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  1. The challenge of anti-Chinese resentment

    Posted Apr 26th 2005, 12:00am by Greg Barns

    ... Australia no longer bars immigrants on the basis of race or skin colour, there is still unease in some quarters about Chinese and, more generally, Asian migration and cultural influence. China ... the xenophobic underbelly of Australian society has reared its head. In 1984, one of Australia's most popular historians, Geoffrey Blainey, questioned the level of Asian immigration to Australia ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Immigration boost proposed to ease skilled-labour shortage

    Posted Mar 04th 2005, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires in Sydney Australia has flagged plans to accept an extra 20,000 skilled immigrants in an attempt to offset a critical labour shortage. Years of economic growth, an ageing ... in Australia. The government will formally consider the plan in the next few weeks, with an announcement to be made next month or May. The proposed boost in the immigration quota comes amid warnings ...

  4. Asian immigrant vote crucial as outgoing PM's seat on knife-edge

    Posted Nov 25th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... by Asian immigrants. If confirmed, the loss of his constituency, Bennelong, would make Mr Howard the first sitting Australian prime minister since 1929 to be dumped by voters. He had represented ... putting the brakes on immigration and because of his tough stance against asylum seekers. Asian immigrants also worry about the citizenship test the government introduced this year, which they see ...

  5. Arrests underscore challenges for Australia

    Posted Aug 05th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... has heightened concern in Australia about extremism in its Muslim communities, the country's involvement in Afghanistan and its approach to immigration. Australia's close security ... but more than 1,000 soldiers are fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. At least 90 Australians have been killed in bombings by Muslim extremists in Indonesia since 2002. Throughout, Australia has ...

  6. Australian accent on US role in Asia-Pacific

    Posted Jun 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... to Australia in Southeast Asia. To be sure, American political and military leaders still have public words of praise for the alliances with Japan and South Korea. But there is little doubt that the long-standing partnership with Australia is blossoming into a robust alliance. Japan is seen as a grudging, indecisive partner unwilling to commit to a vibrant alliance. Military ties are on solid ...

  7. Is Australia finally ready to embrace Asia?

    Posted Aug 01st 2007, 12:00am by Glen Norris

    ... European', according to the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs. Only 4.5 per cent is Asian. Yet, for many potential immigrants, Australia- a nation of 20 million ... Glen Norris Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently presented a stark message to Australia- the country that's still an outsider in the fastest-growing region ...

  8. Australia, NZ fight for skilled labour

    Posted Mar 10th 2005, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires in Sydney Wellington hopes to tackle shortage of tradesmen and professionals by coaxing expats in Australia to return home They have been sporting adversaries for years, but now Australia and New Zealand have something else to fight over: skilled labour. Both countries are experiencing an acute lack of skilled workers such as mechanics, plumbers and electricians, ...

  9. Seeking the soul of Howard's Australia

    Posted Mar 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Australia's quiet, unassuming prime minister, John Howard, does not give the impression of being a mover and shaker. Yet in his decade at the helm, he has indelibly changed the face ... Wilson once wryly observed, then the decade Mr Howard has held power surely counts as an eon- and in that time, even mountains must move. In Australia they have, and continue to. Most ...

  10. Six asylum seekers restart hunger strike

    Posted Aug 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... Norma Connolly Six asylum seekers at an immigration detention centre in Tuen Mun have resumed a hunger strike to press their demand for immediate release. The hunger strikers, some of whom ... Convention Against Torture, and as such cannot be repatriated unless their claims are turned down by the government. An Immigration Department spokeswoman said none of the six hunger strikers ...




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