Fed lifts US interest rates, Aussie dollar jumps to US76.3c

Fed lifts US interest rates, Aussie dollar jumps to US76.3c

Updated December 14, 2017 09:34:27 Photo: Wall Street traded higher after the Federal Reserve lifted interest rates for the third time this year. (AP: Mark Lennihan) Related Story: Aussie dollar will fall to US68c, with economy stuck in slow lane: Westpac Despite strong signals that the US economy is on the mend, Wall Street had a mixed day. Market snapshot at 8:15am (AEDT): ASX SPI 200 futures +0.3pc at 6,048, ASX 200 (Wednesday’s close) +0.1pc at 6,022 AUD: 76.33 US cents, 56.88 British pence, 64.56 Euro cents, 85.88 Japanese yen,…

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Christmas 2017: Extended trading hours for last-minute shopping

Christmas 2017: Extended trading hours for last-minute shopping

LIKE to leave your Christmas shopping until the last minute? You’re in luck. From tomorrow, shoppers in NSW will have more time to get their shopping done at a time convenient to them with the return of extended trading hours, midnight shopping and Non-Stop Shop across Westfield centres. “Christmas is our busiest time of year and we’re expecting hundreds of thousands of people through our doors, shopping for gifts, fresh food and gift cards, especially in the last few days before Christmas Day,” said John Warn, Westfield Group General Manager….

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NT should 'get on with the job' of lifting fracking moratorium, Canavan says

NT should 'get on with the job' of lifting fracking moratorium, Canavan says

Posted December 13, 2017 14:47:07 The Northern Territory should “get on with the job” of lifting its hydraulic fracturing moratorium now that it has a draft report on the industry which says the risks can be mitigated, says the Minister for Northern Australia. The draft report, released on Tuesday, found that with more “robust and rigorous” regulation, the risks of fracking could be reduced, and that provided that the recommendations were adopted and implemented, “not only should the risk of any harm be minimised to an acceptable level, in some…

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Donald Trump says accusations of sexual misconduct ‘fabricated’

Donald Trump says accusations of sexual misconduct ‘fabricated’

PRESIDENT Donald Trump is pushing back against sexual misconduct allegations, saying he’s the target of “false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met.” Mr Trump lashed out on Twitter, a day after three women who previously accused Mr Trump of sexual harassment shared their stories on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today. Mr Trump says Democrats “have been unable to show any collusion with Russia” and now are “moving on” to these allegations. He adds: “FAKE NEWS!” The women — Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and…

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Risks of fracking in NT can be mitigated, preliminary findings reveal

Risks of fracking in NT can be mitigated, preliminary findings reveal

Posted December 12, 2017 19:19:13 Photo: The Northern Territory’s remote Beetaloo Basin where gas companies want to resume test fracking. (ABC News: Jane Bardon) Related Story: NT Chief Minister seeks federal intervention as tensions rise within Labor Party Related Story: To frack or not to frack: The debate dividing the Top End The Northern Territory’s inquiry into hydraulic fracturing has found that with more “robust and rigorous” regulation, the risks of fracking can be mitigated. “It is the panel’s opinion that, provided that the recommendations made in this report are…

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