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February 18, 1991 | TERESA WATANABE and GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Australia, long perceived as an economic outback of cowboys and koala bears, is aiming to transform itself into a manufacturing power and regional gateway to Southeast Asia. While tourist pitchman Paul Hogan promotes Aussie sun and shrimps, government officials have launched decidedly different efforts to lure foreign capital and technology by trumpeting the nation's English speakers, Western culture, skilled work force and highly developed infrastructure.
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August 13, 2009 | Associated Press
China formally arrested four employees of mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd. for infringing trade secrets and bribery, but stopped short of laying politically explosive espionage charges in a case that has strained ties with key trading partner Australia. Investigations showed the four, including Stern Hu, an Australian citizen who headed Rio Tinto's iron ore business in China, obtained commercial secrets about China's steel and iron industries through "improper means" and were involved in bribery, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday.
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October 4, 1998 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Overcoming resistance to a controversial tax reform plan, the conservative coalition government headed by Prime Minister John Howard won reelection by a narrow margin Saturday, according to incomplete reports on Australian federal elections.
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May 10, 2001 | From Associated Press
Thousands of dignitaries gathered Wednesday to commemorate the first sitting of Australia's Federal Parliament 100 years ago--the high point in a year of festivities that has seen the country's political roots come under fire. Australia's political, cultural and business leaders listened to bands and patriotic speeches in Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building to honor the launch of the legislature in the same vast hall exactly a century earlier.
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June 14, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Japan and New Zealand joined Australia in breaking with the U.S. and Britain by rejecting a boycott of the swearing-in of Hong Kong's Beijing-appointed legislature during July 1 hand-over ceremonies. "I know there is an issue over whether we should go to this or not. But I think we must go," Japanese Premier Ryutaro Hashimoto said in Tokyo.
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June 8, 1995 | Reuters
Prime Minister Paul Keating, unveiling his blueprint for a republic, said Wednesday that Australia must ditch Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as head of state before it can truly be independent. "It is the government's view that Australia's head of state should be an Australian and that Australia should become a republic by the year 2001," Keating told Parliament. Keating said Australians would decide by referendum in 1998 or 1999 whether to dump the monarch in favor of a nonpolitical president.
BUSINESS
July 11, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Stake in Qantas to Be Sold: The government will sell its 75% stake in the national airline through a public stock flotation in the first half of next year, Finance Minister Kim Beazley said. The float, expected to raise about $1.5 billion, was first announced in June, 1992, and was originally scheduled for the fiscal year ended last month. But Qantas Airways' weak performance and a lackluster aviation market forced the government last year to reschedule the sale for 1994-95.
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March 24, 1990 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 10 million Australians are expected to vote today in a volatile national election that may see a conservative coalition overthrow Prime Minister Bob Hawke's seven-year-old Labor government. Polls this week showed the race closing to a virtual dead heat between Hawke, running for his fourth term as prime minister, and Andrew Peacock, leader of the Liberal-National opposition coalition.
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July 12, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Prime Minister Bob Hawke won a third consecutive term in office Saturday as Australian voters rejected offers of tax cuts from the conservative opposition in favor of the governing Labor Party's pledge to restructure an ailing national economy. Hawke, 57, former leader of the Australian trade union movement, bested the Liberal Party, led by John Howard.
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November 7, 1999 | From Reuters
Australians awoke today to the realization that their largely pro-republican country had voted decisively to retain the British monarch as head of state for the foreseeable future. With four-fifths of the vote counted, tallies in the country's Saturday referendum showed that 55% had voted to retain Queen Elizabeth II as head of state rather than allow the political elite to appoint a home-grown president.
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August 27, 1999 | From Associated Press
The Australian Parliament recognized 200 years of injustice to the country's indigenous people Thursday, saying it regretted "the most blemished chapter" in the nation's history. The historic motion came the same day that an Aboriginal woman taken from her mother at birth lost a legal battle considered crucial for Australia's so-called "stolen generations."
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October 4, 1998 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Overcoming resistance to a controversial tax reform plan, the conservative coalition government headed by Prime Minister John Howard won reelection by a narrow margin Saturday, according to incomplete reports on Australian federal elections.
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October 3, 1998 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vegemite is a salty, black yeast paste that millions of Australians religiously spread on their breakfast toast. The sticky substance, approached warily by those who do not live here, also is a kind of national symbol, or "icon" as the Australians call it, that helps define this island continent. For nearly half a century, Australians have been comforted by a bouncy radio-television commercial jingle, "Happy Little Vegemites," that serves as a unifying national ditty.
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June 14, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Japan and New Zealand joined Australia in breaking with the U.S. and Britain by rejecting a boycott of the swearing-in of Hong Kong's Beijing-appointed legislature during July 1 hand-over ceremonies. "I know there is an issue over whether we should go to this or not. But I think we must go," Japanese Premier Ryutaro Hashimoto said in Tokyo.
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June 8, 1995 | Reuters
Prime Minister Paul Keating, unveiling his blueprint for a republic, said Wednesday that Australia must ditch Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as head of state before it can truly be independent. "It is the government's view that Australia's head of state should be an Australian and that Australia should become a republic by the year 2001," Keating told Parliament. Keating said Australians would decide by referendum in 1998 or 1999 whether to dump the monarch in favor of a nonpolitical president.
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February 16, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prime Minister Bob Hawke called a general election for March 24, saying he will stand for a record fifth term in the vote, which is expected to focus on economic issues. Hawke's ruling Labor Party holds a majority of 83 seats in the 148-seat House of Representatives, 18 more than the conservative Liberal-Country Party coalition. Half of the Senate's 76 seats will also be contested if Governor General Bill Hayden accepts Hawke's March 24 proposal.
BUSINESS
February 18, 1991 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In September, 1989, Du Pont Co. executive Richard Warburton was chatting with a government official in Sydney during a meeting of the Australian Manufacturing Council. He casually mentioned that Du Pont could probably operate a particular Australian-owned textile factory without the $35-million annual public subsidy it needed to stay afloat. The official's eyes lit up. "You really mean that?" he told Warburton, chairman of Du Pont Australia-Du Pont New Zealand Ltd.
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January 8, 1995 | From Reuters
A U.S. conservation group accused Australia on Saturday of not doing enough to protect the koala, saying it had nominated the furry marsupial for an endangered-species listing. The U.S. Fund for Animals said it is confident the koala would be listed under U.S. conservation law, along with other foreign species such as the snow leopard and the African elephant.
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July 11, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Stake in Qantas to Be Sold: The government will sell its 75% stake in the national airline through a public stock flotation in the first half of next year, Finance Minister Kim Beazley said. The float, expected to raise about $1.5 billion, was first announced in June, 1992, and was originally scheduled for the fiscal year ended last month. But Qantas Airways' weak performance and a lackluster aviation market forced the government last year to reschedule the sale for 1994-95.
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