Australia

Family to be deported from Australia because son has cystic fibrosis

An Irish family who have been living in Australia for a decade are calling for help to avoid deportation after their Australian-born son, who has cystic fibrosis, was deemed to be a burden on taxpayers. More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on home affairs minister Peter Dutton to intervene and grant the Hyde family residency, after their appeal for ...

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Australia pilots hit by lasers during South China Sea flights

SYDNEY: Australia’s military has confirmed that Navy pilots were targeted with lasers during flights in the hotly contested South China Sea, with informal Chinese militia vessels believed to be behind the attacks. Beijing has become more assertive in the area, stoking tensions with rival claimants in Southeast Asia as well as Canberra and Washington – traditionally the dominant naval and air ...

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Matt Canavan shrugs off Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions increase

The resources minister Matt Canavan has shrugged off Australia’s trend of rising emissions, saying the industry responsible for the growth is gas, and Australian gas exports reduce carbon emissions in other countries. After a government report to the United Nations showed Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions continued to rise in 2018, Canavan told Sky News people needed to take a “balanced ...

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Australia’s ‘egg boy’ donates $70,000 to Christchurch victims fund

The Australian teen dubbed “Egg Boy” for smashing an egg on the head of a far-right politician on camera says he will donate 100,000 Australian dollars ($69,000) to the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks. Will Connolly gained international prominence after egging Australian Sen. Fraser Anning, who had blamed the massacre on immigration policies that “allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in ...

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Australian snake myths busted by CSIRO

While many tourists are convinced, the popular suggestion that Australia is the home of the world’s deadliest snakes is largely a myth with the risk of bites and death far greater across Asia, Africa and South America, the CSIRO says. Herpetologist Ruchira Somaweera says the myth was born a few decades ago and came out of a study of the ...

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Australia’s obsession with cheap solar is derailing the market, insiders say

Rooftop solar industry veterans say Australia has become a dumping ground for poor-quality solar products and some are questioning the regulatory oversight of household rooftop solar installers and products. An audit of the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) late last year found it is likely there are potentially tens of thousands of badly installed ...

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Australia loosens borrowing rates overnight to fight falling property market

Within hours of the re-election in Australia of the sitting coalition Government led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Saturday, the first in what can be expected as a series of steps is underway to fight the falling property market. In a double helping, borrowers will be allowed to apply for mortgages tens of thousands of Australian Dollars higher and ...

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Australia election triggers refugee suicide attempts

At least four refugees in Australia’s offshore Pacific camps have attempted suicide since the conservative government’s shock re-election Saturday, according to refugees, advocates and police. Around 800 would-be refugees who tried reach Australia have been sent to live in severe conditions on the remote islands of Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus under a hardline policy from Canberra. Many had ...

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Clive Palmer says big election spend ‘more effective’ than charity donations

Businessman Clive Palmer says his federal election advertising spending of about $55 million was a better use of his fortune than donating to charity. Mr Palmer’s United Australia Party (UAP) secured 3.4 per cent of the nationwide vote, but failed to win a seat in Parliament. Mr Palmer, who estimated he had spent between $50 million and $55 million on ...

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‘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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