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  • US stocks end mostly lower after deluge of economic data

    4 December 2013 10:34 PM 12

    US stocks Wednesday ended mostly lower after markets weighed a stream of generally solid economic data ahead of Friday's big jobs report. NEW YORK: US stocks on Wednesday ended mostly lower after markets weighed a stream of generally solid economic data ahead of Friday's big jobs report. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 24.85 points (0.16 percent)

  • Grocon denies obstructing investigation into fatal wall collapse

    4 December 2013 1:02 PM 25

    CONSTRUCTION company Grocon has denied media claims it has been obstructing investigations into a fatal CBD wall collapse by failing to provide information. Grocon responded in the Coroners Court via its defence counsel to a report suggesting the construction giant was going to face "stinging criticism" during today's directions hearing. The hearing

  • Chinese and US visitors lead rise in South Australian tourism

    4 December 2013 7:02 AM 15

    Tourists from China and the United States are leading the growth in international visitors to South Australia. An international visitor survey shows the number of overseas tourists rose to 362,000 in SA in the year to September. There was a rise of 47 per cent in Chinese tourists and a 32 per cent increase in US visitors. South Australian Tourism Minister

  • $A hits three-month low after GDP data

    4 December 2013 6:48 AM 33

    Updated: 17:52, Wednesday December 4, 2013 The Australian dollar is slightly higher, despite falling almost one US cent after the release of disappointing local economic growth figures. At 1700 AEDT on Wednesday, the currency was trading at 90.77 US cents, up from 90.67 cents on Tuesday. During the local session, the local unit fell as low as 90.45 US cents

  • Annual economic growth well below trend

    4 December 2013 6:44 AM 21

    Updated: 14:23, Wednesday December 4, 2013 Australia has recorded modest quarterly growth, underpinned by a solid contribution from exports and government investment spending. The economy expanded by just 0.6 per cent in the three months to September, slightly below expectations and the growth rate for the June quarter. As a result, annual growth slowed

  • Royal Children's Hospital calls in police to investigate senior surgeon Leo Donnan

    4 December 2013 6:29 AM 36

    Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital has asked police to investigate allegations a senior surgeon used his position to benefit from lucrative contracts. The Victorian Ombudsman launched an investigation, earlier this year, after receiving an anonymous complaint about the conduct of its former head of surgery Leo Donnan. The Ombudsman recommended the hospital

  • More governments sign up for Farm Finance

    4 December 2013 3:30 AM 26

    ABC Rural Anna Vidot and Laura Poole Farmers in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory could be able to apply for concessional loans "within weeks", under the Commonwealth's Farm Finance scheme. The Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has announced he's reached agreement with the WA, South Australian and NT governments to deliver

  • Titanium parts for Joint Strike Fighters to be made by BAE Systems in Adelaide

    4 December 2013 3:07 AM 21

    An advanced machining facility to make titanium parts for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft has been officially opened in Adelaide. BAE Systems is making 30 separate parts for the vertical tail fin of the jets. Its $8 million Starrag BTP5000 machining facility at Edinburgh Parks is said to be the only one of its type in the southern hemisphere

  • New cheap flights on offer as Tigerair reveals major expansion, extra routes and new planes

    4 December 2013 2:15 AM 30

    TIGERAIR will fly an extra 800,000 passengers through Queensland each year as part of a major expansion of its routes and aircraft that will create 150 new jobs. And for the first time, Tiger passengers will be able to use DIY check-in and bag drop - with auto check-in being offered at Tiger's new Brisbane base. A new Brisbane-Adelaide route will begin

  • BAE Systems switches on $20 million machine to make tail parts for Joint Strike Fighter aircraft

    4 December 2013 2:07 AM 25

    A HI-TECH machine to make tail parts for Joint Strike Fighter aircraft is expected to produce 20,000 components over the next two decades. The $20 million machine, the only one of its type in the Southern Hemisphere, was switched on this morning at Edinburgh. Based at BAE Systems, at Edinburgh Parks, the Starrag BTP5000 is expected to pump out more than 20,000 titanium