Australia

Australia ball-tampering scandal a reality check, says Pakistan’s coach

Mickey Arthur hopes that Australia’s recent ball-tampering scandal will be “a reality check for world cricket” that makes everybody “sit back and take stock”. Arthur, who was the head coach of Australia between 2011 and 2013 and is now in charge of Pakistan, spoke on Wednesday about his disappointment with the team but also said he felt “really sorry” for the ...

Australia has neglected its relationship with the Pacific – but that can change

Australia’s responsibility to the Pacific is unique – besides our historical ties with the UK, it is the only relationship specifically mentioned in the constitution. And for 10 of the more than dozen island nations in the region, unquestionably their most important bilateral relationship is with our country. Two things we often forget. But for the last half decade or so ...

Anzac Day: Australia and France pay tribute to foreign world of bloodshed

It was 100 years ago to the place, the year and the hour. The dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux on a landscape of peace was a foreign world to the bloodshed on the same site a century ago. Anzac Day 2018 commemor­ated the successful Australian ­counter-attack that saved the town, left an enduring Franco-Australian bond and elevated ­Villers-Bretonneux as the ultimate ...

Australia Shocked by Death of 2,400 Sheep on Ship to Qatar

PERTH, Australia — The Australian government said Monday that it would investigate the mistreatment of animals after video recently emerged showing thousands of sheep dying from heat stress on board a ship traveling to the Middle East. David Littleproud, the agriculture minister, said he was “shocked and gutted” by the footage and promised that those responsible would be punished. The ...

Australia’s Prime Minister Just Can’t Win an Opinion Poll

SYDNEY, Australia — Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia has accomplished a dubious feat: for the 30th straight time, an opinion poll placed his governing Liberal Party behind the opposition, intensifying pressure on the embattled leader as he confronts a tide of stubborn scandals. The Newspoll, one of the country’s most respected political polls, was the same survey that Mr. Turnbull ...

Australia considers fast-track visas for white South African farmers

White South African farmers “deserve special attention” from Australia due to the “horrific circumstances” of land seizures and violence, Peter Dutton has said. The home affairs minister told the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday his department was examining a range of methods to fast-track their path to Australia on humanitarian or other visa programs. South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, is ...

Australian Embassy in Beirut celebrated International Women’s Day

On 6 March 2018, the Australian Embassy in Beirut celebrated International Women’s Day at Nawfal Palace in Tripoli. More than 120 Australian-Lebanese women from all walks of life attended the event. Also present were Kazem Kheir MP, former MP Misbah Ahdab, and representatives of municipalities and political leaders. HE Australian Ambassador Glenn Miles highlighted Australia’s leading position on gender equality, ...

Homelessness growing worse in Australia, census data shows

The number of homeless people in Australia jumped by more than 14,000 — or 14 per cent — in the five years to 2016, according to census data which also reveals a “significant” increase in older women on the streets and a growing group living in overcrowded accommodation. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said 116,000 people were homeless on ...

Shorten doubles down over franking credit cash rebates

Labor leader rejects calls to water down plan to abolish rebates, branding the status quo ‘millionaires’ welfare’ Bill Shorten has doubled down on his plan to abolish franking credit cash rebates for retiree investors, branding the status quo “millionaires’ welfare” bankrolled by ordinary Australian taxpayers. Speaking to reporters in Brisbane, the Labor leader rejected calls to water down his policy ...

Australian Official Calls for Emergency Visas for White South African Farmers

HONG KONG — A top Australian official said this week that white farmers from South Africa should be granted emergency visas, saying they needed protection in a “civilized country” amid a debate over redistribution of their lands to black citizens. On Thursday, South Africa’s Foreign Ministry fired back, characterizing the remarks made by Peter Dutton, Australia’s home affairs minister, as ...

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