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Rio Tinto ready for PNG mine talks

Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto says it is ready to talk to stakeholders over allegations of human rights breaches at a giant copper mine in Bougainville it formerly owned. The move follows a complaint filed by community members with the Australian government. “We are ready to enter into discussions with the communities that have filed the…

Aged care and health bosses facing inquiry

Australia’s top health and aged care officials are set to face another grilling about deadly coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes. Health secretary Brendan Murphy and aged care regulator Janet Anderson will front a Senate inquiry on Tuesday. The federal government has been under intense scrutiny for its handling of the aged care sector. More than…

Wall Street closes higher amid broad rally

Wall Street has rallied to close sharply higher as investors sought bargains among sectors hardest-hit by the coronavirus recession, now limping toward its ninth month. All three major US stock indexes made solid gains on the heels of the longest weekly losing streak in over a year for both the S&P 500 and the Dow….

Super enzyme hailed as anti-pollution hope

A so-called “super-enzyme” that eats plastic could be “a significant leap forward” in finding solutions to tackle the pollution crisis, scientists hope. The enhanced protein is made up of two enzymes produced by a type of bacteria that feeds on plastic bottles, known as Ideonella sakaiensis. Professor John McGeehan, director of the Centre for Enzyme…

Casino inquiry admissions over China links

A right-hand man to casino billionaire James Packer faces a third day of grilling at an inquiry run by NSW’s gaming regulator. Michael Johnston’s evidence is due to continue on Tuesday after already admitting there should have been greater scrutiny during the sale of Crown Resorts stock to operators of China casinos, Melco Resorts. Mr…

After strong growth in 2020, Vonex looks forward to FY21

2020 has been a stand-out year for Vonex (ASX: VN8), as it positions itself as the telco of choice for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Vonex has several platforms to help SMEs communicate with their customers and connect with the community. Industry-leading ONdesk software, a cloud-based program for businesses to manage all their mobile and…

Sydney petrol prices surge.

Sydney petrol prices surge; Used car prices lift Record resources & energy export earnings Weekly Petrol Prices; Used vehicle prices; Resources & energy exports Fuel prices: According to the Australian Institute of Petroleum, the national average price of unleaded petrol fell by 5 cents last week to 4-month lows of 115.2 cents a litre. East…

Aust shares finish down, losses limited

Australia’s share market has finished marginally lower as banks and miners had losses of less than one per cent. The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index closed lower by 12.6 points, or 0.21 per cent, to 5952.3 points on Monday. The index was mostly lower for the first two hours of trade and reached a session low of…

A2, Synlait shares fall after demand drops

Shares in ASX-listed milk producers A2 and Synlait have taken a fall as the pandemic continues to challenge supply and demand. A2 Milk on Monday warned it was fielding fewer orders from its corporate Chinese reseller channel due to the coronavirus restrictions in Melbourne. These resellers, based in Melbourne, are unable to access their warehouses…

Trump often paid no income tax: report

US President Donald Trump paid just $US750 ($A1070) in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, after years of reporting heavy losses from his enterprises to offset hundreds of millions of dollars in income. In a report Trump dismissed as “fake news,” the New York Times said on Sunday the Republican president also paid…