Australia

Australia imports $12bn worth of goods at risk of being made by slaves – report

Australia imports nearly US$12bn worth of goods “at risk” of being made using slavery each year, including more than $6bn in computer products and $4bn in garments from China, as well as fish, cocoa and even human organs from around the world, the latest Global Slavery Index reports. The estimated number of slaves in Australia has more than trebled – from 4,300 ...

Bad neighbours? Australia and New Zealand ‘not friends’ after deportation row

Adeepening row over the deportation of New Zealand citizens from Australia has pushed relations between the neighbours to new lows, with politicians in Wellington branding their counterparts in Canberra “venal” and calling into question the long-standing friendship between the two nations. Australia has deported more than 1,000 New Zealand citizens in the past two years but the recent detention of a 17-year-old ...

Steve Nutt’s vintage bike collection could be Australia’s largest

Steve Nutt’s new bike shed is bigger than most suburban house blocks and houses his collection of more than 200 vintage bicycles. The 69-year-old Gold Coast resident believes he has accumulated the largest collection of its kind in Australia. The former bike shop owner said he buys and rebuilds bikes built between 1890 and 1990. “I mainly collect racing bikes ...

Australia’s live performance leaders reflect on industry post #MeToo

As allegations of sexual misbehaviour and bullying became a common theme from within the industry, leaders galvanised themselves against those allegations and committed to providing safer workplaces for entertainment workers and those who support them. More broadly, the conversation about opportunities for women at every level of the industry became louder. As the Australian live performance industry celebrates its achievements ...

Australia on the front line of clash with China, says Steve Bannon

Australia, you didn’t know it, but you’ve been at the very forefront of Donald Trump’s project.  “I think Australia is in a fight for the ages” that will decide whether the nations of the West can keep their sovereignty against Chinese intrusion, says Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, now a coach and adviser to populist movements worldwide. “Australia is ...

Mental Health of Children in Australian Detention Center Reaches ‘Crisis Point’

SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian government will allow a young girl to leave an offshore detention center on the Pacific island nation of Nauru and seek medical care in Australia, the latest in a series of refugee children who have asked to be let into the country for treatment. The decision came just before a federal court hearing on Wednesday ...

A Road in Australia ‘Melted’ and Destroyed Drivers’ Tires

Australian officials were forced to close a road on Tuesday after heat caused the surface to melt, coating and destroying the tires of about 50 drivers. The Malanda Millaa Millaa Road in North Queensland was resurfaced last week, but wet weather prevented its gravel layer from setting properly, ABC News reports. When hot temperatures followed, the asphalt began to melt, wreaking ...

Bovine blood products illegally smuggled into Australia in international conspiracy

An international conspiracy to profit from bovine blood products illegally smuggled into Australia has been unearthed in a Four Corners investigation. The Department of Agriculture has confirmed it has seized 13,000 litres of foetal bovine serum (FBS) which it says, “pose an unacceptable biosecurity risk”. Much of this material was originally sourced from banned South American countries with a history ...

Australia ends direct aid to Palestinian Authority

Australia has ceased providing direct aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA), with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop saying the donations could increase the self-governing body’s capacity to pay Palestinians convicted of politically motivated violence. Ms Bishop said funding was cut to the World Bank’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund for the Palestinian Recovery and Development Program after writing to the Palestinian Authority in ...

China’s aid to Papua New Guinea threatens Australia’s influence

China’s aid spending in Papua New Guinea – with its focus on infrastructure and “few-strings-attached” concessional loans – risks eroding Australia’s influence in the country, with Australian aid sometimes viewed as paternalistic and unwieldy. A Deakin University submission to a parliamentary inquiry, based on interviews with Papua New Guinean business, political, academic and community leaders argues Australia risks being diminished by rising Chinese spending. PNG ...