Seven Group’s underlying profit up

Seven Group’s underlying profit up

SEVEN Group Holdings, owner of the WesTrac mining equipment empire and Coates Hire business, today posted an underlying profit for 2016-17 that is 17 per cent higher than the previous year. The Ryan Stokes-led diversified company revealed it would sell its Chinese mining equipment business, which it has owned since 2001, for $540 million. Mr Stokes said the money would be used to invest in Seven Group’s Australian business, including the local WesTrac operation, which sells Caterpillar machinery. The sale would eliminate “increased credit risks associated with operating in China”,…

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Missed the eclipse? Here's when you can see one in Australia

Missed the eclipse? Here's when you can see one in Australia

Updated August 22, 2017 07:25:53 Photo: A map shows the total solar eclipse paths over Australia in the next 100 years. Eclipse chasers have described today’s total solar eclipse in the US as a primal, somewhat religious experience. The good news is today’s eclipse was not a once-in-a-lifetime event. Here’s how to be in the right place at the right time to experience one for yourself. See a total solar eclipse in Australia Photo: A map shows the total solar eclipse paths over Australia in the next 100 years. There…

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Albany teen dies from meningococcal

Albany teen dies from meningococcal

Friends and colleagues posted tributes over the weekend mourning the loss of their friend. “Words can’t even get close enough to express the pain I’m feeling… I just want to wake up and it all be a bad dream…it was an absolute pleasure growing up with you and growing into men together,” one friend wrote. Meningococcal disease is an acute bacterial infection that can cause death within hours if not recognised and treated in time. A memorial is being planned for Lloyd back in Albany. The WA Department of Health…

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Union challenging ATO hot-desking plans at Fair Work Commission

Union challenging ATO hot-desking plans at Fair Work Commission

Posted August 21, 2017 20:35:40 Hot-desking might be popular in large, open-place offices Australia-wide, but according to the union representing tax office employees, the practice is dehumanising and a brake on productivity. The Australian Services Union is taking the Australian Taxation Office to the Fair Work Commission to protest against a plan to extend a hot-desking trial in Melbourne to more of its employees. In a statement, the ATO said the feedback is has received from participants in the trial has been “very positive”, and “revealed overwhelming support for the…

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Illegal workers detained in crackdown

Illegal workers detained in crackdown

ALMOST 40 illegal workers have been detained in Perth during a nation-wide crackdown on visa fraud. Raids were carried out across the country by the Australian Border Force, at both business and residential properties, under Operation Bonasus. Country-wide, 225 illegal foreign workers from Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Tunisia, Pakistan and Bangladesh were located in industries including agriculture, retail and hospitality. In addition, more than 300 individuals were refused entry to Australia as part of the operation. media_cameraRaids were carried out on homes and businesses across the country. Picture: Seven News.“Typically they…

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