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By Rod McGuirk THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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.

After 91 years, Ford’s Australian car production ends

CANBERRA, Australia — Ford Motor Co. ended 91 years of car manufacturing in Australia on Friday, with the remaining two Australian car makers due to close their doors next year.

Ford Australia said it built the world’s last six-cylinder, rear-wheel drive Falcon XR6 at its Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne and 600 employees lost their jobs.