Australia

‘Australia is cancelled’: Aussies rush to NZ visa site after federal election

Australians flooded the website of New Zealand’s immigration department after the election, presumably looking to escape across the ditch. New Zealand has reported a huge spike in the number of Australians considering a move across the ditch since the federal election was called. Immigration New Zealand said the number of visits to the New Zealand Now site surged tenfold on ...

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Australia to import wheat for first time in 12 years as drought eats into grain production

Australia is planning to import wheat for the first time in 12 years after drought across the eastern states saw grain production fall 20% last year. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources confirmed this week it had issued a bulk import permit to allow wheat to be brought in from Canada to be processed for the domestic market. The import has ...

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Australia’s St Barbara snaps up Canada’s Atlantic Gold for $536 million

MELBOURNE — Australian gold miner St Barbara said on Wednesday it will buy smaller Canadian peer Atlantic Gold Corp for $722 million (US$536 million), marking a second overseas acquisition for cashed-up Australian producers. St Barbara’s $2.90 a share cash offer represents a 39 per cent premium to Atlanta Gold’s closing price on Tuesday in a deal that analysts said opened ...

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2019 election: Why politics is toxic for Australia’s women

A slew of allegations of sexist bullying and misogyny have emerged in recent years, while at the same time the country has steadily tumbled down the global rankings for female political representation. Australia has tended to favour “larrikin” and “aggressor” MPs who thrive in the “rough-and-tumble” atmosphere of Canberra. But women MPs are increasingly saying that’s a culture in dire ...

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Bill Shorten Wants Australia to Embrace China. But at What Cost?

SYDNEY, Australia — In a recent online discussion, Bill Shorten, the front-runner in the race to be Australia’s next prime minister, left little doubt about where he stood on the politically delicate issue of relations with China — and where the world’s other superpower fit into his calculus. “If I’m P.M., I welcome the rise of China in the world,” ...

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Indian population in Australia increases 30 per cent in less than two years; now the third largest migrant group in Australia

The Indian population in Australia has exponentially grown in the last two years according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The ABS’s preliminary estimates suggest there are 592,000 Indians living in Australia as of June 2018. This is a 30 per cent jump compared to Census 2016 figures which recorded 455,389 Indians living in Australia. India ...

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Australia accused of failing to give medical care to two-year-old Tamil girl

A Tamil mother who was taken with her family from their home in Queensland and put in immigration detention in Melbourne has accused the government of failing to give proper medical care to her youngest daughter. The Victorian children’s commissioner, Liana Buchanan, has described the case of Tharnicaa as “hard to fathom” and increased her calls for the federal government ...

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Australian Taxi Drivers Sue Uber Over Wages They Say Its Arrival Cost Them

SYDNEY, Australia — Taxi drivers in Australia are suing Uber over lost income, just days before the ride-sharing giant’s stock begins trading publicly in the United States. In a class-action lawsuit filed on Friday, more than 6,000 taxi, limousine and other types of drivers claim that they were hurt financially by Uber’s 2012 arrival in the country, their lawyers said. ...

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Clive Palmer’s $100m Aboriginal foundation only has $109 in it, records show

Clive Palmer’s $100m foundation to benefit Aboriginal people launched 10 years ago only has $109 in it, despite never having disbursed a grant or allocation, according to financial records published by the Australian charity commission. The Western Australian government said it intends to investigate the situation. “We are currently investigating any avenues which might be available to compel Mr Palmer to make ...

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Labor’s support for ‘carbon disaster’ in Beetaloo basin condemned

Labor’s support for unlocking the gas supply from the Northern Territory’s Beetaloo basin has drawn the anger of environmental groups, who say its emissions would dwarf those from Adani’s proposed Carmichael coalmine. Earlier this week Labor announced it would replace the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility with a different fund to finance infrastructure projects of national significance in the north of ...

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