Despite evidence that earnings outside the resources sector are slowing, the ASX has gained a solid 5pc in recent weeks on some very volatile trading.
A new wing inside Goulburn's Supermax prison will give some prisoners slightly more chance to socialise, in the hope they may be rehabilitated.
Rural councils are moving away from owning and running livestock exchanges, opening the door for private investors to develop multi-million dollar facilities.
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham says that while coal is subjected to Chinese import restrictions, there is "no basis to believe" the processes are discriminatory to Australia.
If it were an isolated event, the trade kerfuffle at a port in north-east China would be nothing to worry about. But in the context of recent global events, it's a ratchetting up in diplomatic tensions, writes business editor Ian Verrender.
The unemployment rate in Western Australia has reached its highest since 2002 and, despite a new promise of 150,000 more jobs, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry warns there will be short-term pain before any long-term employment gains.
CEOs of Australia's largest companies are hearing the message and realising that on issues like climate change the need to act is not just a moral one.
Nine years after the Chinese-owned coal carrier Shen Neng 1 ran aground on the Douglas Shoal, efforts to restore the reef are about to begin.