Australia

Australian companies go it alone to escape power crisis

A UK-based businessman vying for control of a stricken Australian steelworks plans to spend “hundreds of millions” of pounds building a green power facility. The proposed energy fix, which is linked to Liberty House’s bid for Arrium — a steelmaker in administration that employs about 7,000 people — is the latest example of how companies are investing heavily in unconventional ...

Glencore makes counterbid for Rio Tinto’s Australian coal assets

Glencore has gatecrashed a planned Chinese takeover of Rio Tinto’s Australian coal business, tabling a $2.55bn counter-offer that pitches Ivan Glasenberg, its dealmaking chief executive, into a new bid battle. The move shows the Swiss-based miner and commodity trader, which was almost brought to its knees just two years ago by the commodity downturn, has lost none of its appetite ...

Australia Plans to Revoke Child Sex Offenders’ Passports to Combat Sex Tourism

The Australian government plans to revoke the passports of registered child sex offenders in a significant effort to help combat the booming child sex trade in Asia, officials announced this week. Under the proposed legislation, about 20,000 people on the country’s sex offender registry would be prohibited from leaving the country. Child sex tourists from Australia are among the most ...

Apparent Howlin’ Ray’s Ripoff Hot Chicken Restaurant Springs Up in Australia

There seems to be a Howlin’ Ray’s ripoff restaurant preparing to make its debut soon, all the way out in Australia. Not only is the red-lettered eatery with the modern chicken logo preparing Nashville-style hot chicken, they’ve taken the name Howlin’ Jay’s. As if the rhyming name weren’t enough of a tell, you can see the similarities across the spectrum ...

Australian Senator Breast-Feeds in Parliament, and the World Notices

SYDNEY, Australia — With the complete disregard for politics that is a characteristic of youth, Alia Joy Gates made her position clear: She would not wait to be breast-fed. It did not matter that her mother, Senator Larissa Waters, had work to do in the chamber of the Australian Senate. She was 11½ weeks old and, for crying out loud, ...

Australia may send more troops to Afghanistan

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with Australian troops serving at Camp Qargha near Kabul to celebrate Anzac Day. Almost 16 years since Australia first sent forces to Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks, the Turnbull Government is weighing up sending more troops to the conflict. The West Australian understands Australia has received a request from NATO for a “small number” ...

Racism behind Australia’s attitude towards Kiwis, says former immigration minister

Former immigration minister Aussie Malcolm says racism is behind Australia’s attitude to this country, and New Zealand should treat Australians the same way as Australia treats Kiwis. Minister from 1981-1984, Malcolm told Radio NZ on Wednesday that Australian ministers would tell him “on the down low” that New Zealanders were different because they included Maori and Pacific Islanders. “Australians say ...

I’m not picking a fight with the banks: Australia Treasurer tells CNBC

Australia’s Treasurer Scott Morrison insists he’s not expecting a fight from Australia’s big banks despite announcing a surprise levy on Tuesday night’s annual budget. Australia’s budget will impose a levy of 6 basis points on banks with liabilities in excess of $100 billion Australian dollars ($74 billion) in an attempt to raise more than A$6 billion over the next four ...

AFP data breach: six cases of alleged police misconduct investigated

The Australian federal police conducted six internal investigations in the past 18 months into alleged professional misconduct of officers who had been newly approved to access telecommunications data, Guardian Australia can reveal. The latest revelations will heighten concern about the AFP’s handling of Australians’ personal information, after it revealed it had unlawfully accessed a journalist’s phone records without a warrant. ...

Australia wants to avoid a Korean war at all costs – and with good reason

Australia may indeed be “blindly and zealously toeing the US line” with regards to North Korea – at least openly – but in truth, Canberra wants to avoid conflict with Pyongyang. There is much at stake for Australia should war resume on the Korean peninsula, after more than 63 years of tense calm. While Julie Bishop stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Mike ...

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