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By Rod McGuirk THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Australian car making to end soon with GM plant closing

CANBERRA, Australia — The Australian auto manufacturing era is about to end after more than 90 years when General Motors Co.’s last Holden sedan rolls off the production line in the industrial city of Adelaide on Friday.

The nation has already begun mourning the demise of a home-grown industry in an increasing crowded and changing global car market.

Priorities of coral and coal clash in Aussie Sunshine State

CANBERRA, Australia — As many Australians grapple with how to save their Great Barrier Reef from global warming, others are preoccupied with building one of the world’s biggest coal mines nearby.

Coal mining and environmental tourism are cash cows for Queensland, a resource-rich northeast playground that promotes itself as Australia’s “Sunshine State.”