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Scott Morrison expected to call federal election on Thursday morning

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, is poised to call an Australian federal election on Thursday morning after ministers unveiled a spate of last-minute political appointments to government bodies. On Wednesday evening the shadow treasurer, Chris Bowen, told Radio National that Labor reserved the right to cancel appointments made in proximity to the caretaker period, in a warning shot to the Coalition not to ...

‘Servant’ worked around the clock and denied access to a doctor, court hears

A Fijian woman allegedly trafficked into forced labour by a Queensland couple worked around the clock and was denied access to a doctor, a court has heard. The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, says she was forced to work as a domestic helper in suburban Brisbane for eight years until 2016. She said despite cooking the meals ...

Why Chinese influence is unlikely to be a hot topic in the next Australian election

Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton (second right) speaks at Parliament as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (bottom left) looks at his notes on August 20, 2018. (SEAN DAVEY/AFP/Getty Images) (CNN)Fresh accusations of Chinese influence-peddling have emerged in Australia weeks before a national election, following claims a billionaire seeking Australian citizenship paid a lobbyist thousands of dollars to meet ...

Protests in Australia Pit Vegans Against Farmers

Vegan protests across Australia have reignited debates about animal cruelty and sustainability, while raising questions about vigilante action. MELBOURNE, Australia — When vegan activists halted morning traffic on Monday at one of Australia’s busiest intersections, Prime Minister Scott Morrison described their actions as “un-Australian.” The traffic disruption in Melbourne was part of a “Day of Action” protesting the consumption of animal ...

Australia election: Australia to set election date on Sunday as Coalition rises in polls

AUSTRALIA is to set the date for their Federal Election on Sunday, April 7, making way for a five-week campaign. There are 151 seats up for the vote, but 16 key seats will make the difference when Australians take to the polls in May. The two dates put forward so far are May 18 or May 11 2019. Deciding the ...

U.S. women beat Australia 5-3 in exhibition

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Mallory Pugh heard the cheers from the hometown fans when she came onto the field early in the second half. The cheers were deafening when she scored 37 seconds later. “That’s never happened before,” she said. “I knew going in I wanted to make a difference and play the role I can play. It was definitely ...

Morrison says government will ‘cooperate’ with Isis fighter families if they get to Australian consulate

The prime minister has confirmed the government is working with the Red Cross in response to Australian family members of Isis fighters stuck in Syrian displacement camps, as NGOs warn children face “extremely grave” conditions. There are an estimated 70 children born to Australian nationals in the displacement camps, which are holding tens of thousands of wives and children of ...

Australia to hold national inquiry into disability abuse

Australia will hold a three-year national inquiry into the abuse of people with disabilities, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced. In recent years, the nation has been shocked by harrowing cases of abuse and assault in homes and care settings. Disability advocates say that abuse and exploitation are systemic issues. Mr Morrison said the royal commission – Australia’s highest form ...

Police in Canada, Australia investigate networks behind malicious R.A.T. software

The software can be used for theft of personal information and intellectual property Authorities in Canada and Australia say police have conducted searches in two cities as part of an investigation of criminal networks that use a type of malicious software to gain unauthorized access to computer systems. The international investigation is focused on a type of malware known as ...

Australia Looks to Repair China Relationship After Huawei Spat

Australia is seeking to repair its relationship with its largest trading partner, China, following a deterioration in ties after it banned Huawei Technologies Co. from bidding for 5G contracts and the introduction of anti-foreign interference laws aimed at Beijing. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government on Friday announced the formation of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations, which will use the private sector, ...