Australia

Labor calls for debate on involvement in Syria and Iraq – politics live

Kevin Andrews has been helpful, suggesting the government should push the United States to put troops on the ground in Syria. Two senior government members, treasurer Scott Morrison and innovation minister Christopher Pyne, have pointed out that Australia is hardly going to go at it alone. Pyne added that no one (that means Kevin) suggested such a thing the last ...

Reclaim Australia rally drowned out in Brisbane

Wearing Australian flags as capes and flashing chest tattoos proclaiming ‘Anzac’, the organisers of the Brisbane Reclaim Australia rally were forced to let Jimmy Barnes vocals do the talking for them, when their microphone failed to launch. Emma Miller Place, just outside the CBD, was home to duelling rallies on Sunday, with fences and a strong police line dividing Reclaim Australia supporters from the counter ...

Man charged after baby allegedly beaten and burnt

A 10-month-old baby boy sustained “horrendous” water burns to 40 per cent of his body in circumstances that investigators are treating as domestic violence, police allege. The baby was at home on Castlereagh Street in Penrith on Sunday afternoon with a 23-year-old man, who had been in a relationship with the boy’s mother, Detective Superintendent Brett McFadden told reporters. Investigators, including ...

Bellamy’s apologised the shortage of infant formula due to overseas markets

Bellamy’s Australia has now apologised to its customers, many of whom have been unable to find cans of formula in their local supermarket. The Tasmania-based company, which makes Australia’s only certified organic infant formula, blamed “unprecedented demand” for its products last month. Following angry comments from customers, Bellamy’s said on its Facebook page that “purchases of products solely for the ...

Federal Immigration Minister Peter Dutton: Australia will not close borders for refugees

Federal Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has shut down a call from a New South Wales State Government MP for Australia to stop accepting Middle Eastern refugees. In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser wrote a “message to Malcolm Turnbull” on social media on Monday. “Australia does not need Middle Eastern refugees or Islamic ...

The first Syrian refugee family will arrive in Perth

The first Syrian family of the 12,000 humanitarian intake of refugees, who will arrive in Perth before Tuesday evening, are expected to settle into their new home quickly. Social Services Minister Christian Porter said the family of five – comprising two parents and three children – were from Homs, in western Syria, and had gone through rigorous processing and scrutiny. ...

Australian parents anger at baby formula bulk buying at Woolworths

Australian parents have expressed anger after a photo emerged of a group of four customers buying two trolley-loads of baby formula from a Woolworths store. The photo, originally posted by mother-of-two Jessica Hay, was taken at Woolworths at Epping Plaza in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon and showed nearly a pallet-load of hard-to-find A2 Platinum baby formula being wiped out in ...

Australia’s Christmas Island detention centre is in a “major disturbance”

Inmates have lit fires at Australia’s Christmas Island detention centre in a “major disturbance”, government officials said. The unrest was sparked by the death of a detainee who had escaped the camp. The situation was “tense” for a while, the department said, but was now calm. Negotiations were continuing with those detainees protesting to resolve the situation “peacefully and as ...

Malcolm Turnbull removes knights and dames as they are “not appropriate” in a modern Australian honours system

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull announced on Monday that the title of knights and dames will be removed from the Order of Australia as they are “not appropriate” in a modern Australian honours system. “Knights and dames are titles that are really anachronistic, out of date, not appropriate, in 2015,” he said. Former PM Tony Abbott reintroduced knighthoods and damehoods in 2014 for “pre-eminent Australians.” Mr ...

New laws will ban unfair credit card surcharges

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced plans of new laws by mid-2016 which will ban merchants from imposing unfair credit card surcharges. The plan is response to the financial system inquiry made by former Commonwealth Bank boss David Murray, which recommends a new three system of surcharging, with a total ban on surcharges for debit cards and a cap on levies for using Visa and MasterCard. Under the ...