Australia

Australia-US refugee deal hasn’t worked in the past

The Australia-US refugee deal signed in September last year was not the first time both nations have tried to trade refugees — a similar deal from 2007 fizzled, with not a single transfer being made. This latest agreement could go the same way but for different reasons. A decade ago, the Howard government offered to resettle Haitian and Cuban refugees ...

Yarra council stripped of citizenship ceremony powers after Australia Day changes

Alex Hawke, the assistant immigration minister, announced the decision on Wednesday afternoon, after the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, declared in parliament that the council’s vote was “utterly out of step with Australian values”. “They are seeking to take a day which unites Australia and turn it into one which divides it,” Turnbull said. “To change the date of Australia Day would be to ...

‘Kiwis under the bed’ row heats up as Australia citizenship saga continues

Australia and New Zealand are engaged in a diplomatic spat over claims Kiwi politicians conspired with Australia’s opposition to topple the government. Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop accused the opposition leader of colluding with MPs in New Zealand to out deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce as a New Zealander. She claimed Labor leader Bill Shorten used the “New Zealand Parliament to ...

Australia Is Having A Plebiscite On Gay Marriage — Here’s What That Means

This week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that Australia will participate in a postal plebiscite to gauge public opinion on the same-sex marriage debate. A pleb-a-what (!?) you might ask. Don’t worry, you join the long line of Australian locals who are equally confused as to why they are participating in one and what impact their vote may or ...

Search called off for 3 US Marines who crashed off Australia

SYDNEY — U.S. military officials called off a search and rescue operation on Sunday for three U.S. Marines who were missing after their Osprey aircraft crashed into the sea off the east coast of Australia while trying to land. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps suspended the rescue operation and launched a recovery effort instead, the Marine base Camp Butler ...

Turkey working with Australia on bomb plot

Turkish police say they are working with Australian authorities to investigate a foiled plot to bomb an Etihad Airways flight using explosives which Canberra said were flown in from Turkey. In a statement issued late on Saturday, police said they had contacted Australian authorities as soon as they received news of the foiled plot. The two sides have “started working ...

Chinese private equity Jingyi Group to expand into Australia via TST Partners

Chinese private equity group Jingyi Group, looking to make its first foray into Australia through Melbourne financial services group TST Partners, has entered a proposed agreement to buy out ASX-listed electronics group TTA and its sole warehouse/office building in Thomastown in Melbourne. While the $3.2 million commercial property at 75 Northgate Drive, Thomastown building will become a passive investment, the key ...

Homeland Security says it is ‘closely following’ Australia terror plot

The Department of Homeland Security said Sunday it is closely monitoring the foiled Australia terrorist plot in which extremists planned an attack targeting an airplane. “We are closely following the terrorism investigation in Australia and assisting our partners,” DHS said in a statement. “The Department of Homeland Security remains focused on the persistent and emerging threats to aviation, and we have ...

Australia could feasibly win Women’s Cricket World Cup and return home unemployed

The clock is still ticking in Australian cricket’s pay stoush, with the sport risking further damage if peace is not brokered this week. Monday brought no progress in protracted pay talks. The next round of meetings between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) is now expected to take place on Wednesday. Australia faces India in its Women’s ...

Second Australian senator quits because of dual citizenship

CANBERRA, Australia — A second Australian senator in less than a week said Tuesday she was quitting Parliament after discovering she was a dual national and had therefore never really been elected. The controversy has raised questions about how many other lawmakers might also have no right to be there. Larissa Waters, co-deputy leader of the minor Greens party, said ...

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