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Ford calls it quits in Australia

Ford Motor Company is calling it quits in Australia, after a nearly 90-year run. The U.S. automaker says it will shut down its two factories down under and halt production in 2016.
Posted In: Ford, Australia, Auto, cars
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Tobacco packaging laws could hurt Australian retailers

Over the weekend, the world’s most restrictive packaging law for cigarettes went into effect in Australia. All tobacco products in the country must now be sold in the same generic package, covered with images of diseases caused by smoking.
Posted In: cigarettes, Australia
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Court rules against Lehman Brothers in Australia

It's been four years since the investment bank Lehman Brothers went under, and a federal court in Australia has just found the bank liable for damages in a class action lawsuit over the sale of mortgage-backed securities.
Posted In: Australia, Lehman Brothers, legal
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Australia's carbon tax boosts gambling

A national emissions tax pushed up some electricity and fuel prices so low-income Australians get a rebate check. Many, however, use it to gamble.
Posted In: Australia, gambling, poker
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Australian woman wins key Thalidomide settlement

Today, a woman in Australia born without arms or legs reached a multi-million dollar settlement with the distributor of Thalidomide, as a previously undiagnosed victim of the drug's side effects. The case may prompt similar legal action for uncompensated victims around the world.
Posted In: Health, pharmaceuticals, class action lawsuits
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In Australia, carbon tax kicks in

In Australia, Aussies are getting used to the first week under a new carbon tax. The country's biggest polluters are paying a steep $24 per ton of carbon emitted -- that's more than twice the cost of carbon permits in the EU.
Posted In: Australia, carbon tax
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Taxing the use of Internet Explorer 7

Do you constantly ignore that pop up message telling you to update your web browser? An online retailer in Australia plans to put a kind of tax on customers who shop using outdated browsers.
Posted In: Australia, technology, browsers, internet explorer
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Australia could bring back crocodile hunting safaris

The government in Australia wants to boost the sagging tourism industry. One idea: Bring back the crocodile hunt.
Posted In: Australia, tourism, hunting
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U.N. warns Australia over Great Barrier Reef

The United Nations World Heritage Organization says the Great Barrier Reef may soon be on its endangered list if Australia doesn't control its industrial development in the next eight months.
Posted In: Australia, nature, oceans, United Nations
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Australia looks to import millionaire investors

Starting July 1, Australia will offer permanent residency to anyone willing to invest $5 million in an Australian company, venture capital fund, or government bonds.
Posted In: Australia, Immigration, China

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