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By Rod McGuirk THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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.”

Australia strikes deal with Greens on taxing foreign workers

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s government struck a deal with a minor party on Thursday on a tax rate aimed at encouraging foreign travellers to pick fruit on the nation’s farms.

The conservative government and the left-wing Greens party reached a compromise on how much vacationers should be taxed on income earned picking farm produce next year, officials said.