Woman was ‘hostage’ in Launceston siege

A woman’s life was in “grave danger” during a siege with a man that lasted more than 16 hours at a house in northern Tasmania, police say. The man, 24, and woman, 40, were taken into custody on Saturday morning after barricading themselves in a Launceston home with a gun. …

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Banking roundtable hears of Pilbara boom-time exploitation

The scale of exploitation people in the Pilbara faced at the hands of banks during the mining boom and bust was front and centre of several roundtable meetings related to the Federal Government’s banking royal commission in Karratha late last month. WA Senate deputy president and chairwoman of committees Sue …

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Premier’s LNG taskforce pushes for WA jobs

The Premier’s LNG jobs taskforce announced in March met for the first time yesterday as more high-end LNG engineering design work seems destined to be done overseas. When Mark McGowan announced the LNG jobs taskforce, he said he wanted WA to get “more maintenance, more manufacturing, more engineering work, more …

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Bail hearing for Huawei CFO adjourned

Saturday, 8 December 2018 8:30AM Camera IconHuawei executive Meng Wanzhou, right, sits beside a translator in this courtroom sketch. Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsLink Icon A bail hearing for the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has been adjourned until Monday, after she appeared in a …

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Rand wanted seized Tribune stock shared among investors

Anton Billis’ Rand Mining unsuccessfully argued that $50 million in shares stripped from the gold miner should instead be distributed to its shareholders. The Takeovers Panel last month rejected an appeal by Rand against a panel decision ordering the forced divestiture of most of the company’s 26 per cent stake …

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HBF targets national growth with $300m kitty

HBF has put aside $300 million to fund acquisitions and overhaul its technology as part of a push to become a major national player in private health insurance. The plan, which has been ticked off by directors and communicated to staff, is the result of the most searching strategic review …

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Wall Street tumbles over fears of US/China trade war

Wall Street has tumbled in a broad sell-off led by declines in big internet and technology shares, and the benchmark S&P 500 index posted its biggest weekly percentage drop since March as concerns over US-China trade tensions and interest rates convulsed Wall Street. Concerns over China-US trade tensions sank US …

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