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  1. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Fire destroys 80 cars at Sydney Olympic stadium

    Posted Oct 14th 2013, 04:09pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Fire chief says grass fire that spread to vehicles probably caused by cigarette butt Eighty cars were destroyed or badly damaged in a devastating fire at Sydney’s Olympic Park which investigators on Monday said was likely started by a “stupid” individual discarding a cigarette. More than 50 firefighters battled the blaze in the car park ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1331487/fire-destroys-80-cars-sydney-olympic-stadium
  2. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian PM wavers on asylum during Indonesia trip

    Posted Oct 01st 2013, 04:06pm by Agence France-Presse in Jakarta

    ... Agence France-Presse in Jakarta Tony Abbott strikes conciliatory tone as he seeks to strengthen business ties with Indonesia Australia’s new Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday said he remained committed to crushing the “evil scourge” of people-smuggling but appeared to waver on some of the key elements of his hardline boatpeople policy. On a trip to Jakarta, where officials have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1322151/australian-pm-wavers-asylum-during-indonesia-trip
  3. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Adelaide Zoo’s giant pandas fail to breed

    Posted Sep 23rd 2013, 04:03pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Breeding blow for Australian scientists It was back to the drawing board for Australian scientists on Monday after another breeding season for giant pandas failed to produce results at the Adelaide Zoo. Wang Wang and Funi arrived in Australia on a decade-long loan from China in late 2009 and there were hopes of breeding the Southern Hemisphere’s ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1315963/adelaide-zoos-giant-pandas-fail-breed
  4. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Abbott abolishes Australia’s climate watchdog

    Posted Sep 19th 2013, 05:01pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia’s new conservative government on Thursday abolished an independent climate change commission set up by the previous Labor administration, as part of its plans to streamline bureaucracy. The Climate Commission was set up to provide apolitical and reliable information to the public about the science of climate change, emissions targets ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1313071/abbott-abolishes-australias-climate-watchdog
  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Tony Abbott says job now is to keep public trust

    Posted Sep 13th 2013, 02:18pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott said Friday the time to savour victory was over, telling his party they had won the trust of Australia and their job now was to keep it. The conservative ended six years of Labor rule last weekend, with the race to replace deposed leader Kevin Rudd now a two-man contest after former deputy prime minister Anthony ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1309047/tony-abbott-says-job-now-keep-public-trust
  6. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Rudd wants to be Australian leader again

    Posted Sep 12th 2013, 01:39pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd plans to make a comeback and serve as the country’s leader for a third time, a senior Labor party figure claimed on Thursday. Rudd’s popularity with the Australian public came crashing down on Saturday when he was soundly defeated by conservative Tony Abbott as voters punished Labor at the ballot box for years ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1308753/rudd-wants-be-australian-leader-again
  7. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Protesters heckle Australian leaders

    Posted Sep 07th 2013, 03:58pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and conservative rival Tony Abbott were both raucously heckled by refugee advocates on Saturday as Australia voted in a general election. In south Sydney, a group of protesters tried to block the path of the poll favourite opposition leader, screaming: “Refugees welcome, Abbott is not”. Security men intervened ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1305630/protesters-heckle-australian-leaders
  8. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Rudd concedes defeat to Abbott in Australian elections

    Posted Sep 07th 2013, 08:25pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott becomes Australia's new prime minister Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Saturday conceded defeat to conservative challenger Tony Abbott in Australian elections and said he will step down as Labor leader as voters punished the party for internal warfare. Some 100 minutes after the polls closed, Rudd mounted the stage ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1305741/rudd-concedes-defeat-abbott-australian-elections
  9. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Abbott vows Australia’s focus will be Asia

    Posted Sep 04th 2013, 10:41am by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australian election frontrunner Tony Abbott on Wednesday said Asia will be his top foreign policy priority if he wins office as the influential Fairfax Media turned on incumbent Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. The conservative Abbott, whose diplomatic credentials came under fire this week after he said the Syria conflict was “baddies versus baddies”, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1303096/abbott-vows-australias-focus-will-be-asia
  10. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia’s Rudd battles Murdoch press

    Posted Sep 03rd 2013, 04:06pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Rupert Murdoch’s clout in Britain and the United States might have diminished, but in Australia he dominates the media landscape, playing a prominent role in undermining Kevin Rudd’s dream of retaining power, analysts say. While the ruling Labor party has long trailed the Tony Abbott-led conservative opposition in opinion polls, Rudd’s ousting of Julia ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1302576/australias-rudd-battles-murdoch-press

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