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  1. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Australian homeowners paying off mortgages at breakneck pace

    Posted Apr 23rd 2014, 05:20am by Reuters

    ... have been sanguine about a run-up in house prices that some worry could become a bubble if left unchecked. Speculative froth in property is not hard to find. A tiny 15 square metre studio ... homeowners decided it was prudent to run down debt faster and chose to keep their payments up. From 2008 to 2012, consumer surveys consistently showed that around a quarter of all respondents ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1494491/australian-homeowners-paying-mortgages-breakneck-pace
  2. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia awards HK$8.35b asylum seeker centre contract amid controversy

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 02:47pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Sydney Australian management firm Transfield Services has won a A$1.2 billion (HK$8.35 billion) contract to run the country’s two troubled Pacific island immigration detention ... previously held the tender to run the Manus Island centre. It is under investigation by the Australian government to determine whether there was any misconduct by PNG G4S employees during the recent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1434053/australia-awards-hk835b-asylum-seeker-centre-contract-amid-controversy
  3. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Green group fights sand dump permit near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 01:21pm by Reuters in Melbourne

    ... of the damage was caused by tropical cyclones, 42 per cent by the crown-of-thorns starfish, and 10 per cent from bleaching. Water pollution from farm run-off has been blamed for spawning population ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1436247/green-group-fights-sand-dump-permit-near-australias-great-barrier-reef
  4. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Pauline Hanson to run in Australian election

    Posted Mar 07th 2013, 01:38pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australian anti-immigration firebrand Pauline Hanson said on Thursday she plans to run this year’s general election, saying politicians were out of touch ... seat in 1998 and subsequent attempts to win office failed, including a 2007 run for a national Senate seat in which she campaigned for an end to immigration by Muslims to protect “Australian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1185417/pauline-hanson-run-australian-election
  5. Sport - Other Sport - AUSTRALIA

    AOC to run own inquiry into Australian swimmers

    Posted Mar 08th 2013, 03:15pm by Agence France-Press in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Press in Sydney The Australian Olympic Committee on Friday appointed a barrister to lead its own investigation into drug use and bullying by Australian swimmers at last year’s London Games. The AOC on Friday said Bret Walker would begin inve ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1186252/aoc-run-own-inquiry-australian-swimmers
  6. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    American stage hypnotist Scott Lewis dies in fall from balcony in Sydney

    Posted Jan 12th 2014, 04:14pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney American stage hypnotist dies in fall from balcony in Sydney An American stage hypnotist in Sydney as part of a touring magic troupe died after plunging several storeys from an apartment balcony, reports said Sunday. Scott Lewis, a hypnotist-entertainer with a long-running Las Vegas show, fell to his death from a balcony in Sydney’s Goldsbrough ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1403784/american-stage-hypnotist-scott-lewis-dies-fall-balcony-sydney
  7. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Queensland drops negligent-death charges against surgeon Jayant Patel

    Posted Nov 15th 2013, 09:49pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Retrials of surgeon over patient deaths dropped Australian prosecutors yesterday dropped criminal negligence charges against an Indian-born surgeon who had been accused of the manslaughter of several patients, bringing an end to a long-running legal saga. The Queensland state director of public prosecutions said he had decided against proceeding ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1356923/queensland-drops-negligent-death-charges-against-surgeon-jayant-patel
  8. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey warns of US-style debt shutdown

    Posted Nov 15th 2013, 04:00am by AFP

    ... the government is running on borrowed money- that's what we inherited," Hockey told ABC radio, adding: "They're playing an irresponsible game here." Last month, the United States ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1356068/australian-treasurer-joe-hockey-warns-us-style-debt-shutdown
  9. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    ‘Aussie Taliban’ David Hicks vows to fight Guantanamo terror conviction

    Posted Nov 06th 2013, 02:46pm by AFP

    ... support for terrorism, but says it was made under duress after five-and-a-half years in the US military-run prison. On Tuesday his lawyers filed an appeal in the United States seeking to overturn ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1348992/aussie-taliban-david-hicks-vows-fight-guantanamo-terror-conviction
  10. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Military exercise sparked big Australian wildfire

    Posted Oct 24th 2013, 11:36am by Associated Press in Sydney

    ... an accident. “It wasn’t deliberate; it was a side effect of a routine activity, it would appear, and clearly there was no intention to see fire start up and run as a result of that activity,” ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1338626/military-exercise-sparked-big-australian-wildfire

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