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  1. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Qing dynasty coin may show ancient Chinese trade link with Australia

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 12:08am by WASHPOST

    ... Australian archaeologists has found a curious piece of evidence linking the Chinese to a much earlier age in Australia's history. On a recent expedition to a remote island off the coast ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1572941/qing-dynasty-coin-may-show-ancient-chinese-trade-link-australia
  2. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Chinese buying of Australian homes surges

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 05:44am by BLOOM

    ... The company forecasts A$1.5 billion (HK$10.8 billion) in sales of new residential properties in the year to June 30, compared with A$900 million over the previous 12 months, Sydney-based managing director Joseph Zaja said. The value of mortgages the closely held company arranges through Australian banks is expected to climb to A$500 million in the 2015 calendar year, he said. Ausin ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1567889/chinese-buying-australian-homes-surges
  3. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Ubisoft’s public relation stunt bombs, forcing evacuation of Sydney building

    Posted May 29th 2014, 09:52pm by AFP

    ... to open it, the firm said on its website. Police were called and staff were sent home after the company found out other media firms did not receive a similar package. Officers forced open the safe ... was evacuated and a bomb squad called out over a public relations stunt. Ubisoft, which was promoting its release Watch Dogs, sent a copy of the game in a black safe to Ninemsn media company ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1521348/ubisofts-public-relation-stunt-bombs-forcing-evacuation-sydney-building
  4. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Record US$470m settlement reached in Australia wildfire lawsuit

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 04:34pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Sydney More than 5,000 people joined the class action against electricity provider SP AusNet, arguing the company was negligent because it hadn’t maintained its power ... leaving 173 people dead and destroying more than 2,000 homes in just over a single day. More than 5,000 people joined the class action against electricity provider SP AusNet, arguing the company ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554794/record-us470m-settlement-reached-australia-wildfire-lawsuit
  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Survivors of Australian bush fire win HK$3.6 billion in class action settlement

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 11:13pm by AP

    ... provider SP AusNet, arguing that the company was negligent because it had not maintained its power lines, which sparked the fire. The group also sued Utility Services Corporation, which SP AusNet ... SP AusNet said it had agreed to the settlement, but had not admitted liability. The company said the conductor that broke and sparked the fire had been damaged by lightning. "It has been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554901/survivors-australian-bush-fire-win-hk36-billion-class-action-settlement
  6. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian parliament repeals carbon tax, emissions trading scheme

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 11:18am by Reuters in Sydney

    ... biggest companies pay A$25.40 (HK$184.15) for each tonne of CO2 they emit. But Abbott’s plan to replace the carbon tax with an A$2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund that would see big emitters ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1555539/australian-parliament-repeals-carbon-tax-emissions-trading-scheme
  7. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Firemen rescue Asian backpackers living in squalor at Sydney industrial site

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 12:39am by AFP

    ... yesterday from a raging fire on a Sydney industrial site where they were found "living in squalor" in minibuses, a shipping container and a caravan. New South Wales Fire and Rescue ... for accommodation. The Sydney Morning Herald said it had found online Japanese-language adverts for cheap accommodation that listed the phone number belonging to the owner of the industrial site. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1545072/firemen-rescue-asian-backpackers-living-squalor-sydney-industrial-site
  8. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Zeng Wei angers Sydney by knocking down 106-year-old harbour mansion

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 11:25pm by WASHPOST

    ... found that people with Chinese surnames paid slightly less than other buyers for similar houses and flats in Sydney, suggesting they were tough negotiators and not pushing up prices. Many ... generating company, which had more than US$9 billion in net assets. Zeng, who is reportedly in his mid-40s and has young children, did not respond to a letter seeking comment on the Sydney home. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1535689/zeng-wei-angers-sydney-knocking-down-106-year-old-harbour-mansion
  9. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    UNHCR 'concern' over Australia's handling of Sri Lankan refugees

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 09:44pm by AFP

    ... law prescribes that no individual can be returned involuntarily to a country in which he or she has a well-founded fear of persecution," the UNHCR said. It came as The Australian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1546699/unhcr-concern-over-australias-handling-sri-lankan-refugees
  10. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Rolf Harris' hometown moves to purge all memory of him after sex abuse conviction

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 11:21pm by AFP

    ... distanced itself from the disgraced entertainer after he was convicted of indecently assaulting girls. Harris, 84, was found guilty of all 12 charges against him after a six-week trial in London ... best friend, Southwark Crown Court found. Harris was one of Australia's best-loved personalities, who headed to London when he was 22 and made his name in Britain. He shot to fame with his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1544441/rolf-harris-hometown-moves-purge-all-memory-him-after-sex-abuse

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