Australia

Australian weapons shipped to Saudi and UAE as war rages in Yemen

In the same week UK courts declared British arms exports to Saudi Arabia to be unlawful, a large shipment of Australian-built remote weapons systems left Sydney airport. Secret photographs, obtained by Guardian Australia, confirm the identity of the buyers – the Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates governments, whose forces are currently waging a devastating war in Yemen. Also marked are the suppliers ...

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Government to assess regulation of Chinese influence at universities

The attorney-general’s department will probe whether Confucius Institutes at Australian universities require registration as a source of foreign influence after revelations about the extent of Chinese control of teaching standards. On Thursday, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age reported that contracts signed by four universities state that they ‘‘must accept” the assessment of the Confucius Institute headquarters on the teaching quality at the ...

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Plagiarism complaint: Liberal senator James Paterson’s IPA report breached integrity standards

A confidential plagiarism investigation found a report co-written by Liberal senator James Paterson breached research integrity standards. In 2015 Paterson helped write a paper critical of high pay rates, “generous” perks and union influence in the public service. Paterson, then deputy executive director of the Institute of Public Affairs, wrote the report with Aaron Lane, a lawyer and then PhD candidate at RMIT. In ...

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Snow globes filled with $1M worth of meth found in Australia

Snow globes? More like ice globes. Australian border security agents seized a $1 million shipment of liquid methamphetamine hidden inside 15 snow globes, the Australian Border Force said in a statement Tuesday. The meth globes held picturesque winter scenes and more than 7 liters of the dangerous drug. The sinister souvenirs were spotted by agents in Sydney after the package arrived ...

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Chinese diplomat blasts Australia’s ‘negative image in China’ over port backlash

One of China’s highest-placed Pacific diplomats has offered a scathing appraisal of the “political suspicion” heaped upon his nation, branding it “very negative for the image of Australia”. Wang Xining, deputy to China’s Australian ambassador, made the comments when asked about the national reaction to the controversial 99-year leasing of Darwin’s port to Chinese-owned company Landbridge in 2015. “In China, everybody, I ...

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What is a temporary exclusion order? Australia’s foreign fighters bill explained

Labor now supports the Coalition’s bill to block foreign fighters from returning to Australia, but will attempt to force it to a further review and make amendments to include safeguards. On Tuesday Labor’s caucus agreed to support the temporary exclusion order bill in principle, refer it back to the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security and, if unsuccessful, move ...

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ABSC Inc. Co-Hosts Housing Market Seminar at the Hyatt Regency Sydney

The Australian Business Summit Council Inc. held an exclusive seminar entitled Housing Market Recovering: What Now for Greater Western Sydney? at the five-star Hyatt Regency Sydney on 18 July 2019. Co-hosted with Alliance Project Group, a dynamic client-focused building construction company with over $100 million dollars per year in turnover, this outstanding event featured the keynote speaker Dr Andrew Wilson, ...

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Australian federal police boss Andrew Colvin stands down from job

The Australian federal police commissioner Andrew Colvin will quit in September, after he revealed on Monday he will not seek an extension of his contract. Colvin announced the end of his 30 years as a police officer in a statementdescribing the move as hardest of his career but “the right decision for me, for my family, and for the AFP”. Colvin nominated implementing ...

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Airports across Australia hit with delays due to security outage

A nationwide security outage believed to be linked to Australian Border Force terminals is causing delays at airports across Australia. The outage caused delays of between 15 and 30 minutes at airports including Sydney and Brisbane on Monday morning. By 11am the outage was still affecting a number of airports, though some, including Melbourne, said the system had begun working again. In Sydney, the ...

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