Australia

Australia’s spy agency warned government Israel embassy move could provoke violent unrest

Australia’s spy agency warned ministers that Scott Morrison’s proposed shift in Middle East policy to relocate the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may “provoke protest, unrest and possibly some violence in Gaza and the West Bank”. Guardian Australia has obtained an Asio bulletin, marked secret, AUSTEO (Australian eyes only), circulated on 15 October – the day before Morrison’s announcement ...

Meghan Markle Australia tour: Why was Meghan BANNED from wearing flip flops on the beach?

Pregnant Meghan Markle, 37, keep things chic with a camel trench coat and black flats for day three of her royal tour down under with Prince Harry, 34. The Duchess was pictured hand in hand with her husband as they walked across the sand under grey skies. Her eco-friendly pumps cost £100 from Rothy’s and were recycled from the first day of ...

Constitution’s power to ‘enable’ race discrimination should be removed, MPs told

The Australian constitution’s power to “enable” and “permit” racial discrimination should be removed as a matter of urgency, the joint select committee on constitutional recognition has been told. Australia is “the only country in the world that has empowered our federal parliament to make laws based on race,” former social justice commissioner Mick Gooda told the committee, “and that provision ...

Jerusalem embassy move a ‘sensible’ proposal, says Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison has flagged moving Australia’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, copying Donald Trump’s controversial proposal, in a shift that appears timed to coincide with the Wentworth byelection. Guardian Australia understands moving the embassy was discussed when Malcolm Turnbull was prime minister, and Julie Bishop was foreign affairs minister, given Trump’s position – but the shift was ...

Australia should be ‘exporting sunshine, not coal’, economist Jeffrey Sachs tells Q&A

US analyst criticises successive governments for defending coal in wake of alarming IPCC report on climate change Economist Jeffrey Sachs has criticised successive Australian governments for “defending a 19th or 20th century industry” rather than taking decisive action on climate change, saying Australia should be “exporting sunshine, not coal”. “Make a plan, make a timeline, tell the world how you’re ...

The day an Aboriginal march stopped the miners and gave birth to a land council

The Kimberley celebrates the 40th anniversary of the influential Noonkanbah march hundreds of Aboriginal people from across the Kimberley have recreated the historic Noonkanbah march, to mark the 40th anniversary of the protest that led to the formation of the Kimberley Land Council, in the Fitzroy valley community of Ngumpan. Forty years ago, the Western Australian premier Sir Charles Court ...

Australia stands ready to support Indonesia: PM

Australia stands ready to help Indonesia after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Sulawesi, the prime minister and foreign affairs minister said. Scott Morrison and Marise Payne expressed their condolences to the people of Indonesia in a joint statement late on Sunday. At least 832 people have been confirmed dead after a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami ...

PM claims Australia will meet Paris target ‘in a canter’ despite emissions climbing

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have continued to rise, but Scott Morrison seized on the silver lining, maintaining Australia would meet its Paris commitment, despite the government having no legislated instrument to help it get there. Figures released on Friday showed Australia’s emissions increased 1.3% in the year to March 2018, up all sectors – except land use and electricity, where renewable technologies were ...

‘Institutional theft on massive scale’ by banks in Australia

hen entrepreneur Sean Butler bought the heritage National Hotel in Fremantle in Western Australia, he had ambitions to restore “a beautiful old hotel” to its former glory. The upmarket four-storey building had catered to affluent punters since the region’s gold boom of the 1880s, but had since fallen into disrepair. It was a big project, but Butler, the owner of ...

Australia let Nauru block refugee medical transfers to preserve ‘relationship’

Australian authorities were unable to send an air ambulance to Nauru for a court-ordered medical transfer after the Nauruan government refused permission, because to do so would affect the “working relationship” on offshore processing, a senior official has said. At least twice in recent weeks the Nauruan government has refused to give permission for an air ambulance to land and take a ...