Australia

Boom and bust: five census maps that show how Australia has changed

In many parts of regional Australia, the population of country areas around towns has declined while the population of the town itself has increased. This trend is particularly noticeable in the eastern states and South Australia, with towns such as Narrabri (NSW), Horsham (Victoria) and Loxton (SA) increasing in population while the region around them has decreased. Before going any ...

Sponsors dragged into pay dispute as Australian players pursue rival deals

Cricket Australia’s corporate partners have joined the ranks of aggrieved parties as a result of the cricket pay dispute. Key sponsors KFC and Toyota are among a number of commercial backers left exposed by the failure of administrators and players to come to a speedy resolution, while financial asset manager Magellan has baulked at signing on as naming rights sponsor for ...

How Australia bungled climate policy to create a decade of disappointment

in the lead-up to the 2015 general election in the United Kingdom, the leaders of the three major parties sat down together and signed a statement on climate change policy that would seem unimaginable to Australians. They agreed that “climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world today” and undertook to “to work together across party ...

Australia’s Bulwark Against the Far Right

SYDNEY, Australia — Is Australia ripe for a populist, nationalist political movement that could overthrow the established parties? After the right-wing One Nation Party’s slump in the Western Australian elections in March, it seems less likely than ever. Australia’s electoral system allows little room for minor parties and virtually none for outsider candidates. Pauline Hanson, the leader of One Nation, ...

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” ...

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