Australia

Dinosaur-era ‘swordfish’ discovered in outback Australia

“Extremely rare” fossils from a swordfish-like creature which lived 100 million years ago have been discovered in the Australian outback. Two families on holiday unearthed the prehistoric predator at a free fossil-finding site in north-west Queensland. The remains are thought to be from the Australopachycormus hurleyi, a 3m-long ray-finned fish with a pointed snout. “Part of what makes this specimen ...

Netball: NZ Silver Ferns shock Australian Diamonds 53-51 in Launceston test

Australia has faltered in game two of the Constellation Cup, falling 53-51 in a thriller second netball Test against New Zealand in Launceston. After a crushing 68-56 victory in the first Test in Sydney, the Diamonds couldn’t handle a lift in defensive pressure by the Kiwis. With the remaining two matches in New Zealand, the loss is a big blow ...

Proteas whitewash Australia in ODI series

Australia have slumped to a 31-run defeat in the fifth one-day international against South Africa at Cape Town despite a sensational 173 by David Warner. The left-handed opener’s heroics weren’t enough to prevent Australia making history by losing five matches in a bilateral ODI series for the first time. The Proteas’ 5-0 whitewash was secured thanks to Rilee Rossouw’s third ...

The coolest 100 people in Australian tech

The past 12 months have proved to be a coming of age for Australian tech. While Australia has always produced a steady stream of entrepreneurs and innovators with a global profile, the Nasdaq listing last December of Atlassian – now a $US6 billion company having been founded 14 years ago in Sydney on a $10,000 credit card – has redefined ...

Vows we can’t make: The faces of Australia’s same-sex marriage ban

Like many committed partners, they want to get married. They’ve already written their vows. But unlike most couples, Des and Rex will have to keep waiting. Same-sex marriage isn’t legal in Australia and that’s not likely to change anytime soon, as the government reached a deadlock this week over how to move forward. They can’t wait much longer though — ...

From Cars to Confectionery: Australia’s Manufacturers Revamp Business

“Optimism in innovation is really gaining momentum,” says National Australia Bank CCO. For autoparts maker Brian Hughes, the shock of Australia’s car industry closing down could have meant the end of his business. Instead, he reconfigured his facility to make machinery for the booming food and building sectors while bolstering exports. He’s not alone. As Toyota Industries Corp, General MotorsCo, ...

Australian opposition blocks gay marriage vote

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA The Australian opposition on Tuesday decided to block government plans for a public but non-binding vote on recognizing gay marriage, arguing it would better if the issue was decided in Parliament. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s conservative coalition government needs center-left Labor Party’s support to get enabling legislation through the Senate to hold a national vote on gay marriage ...

Australian Defence Force says military exercises in South China Sea region not aimed at Beijing

Australian warships, planes and soldiers have begun annual joint military exercises with four strategic allies in the sensitive South China Sea region, but the Defence Force has denied the activity is aimed at sending a message to Beijing. Around 400 Australian personnel are taking part in the three-week long “Exercise Bersama Lima” alongside counterparts from Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and ...

Pakistani scholar ordered home from Australian tour after anti-Semitic video emerges

A Pakistani scholar visiting Australia for a speaking tour has been ordered home after a video sermon surfaced of him saying the world will be purified when every Jew is wiped out. Muhammad Raza Saqib Mustafai, who has a Facebook fan base of almost a million people, spoke at the Ghausia Masjid in Blacktown and the Al-Madinah Masjid in Liverpool over the long weekend. ...

Abbott’s 12 month report card on the Turnbull government

Tony Abbott has offered a report card on the Turnbull government as it marks 12 months in office and dismissed any personal pain he still feels after being ousted from the top job. Malcolm Turnbull will have been Prime Minister for a year on Wednesday and Mr Abbott says “a lot of good things” happened in that time, including a ...