Australia

New $10 note enters circulation on Wednesday

AUSTRALIA’S new $10 note enters circulation from tomorrow, and the Reserve Bank is hoping to avoid a repeat of last year when consumers found some businesses and vending machines unable to accept the new $5 notes. The new note, which includes a top-to-bottom window, a patch with a rolling colour effect, fluorescent ink and raised tactile printing, retains the images ...

Australian tourism may suffer from Chinese investment restrictions

Australia’s tourism industry could be hit by new Chinese government restrictions on companies investing overseas, the Turnbull government fears. The Chinese government ban on “irrational” overseas investment by private Chinese companies, and move to put property and entertainment deals on a restricted list, could hit Australia’s tourism and hotel sector, according to Treasurer Scott Morrison, who has sought clarity around ...

Should Australia ban the burqa?

A VEILED woman applying for her driver’s licence was the trigger for George Christensen’s populist plan to “ban the burqa’’. The conservative north Queensland MP will light the fuse on a politically explosive debate this weekend when he demands the National Party support a ban on full-facial coverings in all government buildings and public spaces. The Islamic burqa, he insists, ...

Tensions rise as Chinese government’s influence infiltrates Aussie universities

AUSTRALIAN educators are increasingly coming under attack from Chinese students, raising concerns their government’s influence is permeating our universities. The students have been openly complaining about Western teaching methods and ideas, and publicly demanding apologies or changes to how subjects are explored. The trend has raised concerns that the ideology of China’s Communist Party is weaving its way into Australian ...

Thousands rally for gay marriage in Australia ahead of vote

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Thousands of people rallied for marriage equality in Australia’s second-biggest city of Melbourne on Saturday ahead of a postal survey on same-sex marriage which could lead to its legalisation. Australia is one of the only developed English-speaking countries not to have legalised same-sex marriage, despite strong popular support and the backing of a majority of lawmakers. Shadow ...

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 ...

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