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  1. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Chinese buying of Australian homes surges

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 05:44am by BLOOM

    ... is benefiting from surging demand from China, where the housing market is faltering. Chinese purchasers overtook Americans to become the biggest buyers of real estate in Australia in the 12 months ... last week. Authorities are trying to avert a collapse of the real estate market after data showed housing prices fell in 55 of 70 cities in June from May, the most since January 2011 when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1567889/chinese-buying-australian-homes-surges
  2. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Gains in Australian home prices defy talk of market correction

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 05:15am by Reuters

    ... welcomed by policymakers as necessary to encourage a much-needed revival in homebuilding, which is already under way. RPData research director Tim Lawless said the housing market should record ... However, as listings inevitably rise sharply over the coming months, this will create the greatest test for the Sydney and Melbourne housing markets in terms of how strong value growth ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1567067/gains-australian-home-prices-defy-talk-market-correction
  3. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Pro-Palestine gang 'threatens to kill' Jewish children on school bus in Australia

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 11:38am by AP

    ... Minister Victor Dominello condemned the attack, saying: "Public abuse and intimidation on the grounds of race or religion is deplorable." "The people of NSW will never excuse ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1568165/pro-palestine-gang-threatens-kill-jewish-children-school-bus-australia
  4. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Time to flush your drugs: airline’s tip for arrival in Sydney brings apology

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 09:52pm by AP

    ... he added. The newspaper said the warning prompted passengers to rush for the toilets. A Jetstar spokesman said the public response had been mixed. "The crew member's words were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1562913/time-flush-your-drugs-airlines-tip-arrival-sydney-brings-apology
  5. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Right-to-die doctor Philip Nitschke suspended after Perth widower's suicide

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 11:38pm by AFP

    ... it was "clearly stupid" to claim he was a public safety risk. Assisted suicide, or euthanasia, is banned in Australia although it was legal for a time in the Northern Territory before the law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1558336/right-die-doctor-philip-nitschke-suspended-after-perth-widowers-suicide
  6. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian parliament repeals carbon tax, emissions trading scheme

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 11:18am by Reuters in Sydney

    ... Reuters in Sydney Australia on Thursday became the first country in the world to scrap a carbon tax as the upper house of the legislature also discarded plans for a trading scheme based ... campaign, but his Liberal-National coalition struggled to repeal the legislation without control of the upper house Senate. “This is an appalling day for Australia.” Senator Christine Milne ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1555539/australian-parliament-repeals-carbon-tax-emissions-trading-scheme
  7. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Foreigners push up Australian home prices

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 04:49am by BLOOM

    ... to March, a 93 per cent jump from the same period a year earlier, UBS said. Overseas investment in housing in Australia was now 13 per cent of total turnover, compared with a trend of 8 per cent, ... estate amid concerns that overseas demand is pushing up prices and making housing unaffordable for domestic buyers. Housing prices climbed 10.7 per cent across Australia's eight state ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1544377/foreigners-push-australian-home-prices
  8. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Zeng Wei angers Sydney by knocking down 106-year-old harbour mansion

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 11:25pm by WASHPOST

    ... of a former senior member of China's Politburo for A$32.4 million (HK$235 million). The new owners, Zeng Wei and Jiang Mei, sought permission to demolish the two-storey brick house and replace ... of new houses and flats in Sydney are bought by Chinese citizens. In Melbourne, the figure is14 per cent. These figures are likely to rise. To stimulate the economy, the Australian government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1535689/zeng-wei-angers-sydney-knocking-down-106-year-old-harbour-mansion
  9. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Opera Australia sacks leading soprano Tamar Iveri over anti-gay comments

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 09:08pm by AFP

    ... culminating as Iveri was due to perform the role of Desdemona in Verdi's Otello from July 5 at the Sydney Opera House. Many people threatened to boycott the company or cancel subscriptions. "Opera Australia has reached agreement with Ms Iveri to immediately release her from her contract," it said yesterday. "Ms Iveri and her husband have both made public statements ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1539056/opera-australia-sacks-leading-soprano-tamar-iveri-over-anti-gay-comments
  10. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    UNHCR 'concern' over Australia's handling of Sri Lankan refugees

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 09:44pm by AFP

    ... six months. In Sri Lanka, while the navy maintained publicly that no transfer had taken place, an official said at least 50 of its nationals could be returned. "There are discussions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1546699/unhcr-concern-over-australias-handling-sri-lankan-refugees

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