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  1. Asylum seekers still held despite ruling

    Posted Jul 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Danny Mok

    ... with the relevant provisions in the Immigration Ordinance. 'We note that the Court of Appeal judgment [on Friday] does not rule that the government has no power to detain a torture claimant pending his or her removal under the Immigration Ordinance,' he said. The bureau took note of the Court of Appeal's observation that under Article 5 of the Hong Kong Bill of Rights, detention must ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/646079/asylum-seekers-still-held-despite-ruling
  2. Officer jailed over Chinese immigrant scam

    Posted Jun 06th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... to Australia in early 2006. Moon, 69, who worked in the immigration department's Sydney office, was sentenced on Wednesday to at least nine months in prison after admitting two counts ... Nick Squires in Sydney A corrupt Australian immigration officer has been jailed for fast-tracking the citizenship applications of more than 100 Chinese immigrants. David Moon, who signed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/640417/officer-jailed-over-chinese-immigrant-scam
  3. Australia relaxes study visa requirements

    Posted Sep 27th 2008, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... Liz Gooch Hong Kong students wanting to study non-award courses in Australia will find it easier to apply for visas, thanks to recent changes by the country's immigration department. ... after the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship found students from Hong Kong to be among those with a good record of complying with their visa conditions. Consequently, visa ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/654118/australia-relaxes-study-visa-requirements
  4. Can Australia ever be part of a united Asia?

    Posted Jun 16th 2008, 12:00am by Glen Norris

    ... cent of the population is of Asian extraction, and the political hurdles to increasing that ratio through immigration cannot be underestimated. But changing attitudes inside Australia ... Glen Norris Could Australia and its Asian neighbours one day share the same currency and allow free movement across their borders? The idea of an Asian Union involving Australia would have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/641762/can-australia-ever-be-part-united-asia
  5. A lifeline under threat

    Posted Sep 12th 2008, 12:00am by Chris McCall

    ... juice brands. In the last century, particularly after the second world war, Greek and Italian immigrants to Australia realised that the region's climate was similar to the one they had left ... Overuse of the Murray River's resources has reached crisis point, but a solution is a long way off, writes Chris McCall Smoke is rising again over Australia's drought-stricken ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/652270/lifeline-under-threat
  6. Balding plays down Vase chance with improving Buccellati

    Posted Dec 13th 2008, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... favourite, we have to see.' Buccellati's eventual future will be in Australia, where he is owned, but Balding is hopeful Sunday's first Group One test can be the start of a transition ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/663682/balding-plays-down-vase-chance-improving-buccellati
  7. Familiarity boosts scientific collaboration

    Posted Jun 24th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... University. He said that for many years, most members of Chinese delegations to Australia were elderly scientists whose experience with the western world was limited, making interaction passive. ... countries. Nevertheless, there are still differences, one of the major ones being the relationship between science and government in the two countries. In Australia, the Academy of Science ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/642760/familiarity-boosts-scientific-collaboration
  8. Debate over 'cash cows' simmers Down Under

    Posted Sep 06th 2008, 12:00am by Geoffrey Maslen

    ... in Britain, the US and Australia complain that foreign students are being allowed to enrol without adequate preparation simply because they bring much-needed revenue to cash-strapped institutions. ... Birrell analysed English test results compiled by the Australian Immigration Department. Since 2004 the department has required foreign students graduating from Australian universities who want ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/651579/debate-over-cash-cows-simmers-down-under
  9. Now it's Washington's turn to apologise

    Posted Feb 19th 2008, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... apology is the latest indication that governments, especially of countries that are primarily immigrant societies, have belatedly come to recognise that they owe a profound debt ... time, an African-American politician is a serious candidate for the presidency. The apology by Australia to its mistreated indigenous inhabitants comes a decade after a similar apology ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/626728/now-its-washingtons-turn-apologise
  10. Ambassador role calls for lively and energetic patriot

    Posted Feb 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Jolene Otremba

    ... would require initiating, developing and implementing communications strategies and programmes to support Australia's foreign, trade, immigration, cultural policies and objectives, ... this important role as an ambassador for Australia. Applicants are invited to apply for the position of director of public affairs with the Australian consulate, Hong Kong. 'The public affairs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/627211/ambassador-role-calls-lively-and-energetic-patriot

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