Australia

Manus refugees rejected by Australia head to US

A small group of refugees have become the first to be moved from Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus island to the US to start new lives. The 22 men have been accepted by the US under a deal reached between Australia and the Obama administration. Another group are expected to be moved from the island nation of Nauru in ...

Tony Abbott’s daughter appears in same-sex marriage campaign ad

Fathers and daughters are hardly strangers to disagreement. And so it is with Tony Abbott, the prominent Australian anti-same-sex marriage campaigner, and his daughter Frances, who has backed the rival yes campaign in the country’s keenly contested postal survey. Two weeks after she put herself at odds with her father, the country’s former prime minister, with a post on Instagram, ...

Australia joins UK space radar mission

Australia is to be a launch partner on the UK’s innovative new small radar satellite, NovaSAR. The spacecraft, which will track shipping and forestry change from orbit, is due to launch on an Indian rocket early next year. Australia’s main research organisation, CSIRO, has signed a 10% share in NovaSAR’s data. The deal comes on the heels of an announcement that the ...

Australia Says It Is Launching Its Own Space Agency

It might surprise you that Australia doesn’t already have a space agency. The country has been involved in the space field for decades — in 1967, it was among the first countries to launch a satellite. Two years later, a NASA tracking station in Australia received and transmitted the first TV images of Neil Armstrong taking the first steps on the Moon. Now, after ...

‘Faustian bargain’: defence fears over Australian university’s $100m China partnership

world-first collaboration between the University of New South Wales and the Chinese government, celebrated as a $100m innovation partnership, opens a Pandora’s box of strategic and commercial risks for Australia, according to leading analysts. These include the potential loss of sensitive technology with military capability, an unhealthy reliance on Chinese capital and vulnerability to Beijing’s influence in Australia’s stretched research and ...

New $10 note enters circulation on Wednesday

AUSTRALIA’S new $10 note enters circulation from tomorrow, and the Reserve Bank is hoping to avoid a repeat of last year when consumers found some businesses and vending machines unable to accept the new $5 notes. The new note, which includes a top-to-bottom window, a patch with a rolling colour effect, fluorescent ink and raised tactile printing, retains the images ...

Australian tourism may suffer from Chinese investment restrictions

Australia’s tourism industry could be hit by new Chinese government restrictions on companies investing overseas, the Turnbull government fears. The Chinese government ban on “irrational” overseas investment by private Chinese companies, and move to put property and entertainment deals on a restricted list, could hit Australia’s tourism and hotel sector, according to Treasurer Scott Morrison, who has sought clarity around ...

Should Australia ban the burqa?

A VEILED woman applying for her driver’s licence was the trigger for George Christensen’s populist plan to “ban the burqa’’. The conservative north Queensland MP will light the fuse on a politically explosive debate this weekend when he demands the National Party support a ban on full-facial coverings in all government buildings and public spaces. The Islamic burqa, he insists, ...

Tensions rise as Chinese government’s influence infiltrates Aussie universities

AUSTRALIAN educators are increasingly coming under attack from Chinese students, raising concerns their government’s influence is permeating our universities. The students have been openly complaining about Western teaching methods and ideas, and publicly demanding apologies or changes to how subjects are explored. The trend has raised concerns that the ideology of China’s Communist Party is weaving its way into Australian ...

Thousands rally for gay marriage in Australia ahead of vote

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Thousands of people rallied for marriage equality in Australia’s second-biggest city of Melbourne on Saturday ahead of a postal survey on same-sex marriage which could lead to its legalisation. Australia is one of the only developed English-speaking countries not to have legalised same-sex marriage, despite strong popular support and the backing of a majority of lawmakers. Shadow ...

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