Stimulus a short-term hit: bankThe Rudd government's fiscal stimulus packages may provide no more than a temporary boost to growth, and be followed by an extended period of economic stagnation. The AustralianASX Seeks to cut small investors into bonds boomOrdinary investors would be able to buy commonwealth and state bonds directly on the Australian Stock Exchange, under a proposal to throw open the market for burgeoning levels of government debt. The FinUnions gear up to exploit IR changes Unions will use the Rudd government's new industrial relations regime to spread enterprise bargaining into sectors where it has had limited reach such as hospitality, cleaning, security and social welfare, and eventually small business. The FinIron men's bluff threatens deadlockAustralian iron ore producers led by BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto will start a new financial year without an agreed industry-wide price for the first time in the benchmark system's 42-year history. The FinAustralia to feel pain as China curbs its importsA record-breaking run of commodity exports to China that has sustained the Australian economy may be set to end, with Beijing officials and advisers announcing an end to "strategic" stockpiling and massive iron ore contracts likely to expire today. The West
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