Inspired by #MeToo, Australia launches inquiry into workplace sexual harassment

By Nicholas Ford SYDNEY, June 20 : Australia launched an independent inquiry on Wednesday into workplace sexual harassment, one of the first of its kind in the world, hoping to find solutions to problems brought to light by the global #MeToo movement. The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said the inquiry was prompted by the […]

Australia, NZ dollars bounce awaiting next round in trade fight

By Wayne Cole SYDNEY, June 20 : The Australian and New Zealand dollars managed a modest bounce on Wednesday as a pause in the Sino-U.S. sabre rattling over trade allowed Asian markets to calm a little. The Aussie dollar clawed its way back to $0.7397, after bouncing from a one-year trough of $0.73475 hit on […]

Banks lead Australia shares higher, NZ at record

By Devika Syamnath Undated, June 15 : Australian shares rose on Friday, led by banks and mining companies, as a cautious European Central bank policy decision pushed the U.S. dollar higher against other currencies. The ECB signalled on Thursday it would retain interest rates at record lows well into next year, longer than some market […]

Australian shares fall ahead of Fed meeting’s results, NZ lower

By Devika Syamnath Undated, June 13 : Australian shares fell nearly across the board on Wednesday as investors looked past the U.S.-North Korea summit to the Federal Reserve’s decision due later in the day. Markets expect the Fed to raise rates for the second time this year but caution prevails as investors await its language […]

Australian winemakers press PM to end rift with China

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, Jun 6 : Australian winemakers on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to visit China to resolve diplomatic tensions blamed for trade obstacles that have raised concerns for an export market expected to top A$1 billion ($766 million) this year. As many as six Australian wine companies, including Treasury Wine Estates […]

Australian winemakers press PM to visit China amid diplomatic tiff

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, June 6 : Australian winemakers on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to visit China to resolve diplomatic tensions blamed for trade obstacles that have raised concerns for the future of a $650 million wine export market. As many as six Australian wine companies, including Treasury Wine Estates Ltd – the […]