Victorian Premier John Brumby has blamed Labor's dismal performance in the latest opinion poll on the damage to the Labor brand under former prime minister Kevin Rudd.
The Newspoll, taken before Julia Gillard became prime minister, shows the Victorian Labor government primary vote has slipped to 34 per cent, down from 41 per cent at the end of last year.
It is the worst result for the Labor government since the Kirner years in 1992.
The Australian Competition Tribunal has determined that Rio Tinto Ltd and BHP Billiton Ltd must let smaller miners use their respective Robe River and Goldsworthy rail lines in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, while protecting Rio Tinto’s Hamersley line and BHP's Mt Newman line.
The Tribunal said Robe River and Goldsworthy dealt less with iron ore than the other rail lines, so there would be less disruption to their operators. The Robe River line will be opened up to competitors until 2018, although they had asked for 20 years of access.
Asciano Group has signed a 10 year $320 million agreement with a coal mining joint venture to move up to 3 million tonnes per year of coal in Queensland.
The contract was signed with Middlemount Coal Pty Ltd, a joint venture between local miner Macarthur Coal and Singapore's Noble Group, and Asciano will start hauling from January 1, 2012.
Asciano will haul the coal from the new Middlemount mine complex, the Melbourne-based company said in a statement on Thursday.
POLICE have been interviewing witnesses in an effort to find out how a three-year-old girl fell off a moving train and onto the track at Kuranda, near Cairns.
The girl fell from the train and broke a collarbone around 3.35pm near the Kuranda Railway Station.
Another child alerted their father to the toddler on the tracks.
QUEENSLAND Rail’s new passenger arm is still looking for an Ipswich base but expects to have a temporary office set up by the end of the year.
As of today, Queensland Rail has been split in two, with the government set to retain all aspects of its passenger services, including the trains and tracks, which will still be called Queensland Rail.