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Australia's Westpac to refund 200,000 customers for missed benefits


Australia's Westpac Banking Corp said on Thursday it will pay refunds to about 200,000 customers who should have received cash benefits, as the country's lenders seek to ease concerns about their governance after a series of scandals.


Australia jobs growth speeds ahead, nudges unemployment lower 3:43am BST

SYDNEY Australia enjoyed another month of solid jobs growth in September, with the annual pace of gains sprinting ahead to a healthy 3.1 percent and nudging the unemployment rate lower.


Australian senate rejects proposed visa, citizenship curbs 1:55am BST

SYDNEY Australia's lawmakers have rejected legislation that would tighten citizenship and foreign worker visa rules, a blow to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who had sought to stop a loss of his support base to far-right political parties.


NZ's Sopoaga to start against Wallabies, Barrett out 18 Oct 2017

SYDNEY All Blacks flyhalf Lima Sopoaga will make his first test start in more than two years after Beauden Barrett was ruled out of the final Bledisloe Cup test against Australia on Saturday.


Australia's competition watchdog to review Accor's planned buyout of Mantra 18 Oct 2017

SYDNEY Australia's competition regulator said on Wednesday it will review French hotelier Accor SA's planned $920 million buyout of Australian hotel operator Mantra Group Ltd .


Silent Partners - The bankrollers behind the rush of Australia shareholder lawsuits 18 Oct 2017

SYDNEY After Australian internet company Vocus Telecommunications Ltd gave its second profit warning in seven months, fund manager David Pace received an email from a law firm asking him to join a shareholder class action.


Australia's Crown hit by accusations of poker machine-fixing, shares tumble 18 Oct 2017

SYDNEY Australia's Crown Resorts Ltd was hit by allegations of tampering with poker machines on Wednesday when a lawmaker tabled a video of whistleblowers in parliament, sending shares in the casino firm sliding.


BHP first quarter iron ore output hurt by mine fire, guidance intact 17 Oct 2017

Global miner BHP Billiton reported a 4 percent drop in quarterly iron ore output following a fire at its Mount Whaleback mine in Australia in June, but said it still expects to hit its annual production target.

Australian rules-AFL criticised after transgender player ruled ineligible 17 Oct 2017

MELBOURNE The Australian Football League has come under fire after ruling a transgender footballer ineligible for selection a day before the national draft for the professional women's competition.


Under-pressure Maxwell hopes new technique leads to Ashes 17 Oct 2017

MELBOURNE Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is well known for his batting pyrotechnics but hopes a defensive tweak to his technique can be key to locking up the contentious number six spot for the Ashes.


China suggests Xi's political ideology to be elevated in party constitution

BEIJING Top Chinese officials have praised President Xi Jinping's political ideology unveiled at a key Communist Party Congress, an indication that he could cement his power with his new slogan being incorporated into the party's constitution.