Australia

Australia’s Christmas Island detention centre is in a “major disturbance”

Inmates have lit fires at Australia’s Christmas Island detention centre in a “major disturbance”, government officials said. The unrest was sparked by the death of a detainee who had escaped the camp. The situation was “tense” for a while, the department said, but was now calm. Negotiations were continuing with those detainees protesting to resolve the situation “peacefully and as ...

Malcolm Turnbull removes knights and dames as they are “not appropriate” in a modern Australian honours system

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull announced on Monday that the title of knights and dames will be removed from the Order of Australia as they are “not appropriate” in a modern Australian honours system. “Knights and dames are titles that are really anachronistic, out of date, not appropriate, in 2015,” he said. Former PM Tony Abbott reintroduced knighthoods and damehoods in 2014 for “pre-eminent Australians.” Mr ...

New laws will ban unfair credit card surcharges

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced plans of new laws by mid-2016 which will ban merchants from imposing unfair credit card surcharges. The plan is response to the financial system inquiry made by former Commonwealth Bank boss David Murray, which recommends a new three system of surcharging, with a total ban on surcharges for debit cards and a cap on levies for using Visa and MasterCard. Under the ...

A Somali woman brought to Australia for treatment after being raped in Nauru

A Somali woman, aged 23, is reportedly more than 12 weeks pregnant, has been brought to Australia for treatment after being raped in the Nauruan community. Her lawyer George Newhousee said, “Our client is relieved that there has been a resolution to this sensitive matter. She is now in Australia and the Commonwealth Government has agreed to provide her with medical treatment.” “Our client has ...

PM Malcolm Turnbull uses a private email server for government business

The Australian newspaper has revealed that the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was using a private email server for government business. The former communications minister said that Mr Turnbull used secret messaging application “Wickr” earlier this year because it provided superior security. “Wickr” allows users to send encrypted messages to other users of the application, without leaving traceable data, with the messages self-destructing after being ...

600 asylum seekers will be free from Naruru detention centre

The Nauruan government has promised that it will process 600 asylum seeker applications “within the next week”, which means those refugees will be free to move around the island. All refugees who have tried to get to Australia by boat are detained in offshore centres in Nauru because of the Australian government policy. Justice minister of Naruru, David Adeang said Australia will be providing assistance with security and ...

Classmate of teenage gunman arrested on the way to high school in Western Sydney

Sydney police have arrested a student on the way to Arthur Phillip High School this morning. The student is in the same school with the 15-year-old student, Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar, who shot a NSW police employee dead at Parramatta’s police headquarters on Friday. Farhad Jabar was killed by police after he shot Mr Cheng dead. The student claimed that he was using his mobile phone to film officers who ...

Australia launch another bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council

Australia is to launch another bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, just a year after its last term on the council expired. The spot Australia is seeking will be open in 2029. Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop is expected to announce the bid in her address to the General Assembly in New York on Tuesday evening. In opposition ...

Mission Australia will announce a ’10 step Action Plan’ to halve the number of homeless by 2025

There are more than 100,000 people who are homeless in Australia. Chief executive of Mission Australia, Catherine Yeomans said that housing affordability crisis put extreme pressure on people who try to keep a place to live. Ms Yeomans said “we have a housing affordability crisis, so there are many Australians who are in housing stress, they’re spending over 30 per cent ...

Tony Abbott: I would have led the Coalition to a victory at the next election

Former PM argues plotters who wanted to replace him with Malcolm Turnbull struck early because Canning result would have undermined their case. Tony Abbott has declared he would have led the Coalition to a victory at the next election, arguing the plotters timed the leadership challenge before the Canning byelection because the result would have undermined the notion he was ...

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