Australia

Bob Hawke: Thousands honour ‘deeply loved’ Australian ex-PM

Thousands of Australians have honoured the nation’s third-longest serving leader, Bob Hawke, in a state memorial service at the Sydney Opera House. Mr Hawke was prime minister from 1983 to 1991 – a period of immense national reforms. He died last month aged 89. He was honoured as an “inspirational” figure in a service attended by his family and many prominent ...

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Australian dollar hits near-6 month low against Singdollar

SINGAPORE: The Australian dollar on Friday (Jun 14) hit a near-six month low against the Singapore dollar as investors bet on interest rate cuts by Australia’s central bank following soft domestic economic data. The Australian currency fell to 0.9423 against the Singdollar, the lowest since it touched 0.9264 against its Singapore counterpart on Jan 3 this year, according to global ...

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India’s Adani wins approval for long delayed Australian coal mine

India’s Adani Enterprises on Thursday received the go-ahead to start construction of a controversial coal mine in Australia’s outback after a state government approved a final permit on groundwater management. The Carmichael mine has been a lightning rod for climate change concerns in Australia and was seen as a factor in the surprise return to power of the conservative Liberal-National coalition in a national ...

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Australia forced to spend $400k on a public loo as Instagrammers swamp tiny landmark

t seems that problematic Instagrammers are at it again, driving the people of Perth to invest a whopping $400,000 (nearly £220,000) in a new toilet to serve the masses. Ask the average person what the most photographed place in Western Australia’s biggest city is and they’d probably guess at Elizabeth Quay, Cathedral Square or the Bell Tower in Barrack Square. But they’d be ...

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Australia must use past success to reset future asylum policy, professor says

Australia can reset and reform its refugee and asylum seeker policy by looking to its past successes and best current practice from around the world, a leading refugee law study centre has found, to create a “principled and pragmatic” approach. The University of New South Wales Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law has examined best practice refugee policy ...

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Australia missing out on huge cuts in emissions through energy efficiency failure

Australia could cut greenhouse gas emissions halfway to its Paris agreement target, and save $7.7bn a year in bills, by adopting existing global standards on energy efficiency. From new hot water heaters to better standards for appliances, a new report has found Australia is missing an opportunity to “easily” meet its emissions targets and fight the looming climate crisis. The ...

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Uber is elevating its UberAir pilot program to include Melbourne, Australia

For some reason that we can’t fully grasp, people continue to look to flying cars as a valid means of transportation in the future. Uber has really doubled down on this idea, having already named Los Angeles and Dallas as pilot cities for its UberAir aerial rideshare program, announced on Tuesday that it is adding a third city: Melbourne, Australia. The really wild part is that ...

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Australia still World Cup contenders after India loss

London – Steve Waugh insists Australia’s World Cup defeat against title rivals India won’t derail the holders’ bid to retain the trophy. Australia were beaten for the first time in this year’s World Cup as India cruised to a 36-run win at the Oval on Sunday. Aaron Finch’s side were pummelled by India’s batsman and then struggled to launch a serious run-chase, leading some critics to suggest ...

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Coalition’s income tax plan will gift highest earners $33bn

The government’s income tax plan will gift Australia’s top income earners more than $33bn in benefits, according to a new economic analysis from the Australia Institute. The unlegislated income tax package will be one of the Morrison government’s first priorities when parliament resumes next month. Scott Morrison and the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, have already made it clear that the $158bn ...

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