Australia

Australia Shocked by Death of 2,400 Sheep on Ship to Qatar

PERTH, Australia — The Australian government said Monday that it would investigate the mistreatment of animals after video recently emerged showing thousands of sheep dying from heat stress on board a ship traveling to the Middle East. David Littleproud, the agriculture minister, said he was “shocked and gutted” by the footage and promised that those responsible would be punished. The ...

Australia’s Prime Minister Just Can’t Win an Opinion Poll

SYDNEY, Australia — Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia has accomplished a dubious feat: for the 30th straight time, an opinion poll placed his governing Liberal Party behind the opposition, intensifying pressure on the embattled leader as he confronts a tide of stubborn scandals. The Newspoll, one of the country’s most respected political polls, was the same survey that Mr. Turnbull ...

Australia considers fast-track visas for white South African farmers

White South African farmers “deserve special attention” from Australia due to the “horrific circumstances” of land seizures and violence, Peter Dutton has said. The home affairs minister told the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday his department was examining a range of methods to fast-track their path to Australia on humanitarian or other visa programs. South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, is ...

Australian Embassy in Beirut celebrated International Women’s Day

On 6 March 2018, the Australian Embassy in Beirut celebrated International Women’s Day at Nawfal Palace in Tripoli. More than 120 Australian-Lebanese women from all walks of life attended the event. Also present were Kazem Kheir MP, former MP Misbah Ahdab, and representatives of municipalities and political leaders. HE Australian Ambassador Glenn Miles highlighted Australia’s leading position on gender equality, ...

Homelessness growing worse in Australia, census data shows

The number of homeless people in Australia jumped by more than 14,000 — or 14 per cent — in the five years to 2016, according to census data which also reveals a “significant” increase in older women on the streets and a growing group living in overcrowded accommodation. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said 116,000 people were homeless on ...

Shorten doubles down over franking credit cash rebates

Labor leader rejects calls to water down plan to abolish rebates, branding the status quo ‘millionaires’ welfare’ Bill Shorten has doubled down on his plan to abolish franking credit cash rebates for retiree investors, branding the status quo “millionaires’ welfare” bankrolled by ordinary Australian taxpayers. Speaking to reporters in Brisbane, the Labor leader rejected calls to water down his policy ...

Australian Official Calls for Emergency Visas for White South African Farmers

HONG KONG — A top Australian official said this week that white farmers from South Africa should be granted emergency visas, saying they needed protection in a “civilized country” amid a debate over redistribution of their lands to black citizens. On Thursday, South Africa’s Foreign Ministry fired back, characterizing the remarks made by Peter Dutton, Australia’s home affairs minister, as ...

Indonesia says it would be a ‘good idea’ for Australia to join Asean

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has indicated his support for Australia to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ahead of a special summit in Sydney. “I think it’s a good idea,” he told Fairfax Media in an interview published on Friday. The president said it would be better for “stability, economic stability, and also political stability. Sure, it will be ...

Former Australian prime minister Keating says Trump ‘surprisingly’ good at foreign policy

Donald Trump is “surprisingly” good at foreign policy, according to former Australian prime minister Paul Keating, who says the United States was directionless under the previous three administrations. As the US president accepted an invitation to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for talks, Keating said he had not expected Trump to have “such a pragmatic” foreign policy and urged the president ...

‘China influence’ book proves divisive in Australia debate

A controversial new book asserts that the Chinese government is undermining Australia’s sovereignty through a network of local agents. Silent Invasion: How China is Turning Australia into a Puppet State has fuelled debate – some have welcomed discussion about China’s influence, while others say it could fuel xenophobia. The book, by Australian academic Clive Hamilton, argues that Beijing’s reach has ...

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