Australia

Racism behind Australia’s attitude towards Kiwis, says former immigration minister

Former immigration minister Aussie Malcolm says racism is behind Australia’s attitude to this country, and New Zealand should treat Australians the same way as Australia treats Kiwis. Minister from 1981-1984, Malcolm told Radio NZ on Wednesday that Australian ministers would tell him “on the down low” that New Zealanders were different because they included Maori and Pacific Islanders. “Australians say ...

I’m not picking a fight with the banks: Australia Treasurer tells CNBC

Australia’s Treasurer Scott Morrison insists he’s not expecting a fight from Australia’s big banks despite announcing a surprise levy on Tuesday night’s annual budget. Australia’s budget will impose a levy of 6 basis points on banks with liabilities in excess of $100 billion Australian dollars ($74 billion) in an attempt to raise more than A$6 billion over the next four ...

AFP data breach: six cases of alleged police misconduct investigated

The Australian federal police conducted six internal investigations in the past 18 months into alleged professional misconduct of officers who had been newly approved to access telecommunications data, Guardian Australia can reveal. The latest revelations will heighten concern about the AFP’s handling of Australians’ personal information, after it revealed it had unlawfully accessed a journalist’s phone records without a warrant. ...

Australia wants to avoid a Korean war at all costs – and with good reason

Australia may indeed be “blindly and zealously toeing the US line” with regards to North Korea – at least openly – but in truth, Canberra wants to avoid conflict with Pyongyang. There is much at stake for Australia should war resume on the Korean peninsula, after more than 63 years of tense calm. While Julie Bishop stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Mike ...

Goldman Sachs sees buyer interest in Australia as economy diversifies

Australian companies are increasingly attracting potential acquirers as the economy diversifies and North American buyers are drawn to invest in sectors such as infrastructure, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s local head. Interest in the Australian market, particularly from the US and Canada, is rising given the level of transparency relative to other parts of Asia Pacific, said Simon Rothery, chief ...

Australia changes work visa policy

Sydney – Australia will abolish a temporary work visa that has been popular with foreigners and replace it with a visa requiring better English-language and work skills, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Monday. Turnbull has rejected suggestions that the visa policy change was in response to the country’s far-right wing political parties, such as One Nation, demanding more nationalistic ...

Woman’s headphone batteries exploded on flight to Australia, causing burns

A woman flying to Melbourne from Beijing in February fell asleep while wearing noise-canceling headphones, only to awake to the sounds of a nearby explosion. The battery in her headphones had burst into flame, according to an Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation into the incident released Tuesday.  

Australia just delivered a blow to its far-right populists. Here’s how we did it.

Richard Glover is an Australian writer and broadcaster. In the world of 2017, is there any stopping the ascendancy of right-wing populist politicians? From Trump to Brexit, from Martine Le Pen to Geert Wilders, it’s a journalistic cliche to list their successes and to suggest there’s no stopping their rise. Here, though, is some news from Down Under. The Australian ...

Sailors rescued from ‘enormous seas’ off Australia

A couple has told of facing “waves the size of buildings” when their yacht broke in remote seas off Australia. Irishman Nick Dwyer, 55, and Frenchwoman Barbara Heftman, 44, were sailing from New Zealand to Australia. Australian police rescued the pair 210 nautical miles (390km) off Sydney amid 6m swells and gale-force winds. The sailors, on a circumnavigation of the ...

Malcolm Turnbull warns Australia is in an ‘energy crisis’

Declaring that Australia is in the midst of an energy crisis, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will call together the chief executives of east coast gas companies to address the threat to their customers. Mr Turnbull told delegates to a conference hosted by The Australian Financial Review that he was concerned by Wednesday’s report by the Australian Energy ...

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