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  1. 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 Commissioner Greg Mullins said firefighters were shocked to find people living at the industrial site when they were called to the large inner-city blaze in the early hours. The group were ...

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

    State of Great Barrier Reef likely to worsen, Canberra admits

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

    ... did not absolve the mining industry, which was digging up coal for export, adding to climate change and expanding ports along the reef. "The greatest risk is climate change," said ... to climate change is: that's mining coal for export." The Queensland Resources Council, which represents the mining industry, said it backed the state government's plans to improve ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1572300/state-great-barrier-reef-likely-worsen-canberra-admits
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian parliament repeals carbon tax, emissions trading scheme

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

    ... a climate-change sceptic, has long argued that the carbon tax is a burden on industry and consumers in a country reliant on coal-fired power and does little to cut emissions. The tax saw 348 of Australia’s ...

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

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

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

    ... the typical household A$550 (HK$4,000) a year through lower electricity prices. Australia has the highest per capita fossil fuel emissions among industrial countries. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1539053/tony-abbott-tries-again-repeal-carbon-tax-senate-shake-due
  7. 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

    ... 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
  8. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian PM Tony Abbot mulling new deficit reduction tax, despite campaign pledge

    Posted Apr 29th 2014, 12:44pm by Associated Press in Canberra

    ... fuelled by Chinese industrial demand for iron ore and coal helped Australia avoid a recession during the global financial crisis. But the boom has passed and the economy is slowing along ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1499813/australian-pm-tony-abbot-mulling-new-deficit-reduction-tax-despite
  9. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Tony Abbott says wink during granny's talk-show phone-sex confession was mistake

    Posted May 22nd 2014, 10:36pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Canberra Abbott now says talk show wink was a 'mistake' Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott acknowledged yesterday that he made a mistake when he smiled and winked in a talk radio studio while listening to an elderly woman pensioner say she had been forced to become a phone-sex worker because of her financial difficulties. I should have been more ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1518027/tony-abbott-says-wink-during-grannys-talk-show-phone-sex-confession-was
  10. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Home sales data points to recovery in Australia

    Posted May 07th 2014, 05:01am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Sydney Home sales data points to recovery in Australia Sales of new homes in Australia rose again in March, capping a solid quarter that showed a broadening recovery in the housing sector, an industry survey showed. The Housing Industry Association said its survey of large builders showed sales of new homes rose 0.2 per cent from February, taking the quarterly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1505917/home-sales-data-points-recovery-australia

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