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Australia economic growth slows unexpectedly

Sliding export prices, rout in global commodity prices take heavy toll on national income

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Mr Hockey acknowledged that the government was falling behind in its plans for a renaissance in infrastructure spending.

Sydney

AUSTRALIA'S economic growth unexpectedly slowed last quarter as sliding export prices took a heavy toll on national income, and the outlook is even darker given the rout in global commodity prices of recent weeks.

The Australian dollar dived to four-year lows at US$0.8392

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