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  1. Expat Australian collects on million-dollar wager

    Posted Mar 09th 2004, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell In a gamble that would do Hong Kong proud, an expatriate Australian landed a A$1 million (HK$5.9 million) bet on champion racehorse Lonhro in yesterday's Darley Australian ... The gambler was not identified, other than being described as an Australian businessman working overseas. The gamble easily surpasses Hong Kong's latest coup- at Sha Tin nine days ago. A punter ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/447500/expat-australian-collects-million-dollar-wager
  2. Australia lives with rising aussie

    Posted Nov 26th 2004, 12:00am by Lachlan Colquhoun

    ... fall in the greenback has seen the Australian dollar return to the highs of February this year, when the unit touched 80 US cents for the first time in a decade, and has created an unexpected ... on exports. 'The falling [US] dollar is making life tougher for Australian exporters,' said Treasurer Peter Costello as he returned from a meeting of the Group of 20 finance officials ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/479598/australia-lives-rising-aussie
  3. Outlook healthy for Australian economy, says survey

    Posted Jan 06th 2004, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... and we could see a similar decline in the first half of 2004. Overall residential property values are unlikely to dip substantially, however,' he said. The Australian dollar hit a 661/2-year high yesterday touching US 76.1 cents in local trade- the strongest it has been against the American greenback since June 1997. The Australian dollar was the world's strongest-performing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/440164/outlook-healthy-australian-economy-says-survey
  4. Forex chief notes upside for dollar Down Under

    Posted Oct 25th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... holding on to a short position in the US dollar for [the] longer term,' he said. Instead, Mr Grant is bullish on the Australian and New Zealand dollars. The two currencies have notched up ... Nicole Chan The US dollar hit its lowest level in eight months against the euro last week, and against the Japanese yen it hit a three-month low. The greenback took a hit after comments ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/475450/forex-chief-notes-upside-dollar-down-under
  5. Bulls ignore dollar strength

    Posted May 12th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... yen, euro and then the Australian and New Zealand dollars,' Mr Luk said. 'But I think the market has somehow [overreacted to the start of the] US rate-rise cycle and the US ... Nichole Chan Regional currencies remain in favour as domestic woes weigh on greenback Analysts remain bullish on regional currencies, despite the recent strength of the US dollar ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/455351/bulls-ignore-dollar-strength
  6. Dollar falters under Asian onslaught

    Posted Oct 26th 2004, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... in share prices in the region and in Hong Kong. Leading the advance for regional currencies as the US dollar retreated across a broad front was the Australian dollar, up 1.13 per cent in Asian ... Louis Beckerling Regional currency strength may cushion economic impact of soaring crude costs Asian currencies recorded big gains against the US dollar yesterday in a move that could hurt ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/475546/dollar-falters-under-asian-onslaught
  7. Non-US dollar assets offer long-term security

    Posted Nov 15th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Peso, sterling and the Australian dollar,' he said. The bank projects the dollar will depreciate another 10 to 15 per cent against its trade partners' units in the next two years. ... with Anette Jonsson The past week has seen foreign exchange traders frantically betting on whether the most recent decline in the US dollar will be allowed to continue or whether central ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/478145/non-us-dollar-assets-offer-long-term-security
  8. Central bankers switch focus from weak dollar to yuan peg

    Posted Nov 09th 2004, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... of a shade under 130 against the Euro. The latest adjustments have left the Australian dollar 6.93 per cent up on the US dollar over the past three months. The New Zealand dollar has strengthened ... away from the sustained rise in their currencies versus the US dollar, to a prospective clash with China over its pegged currency regime, say some analysts. 'Central banks in Asia have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/477440/central-bankers-switch-focus-weak-dollar-yuan-peg
  9. Australian literacy rates under fire

    Posted Nov 13th 2004, 12:00am by Geoffrey Maslen

    ... Geoffrey Maslen Government calls inquiry into learning methods for reading The Australian government is to hold an inquiry into the way reading is taught following widespread concerns ... that their children at the age of eight and nine are barely literate.' But the Australian Education Union's federal president, Pat Byrne, said there were strongly held views on both sides ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/477944/australian-literacy-rates-under-fire
  10. Seek Australian public support on extradition

    Posted Jun 01st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I refer to the leader headlined 'Welcome decision from Australia won't heal rift' (May 30). An Australian who has lived in Hong Kong for 10 years, I have followed the saga ... in trying to resolve the issue. And anger at Mr Ellison for his bloody-mindedness. I am sure all other Australians living here would also want both men extradited to face the authorities ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/457798/seek-australian-public-support-extradition

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