Australia

Australia completes world’s largest cat-proof fence to protect endangered marsupials

The world’s largest cat-proof fence has been completed in central Australia, creating a 94 square kilometre sanctuary for endangered marsupials. The 44km fence – made of 85,000 pickets, 400km of wire and 130km of netting – surrounds the Newhaven wildlife sanctuary, a former cattle station that has been bought by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Endangered species such as the bilby, the burrowing bettong ...

Contaminated Australian defence sites put spotlight on environmental record

Most of the non-residential sites being offloaded by the Department of Defence in its land disposal program are contaminated, a legacy of past environmental failings. Defence has eight unwanted non-residential properties listed for disposal across Australia, including former rifle ranges and armaments factories. Defence has confirmed it is conducting investigations at the majority of the sites to determine the “nature and extent” of contamination. ...

Australia’s high earners will benefit most from tax reforms, says thinktank

The Turnbull government’s plan to pursue billions of dollars in income tax cuts over the next seven years will radically alter Australia’s progressive income tax system, shifting more than 80% of workers to a flat tax, according to analysis. The analysis shows the major beneficiaries of the government’s plan will be Australia’s highest income earners, with the top 10% of ...

Australian police find 7 dead, including 4 children, with gunshot wounds

Seven people were found dead with gunshot wounds at a property near the tourist town of Margaret River in Australia’s southwest on Friday in what could be the country’s worst mass shooting in 22 years, police said. The bodies of three adults and four children and two guns were found at a property at the village of Osmington, Western Australia ...

Waste crisis: Australia isn’t recycling, we’re ‘just collecting’

“If you collect rubbish and ship it to China that’s not recycling, that’s just collecting.” Dr Karl Williams, head of the centre for waste and resource management at the University of Central Lancashire, says he’s looked at a lot of rubbish in his career. And though Europe is going through its own crisis at the moment, like Australia, he suspects that the ...

Australian budget 2018: what to expect from Scott Morrison

The Turnbull government is shifting itself on to a pre-election footing, declaring that next week’s budget will demonstrate the Coalition’s economic plan is working and also highlight the risks of a change to a Labor government. The treasurer, Scott Morrison, and the finance minister, Mathias Cormann, have emphasised that message before next week’s economic statement, which is expected to deliver ...

Australia ball-tampering scandal a reality check, says Pakistan’s coach

Mickey Arthur hopes that Australia’s recent ball-tampering scandal will be “a reality check for world cricket” that makes everybody “sit back and take stock”. Arthur, who was the head coach of Australia between 2011 and 2013 and is now in charge of Pakistan, spoke on Wednesday about his disappointment with the team but also said he felt “really sorry” for the ...

Australia has neglected its relationship with the Pacific – but that can change

Australia’s responsibility to the Pacific is unique – besides our historical ties with the UK, it is the only relationship specifically mentioned in the constitution. And for 10 of the more than dozen island nations in the region, unquestionably their most important bilateral relationship is with our country. Two things we often forget. But for the last half decade or so ...

Anzac Day: Australia and France pay tribute to foreign world of bloodshed

It was 100 years ago to the place, the year and the hour. The dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux on a landscape of peace was a foreign world to the bloodshed on the same site a century ago. Anzac Day 2018 commemor­ated the successful Australian ­counter-attack that saved the town, left an enduring Franco-Australian bond and elevated ­Villers-Bretonneux as the ultimate ...

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 ...

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