Australia

Christmas Island: Australia ‘to re-open’ controversial detention centre

Australian PM Scott Morrison says he will re-open a controversial detention centre on Christmas Island, after a historic defeat in parliament. On Tuesday, non-government MPs secured enough votes to pass a bill making it easier for sick refugees held offshore to be treated in the country. Mr Morrison said the law would weaken the nation’s tough border policies and embolden human traffickers. ...

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Australian politicians want R. Kelly banned

The embattled singer’s possible entry into the country is reportedly being protested by a group of politicians there. On Tuesday, R. Kelly announced new tour dates in a tweet promising shows in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. R. Kelly announces overseas tour There were no additional details released, and the tweet was later deleted. The singer has been embroiled ...

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Australia can meet its Paris targets – if government doesn’t hinder progress

New research finds Australia is installing renewable energy faster than any other country, a trend that will allow Australia to meet its economy-wide Paris targets five years ahead of schedule if politics doesn’t derail the trend, according to new research from the Australian National University. While emissions have been rising across the economy since the Abbott government repealed the carbon ...

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Australia weather: Monsoon rains cause floods in Queensland

Exceptional monsoon rains have caused severe flooding in parts of Australia’s north-eastern state of Queensland. Cars and livestock have been swept away over a large area around the coastal city of Townsville. Emergency crews are evacuating people on rafts. Up to 20,000 homes could be flooded if the downpours continue, officials warn. A dam has reached twice its capacity and ...

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Australia Removes Last Asylum-Seeker Children From Detention

Australia has removed the last asylum-seeker children from detention on the remote island of Nauru, ending one of the most contentious parts of the nation’s border-protection policy. The final four children and their families have been approved to fly to the U.S. for resettlement, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement Sunday. There were 109 children in detention when ...

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The winner of Australia’s biggest literary prize is an asylum seeker confined by the government on a remote island

Years before the U.S.-Mexican border wall became a synonym for anti-immigration measures pursued at all cost, Australia embarked on its own, deeply divisive experiment. More than half a decade ago, Australia’s government decided that all migrants arriving in the country by boat should be placed in offshore detention camps outside of the country, on the Pacific Ocean island nation of ...

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Australian jets may have killed 18 civilians in Mosul air strike, ADF admits

Australian Defence Force officials have admitted between six and 18 civilians were killed in a Mosul airstrike involving Australian jets, but said they could not determine if Australian or allied missiles caused the deaths. The defence minister, Christopher Pyne, described the deaths as “deeply regrettable” but said the 12-month investigation into the strike on 13 June 2017 could not come to a conclusion ...

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January was officially Australia’s hottest month on record

Australia sweltered through its hottest month on record in January and the summer of extremes continued with wildfires razing the drought-parched south and flooding in expanses of the tropical north. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology confirmed the January record on Friday as parts of the northern hemisphere had record cold. Australia’s scorching start to 2019 — in which the mean temperature ...

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Black Saturday is an Australian tragedy that redefined the way we live with fire

I’d visited the Latrobe Valley a few times before I really took in Hazelwood power station. Of course, I’d seen it. How could anyone miss it? But now I beheld the concrete behemoth, its towering chimney stacks creating their own thin, brown cloud-stream. I was writing about the adjacent town of Churchill, built in the late 1960s as a dormitory suburb for ...

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British man and family plead for asylum after hiding in Australia in fear of Russian threats

A British man who leaked financial information about one of Russia’s most powerful politicians is pleading with the Australian government to allow his family to live in the country, despite their claim for asylum having been refused. In 2014 Nicholas Stride provided secret documents to media about the financial dealings of Russia’s former deputy prime minister, Igor Shuvalov, when he ...

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