach agreement on "key terms" needed to create the world's first transcontinental airline. SMH
Bang goes the west's boom
Western Australia's once-in-a-century boom is officially over, with new Treasury figures predicting the state will slide into deficit by 2011 and faces a near tripling of state debt to $16.7billion in the same period. The Aust
Jilted shipowners sue FMG
Fortescue Metals Group is facing damages claims worth about $US135 million ($193 million) from shipowners angry at the sudden decision by Andrew Forrest's Pilbara iron ore miner to cancel long-term iron ore vessel charter contracts. The West
Fahour is pushed aside as Clyne takes reins at NAB
Incoming NAB CEO Cameron Clyne has moved early to stamp his authority on the bank by personally taking charge of its Australian banking operations, sidelining Ahmed Fahour. The West
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
Page 1: State's finances hit hard by crisis; Business pushes for a January rate cut.
Page 4: Qantas-BA merger plan fails to fly
Page 6: Barnett's Synergy-Verve merger plan rejected by ERA; Broome council votes no to gas hub, wants options explored.
Page 14: Revamp for quarantine services; Busselton Shire braces for costly Smiths Beach fight
Page 16: Cash crisis stalls merger of Perth theatre companies
Business: Jilted shipowners sue FMG; Fahour is pushed aside as Clyne takes reins at NAB; industry fears job cuts as State halts capital works over $20m; CBA names Jon Sutton as new bankWest chief; Rio denies Argyle axe despite VDM contract cut; Investors fail to deliver for Costarella; CBA shares hit 5-year low.