Australia

Abbott expects ‘strong and constructive’ party room meeting despite Pyne fuelling spill rumours

Education minister and Leader of the House Christopher Pyne has been unable to confirm Prime Minister Tony Abbott has the numbers to retain the Liberal leadership if the party goes to a ballot on Tuesday. Mr Pyne appeared on TODAY this morning to address reports of a possible leadership spill following Mr Abbott’s plunging popularity in the polls but only ...

Controversial Islamic group Hitzb ut-Tahrir accused of inciting hatred against Jews

by: Natalie O’Brien A video produced by the controversial Islamic group Hitzb ut-Tahrir after a public rally in Sydney last year following Israel’s bombing of the Gaza strip, has been condemned as promoting hate speech and inciting hatred against Jews. The video, which has been posted on YouTube, features the head of the organisation Ismail Al Wahwah saying “where Jews thrive ...

Non-violent extremism is equally sinister

By: Vic Alhadeff IMAGINE if a religious leader stood on the streets of Sydney and openly called for the murder of people of another faith. It happened recently, and barely a word of condemnation was heard. Yet such was the unrestrained venom and hatred that spewed from the speaker it is not ­beyond the realms of possibility it has inspired ...

Three people from same family shot dead near Toowoomba

Three people from the same family have been shot dead at a house in rural Queensland. A man, his daughter and a young boy were found dead inside a low-set brick home by another daughter of the man, the Toowoomba Chronicle reports. Police were called to a property at Biddeston, just outside Toowoomba, at about 7.20pm (AEST) after paramedics first ...

Australia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced aircraft tracking

Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced method of tracking aircraft over remote oceans to allow planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia’s transport minister said Sunday. The announcement comes one week ahead of the anniversary of the disappearance of Flight 370, which vanished last year during a ...

Federal Cabinet plan to send 300 more Australian troops to Iraq as a joint training mission with N.Z.

Australia is poised to expand its military role in Iraq, with Federal Cabinet approving a plan to send another 300 soldiers to help train forces fighting Islamic State militants. Some 200 Australian special forces are already in Iraq helping train Iraqi government forces. Now Federal Cabinet has agreed to send up to 300 more troops as part of a joint ...

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