News archive from 15 December 2013

Qantas pilot Ian Woods writes to Tony Abbott over potential employee bid for airline

Qantas pilot Ian Woods writes to Tony Abbott over potential employee bid for airline

A Qantas pilot has written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott over a potential employee bid for a share of the airline.Shares in the company hit a record low last week, shortly after the airline's credit rating was downgraded to "junk" status by...

ABC News, 12:19 in Business
 
A bigger first home builders grant boosts business

A bigger first home builders grant boosts business

Tasmanian builders are reporting a lift in business after the first home builders grant was doubled to $30,000.Paul Burnell says his building company has received double the number of enquires since the first home builders grant was boosted last...

ABC News, 12:44 in Business
 
Foreign workers may fill oil and gas skills shortage, report finds

Foreign workers may fill oil and gas skills shortage, report finds

A skills shortage in the oil and gas industry may be filled by foreign workers if the resources industry and Australian governments do not do more to train workers, a new report has found.The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) says in...

ABC News, 00:28 in Business
 
Kerry returns to Vietnam's Mekong Delta to address climate change issues

Kerry returns to Vietnam's Mekong Delta to address climate change issues

United States secretary of state John Kerry has returned to Vietnam's Mekong Delta, which he navigated as a wartime gunboat skipper, to highlight its vulnerability to climate change.Mr Kerry, whose political activism was inspired by his experiences...

ABC News, 03:31 in Business
 
Brindabella Airlines ... going, going, gone

Brindabella Airlines ... going, going, gone

Regional carrier, Brindabella Airlines, has gone into receivership with up to 140 staff facing redundancy.Receivers, Korda Mentha, were appointed late Sunday to manage the Canberra-based airline and sort out its financial affairs. Partner David...

ABC News, 06:27 in Business
 
Brindabella Airlines goes into receivership, all flights suspended as Qantas looks to fill the void

Brindabella Airlines goes into receivership, all flights suspended as Qantas looks to fill the void

Regional carrier Brindabella Airlines has gone into receivership and is up for sale.All flights have been suspended on the Canberra-based airline, disrupting the Christmas travel plans of hundreds of customers. On Friday, the Civil Aviation Safety...

ABC News, 07:01 in Business
 
Federal Government's MYEFO statement to reveal deficit of almost $50 billion

Federal Government's MYEFO statement to reveal deficit of almost $50 billion

The Federal Government is expected to confirm a deficit of just under $50 billion in its budget update tomorrow.Labor forecast a $30 billion deficit in its last economic statement before the election and the Government has been warning the budget...

ABC News, 07:24 in Business
 
Nyrstar work camp plan boosts Port Pirie smelter upgrade hopes

Nyrstar work camp plan boosts Port Pirie smelter upgrade hopes

The Port Pirie mayor says an application by the local smelter operator to build a workers' camp increases confidence a proposed smelter redevelopment will proceed.Mayor Brenton Vanstone is hoping the Nyrstar board will make a positive announcement on...

ABC News, 08:16 in Business
 
Incitec Pivot fertiliser plant shift welcomed by Port Adelaide mayor

Incitec Pivot fertiliser plant shift welcomed by Port Adelaide mayor

Port Adelaide's mayor has welcomed news a controversial fertiliser plant will be moved from the area after residents long complained about the dangers.Many locals have feared the risk of an explosion and also considered the plant a disincentive to...

ABC News, 08:22 in Business
 
Tony Abbott's 'megaphone diplomacy' on asylum seekers risks further damaging Indonesia relationship

Tony Abbott's 'megaphone diplomacy' on asylum seekers risks further damaging Indonesia relationship

The Federal Opposition says Prime Minister Tony Abbott risks further undermining Australia's relationship with Indonesia after he suggested it was "high time" Indonesia resumed cooperation on people smuggling operations.Indonesia suspended...

ABC News, 09:18 in Business
 
Mid-year budget update to include $1b 'black hole' in funding for offshore processing

Mid-year budget update to include $1b 'black hole' in funding for offshore processing

The Federal Government is continuing to soften the ground for bad economic news in the budget update, with confirmation of at least a $1 billion shortfall in funding for offshore processing.Treasurer Joe Hockey will hand down the mid-year budget...

ABC News, 09:18 in Business
 
Emirates rules out buying stake in Qantas, amid signs the Government could ease foreign ownership cap

Emirates rules out buying stake in Qantas, amid signs the Government could ease foreign ownership cap

The world's biggest airline, Emirates, has ruled out throwing a financial lifeline to Qantas.Emirates president Tim Clark has rejected suggestions that the airline might buy a stake in Qantas if the Australian Government lifts its current foreign...

ABC News, 09:18 in Business
 
Melbourne Airport flights delayed by technical problem

Melbourne Airport flights delayed by technical problem

Flights at Melbourne Airport have been delayed because of a technical problem.The airport is not commenting on the nature of the problem except to say there will be significant delays. There are reports the control tower has lost power. Airservices...

ABC News, 09:48 in Business
 
Inside the private rooms of the most exclusive airport terminal in the world

Inside the private rooms of the most exclusive airport terminal in the world

EVER wondered where celebrities, sports stars and the mega rich wait before their private plane takes off? Welcome to Signature Newark, the multi-million dollar airport lounge where luxury and privacy are yours - for a price. The newly revamped...

 
How to survive flying with children

How to survive flying with children

THE founder of family travel website Suitcases&Strollers, Aimee Chan, took her eldest child on his first flight when he was three weeks old. This year he has already been to seven countries, some of these more than once and many travelling with...

 
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