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Newly elected protectionist senators could harm Australia's trade ties

Aug 02 2016

SYDNEY Four weeks after Australians went to the polls in a tightly contested election, vote counting is almost finished and has left the government with a razor-thin majority and a Senate brimming with economic protectionists who could hinder trade ties with the likes of China, Indonesia and the United States.

Ferrovial says won't run Australia offshore detention centers in future

Apr 30 2016

Melbourne Spain's Ferrovial said it won't offer in future the service of running Australia's controversial offshore detention centers for refugees and asylum seekers, after buying a controlling stake in the Australian firm that operates the centers.

Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose to join Australian rock band AC/DC tour

Apr 17 2016

MELBOURNE Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose will join the remaining leg of Australian rock band AC/DC's world tour, after front man Brian Johnson's doctors raised concerns over his hearing loss. | Video

Australian July 2 poll likely, says attorney general

Apr 17 2016

MELBOURNE Australia's attorney-general on Sunday said an early election on July 2 is likely, ahead of a crucial week in parliament for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Papua New Guinea's top anti-corruption cop sacked after making arrests: ABC

Apr 17 2016

MELBOURNE The head of Papua New Guinea's police anti-corruption unit has been sacked after arresting several high-profile figures close to the government, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

New Zealand 'Pastafarians' tie knot in first recognized wedding

Apr 17 2016

Donned in eye-patches and a spaghetti bridal headdress, two New Zealanders have celebrated the first legally recognized 'Pastafarian' marriage on board a pirate ship, in a milestone of recognition for the bizarre global 'religion'.

Iranian asylum seeker in Australian detention convicted of attempted suicide

Apr 16 2016

MELBOURNE Australian refugee advocates and opposition politicians on Saturday condemned the conviction of an Iranian asylum seeker on charges of attempted suicide, a criminal offence in Nauru where he is being held in an Australian-run detention center.

Australia Post looks to drones as letter volumes fall

Apr 16 2016

Melbourne Australia Post has successfully field-trialled the use of drones to deliver small packages, clearing the way for test deliveries to customer homes later this year.

Australia opposition shirt-fronts govt over 'wasteful' wombat diplomacy

Mar 17 2016

SYDNEY Australia's opposition Labor Party’s launched a "Waste-pedia" booklet and Waste Watch website on Thursday, accusing the coalition government of over-lavish spending - including $400,000 on "koala and other marsupial-related events".

Australia opposition shirt-fronts government over 'wasteful' wombat diplomacy

Mar 17 2016

SYDNEY Australia's opposition Labor Party’s launched a "Waste-pedia" booklet and Waste Watch website on Thursday, accusing the coalition government of over-lavish spending - including $400,000 on "koala and other marsupial-related events".

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