General Motors Co.’s Holden unit, Australia’s largest carmaker, said it would shutter production lines in 2017 after 69 years, joining Ford Motor Co. in exiting an economy struggling with high costs and a strong currency.
Australian banks are set for a lending boost as Prime Minister Tony Abbott champions ventures to revitalize the economy, accelerating some of the more than A$80 billion ($72 billion) of infrastructure projects.
Qantas Airways Ltd.’s credit rating was cut to junk at Standard & Poor’s a day after the carrier flagged a record first-half loss and 1,000 job cuts. The shares fell to the lowest since July 2012 and bond risk soared.
Australia’s A$10 billion ($9.1 billion) clean-energy fund, set to be wound-up by the new Coalition government, is lobbying to stay in business to aid the nation’s fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.