Australia’s argi-food exports surge past $50 billion

Increasing Asian demand for Australian agricultural produce has tipped the nation’s argi-food exports beyond $50 billion for the first time, with surging sheep meat and wool exports underpinning the rise. Rural Bank division Ag Answers’ latest Australian Agricultural Trade Annual Review report, released today, revealed agri-food exports increased 0.4 per …

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School soars to win with parrot float

Coolgardie Primary School has walked away with $1000 and first place in the Coolgardie Day Parade float competition, with their collaborative giant parrot puppet and costumes. Students spent last week creating the puppet with visiting artists Lewis Horne and Sally Stoneman as part of Awesome Arts Australia’s initiative Creative Challenge. …

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ACCC wants Sydney Airport curfew reviewed

The competition watchdog is calling for a review of Sydney Airport’s curfew and other flight restrictions saying they’re likely contributing to congestion chaos at the country’s largest aviation hub. In a submission to the Productivity Commission, the ACCC says the airport’s 11pm to 6am curfew and hourly flight caps should …

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Virgin Australia to fly non-stop from Perth to Gold Coast

Virgin Australia has announced its first non-stop flights from Perth to the Gold Coast, which are tipped to bring a tourist boost to WA. The flights will also contribute to 27,000 seats to the Queensland holiday hotspot during the Christmas travel period and will provide another avenue for travellers to …

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Labor wants Turnbull to appear at inquiry

Labor is ramping up pressure on Malcolm Turnbull to appear before a Senate inquiry into a controversial $444 million grant given to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The inquiry wants to know why the government granted the six-year funding stream to the small not-for-profit foundation in a meeting that lasted …

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Qantas axes music on domestic flights

Qantas has bent to customer demand for movies and axed music on its Boeing 737 and 717 fleets which operate on mostly domestic routes. The airline found that 92 per cent of passengers were not tuning into the music channels opting for movies, TV and documentaries instead. “Our research showed …

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