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  1. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian PM announces September 14 elections

    Posted Jan 30th 2013, 11:18am by Associated Press in Canberra

    ... Associated Press in Canberra Prime Minister Julia Gillard surprised Australians on Wednesday by announcing that elections will be held September 14, in a country where governments have traditionally given the opposition little more than a month’s notice to keep a strategic advantage. In a speech to the National Press Gallery, Gillard said she wanted to create an environment in which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1139170/australian-pm-announces-september-14-elections
  2. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia’s likely new PM not particularly liked

    Posted Sep 05th 2013, 02:42pm by Associated Press in Canberra

    ... Associated Press in Canberra Tony Abbott, the political pugilist who leads Australia’s opposition, was once dubbed “unelectable” by a former boss, but as elections near he seems certain ... conservative has never been very popular nationally. His Liberal Party colleagues elected him their leader by just a single vote in 2009. “Polarising” is an adjective often used to describe him. He ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1303926/australias-likely-new-pm-not-particularly-liked
  3. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Retirees spark trailer park home boom in Australia

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 05:09am by Bloomberg

    ... and 2060, according to a report last November by the Productivity Commission, the government's independent advisory body. It projects there will be more people older than 100 by 2100 than ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1616307/retirees-spark-trailer-park-home-boom-australia
  4. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian gets life term for nursing home fires

    Posted Aug 01st 2013, 11:48am by Associated Press in Sydney

    ... Associated Press in Sydney A nurse who set a Sydney nursing home on fire, killing 11 residents and wounding several others, was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison, with the judge ... as “heinous,” “atrocious” and “greatly reprehensible.” “The pain and terror experienced by all of the victims must have been horrific,” Latham said. “For those who were unable to move independently ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1293539/australian-gets-life-term-nursing-home-fires
  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia to prohibit secret service torture of terrorism suspects

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 12:47pm by Associated Press in Canberra

    ... Associated Press in Canberra Torture of terrorism suspects will be specifically prohibited under Australian law after the opposition and other critics complained that officers should ... for that reason, I’m perfectly happy that this addition is placed into the proposed legislation.” George Williams, a University of New South Wales legal expert, said the amendment to specifically prohibit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1597895/australia-prohibit-secret-service-torture-terrorism-suspects
  6. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia proposes new tax for disability welfare

    Posted May 01st 2013, 01:14pm by Associated Press in Canberra

    ... Associated Press in Canberra Prime Minister Julia Gillard has pinned her government’s re-election hopes on a new welfare scheme for the disabled, proposing on Tuesday a new tax to better ... business competitiveness. “To announce what we have today, we’ve needed to make a choice,” Gillard told reporters. “I will be asking the nation in September to make a choice too. To endorse ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1227432/australia-proposes-new-tax-disability-welfare
  7. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Australian police shoot dead teenage terror suspect after two officers stabbed

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 11:05am

    ... The 18-year-old, reportedly associated with the Islamic group Al-Furqan, was killed on Tuesday evening, having arrived at a police station on the outskirts of Melbourne to attend a “routine” interview. He ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1599328/australian-police-shoot-dead-teenage-terror-suspect-after-two-officers
  8. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia's ex-PM Howard ‘embarrassed’ by Iraq war dossier on weapons of mass destruction

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 02:00pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... in the American national intelligence assessment late in November 2002,” he told the Seven Network in an interview late on Sunday. “I felt embarrassed and I did my best to explain... that it wasn’t ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1597923/australias-ex-pm-howard-embarrassed-iraq-war-dossier-weapons-mass
  9. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian hospital treats suspected Ebola case

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 09:59am by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... with the standard national protocols for isolation of patients who are potentially at risk of Ebola disease,” the director of infectious diseases at Gold Coast University Hospital, John Gerrard said. “I ... will face thousands of new cases in the coming weeks. Sanjaya Senanayake, an infectious diseases physician at the Australian National University Medical School, described the case as a wake-up call. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1589991/australian-hospital-treats-suspected-ebola-case
  10. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Wildfires rage across Australia amid searing heat

    Posted Jan 08th 2013, 12:26pm by Associated Press in Sydney

    ... Associated Press in Sydney Firefighters battled scores of wildfires raging across southeastern Australia on Tuesday as authorities evacuated national parks and warned that blistering ... Tasmania since Friday. In New South Wales, the country’s most populous state, the fires had burned through more than 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) of land. All state forests and national parks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1122840/wildfires-rage-across-australia-amid-searing-heat

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