Australia

Moon Turned Back For Coming Too Close To Australia

Amateur astronomers are outraged today at a decision by the Australian government before this evening’s supermoon to tow back the moon for having come too close to Australia’s sovereign borders.   Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed in a press conference that the Australian Border Force had taken steps to turn back the moon, citing the proximity of the moon at ...

Arts diary – November 11: What’s on in Canberra’s art scene

VISUAL: Bungendore Fine Art: As I See It. A contemporary and modern body of works in oil pastels, mixed media and acrylic by artist Roz Dibley. Until November 30. Open daily, 10am-4.30pm. 42b Ellendon Street, Bungendore. See: bungendorefineart.com.au. Form Studio and Gallery: The Nature of Things – Still Life Paintings. Three artists bring strongly individual perspectives to their portrayals of intriguing objects using the medium of oil paint. ...

More than 1000 Victorian health practitioners are being monitored by the health watchdog over concerns about their performance, conduct or health issues

More than 1000 Victorian health practitioners are being monitored by the health watchdog over concerns about their performance, conduct or health issues including drug and alcohol problems. While the number of complaints about Victorian practitioners remained stable over the past year, cases where the health watchdog’s concerns are strong enough to demand active monitoring of doctors, nurses and other registered ...

On Monday 14 November, the largest supermoon for almost 70 years will be visible in the night sky

The last time a celestial event of this magnitude happened the Cold War was just beginning to warm up. When it happens again next week, those of a superstitious nature will be hoping it doesn’t mark the beginning of another unsettling era. So-called supermoons are the stuff of legend have been linked to everything from causing earthquakes to political catastrophe. ...

Bushfires might dominate the summertime headlines but storms and flooding pose the biggest disaster risk to Sydney’s economy

Storm damage, hail and flooding caused 70 per cent of all insurance losses in NSW between 1970 and 2013, a report by insurance giant IAG and consultancy firm SGS Economics and Planning shows. Insurance losses from hail damage in that period were nine times more than bushfire losses in the state. The report warns that Sydney has a “high risk” ...

“The idea is to service Melbourne’s north by getting more people to play sport’’

A NEW sports city will be built in Melbourne’s northern suburbs with a $150 million precinct to combine elite and grassroots competition, research and rehabilitation. La Trobe University is in the advanced stages of planning a world-class precinct to combine facilities for a wide variety of sports, student accommodation, science labs and office space. A 60ha site at the university’s ...

“Australia’s relationship with the White House and access to the president’s administration will be much worse under Trump”

President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in Tuesday’s US election could be disastrous for Australia’s economy and trade relationships, and is likely to have a massive effect on Australia’s military and defence strategy. As strong results for Trump rolled in during the election count, Australian shares started to tank, with the dollar falling 1.5 per cent. Ahead of the election, AMP Capital’s ...

Dinosaur discovery a world first- and it hails from Australia

The world has a new dinosaur: a barrel-bellied giant herbivore that stood as tall as a giraffe and grazed the grasslands of what is now central-west Queensland. While its height of up to six metres places it alongside the dainty giraffe, that’s where the similarities end. This newly discovered cretaceous creature named Savannasaurus elliottorum had stumpy legs, which it needed ...

Welcome to Australia celebrate refugees

Thousands of people have taken part in Walk Together rallies across Australia in a gesture to welcome refugees and immigrants to the country.Thousands of people have taken part in Walk Together rallies across Australia in a gesture to welcome refugees and immigrants to the country. Tasmanian Governor Kate Warner took part in the Hobart march and called on Australians to ...

AUSTRALIA’S relationship with China is getting increasingly complex

AUSTRALIA’S relationship with China is getting increasingly complex. There’s no denying it. On one hand, China is our biggest trading partner, and we’re mutually reliant on one another. On the other, we have a duty to support the United States in opposing the rising superpower’s claims to the South China Sea. Last month, one of the United States’ most senior ...