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  1. News - Asia

    Bookie declares opposition win in Australian election

    Posted Aug 29th 2013, 04:02pm by Associated Press in Canberra

    ... a winner. Sportsbet, Australia’s largest online betting agency, said Thursday it paid out more than A$1.5 million to punters who had backed Tony Abbott’s conservative opposition Liberal Party to win ... a chance to win a third three-year term. He pointed out that a favourite had only won the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s premier thoroughbred horse race, 35 times in 151 years. (Far from a two-horse ...

  2. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Fatwa issued against hunting of endangered wildlife in Indonesia

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 12:49pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Jakarta Religious council says trade in endangered species immoral and sinful Indonesia’s top Islamic clerical body has issued a religious fatwa against the illegal hunting and trade in endangered animals in the country, which the conservation group the WWF hailed as the world’s first. The fatwa by the Indonesian Ulema Council declares such activities ...

  3. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian PM on the defensive over asylum-seekers

    Posted Aug 17th 2013, 03:57pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... are also aware that we have our own issues with refugees from West Papua.” Refugees are a sensitive political issue in Australia and Rudd has gambled his electoral fortunes on the PNG circuit-breaker, which has so far slowed the flow of smuggling boats. It is shaping up as a major election battleground, with the conservative Tony Abbott-led opposition pledging their own crackdown ...

  4. News - Asia - SURVEILLANCE

    Australia says spying was ‘for the benefit of our friends’ after new reports it spied on Indonesia

    Posted Feb 16th 2014, 05:23pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... as possible with Indonesia to crack down on the scourge of people smuggling, which as we all know has cost this country dear,” he said. Australia’s conservative government has blasted Snowden, ... following fresh reports it spied on Indonesia. Relations between the neighbours plunged to their lowest ebb in years in November after reports that Australia tried to tap the phones of Indonesian ...

  5. News - Hong Kong

    Reform: Liberal plan too 'conservative'

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 05:20am by Tony Cheung

    ... Tony Cheung tony.cheung@scmp.com Reform: Liberal plan too 'conservative' Moderate pan-democratic lawmakers criticised the Liberal Party yesterday for tabling a "conservative" political reform proposal that is likely to exclude dissident voices from the chief executive election in 2017. The suggestions, raised by Liberal Party leader James Tien Pei-chun ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Real conservation can enhance the way our city develops

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 04:28am by LETTERS

    ... SCMP Editorial Real conservation can enhance the way our city develops We refer to Shirley Sham's letter ("Housing needs must outweigh sentimentality", April 6), in which she argues that the conservation of heritage buildings is undermining the development of housing in Hong Kong. There is neither evidence, nor precedent, that built-heritage conservation has ...

  7. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia falls short on Aboriginal welfare targets

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 02:09pm by Associated Press

    ... important and meaningful targets,” added the conservative leader. The Closing the Gap project was launched by the then-Labor government in 2008, the year it offered a national apology to Australia ... Associated Press in Canberra Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday admitted Australia has failed to meet important targets on Aboriginal welfare and vowed to work to ensure all ...

  8. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia rapped over ‘grave lapse’ in border security

    Posted May 28th 2013, 05:07pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia’s border security came under fire on Tuesday after reports an Egyptian asylum-seeker wanted by Interpol was held in minimum security and a Sri Lankan accused of murder was released into the community. The cases, outlined in parliament by immigration officials, were condemned as a grave lapse of policy by the conservative opposition. ...

  9. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia probes detention of asylum-seeker children

    Posted Feb 03rd 2014, 01:25pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia’s human rights watchdog launched an inquiry on Monday into the detention of children under punitive government policies banishing asylum-seekers ... 1,000 asylum-seeker children being held in immigration facilities in Australia and the more than 100 on far-flung Nauru. “These are children that, among other things, have been denied freedom ...

  10. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    New treasurer looks to keep Australia out of recession

    Posted Jun 28th 2013, 11:00am by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia’s new Treasurer Chris Bowen was on Friday welcomed by business figures as he hinted at policy changes amid recession fears following ... on Wednesday night, ousting Australia’s first woman premier Julia Gillard. Chief economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Saul Eslake said one of Bowen’s first challenges would be to improve ...




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