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Australia on the front line of clash with China, says Steve Bannon

Australia, you didn’t know it, but you’ve been at the very forefront of Donald Trump’s project.  “I think Australia is in a fight for the ages” that will decide whether the nations of the West can keep their sovereignty against Chinese intrusion, says Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, now a coach and adviser to populist movements worldwide. “Australia is ...

Mental Health of Children in Australian Detention Center Reaches ‘Crisis Point’

SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian government will allow a young girl to leave an offshore detention center on the Pacific island nation of Nauru and seek medical care in Australia, the latest in a series of refugee children who have asked to be let into the country for treatment. The decision came just before a federal court hearing on Wednesday ...

A Road in Australia ‘Melted’ and Destroyed Drivers’ Tires

Australian officials were forced to close a road on Tuesday after heat caused the surface to melt, coating and destroying the tires of about 50 drivers. The Malanda Millaa Millaa Road in North Queensland was resurfaced last week, but wet weather prevented its gravel layer from setting properly, ABC News reports. When hot temperatures followed, the asphalt began to melt, wreaking ...

Bovine blood products illegally smuggled into Australia in international conspiracy

An international conspiracy to profit from bovine blood products illegally smuggled into Australia has been unearthed in a Four Corners investigation. The Department of Agriculture has confirmed it has seized 13,000 litres of foetal bovine serum (FBS) which it says, “pose an unacceptable biosecurity risk”. Much of this material was originally sourced from banned South American countries with a history ...

Australia ends direct aid to Palestinian Authority

Australia has ceased providing direct aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA), with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop saying the donations could increase the self-governing body’s capacity to pay Palestinians convicted of politically motivated violence. Ms Bishop said funding was cut to the World Bank’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund for the Palestinian Recovery and Development Program after writing to the Palestinian Authority in ...

China’s aid to Papua New Guinea threatens Australia’s influence

China’s aid spending in Papua New Guinea – with its focus on infrastructure and “few-strings-attached” concessional loans – risks eroding Australia’s influence in the country, with Australian aid sometimes viewed as paternalistic and unwieldy. A Deakin University submission to a parliamentary inquiry, based on interviews with Papua New Guinean business, political, academic and community leaders argues Australia risks being diminished by rising Chinese spending. PNG ...

BAE Systems wins £20bn contract to build warships for Australia

British defence giant BAE Systems has won a £20billion contract to build a new fleet of warships for Australia. The company will provide nine submarine-hunting frigates as part of a deal that Theresa May hailed as a result of Brexit. It saw off competition from Italian and Spanish rivals to secure the lucrative contract. The deal will come as a major boost for UK ministers as ...

India concerned over taxation on IT firms by Australia

The Indian side have also asked for greater market access for it fruits and vegetables including potato, tomatoes, onion, okra and cucumber to increase exports. “We have also raised the issue of investment proposals of certain Indian mining companies which are stuck there,” the official added. During his visit, Prabhu has sought investments from Australian superannuation or pension funds in ...

Australia charges former officer in East Timor spy case

A former intelligence officer who exposed an Australia spying operation in East Timor is facing criminal prosecution, an MP has revealed. East Timor took Australia to a UN court in 2014 over the spying row, related to a border deal from a decade earlier. That treaty set out how the nations would divide lucrative gas reserves in the Timor Sea. East Timor ...

Australian woman wins right to use dead boyfriend’s sperm

A Queensland woman has won the right to use her dead boyfriend’s sperm to have children after a judge ruled that she was confident any baby would be “loved, cared for and supported”. Ayla Cresswell should be able to use Joshua Davies’ reproductive tissue, the Queensland supreme court justice Susan Brown said in Brisbane on Wednesday. However, it was up to the ...