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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian PM questions Abbott diplomacy credentials

    Posted Aug 28th 2013, 11:14am by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday attacked election rival Tony Abbott, questioning his suitability to be a world leader handling complex ... conversations with the leaders of the United States, Britain and France in recent days on what action needs to taken against the Bashar al-Assad regime. “I really do question, having known Mr Abbott ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1300028/australian-pm-questions-abbott-diplomacy-credentials
  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian military cadets guilty in Skype sex case

    Posted Aug 28th 2013, 04:19pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Two former Australian military cadets were on Wednesday found guilty over a sex broadcasting scandal on Skype that triggered a major review of sexism and abuse in the defence force. Daniel McDonald, 21, and Dylan Deblaquiere, 20, were convicted by a Canberra jury of using a carriage service in an offensive manner over the so-called Skype scandal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1300089/australian-military-cadets-guilty-skype-sex-case
  6. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian PM on the defensive over asylum-seekers

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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was forced onto the defensive on the key election issue of asylum-seekers Saturday, three weeks ahead of national polls, with cracks appearing in his hardline refugee policy. Rudd’s so-called Papua New Guinea Solution allows people smuggled by boat to be sent to the impoverished Pacific nation even if found ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1297406/australian-pm-defensive-over-asylum-seekers
  7. News - Asia

    Australian quits election race after Islam gaffe

    Posted Aug 10th 2013, 12:02pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney A candidate for Australia’s anti-immigration One Nation party dropped out of the election race on Saturday after a blundering interview in which she referred to Islam as a country. Stephanie Banister, 27, had been campaigning for just 48 hours when she gave the interview to the Seven Network which quickly went viral online and saw her labelled ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1295771/australian-quits-election-race-after-islam-gaffe
  8. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Rape, torture claims at Australian asylum-seeker camp

    Posted Jul 24th 2013, 12:18pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australian Immigration Minister Tony Burke on Wednesday described as “horrific” explosive claims that asylum-seekers at one of its processing camps in Papua New Guinea are being raped and tortured. A former senior official at the Manus Island facility also detailed “almost daily” self-harm and attempted suicides while warning weapons were being ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1289713/rape-torture-claims-australian-asylum-seeker-camp
  9. 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 an unprecedented Asia-mining boom. Bowen, who served as assistant treasurer from late 2007 to mid- 2009 and was also minister for immigration, tertiary education and small business, was installed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1270887/new-treasurer-looks-keep-australia-out-recession
  10. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian PM subject of ‘grossly sexist’ menu

    Posted Jun 12th 2013, 07:07pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Wednesday accused the opposition of a pattern of misogynist behaviour, branding a menu for a party fundraiser “grossly sexist and offensive” after it featured a quail dish named after her that offered “small breasts” and “huge thighs”. The menu was used at a dinner in March for Mal Brough, a former ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1259262/australian-pm-subject-grossly-sexist-menu

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