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  1. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Retirees spark trailer park home boom in Australia

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

    ... Purnell, 75, and his wife Patricia, 72, moved into a factory-built house in a converted trailer park west of Sydney this year, eschewing traditional retirement communities and other homes in the area. "Retirement villages are quite expensive," Patricia, a former payroll clerk at a seniors facility, said in an interview in their A$254,000 (HK$1.74 million), 1,722 square foot ...

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

    Australian government plans to raise pension entitlement age to 70 by 2035

    Posted May 03rd 2014, 05:16am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia unveils plan to raise pension age to 70 The Australian government said yesterday that it wants to raise the age for pension entitlement to 70- the highest in the developed world- by 2035 to help cope with its ageing population. Treasurer Joe Hockey said the previous Labor government planned to raise the age from 65 to 67 in 2023 and the new ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1502874/australian-government-plans-raise-pension-entitlement-age-70-2035
  3. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia to prohibit secret service torture of terrorism suspects

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

    ... planned to indemnify Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) officers against all criminal offences committed in the course of their undercover work except for homicide, causing ... under preventative detention orders, but have since been released. A sunset clause means the legislation that created the orders will expire in December next year. The government had planned ...

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

    Australian PM cites ‘chatter’ over attacks on government, parliament

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 12:03pm by Reuters in Sydney

    ... Reuters in Sydney Tony Abbott says intelligence sources picked up information outlining proposed attack on Australian politicians or government buildings prior to ant-terrorism raids on Thursday Intelligence “chatter” has revealed that militants plan to attack Australian politicians and government buildings, Australia’s prime minister said on Friday, a day after hundreds of police ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1595909/australian-pm-cites-chatter-over-attacks-government-parliament
  5. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Mining giants may dump dredging waste onshore, not on Barrier Reef

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:18pm by Reuters

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Consortium may take dredging waste to onshore site, instead of marine heritage site Mining firm may shelve Barrier Reef dump plan An India-backed mining consortium could shelve controversial plans to dump dredging waste on the Great Barrier Reef, with alternative sites on land being considered amid growing environmental concerns, Australia said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583874/mining-giants-may-dump-dredging-waste-onshore-not-barrier-reef
  6. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    State of Great Barrier Reef likely to worsen, Canberra admits

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 09:40pm by Reuters

    ... to control major sources of damage to the World Heritage-listed icon, the government said yesterday. Canberra released a five-yearly review of the reef and plans to protect it to deal with concerns ... to stop a planned coal port expansion involving millions of cubic metres of sand dredged and dumped near the reef. The reef has the world's largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1572300/state-great-barrier-reef-likely-worsen-canberra-admits
  7. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott dubs Russia ‘a bully’ over sanctions

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 04:10pm by Associated Press in Sydney

    ... sanctions while Australian police were at the crash site searching for bodies amid the wreckage. But he plans to take action now. “We are working towards stronger sanctions,” Abbott said. “Now ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1569200/australian-prime-minister-tony-abbott-dubs-russia-bully-over-sanctions
  8. 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 on emissions The Australian Senate voted on Thursday to scrap the country’s carbon tax and plans for emissions trading, a major victory for conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott that leaves ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1555539/australian-parliament-repeals-carbon-tax-emissions-trading-scheme
  9. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Tony Abbott a sexist, not a misogynist, says outgoing senator

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 03:26am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Abbott 'a sexist, not a misogynist' Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is "a sexist" rather than a misogynist, a retiring politician from his party says, adding he was one of many in parliament. Liberal Senator Sue Boyce, who is leaving politics at the end of the month, described former prime minister Julia Gillard's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1538372/tony-abbott-sexist-not-misogynist-says-outgoing-senator
  10. News - World - AUSTRALIA

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

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

    ... it, at a cost of A$4.5 million, with a five-level concrete structure with huge windows. The plan horrified some neighbours and government officials, who thought the building would be too big ...

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

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