Australia

Refugees fear to be reassessed by immigration

Refugees, who were formerly assessed as deserving of Australia’s protection, now fear they will be subjected to another assessment by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The federal government is preparing to reassess their claims as it clears a backlog of 30,000 cases.   Some refugees have recently received letters from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) asking ...

Emergency warning for bushfire in Perth has been downgraded

The emergency warning for an out of control bushfire burning in Perth’s southeast has been downgraded to a “watch and act” as fire crews continue to battle bushfires in the area. Although fires have been reduced there is still a possible threat to lives and homes in Wattle Grove, Orange Grove, Forrestfield and Kenwick in the Shire of Kalamunda, and ...

Sydney Police arrested a teenager in a counter-terror operation

Police in Sydney have arrested a 15-year-old and a 20-year-old in a counter-terror operation. They have been charged with “conspiracy to conduct an act in preparation for a terrorist act”, Federal Police said. The arrests are linked to a plot outlined in material seized last year as part of Operation Appleby. That operation, in September 2014, was sparked by intelligence ...

Melbourne siege has come to a dramatic end after multiple gunshots

A Melbourne siege has come to a dramatic end after multiple gunshots were heard just and police officers stormed inside the home. A man armed with a knife had been keeping police at bay at a property on Dandenong Road East at Frankston since about 5:30pm on Monday, with four people inside. The siege ended Tuesday morning when police entered the ...

Australian star Maggie Kirkpatrick cleared of sexually abusing a girl

Australian star Maggie Kirkpatrick, star of TV drama Prisoner, has been cleared of sexually abusing a girl. In August, a Melbourne court had ruled she had abused the 14-year-girl at her Melbourne home in 1984. She was given community service, placed on a sex offenders’ register and ordered to undergo a rehabilitation assessment. Ms Kirkpatrick, 74, had consistently denied the charges ...

Christmas Island locals concern the lack of accountability from government

Christmas Island locals say they are becoming increasingly concerned about the island’s detention centre, which now also houses foreign criminals awaiting deportation, and the lack of accountability from the federal government. For many years, the residents of Christmas Island have been caught up in Australia’s attempts to manage the flow of asylum seekers. But for the past few years, they ...

The head girl criticises her School “more and more like businesses”

The head girl of one of Australia’s most prestigious girls’ schools has sparked debate with a speech accusing it of putting profits before students. Sarah Haynes used her year-end speech to accuse Ravenswood School of peddling an unrealistic image of perfection. The speech was posted to YouTube and provoked strong responses, both positive and negative, on social media. The school ...

Australian Muslims experience much higher rates of racism than other Australians

Muslims in Sydney experience discrimination and verbal slurs at three times the rate of all other Australians, a study that is the first of its kind in the country has found. Nearly two thirds of Muslims surveyed had been subjected to racism, with one in 10 reporting such encounters as happening “often or very often”. Despite much higher rates of experiencing racism than the Australian average, nearly 86 per cent felt ...

Sydney woman dies at music festival and 70 people were charged with drug offences

Police have blamed the death of a 25-year-old Sydney woman on a drug overdose at the Stereosonic music festival at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday. Another woman, 22, is in an induced coma in hospital after going to the same festival, where almost 70 people were charged with drug offences. The 25-year-old, from Oyster Bay, was taken from the festival to Concord Hospital, ...

Violent scenes in anti-Islam and anti-racism protests in Melbourne

At least six people were arrested on Sunday as anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters faced off in simultaneous protests held across Australia. There were violent scenes in Melton, in Melbourne’s west, and weapons including knives were seized when Reclaim Australia campaigners clashed with anti-racism protesters. Police were forced to subdue some protesters with capsicum spray. Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane ...

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