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  1. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Mining giants may dump dredging waste onshore, not on Barrier Reef

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:18pm by Reuters

    ... option]." The minister's comments followed a report in The Australian Financial Review that the government-approved marine dumping plan would be abandoned to neutralise controversy over ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583874/mining-giants-may-dump-dredging-waste-onshore-not-barrier-reef
  2. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    State of Great Barrier Reef likely to worsen, Canberra admits

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 09:40pm by Reuters

    ... to further deteriorate," the government said in a report. The fragile reef, running along Australia's east coast, is at the centre of a campaign by green groups and marine tourist operators ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1572300/state-great-barrier-reef-likely-worsen-canberra-admits
  3. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Delegates at Australian Aids conference seek asylum

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 10:32pm by AFP

    ... sought advice on how to remain in Australia once their visas had expired, according to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, also in Melbourne. The issue of stigma and discrimination surrounding ... field is a life-threatening proposition," the centre's Pamela Curr told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "It seems that some of them have been considering whether ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1566494/delegates-australian-aids-conference-seek-asylum
  4. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Dengue outbreak at Australia's Pacific island refugee detention centre sparks fresh concerns

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 12:30pm by Reuters in Sydney

    ... Reuters in Sydney Refugees held in Australia's detention centres on Nauru island infected by Dengue fever as opposition figures call for greater oversight An outbreak of dengue fever at an Australian refugee detention centre in the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru sparked calls on Thursday for greater oversight at the facility, which has been criticised by rights groups ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1485859/dengue-outbreak-australias-pacific-island-refugee-detention-centre-sparks
  5. 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 ... packages range [in terms of] value and it's not just in terms of any financial element, but also training, support and other issues to assist people to get on their feet when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1538008/australia-offering-asylum-seekers-a10000-return-home-country
  6. 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

    ... for the losses they have suffered," Watson said. "But this settlement … represents a measure of justice and some real compensation that will ease the financial burden of their suffering." ...

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

    Record US$470m settlement reached in Australia wildfire lawsuit

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

    ... in Melbourne. “But this settlement of nearly A$500 million represents a measure of justice and some real compensation that will ease the financial burden of their suffering.” SP AusNet said ...

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

    Australia awards HK$8.35b asylum seeker centre contract amid controversy

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 02:47pm by Reuters

    ... centres. The centres on the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus island have been plagued by security and infrastructure problems and have been criticised by human rights groups and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Last week, one asylum seeker was killed and at least 77 injured in violent clashes at the Manus Island detention centre. Australia uses ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1434053/australia-awards-hk835b-asylum-seeker-centre-contract-amid-controversy
  9. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Unesco rejects move to revoke Tasmanian World Heritage status

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

    ... statement, the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Wilderness Society, Environment Tasmania and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre said it was a win for common sense. "The World Heritage ...

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

    Sri Lankan asylum seeker dies from his burns after Australian visa protest

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 01:41am by AFP

    ... shut on Sunday in a mass hunger strike at an immigration detention centre on Christmas Island, Australia's outpost in the Indian Ocean. About 400 asylum seekers were refusing food as part of a protest against the death of Iranian Reza Barati, who was killed in a riot this year at another Australian detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1523916/sri-lankan-asylum-seeker-dies-his-burns-after-australian-visa-protest

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