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Commodity exports boost trade surplus to record level

A 7.5 per cent lift in resources exports underpinned a 5 per cent monthly increase in the value of goods and services exports to $46bn, Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed. Rural exports also continued their strong run, lifting by 6 per cent in the month just shy of $5bn – 72 per cent higher than a year earlier. Wool sales jumped 12 per cent to $405m – more than double July 2020 sales – while meat exports lifted 8 per cent in July to $1.3bn, 26 per cent higher than a year earlier. Cereal and grains exports eased 2.4 per cent in the month, but at $1.2bn was up 230 per cent on an annual basis.

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How Gina Rinehart ‘saved swimming’

After a poorer-than-expected result at the London 2012 Olympics and negative press around the team, many sponsors withdrew funding to Swimming Australia, which had until that time helped athletes out with personal expenses funding, Campbell says. At that point Rinehart, long a backer of swimming in WA, offered funding. “Gina Rinehart stepped in. She made funds available that went directly to athletes. This allowed many athletes – myself included – to see that there was a future career in swimming for us. I’m not sure where a lot of swimming careers would have ended up if there hadn’t been this injection of funds.”

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Farmers celebrate Ag day

Article by Dan Pelcl courtesy of Burnett Today South Burnett farmers celebrated National Agricultural Day in style with Rural Aid’s big event at Coolabunia’s Bethany Farm. Live music, good food

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Rules are too much: Rinehart

Article by Gary Shipway courtesy of the Northern Territory News TERRITORY pastoralist Gina Rinehart has warned that government interference is hampering Australia’s productivity, investment and future. Mrs Rinehart, who last week confirmed

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