Australia

Sydney siege gunman inquest revealed his multiple failed attempts

A self-styled sheikh behind a deadly siege at an Australian cafe had “grandiose delusions” and was kicked out of a motorcycle gang because he was deemed too weird, an inquest heard Monday. Man Haron Monis shot and killed 34-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson with a sawn-off shotgun following a 17-hour standoff at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in central Sydney last ...

More Australians move to New Zealand to live and work

For the first time in 24 years more Australians have moved to New Zealand to live and work than the other way around. The latest New Zealand government figures show that last month it had a net inflow of 100 Australian migrants. New Zealanders traditionally flocked to Australia which had a booming economy and offered higher wages. But Australia’s mining-reliant ...

Vietnamese asylum seekers held at sea secretly for more than a month

A group of Vietnamese asylum seekers were held secretly at sea for more than a month before being sent back to their home country, the commander in charge of Australia’s border operations has revealed. Operation Sovereign Borders head Major General Andrew Bottrell told a Senate estimates hearing the group of 46 asylum seekers was intercepted on March 20, 2015. The ...

Renewable Energy Taget bipartisan deal finally agreed

A bipartisan deal on a pared-back renewable energy target has been struck after the Abbott government ditched plans for two-yearly reviews. The government on Monday backed down on plans to impose the reviews that had threatened to derail an in-principle agreement to slash the 2020 target from 41,000 gigawatt hours to 33,000GWh. The government-funded Clean Energy Regulator will monitor progress ...

An Australian teenager has appeared in court charged with terrorism offences

An Australian teenager who was allegedly planning a bomb attack has appeared in children’s court charged with terrorism offences. The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested in a raid on his home in Melbourne’s northern suburbs on Friday. Police said his arrest halted a plot to detonate three homemade bombs in the city. He was remanded ...

Wild winds, blizzards and possible flooding set to hit Melbourne

Victoria is set for a day of wild winds across the state, blizzards in alpine areas and possible flooding in Melbourne, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned. The BOM has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds and blizzards for people in the North Central, North East, South West, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast ...

9 areas in budget 2015 are expected to see significant changes

On May 12 the Federal Government will unveil its second budget — one that is expected to be far different from last year’s “budget repair job”. While Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey have stressed the new budget will be “dull and routine”, there are several areas which are expected to see significant changes. Below are nine things ...

Super storm killed 6 left more than 100 houses uninhabitable in Queensland

More than 100 houses have been left uninhabitable in Queensland following a super storm that killed six people. A number of places in the state recorded their wettest May days since 1996, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology. The state now faces a massive clean-up and insurers say they have received thousands of claims. The government has offered support to ...

Big hole in the Australian government’s budget

China’s slowdown has gouged a big hole in the Australian government’s budget, a new report said. Slower wages growth in Australia has also hit government revenues hard, said Deloitte Access Economics. It has forecast massive budget blowouts for both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 financial years. The budget looks like it was “written by Stephen King and painted by Edvard Munch”, thanks ...

Australia and European officials contact over the Mediterranean migrant crisis

Australia’s PM Tony Abbott says there has been “contact” between Australia and European officials over the Mediterranean migrant crisis. Mr Abbott said contact was at an “official level”, however an EU spokeswoman said she was unaware of it. Europe has recently seen a sharp increase in deaths among migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean. Mr Abbott has said Europe should ...