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  1. Outback odyssey

    Posted Jun 01st 2004, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Travelling the last transcontinental railway ever to be built, Nick Squires takes The Ghan through Australia's red centre NO ONE COULD accuse Australia of being hasty in building a rail link to connect the country from north to south. The idea of a transcontinental railway between Adelaide, in South Australia, and Darwin, in the Northern Territory, was first suggested ...

  2. Exports drive country's growth

    Posted Jan 26th 2011, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... Australia. But trade between the Hong Kong and Down Under goes well beyond seafood and jewellery. Hong Kong was Australia's fifth largest source of foreign investment in 2009, with a cumulative A$43 billion (HK$331.7 billion) invested in a huge variety of sectors. And Hong Kong is Australia's ninth largest investment destination with A$28 billion invested in 2009. The trading ...

  3. Like the film 'Australia', tourism adverts fail to draw the crowds

    Posted Dec 18th 2008, 12:00am by Mark Chipperfield

    ... Australia is hoping to attract to the sunburnt shores through its glitzy A$40 million (HK$213 million) 'Come Walkabout' campaign, being rolled out in 22 countries. But the enigmatic commercials, devised to piggyback off the epic movie Australia starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, have generated about as much derision as Baz Luhrmann's lumbering, dust-and-jodhpurs fairy ...

  4. Wuhan Steel gets nod to invest A$271m in Centrex

    Posted Nov 06th 2009, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... surrounding the guidelines for Chinese investments. Australia's Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) yesterday gave approval for the mainland's third-largest steel group to take a 60 per cent stake in the iron ore rights of five of Centrex's projects in South Australia and acquire 13 per cent of Centrex equity. The stock leapt 11 per cent to 71 Australian cents, its ...

  5. The Tide is turning

    Posted Oct 24th 2008, 12:00am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... then they grow again. Mr Yardney cites a long-term study by Massey University, which he says shows investment properties in Australia have, on average, returned a combined 15 per cent per annum (capital ... of Australia, with some areas over 99.5 per cent. 'With a shortage of rental properties and no relief in sight, investors can expect an extended period of strong rental growth for at least another ...

  6. Boatpeople intercepted off Australia

    Posted Jul 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Ocean island yesterday after their boat was intercepted by the Royal Australian Navy a few kilometres off Western Australia. It was the first refugee boat to reach Australian waters in 18 ... on Tuesday when it was within sight of Port Hedland, a mining town in Western Australia. The boat's ability to evade both coastguard patrols and radar prompted the opposition Labor Party's ...

  7. Miners searching for a heart of gold

    Posted May 27th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... As Australia rides the Asian resources boom, a new dating service promises to play matchmaker between miners and fair maidens. Tens of thousands of eligible Australian men are flocking ... of kilometres from the nearest pub, let alone nightclub, with a dearth of female company. The online dating service will be launched this week in Western Australia, the country's biggest state ...

  8. Pledge but few clues on Shanghai property tax

    Posted Jan 17th 2011, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai Shanghai was poised to prepare to implement a pilot property tax as part of nationwide efforts to curb rampant real-estate speculation, the municipality's mayor ... of non-luxury residential flats to be owned and occupied by ordinary citizens, and prepare for the trial reform on property tax as required by the central government,' mayor Han Zheng said ...

  9. Canal plan highlights severity of Australia's water crisis

    Posted Nov 28th 2004, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires in Sydney A plan to build a 2,500km canal to supply water to Australia's most isolated city has shone the spotlight on the country's water crisis. Western Australia ... government has commissioned a A$5 million ($30.7 million) feasibility study. The chairman of the lobby group Watering Australia, Ernie Bridge, believes the Kimberley region has enough fresh water ...

  10. Property selling despite curbs, agents say

    Posted Nov 21st 2010, 12:00am by Ada Lee, Charlotte So

    ... Charlotte So and Ada Lee The Hong Kong government's new cooling measures may curb short-term property speculation in the medium to lower end of the market, but its effect on luxury homes could be limited, agents say. A day after the authorities, taking aim at 'flippers', announced an additional stamp duty of up to 15 per cent on property transactions and cut ...




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