• AAP3 hours ago

    Govt gets tough on corporate misconduct

    Tough new penalties proposed by the federal government could see bankers and finance executives who engage in corporate and financial misconduct spending up to 10 years in jail. Under the reforms, the Turnbull government will expand the range of breaches subject to civil penalties, increase the maximum

  • AAP7 hours ago

    Queen and UK PM call for more free trade

    Queen Elizabeth and British Prime Minister Theresa May have called for Commonwealth countries to embrace free trade, as the United States raises trade barriers. At the opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Ms May said the 53 member nations were working on better trade links

  • Higher commodity prices lift share market
    AAP10 hours ago

    Higher commodity prices lift share market

    The Australian share market closed higher for a fifth straight session, led by the mining and energy sectors, after commodity prices jumped on hopes of stronger economic activity in China, and low US oil ...

  • AAP10 hours ago

    Evolution narrows 2018 guidance range

    Gold miner Evolution Mining has narrowed its full year production guidance range after increasing output in the March quarter. The rise was driven by strong production from Evolution's Queensland mines, Mt Rawdon and Ernest Henry. Evolution expects full year production at Mt Rawdon to be below

  • Priceline set to grow despite sales fall
    AAP11 hours ago

    Priceline set to grow despite sales fall

    Pharmacies operator and health and beauty products retailer Australian Pharmaceutical Industries is looking for acquisitions to boost its retail operations, and says it will continue to open more stores despite challenging consumer sentiment. API operates Priceline health and beauty stores, and supplies

  • AAP11 hours ago

    Santos cuts guidance after PNG earthquake

    Santos has lowered its full-year production and sales guidance due to the shutdown caused by February's magnitude 7.5 earthquake in Papua New Guinea. The company's March quarter production was 13.8 million barrels of oil equivalent, down from 15 mmboe in the preceding quarter, due to a seven

  • AAP11 hours ago

    Stocks to watch

    Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange: AMP - AMP - down 13 cents, or 2.9 per cent, at $4.32 ANZ - ANZ BANKING GROUP - up 7 cents, or 0.3 per cent, at $26.71 CBA - COMMONWEALTH BANK - down 1 ...

  • Morrison defends timing of bank commission
    AAP11 hours ago

    Morrison defends timing of bank commission

    Treasurer Scott Morrison has again warned the "despicable behaviour" recently uncovered by the banking royal commission carries jail sentences under federal law. Commonwealth Bank of Australia was again under the spotlight on Thursday, after the commission heard one of its units had been extracting

  • Morrison still sees higher wages ahead
    AAP11 hours ago

    Morrison still sees higher wages ahead

    The federal government has all but fulfilled the election promise made by former prime minister Tony Abbott to create one million jobs in five years. "The conditions are in place where workers can expect to see their wages grow in this environment," he said in Geelong on Thursday. Australian

  • AAP11 hours ago

    Baby Bounce creditors seek answers

    Failed infant goods retailer Baby Bounce has closed two stores and owes money to more than 100 creditors. The company went into voluntary administration last week, and the first meeting with creditors was held in Sydney on Thursday. Administrator Cor Cordis says it knows of about 100 creditors so far

  • AAP11 hours ago

    Report flags ways to bust Vic congestion

    Victoria lags behind other states when it comes to how it sets public transport fares and needs to be more transparent, a new report says. The Infrastructure Victoria report also suggests that expanding and increasing the CBD car parking levy offers a chance to better manage transport demand in Melbourne

  • AAP12 hours ago

    Syd pubs 'crushed' by light rail delays

    Publicans along Sydney's George Street are furious after learning that construction of the city's new light rail project will disrupt their businesses for a year longer than they'd expected. The light rail - from the CBD to the eastern suburbs - was meant to be finished in 2019 but Transport

  • AAP12 hours ago

    NT deserves GST cash for fracking: Gunner

    Northern Territory chief minister Michael Gunner says the removal of a ban on fracking should mean extra commonwealth funding, given the federal government is threatening to penalise states that don't develop their gas reserves. Mr Gunner has written to the prime minister, saying the NT government

  • Jobless rate steady for a third month
    AAP12 hours ago

    Jobless rate steady for a third month

    Jobs growth has slowed in 2018, leaving the unemployment rate steady at 5.5 per cent for a third straight month. The total number of people with jobs rose by 4,900 in March, seasonally adjusted figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show, well below market expectations of a gain of 20,000.

  • AAP12 hours ago

    CBA's reputation worse than taxman's: poll

    Commonwealth Bank's reputation has been so trashed by a series of scandals that the public now like the lender even less than they do the taxman. A poll of almost 6,000 people that overlapped the financial services royal commission's first round of public hearings showed CBA ranked at No.57

  • Harvey Norman sells stake in apparel group
    AAP13 hours ago

    Harvey Norman sells stake in apparel group

    Harvey Norman has sold its 7.2 per cent stake in apparel supplier Gazal for $10.4 million. The furniture and consumer electronics retailer will make a pre-tax profit of nearly $4 million, having bought the stake in September 2016 for $6.5 million. It sold its interest in Gazal, a listed supplier of

  • Poor Westpac advice cost dream retirement
    AAP13 hours ago

    Poor Westpac advice cost dream retirement

    Westpac admits a senior financial planner gave poor advice to a couple that cost them their dream retirement. Jacqueline McDowall and her husband ended up losing their home after trying to use superannuation funds to buy a bed and breakfast. Ms McDowall told her story to the banking royal commission

  • Dead CBA clients charged advice fees
    AAP13 hours ago

    Dead CBA clients charged advice fees

    Some Commonwealth Bank financial advisers kept charging clients fees after they died, in one case for more than a decade, a royal commission has heard. "When asked he said he didn't know what to do and he had tried to contact the public trustee and had not heard back," a Count Financial

  • AAP13 hours ago

    Only half of firms think tax cut necessary

    A new survey has found only just over half of businesses believe a tax cut would benefit their prospects, while a fifth thought a reduction was unnecessary. The special report in National Australia Bank's quarterly business survey also found 14 per cent said they did not pay tax in Australia and

  • Jobs gain closes on 1 million govt target
    AAP14 hours ago

    Jobs gain closes on 1 million govt target

    The coalition has all but fulfilled an election promise made in 2013 by former prime minister Tony Abbott to create one million jobs in five years. New Australian Bureau of Statistics data released on Thursday shows between October 2013 and March 2018 999,900 people have gained employment. Employment

  • Share market boosted by commodity prices
    AAP15 hours ago

    Share market boosted by commodity prices

    The Australian share market is trading higher, with miners leading gains after commodity prices jumped on hopes of stronger economic activity in China. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was up 0.6 per cent ...