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Boeing unveils Australian-developed unmanned jet

Boeing has unveiled an unmanned, fighter-like jet developed in Australia and designed to fly alongside crewed aircraft in combat for a fraction of the cost. The US manufacturer hopes to sell the multi-role aircraft – which is 11.6 metres long and has a 3,704km range – around the world. The prototype is Australia’s first domestically developed combat aircraft since the second ...

Australia’s sport minister Bridget McKenzie appears to make fun of overweight people

Australia’s Federal Sport Minister Bridget McKenzie has apologised for appearing to mock overweight people at a national obesity summit in Canberra. The deputy leader of the Nationals apologised after being photographed puffing out her face and rubbing her stomach while standing next to a banner advertising Friday’s summit. “The issue of obesity is a matter I take very seriously and would ...

Australia’s shame: how we mapped a decade of Indigenous deaths in custody

Over the course of several months, a team at Guardian Australia built the Deaths Inside project, which collated all available data to build a definitive, searchable database cataloguing the 147 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who died in custody between 2008 and 2018. Many died from treatable medical conditions, and more than half had not been convicted of a crime. In response to ...

Government attempting to deport Indigenous man to New Zealand

The Australian government is attempting to deport another Indigenous man to New Zealand, despite him having no ties to the country where he was born while his parents were visiting the country more than 30 years ago. Tim Galvin’s mother and three brothers are Australian-born citizens, and his father is a UK-born citizen. His mother has signed a statutory declaration stating ...

Australia dominate start of Formula One on water

The first rule of launching something brand new is talk a big game. And then back it up. For months they’ve spoken about warp speeds on water, the fastest crafts in the world. They’ve openly spoken about the prospect of F50s that can nudge speeds of 100 kilometres an hour flying headfirst towards each other, the ultimate cat-and-mouse game daring ...

Prince Leonard, who seceded from Australia to form micro-nation Hutt River, dies aged 93

Leonard Casley, a former Western Australian wheat farmer who seceded from Australia to form the micronation Hutt River, has died aged 93. Better known as Prince Leonard, Casley died early on Wednesday after being admitted to an Australian hospital with a lung infection over the weekend. The prince, who abdicated the throne to his son in 2017, had lived with ...

High court rejects attempt to challenge Australia’s indefinite detention regime

The high court has rejected an attempt to reopen a controversial ruling which effectively enabled indefinite immigration detention in Australia. The full bench in Canberra took the highly unusual step of delivering an immediate judgement, after a tumultuous day which saw the plaintiff’s lawyers seek to stop them hearing the case and have it sent back to a single judge ...

Nine facts about the medical evacuation bill

With the medical evacuations bill now cleared by the Senate, and with politicians coming off the long run with all kinds of misleading claims about what this package does, let’s spell out some basic facts. How do the medical evacuation procedures work? The new legislation sets out the conditions by which sick people on Nauru and Manus Island can be transferred to ...

Christmas Island: Australia ‘to re-open’ controversial detention centre

Australian PM Scott Morrison says he will re-open a controversial detention centre on Christmas Island, after a historic defeat in parliament. On Tuesday, non-government MPs secured enough votes to pass a bill making it easier for sick refugees held offshore to be treated in the country. Mr Morrison said the law would weaken the nation’s tough border policies and embolden human traffickers. ...

Australian politicians want R. Kelly banned

The embattled singer’s possible entry into the country is reportedly being protested by a group of politicians there. On Tuesday, R. Kelly announced new tour dates in a tweet promising shows in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. R. Kelly announces overseas tour There were no additional details released, and the tweet was later deleted. The singer has been embroiled ...