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This Australian farmer is saving fossils of some of the planet’s weirdest, most ancient creatures

NILPENA CATTLE STATION IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA—Fly over the cattle station here in a Cessna 172 and you’ll see a dry riverbed snaking through brown, mottled earth punctuated by the occasional patch of saltbush. There’s no sign of the 200 cattle currently being run on this property, which is about the size of New York City and sits 450 kilometers north ...

Millionaires’ beach: Australia’s new richest postcode revealed

Australia has a new richest postcode for the first time in seven years. The postcode that’s home to Palm Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches has dethroned the one containing Edgecliff, Darling Point and Malcolm Turnbull’s Point Piper residence in the city’s eastern suburbs, according to Australian Taxation Office statistics released late on Thursday. The 1,279 tax filers in Palm Beach’s ...

Jewish community launches crowdfunding campaign to support Christchurch Muslims

The Jewish community of NSW has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the Muslim community of Christchurch. The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies kicked off the campaign with a donation of $1800, the significance of the figure being that the number 18 denotes “life” in the Hebrew language. NSW Jewish Board of Deputies president Lesli Berger and CEO Vic Alhadeff said: ...

Women’s empowerment shouldn’t come at cost to men, says Australian PM … on International Women’s Day

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has provoked outrage on International Women’s Day by saying that men should not have to make way for women’s empowerment. “We’re not about setting Australians against each other, trying to push some down to lift others up,” Morrison told a function organized by Australia’s mining industry on March 8. “We want to see women rise. But we ...

Sydney’s quantum play: Can Australia host the world’s quantum Silicon Valley?

Inside a plain white cylinder a bit bigger than a beer keg at the University of Sydney is one of the coldest places in the universe. It sits at about a hundredth of a degree above absolute zero. Within the cylinder is a piece of technology forged in a silicon furnace, which aims to revolutionise everything from medicine, to our ...

WA’s plan to curb emissions ‘unworkable’, says Morrison

The Morrison government has criticised as “unworkable” a plan by Western Australia’s environment watchdog to impose tougher measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions from large projects. The state’s environmental protection authority, which works independently as an adviser to the WA government on environmental approvals, published new guidelines this week that would require developers of projects with direct emissions of more ...

Accor investigates ‘Aboriginal segregation’ at Australia hotel

Global hotel chain Accor is investigating claims that staff at one of its Australian hotels have been racially segregating guests. Aboriginal guests at the Ibis Styles hotel in Alice Springs were purposely put in inferior rooms after a directive last June, the ABC reported on Friday. They were charged the same price as guests placed in better rooms. Accor said ...

France, Australia deepen naval-research ties in wake of submarine deal

PARIS – An international research laboratory to push naval and maritime innovation in Australia is to be founded in Adelaide by France’s Naval Group and the key French national science research organization CNRS together with 14 Australian companies, universities, R&D institutes and various government bodies. The scientific strategy plan for the laboratory, to be known as the OzCean Technocampus, will ...

Australia bolsters capabilities, training opportunities for its P-8A aircraft

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia is continuing to ramp up its capabilities of and training on the Boeing P-8A Poseidon multimission aircraft, even as it takes deliveries of more aircraft and looks at future growth for the system. Speaking to media at the Avalon Airshow in Victoria, Australia, Group Capt. John Grime, the head of the Royal Australian Air Force No. 92 Wing, ...

States to swelter in heatwave during warmest start to Autumn in decades

Parts of Australia are bracing for the warmest start to Autumn in decades as another intense heatwave brings the hottest summer on record to a close in many states. Much of Australia’s south and south-east will bear the brunt of the heat over coming days, with temperatures tipped to soar up to 40C in both Melbourne and Adelaide. The weather ...