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Nov 2, 2010

Americain wins Melbourne Cup for France

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – French raider Americain overhauled fading favourite So You Think up the home straight to win the $6 million (3 million pounds) Melbourne Cup at a rain-soaked Flemington racecourse Tuesday.

Gerald Mosse kept a patient hold on his six-year-old mount before unleashing a devastating sprint to hit the front 100 metres from home to win by more than two lengths from Maluckyday, becoming the first French jockey to win the marquee handicap.

Oct 19, 2010

Australian mines, sugar-growers face cyclone threat

SYDNEY, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Australia faces almost double
the number of destructive tropical cyclones, possibly as many
as 22, across oil and gas, iron ore and sugar production
regions during 2010/11 cyclone season, the weather bureau said.

The above-average number of cyclones are a result of a
strong La Nina weather system which brings higher rainfall and
more storms over the western Pacific, the Bureau of Meterology
said in its annual cyclone-season outlook released on Tuesday.

Sep 29, 2010

Commonwealth and its Games will survive Delhi

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Troubles besetting the New Delhi Commonwealth Games have thrown a fresh spotlight on the grouping’s long-term decline, but a role in facilitating behind-the-scenes diplomacy will ensure its continued survival.

For many of its 54 nations, almost all former British colonies, the Commonwealth’s relevance has been eroded by China’s world-wide clout, the new importance of G20 as a prime economic forum and the emergence of free trade.

Sep 29, 2010

Analysis: Commonwealth and its Games will survive Delhi

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Troubles besetting the New Delhi Commonwealth Games have thrown a fresh spotlight on the grouping’s long-term decline, but a role in facilitating behind-the-scenes diplomacy will ensure its continued survival.

For many of its 54 nations, almost all former British colonies, the Commonwealth’s relevance has been eroded by China’s world-wide clout, the new importance of G20 as a prime economic forum and the emergence of free trade.

Sep 27, 2010

No carbon price in sight for Australia before 2012

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will not put a price on carbon emissions until at least 2012, after Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that a committee examining the issue would not finish its deliberations until end-2011.

Australia, one of the worst per-capita greenhouse gas polluters, is reviewing its policy to tackle climate change after elections last month left the ruling Labor party relying on a Greens MP and three independents to retain power.

Sep 7, 2010

Australia PM Gillard’s charm wins Labor 2nd term

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard promised voters on Tuesday a more open administration after securing a Labor minority government a second-term with the backing of a handful of Green and independent MPs.

But it will be her consensus building skills that will decide if the government, propped by a one-seat majority backed by independents and a Green MP, lasts its three-year term, after an election produced the first hung parliament since World War Two.

Aug 27, 2010

Australia poll deadlock no closer to resolution

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s opposition leader denied on Friday he was maneuvering to force the country back to the ballot box after a weekend election delivered a hung parliament, with independents holding the balance of power.

Nearly a week on from the August 21 election, Australia is still no closer to forming a government, with neither of the major parties close to striking a deal with cross-bench MPs, raising speculation that another election might be in prospect.

Aug 24, 2010

Australia’s “green” poll may accelerate climate action

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Australia could accelerate action on climate change, possibly resurrecting an emissions trading scheme, after independent and Greens MPs won the balance of power in elections that left a hung parliament.

Businesses like power retailer AGL and leading electricity provider Origin Energy have repeatedly said they need regulatory clarity on carbon pricing as they look to invest billions of dollars in energy infrastructure.

Aug 24, 2010

Analysis: Australia’s “green” poll may accelerate climate action

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Australia could accelerate action on climate change, possibly resurrecting an emissions trading scheme, after independent and Greens MPs won the balance of power in elections that left a hung parliament.

Businesses like power retailer AGL and leading electricity provider Origin Energy have repeatedly said they need regulatory clarity on carbon pricing as they look to invest billions of dollars in energy infrastructure.

Aug 21, 2010

Minority government possible in cliffhanger Australia poll

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australians voted on Saturday in the closest election in decades with voters divided on whether to give Labour a second term or opt for conservative rule, raising a real prospect of a minority government unpopular with investors.

At stake was not only the political future of Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the opposition’s Tony Abbott, both new and untested leaders, but also Labour’s plans for a 30 percent resource tax and a $38 billion broadband network.