Australia’s Bird given opportunity to fly at the Basin

By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON, Feb 11 : Pace bowler Jackson Bird has been recalled by Australia for the first test against New Zealand after James Pattinson was deemed not quite ready to stand up to the rigours of a full workload, captain Steve Smith said today. The 29-year-old Bird was a surprise selection for the […]

Cold comfort from home after Smith’s winning streak ends

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Feb 10 : Steve Smith, now carrying the burden of leading Australia in all three formats, is feeling the heat from a disappointed home media after his first series loss as skipper. The world’s top-ranked test batsman and ICC Cricketer of the Year enjoyed a golden summer on home soil, leading […]

Neither a euro nor a yen bear be, Aussie bulls warned

By Ian Chua SYDNEY, Feb 10 : It seemed like a sure-fire bet a few weeks ago: Abandon the yen and euro for the high-yielding Australian dollar. Yet these positions have been blown out of the water this week, proving that interest rate differentials are not everything when choosing a winner in the currency market. […]

Report card on aboriginal Australians paints bleak picture

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY, Feb 10 : Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today said that the government was failing to meet a number of goals aimed at improving the lot of its embattled aboriginal population as he released its tenth annual report card on indigenous issues. Just two of seven targets in the 2016 Closing […]

Australia, NZ shares join global slide as sentiment sours

By Cecile Lefort and Charlotte Greenfield SYDNEY/WELLINGTON, Feb 9 : Australian and New Zealand shares dived on Tuesday, joining a slump in global markets as sliding oil prices and concerns about the health of banks took a heavy toll on energy firms and reignited worries about growth across the world. The S&P/ASX 200 index dived […]

Australian PM Turnbull drops GST rise, fuels election speculation

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY, Feb 8 : Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today ruled out a rise in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) under pressure from within his own party, further raising the possibility that he may dissolve parliament and call a snap election. The decision severely hampers the government’s ability to include significant […]