What the press is saying about petrol, LPG, diesel, crude oil, biofuel etc.
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Surplus Virtually Gone
08-12-2008 LiveNews. There are claims the Rudd government has spent too much of the budget surplus in one big hit.
$8.7 billion worth of bonus payments will be handed out to pensioners, carers and low income families from today, in a bid to boost the economy.
We don’t think anyone resents pensioners and carers receiving this Christmas bonus, but pensioners and carers want and deserve certainty in their lives.
We support their call for a $30 per week increase in their pension.
This one-off payment will be good for retailers. But they too will be thinking: “But what AFTER Christmas?” A tax cut, a cut in fuel excise, an increase in the pensions, these are measures that are on-going. Business can plan for the future as can pensioners.
Not a headline grabber, no photo opportunity, no quick fix, but planning ahead.
Treasurer Wayne Swan says that it's “hoped” the government's stimulus payments will create up to 75,000 new jobs.
We think he’s dreaming.
Unless there is a sustained cash flow, business will just as fast lay-off those employees, if they were to employ them at all. News Article
ExxonMobil Vows to Maintain Refinery but Carbon Tax Remains a Concern
Norsk Hydro plans to shut down its aluminium smelter at Kurri Kurri in the NSW Hunter Valley.
Qantas announces job cuts as profits slide
Small Business Tax Reduction Scrapped
RBA cuts official interest rate to 3.75%
Mineral Resources Rent Tax (MRRT) Bill 2011 passes the Senate
Private Health Insurance Rebate
Future of Caltex Refineries
150 Qantas catering jobs to go in Adelaide
Rates on Hold
Back to School in 2012
Roads and Traffic Authority Name Change
Politicians pay rise
RBA interest rate cut
Shell to cease refining at Clyde
Shell to close Clyde Refinery
Shell annual profits double to $18.6bn
Back to School 2011
Xstrata Suspends A$ 586 million of Expenditure.
Aussie Dollar Climbs From 10-Month Low Amid Intervention Talk
Fortescue Metals puts $17.5bn projects on hold to review super tax
Rio Tinto to review new Australia investment over tax
Xstrata suspends $30 million exploration in light of the Government’s super profits tax
Rates rise - Again
Backflip on "the Greatest Moral Challenge of our time"
Shell profits fall sharply on weak oil demand
Caltex Australia agrees to purchase Mobil service stations
Perth Motorists Ripped-Off
Jobs at risk after Bushmaster exclusion
Volunteer Sacked For Swearing
Gross Domestic Product shows first negative result in 8 years
RBA rate drop to 3.25%
Victoria: No power, No Trains, No Water
Shell profit 2009
Back to School
“Green Holden” update
$149 Million to build green Holden
Tax Cut for Small Business - Smoke and Mirrors
Government Stimulus Payments