All the winners from the Australian Training Awards 2017

All the winners from the Australian Training Awards 2017

A DIESEL fitter that can squeeze into tight places, a shearer who enjoys the morning dew of farm life and a teacher who completely lost her hearing in the middle of her career were among the winners at this year’s Australian Training Awards. The Australian Government’s annual event recognises the best of the best in the vocational education and training (VET) industry – from apprentices and students to teachers and employers. Nine individuals and nine organisations were acknowledged on Thursday night at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. The most…

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Clive Palmer wins $150 million Pilbara iron ore royalty claim

Clive Palmer wins $150 million Pilbara iron ore royalty claim

Updated November 24, 2017 20:46:52 Photo: Citic took control of the Sino Iron project from Mr Palmer in 2006. (Stephen Stockwell: ABC) Businessman Clive Palmer’s company Mineralogy has won a Supreme Court claim for $US150 million in unpaid royalties against two Citic Pacific subsidiaries over a Pilbara iron ore project. But there is uncertainty over if and when that money will be paid, and the impact on the future of the Sino Iron project. Justice Kenneth Martin today ruled Mineralogy’s claim over $US149.4 million in unpaid royalties against Sino Iron…

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Dick Smith has warned Amazon will make Australians fatter

Dick Smith has warned Amazon will make Australians fatter

AMAZON’S move to Australia is set to trigger an obesity epidemic, Dick Smith has warned. The successful businessman and entrepreneur told Channel 7’s Sunrise that Amazon’s introduction to Australia and the “extreme capitalism” it preaches is set to have a devastating effect on the country. Smith claimed Amazon had sacked “typical Americans” and employment would be hit by the online giant’s move down under. “It does mean Australians will lose jobs,” Smith told Sunrise host David Koch. RELATED: Fears for nation’s obese toddlers Camera IconDick Smith believes Amazon will take…

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China displeased with 'irresponsible' South China Sea remarks in White Paper

China displeased with 'irresponsible' South China Sea remarks in White Paper

Updated November 24, 2017 02:38:38 Photo: China urges Australia to keep its promise to not take sides on the South China Sea issue. (Supplied: Twitter) Related Story: Where does Australia stand in the battle for dominance between Trump and China? Related Story: Australia in firing line if US and China go to war, experts warn The Chinese Government has described language on the disputed South China Sea in the Australian Government’s foreign policy White Paper as “irresponsible,” while its state media has gone further, labelling Australia a “distant propaganda outpost”…

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Woolworths channels Amazon philosophy as online retail titan launches in Australia

Woolworths channels Amazon philosophy as online retail titan launches in Australia

WOOLWORTHS has begun to channel the Amazon ethos — be obsessed about customers — as the US online giant launches its wider offering in Australia. Speaking at Woolworths’ annual meeting in Melbourne this morning, chairman Gordon Cairns said an “unwavering focus” on the customer was driving every decision at the retail giant. “We want to be obsessive about our customers, their needs and how we serve them better,” Mr Cairns told shareholders. Woolworths, Coles to axe free bags within a year Woolies beef pun sparks vegan backlash “If we do…

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