Phil Mercer

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Debt ceiling debate goes down under

Oct 23, 2013
Australia's debt ceiling debate didn't look too much like America's.

Australia's economy: The wonder down under

May 28, 2013
Why Australia is happy and booming.

Threatened species decision on koalas delayed

Feb 20, 2012
In Australia, conservationists are making the case that koalas are a threatened species. Government regulators aren't so sure.

Rare earth minerals may not be so rare

Jul 5, 2011
Researchers from Japan uncover vast underwater deposits of the key materials used to make gadgets from smart phones to laptops, threatening China's dominance as a supplier

Natural disasters cause Australia's economy to shrink

Jun 1, 2011
Australia's economy was hit by the biggest fall in 20 years in the first quarter, shrinking by 1.2 percent, after extreme weather struck at home and abroad.

Samoa switches to 'the future,' jumps to other side of International Date Line

May 9, 2011
Samoa is hoping to move its economy into the future -- by a full 24 hours. The time change would put Samoa on the same schedule as major trading partners like New Zealand and Australia.

Aussie dollar hits a 29-year high

Mar 29, 2011
The value of the Australian dollar has risen 10.5 percent in less than two weeks. Today, one Australian dollar will buy you $1.03 in U.S. dollars.

Qantas grounds fleet of Airbus A380s

Nov 4, 2010
The Australian airline Qantas grounded its entire fleet of Airbus A380s after a flight made an emergency landing after an engine ripped off.

Developing nations focus on smoking

Oct 7, 2010
Smoking kills millions of people each year. And now public health experts from 41 countries in the Asia-Pacific region want to fight back. They're meeting in Australia to look at ways to take on the tobacco industry. The BBC's Phil…

The economy's role in Aussie election

Aug 20, 2010
Australians will soon take to the polls for its federal election. And the economy is taking center stage.