Australia

Australia, Indonesia agree on stronger ties in grains sector

Singapore — Australia and Indonesia concluded negotiations for the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement or IA-CEPA on Friday, which will allow Australian farmers to export 500,000 mt/year of tariff-free feed grains to Indonesia. Under the new agreement, Australia will gain access to the Indonesian feed grain market, with the ability to export duty-free feed barley, feed wheat and sorghum. Currently, Australia’s ...

Steve Bannon: Australia is on ‘frontlines’ of economic war with China

Australia is on the “frontlines” of an economic war with China, a “totalitarian mercantilist” regime that must be confronted, according to former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. In a wide-ranging interview on ABC’s Four Corners, Bannon also said that the populist surge that swept Donald Trump to the US presidency and delivered the vote for Brexit in the UK ...

‘Trump is checking out of Asia’: What Australia should do about it

Donald Trump is checking out of Asia. He’s cancelled a planned November trip to the continent’s two biggest annual summits. With them, he’s cancelled any prospect of a side trip to Australia. This just serves to confirm the impression from his various policy ventures into the region. His much-ballyhooed breakthrough meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un was a breakthrough all ...

Australia reports its first case of drug-resistant superbug

CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian state on Tuesday reported its first case of a superbug in a hospital patient who likely picked up the drug-resistant fungus in Britain. Victoria deputy chief health officer Brett Sutton said health officials were taking a “search and destroy” approach to ensure the Candida auris fungus did not spread. “The man was isolated as soon ...

Australia’s big four banks and AMP have had to pay or offer $222m to customers

Australia’s fee-for-no-service scandal is continuing to grow, with financial institutions forced to repay customers $260m after charging them ongoing fees without providing services. The five biggest financial institutions – the Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Westpac, ANZ Bank, and AMP – have had to pay or offer customers $222.3m in refunds and interest for failing to provide personal advice to customers while ...

The most common causes of death in Sydney and Australia

Death comes for us all, but how?  These are the most likely causes. National health data shows about 40 per cent of deaths in Australia in the past five years could be traced back to six causes – heart attacks, dementia, lung cancer, strokes, lung disease and diabetes. But what are the top causes of death in your area? If ...

New report breaks down the top 50 suburbs in Australia to buy property in

ACROSS Australia there are dozens of “supercharged” suburbs which, if you invest smartly enough, could make you a fortune. Potential homebuyers are being urged to snap up homes in these power suburbs, which often sit within a commutable distance from major cities, as well as resurgent towns and communities across regional Australia in the latest Price Predictor Index (PPI) research ...

ANTI-CHINA HYSTERIA VS NEED FOR TRADE: AUSTRALIA STRUGGLES WITH A RISING BEIJING

The escalating trade war between China and the United States has hogged the international limelight amid rising concerns over its impact on the global economy and its geopolitical implications. By comparison, the ongoing wrangling between China and Australia may seem secondary – it should not be. In fact, the strategic and geopolitical arm-wrestling between the two countries, albeit starkly different in sizes, is much more ...

Why Australia needs to stand firm and protect its borders

The news that Australia is refusing to join the UN’s Global Compact for Migration will cause howls of complaint at home and abroad. “Don’t you know what you are doing?” these people will cry. “Do you see who you are allied with? The US and Hungary. Really?” The Australian government should ignore these howlers. For it is not the government ...

Australian number 25 million on the way

On Tuesday August 7 at just after 11pm, Australia will welcome its 25 millionth resident. It’s impossible to say exactly who this will be – it could be a newborn baby or it could be a person moving to Australia, but what we do know is that overseas migration is fuelling population growth (accounting for 62 per cent), and the ...