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Australian government mocked over plan to honour Captain Cook with voyage he never made

A replica of Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour will circumnavigate Australia to mark its arrival Down Under 250 years ago – despite the fact the voyage never took place. The Australian government is spending 6.7m dollars (£3.7m) on the journey, which is due to set off from Sydney in March 2020 and end in May the following year. But the announcement ...

Indian woman says Australian boss exploited her after her husband got cancer

Harjinder* kept working, even when her pay didn’t come. She kept working even when her husband was diagnosed with liver cancer. The couple is now forced to return to India, despite Harjinder being owed, she alleges, more than $60,000 in unpaid wages. She is worried her husband will not be able to access critical drugs and treatment available in Australia. But ...

Aya Maasarwe: Murdered student’s body flown home from Australia

The family of an Israeli Arab student whose murder has shocked Australia have left the nation with her body, hours after her father gave a moving tribute. Aya Maasarwe, 21, died in Melbourne last week. Police have since charged a man with her rape and murder. Ms Maasarwe’s death has led to much public anger, and renewed debate about women’s safety ...

Australian Women Held a Topless Protest in Support of Saudi Runaway

(SYDNEY) — Four women held a topless protest in Sydney on Thursday to support runaway Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, as Australia began considering her bid to settle in the country as a refugee. Alqunun was on Wednesday deemed a refugee by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, after being detained in Bangkok en route to Australia. The 18-year-old publicized ...

Labor rejects call to freeze superannuation rate until flaws fixed

Labor has rejected a recommendation to freeze the compulsory superannuation rate at 9.5% until flaws in the super system have been fixed, saying the rate could still be increased to 12% while the system is being reformed. It has also pushed back against a proposal to create an official list of the top 10 performing superannuation funds to help workers ...

India vs Australia: Australia to Don Retro Kit for ODIs Against India

Australia are all set to take us back to the 1980s as the ODI team will be seen wearing the green and gold kit, the one worn by Allan Border’s men against India in 1986. “It’s pretty awesome actually,” Siddle was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au “We found out the other day we were going to be in it, so the ...

Man Is Charged With Sending Suspicious Packages to Consulates in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia — A 48-year-old man was charged on Thursday with mailing suspicious packages to foreign consulates in Australian cities this week, which the authorities said may have contained an unspecified hazardous material. The man, Savas Avan, was arrested on Wednesday night at his home in the city of Shepparton, about 120 miles north of Melbourne, the police said. He appeared Thursday ...

APEC: PNG offers to play peacemaker at summit amid tensions between Australia and China

Papua New Guinea’s Foreign Minister says the country will do all it can to ensure there are no conflicts between China and Australia during the APEC summit. Australia, China and the United States are all jockeying for position in the region, and several aid and development announcements are expected to be made in coming days. This will likely include an internet ...

New Zealand Rugby edge Australia for 2021 women’s Rugby World Cup hosting rights

Rugby Australia’s annus horribilis has continued after New Zealand were awarded the 2021 Women’s World Cup in Dublin on Wednesday. New Zealand edged out Australia 25-17 despite a late pitch from head of women’s rugby Jilly Collins, CEO Raelene Castle and chairman Cameron Clyne to the 42-member Rugby World council. Rugby Australia were confident of securing the rights to become ...

Bill Shorten says Morrison made Australia ‘look stupid’ with Israel embassy plan – politics live

The replies to this are, well, as you would expect after you forced an already marginalised community to campaign for the same right as heterosexual couples. We are on the downhill slope to Senate question time. For a moment, I thought it was 4pm, but that was just a fanciful whigmaleerie, as my Scottish friend would say. It is the ...