Federal Government looking into reports Chinese energy providers told to stop importing Australian coal

The Federal Government is looking into reports that Chinese state-owned energy providers and steel mills have been told to stop importing Australian coal.

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said he had seen the reports, and that the Government had reached out to China for more information.

“We don’t have evidence to verify those reports,” he said.

“We have certainly been in touch with Australian industry and have been working to seek a response from Chinese authorities in relation to the accusations that have been made publicly.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said China does sometimes change its import demand based on how much coal it is receiving domestically.

“It’s not uncommon for domestic quotas to be in place in China,” he said.

“We’re looking at those reports and obviously raising the issues with the relevant authority.”

The reports state that two steel mills, one in north-east and one in south China, were

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Australian shares end higher as government signals ease in lending standards

a person standing in front of a store: Pedestrians are reflected in a window in front of a board displaying stock prices at the Australian Securities Exchange in Sydney

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Pedestrians are reflected in a window in front of a board displaying stock prices at the Australian Securities Exchange in Sydney

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(Reuters) – Australian shares ended the week on a positive note, boosted by heavyweight banks, as investors cheered the government’s signals to ease lending standards to free up credit and revive the pandemic-hit economy.

The “Big Four” banks helped the S&P/ASX 200 index <.axjo> close 1.5% higher. The benchmark index recorded its best weekly gain since the week ended Aug. 14.

The changes remove responsible lending laws introduced in the wake of the global financial crisis that, among other things, require banks to check whether information provided by borrowers in their loan applications is correct.

Calling the move a very good sign from banks’ point of view, Henry Jennings, senior analyst and portfolio manager at Marcustoday Financial Newsletter said, “It would enable

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Victorian government aims for crowds at Australian Open and Boxing Day Test | Sport

The Victorian government is aiming to not only host the Boxing Day Test and Australian Open, but for crowds to attend both sporting events. Victoria has been devoid of live sport during a winter of Covid-19 discontent, but as case numbers continue to drop there is growing hope for the two jewels in the city’s summer sporting calendar.

Cricket Australia is in the final stages of finalising tweaks to its 2020-21 schedule and the growing expectation is the MCG will remain host of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India, with Adelaide Oval to serve as CA’s back-up plan.

Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley indicated last week he is hopeful that Melbourne Park would have crowds of some description during its grand slam, and on Monday premier Daniel Andrews suggested his government was aiming for crowds to attend the Boxing Day Test and Australian Open.

“We are having

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Updated: 4:30pm AEDT on Wednesday, 25 March 2020

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