Australia

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Most of Australia can expect a hotter-than-average December, with temperatures being forced up by both regional climate patterns and a global upwards trend. Temperatures were forecast to peak between 29C and 34C on Thursday, the first day of summer, in all states bar Victoria and Tasmania. Melbourne and Hobart could look forward to highs of 21C and 24C. Queensland would ...

Australia parliament: Second dramatic protest over asylum

Protesters campaigning against the Australian government’s treatment of asylum seekers have breached parliament security for a second day. Two protesters abseiled down Parliament House in Canberra, unfurling a banner saying “close the bloody camps now”. Australia sends asylum seekers who arrive by boat to offshore detention centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. The government believes the policy prevents deaths ...

Australia to spend $8.8 billion on Christmas presents, more than half on credit

It’s beginning to feel a lot like the most expensive time of year. Australian shoppers will spend more than $48.1 billion in retail stores over the Christmas trading period, including more than $19 billion on food alone. On presents, Australians are expected to spend $8.8 billion, more than half of which will be spent on credit or store cards, according ...

Australia wait over Neil Prakash extradition request

The Turkish government is yet to respond to Australia about the federal government’s wish to extradite Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash. “He’s obviously subject at the moment to the Turkish justice system, and Turkish legal processes,” Justice Minister Michael Keenan told ABC radio. Melbourne-born Prakash is being detained in Turkey after being arrested trying to leave Syria using false identity ...

Are you living in Australia’s unhealthiest postcodes?

BYRON Bay is Australia’s booziest location for risky drinking, a town in Tassie tops the list for the most smokers, and WA’s Pinjarra poses the most danger to your waistline, the latest figures in a national health report card reveal. The Australia’s Health Trackers map, released this week by the Australian Health Policy Collaboration reveals that your postcode can affect ...

What would America’s withdrawal from the TPP mean for Australia?

DONALD Trump yesterday announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “On trade, I am going to issue our notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a potential disaster for our country,” he said. “Instead, we will negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores.” The TPP would ...

Adele’s Australian tour: tickets offered by resale sites for $5,000 as they go on official sale

Tickets for Adele’s shows in Australia were immediately being resold for more than $5,000 after they were released on Monday. Tickets for the singer’s show at Perth’s Domain Stadium were on sale for $5,645.18 through Viagogo – more than 18 times the maximum ticket price of $308.77, with no guarantee of the seat number. Reselling sites were offering tickets for ...

Australia bank fire started by Myanmar asylum seeker

An asylum seeker from Myanmar has been identified as the man who set himself alight in a bank in the Australian city of Melbourne on Friday. The 21-year-old is under guard in hospital after the incident that injured 26 others. He arrived by boat three years ago and had been released from detention pending a decision on his case. It ...

Australia asylum: UN criticises ‘cruel’ conditions on Nauru

BY KALAHAN DENG Australia’s offshore detention policy for asylum seekers has been criticised by a top-ranking UN official. Australia sends asylum seekers who arrive by boat to centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island. Francois Crepeau, the UN special rapporteur on migrant human rights, has just finished an 18-day stint examining Australia’s immigration laws. He said in Canberra ...

As Trump Nears Office, Australian Deal to Move Refugees to U.S. Is in Doubt

CANBERRA, Australia — Barring some unexpected development, none of the refugees held in detention camps on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus are likely to be resettled in the United States before President-elect Donald J. Trump takes office, Australian and American officials said this week. The election of Mr. Trump, whose harsh talk about immigration and Muslims was central ...

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