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  1. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia offering asylum seekers up to A$10,000 to return to home country

    Posted Jun 22nd 2014, 04:57am by AFP

    ... if they voluntarily return to their home country, a report said yesterday, prompting outrage from refugee campaigners. Those returning to Lebanon from detention centres on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island ... they are held in detention camps on Manus and Nauru and are expected to be resettled in those countries if their claims are valid. Since the policy was introduced, more asylum seekers have chosen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1538008/australia-offering-asylum-seekers-a10000-return-home-country
  2. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian parliament repeals carbon tax, emissions trading scheme

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

    ... Reuters in Sydney Australia on Thursday became the first country in the world to scrap a carbon tax as the upper house of the legislature also discarded plans for a trading scheme based on emissions The Australian Senate voted on Thursday to scrap the country’s carbon tax and plans for emissions trading, a major victory for conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott that leaves ...

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

    Australia PM denies closer ties with Japan will hurt China relations after Abe visit

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 10:47am by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... risked “jeopardising bilateral mutual trust”. Abbott said Bishop’s comments on Thursday were “just reiterating what is the common sense position that every country has positions”. “Sometimes countries disagree, but it is possible to have respectful disagreements that don’t in any way prejudice the friendship,” he said. Abe left Australia on Thursday for Papua New Guinea, a Pacific ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1550920/australia-pm-denies-closer-ties-japan-will-hurt-china-relations-after-abe
  4. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian high court blocks return of 153 refugees to Sri Lanka

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 10:49pm by AFP

    ... and four women- would be charged with attempting to leave the country illegally, a crime punishable by up to two years in jail. Twenty-seven of the group were granted bail yesterday in a court ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1549946/australian-high-court-blocks-return-153-refugees-sri-lanka
  5. 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 ... obligations, and claimed Sri Lanka was "a society at peace". "Sri Lanka is a peaceful country now. I don't say it is a perfect country," Abbott said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1546699/unhcr-concern-over-australias-handling-sri-lankan-refugees
  6. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Foreigners push up Australian home prices

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 04:49am by BLOOM

    ... homes, and must sell when leaving the country. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1544377/foreigners-push-australian-home-prices
  7. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Tony Abbott tries again to repeal carbon tax with Senate shake-up due

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 09:12pm by BLOOM

    ... country," Prime Minister Tony Abbott told parliament. "Why would anyone be against that?" The make-up of the Senate will change from July 1 when the Palmer United Party- led by Clive ... that repealing the carbon tax, brought in by the previous Labor government, will still allow the country meet its promised 5 per cent reduction in emissions by 2020. Abbott claims the move will save ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1539053/tony-abbott-tries-again-repeal-carbon-tax-senate-shake-due
  8. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Unesco rejects move to revoke Tasmanian World Heritage status

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 09:36pm by AFP

    ... committee meeting in Doha turned down the controversial request, saying it would set an unacceptable precedent. It was the first time a developed country had asked for a delisting. In a joint ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1539700/unesco-rejects-move-revoke-tasmanian-world-heritage-status
  9. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia sends troops to protect Baghdad embassy, PM vows to stop jihadists returning

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 01:57pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... and the Levant (ISIL) group. “Be in no doubt that some individuals from this country are now participating in acts of barbarity in Iraq.” Tony Abbott “The important thing is to ensure that as far as is humanly possible they don’t come back into our country,” Abbott told Sydney radio station 2GB. “And if they do come back into our country they are taken into detention because what we can’t have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1536824/australia-sends-troops-protect-baghdad-embassy
  10. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Tony Abbott a sexist, not a misogynist, says outgoing senator

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 03:26am by AFP

    ... fiery misogyny speech in 2012 targeting Abbott as "powerful", and said it was "a brilliant speech" in building support for the country's first female leader. But she ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1538372/tony-abbott-sexist-not-misogynist-says-outgoing-senator

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