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  1. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian parliament repeals carbon tax, emissions trading scheme

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

    ... On Thursday, the Senate voted 39 to 32 to dump the carbon tax and planned ETS with the support of mining magnate Clive Palmer, whose Palmer United Party (PUP) holds the balance of power in the chamber. ... a climate-change sceptic, has long argued that the carbon tax is a burden on industry and consumers in a country reliant on coal-fired power and does little to cut emissions. The tax saw 348 of Australia’s ...

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

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

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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Right-to-die doctor is suspended Prominent Australian right-to-die doctor Philip Nitschke yesterday vowed to continue giving advice on how to end life after the Australian Medical Board used emergency powers to suspend him. Nitschke, who has campaigned on assisted suicide issues for more than a decade, was banned in a late-night sitting of the board ...

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

    Record US$470m settlement reached in Australia wildfire lawsuit

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 04:34pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Sydney More than 5,000 people joined the class action against electricity provider SP AusNet, arguing the company was negligent because it hadn’t maintained its power ... was negligent because it hadn’t maintained its power lines, which sparked the fire. The group also sued Utility Services Corporation, which SP AusNet hired to maintain the lines, and the Victorian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554794/record-us470m-settlement-reached-australia-wildfire-lawsuit
  4. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Survivors of Australian bush fire win HK$3.6 billion in class action settlement

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 11:13pm by AP

    ... provider SP AusNet, arguing that the company was negligent because it had not maintained its power lines, which sparked the fire. The group also sued Utility Services Corporation, which SP AusNet ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554901/survivors-australian-bush-fire-win-hk36-billion-class-action-settlement
  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia boosts air power with purchase of 58 F-35s fighter jets from US

    Posted Apr 23rd 2014, 01:14pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Delivery of advanced F-35s fighter jets will "ensure our edge as a regional power" Australian Prime Minister says over air power acquisition ... as a regional power.” Abbott said the F-35 will “provide a major boost to the Australian Defence Force’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities”. “The acquisition of F-35 aircraft ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1495042/australia-boosts-air-power-purchase-58-f-35s-fighter-jets-us
  6. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Tony Abbott tries again to repeal carbon tax with Senate shake-up due

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 09:12pm by BLOOM

    ... Palmer- will hold the balance of power. This means Abbott will have to negotiate with the mining magnate to pass the laws, previously rejected by opposition lawmakers. The government has said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1539053/tony-abbott-tries-again-repeal-carbon-tax-senate-shake-due
  7. News - World - AUSTRALIA

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

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

    ... fiery misogyny speech in 2012 targeting Abbott as "powerful", and said it was "a brilliant speech" in building support for the country's first female leader. But she ...

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

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

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

    ... the past decade that led to the rise of President Xi Jinping. Foreign Policy magazine reported in 2012 that Zeng Wei was involved in the clandestine privatisation of the state-owned Luneng power ...

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

    Asylum seekers’ families sue Australia over shipwreck off Christmas Island

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 10:29pm by AFP

    ... vessels to rescue them were not adequate. The group on board drifted for about an hour after losing engine power and only one man managed to leap to safety before the surging waves smashed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1535193/asylum-seekers-families-sue-australia-over-shipwreck-christmas-island
  10. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Total solar eclipse seen across northern Australia

    Posted Nov 15th 2012, 12:00am by Associated Press in Sydney

    ... Associated Press in Sydney First complete solar eclipse in country's north in 1,300 years draws over 50,000 visitors Total solar eclipse stuns watchers in Australia From boats bobbing ... as the sun, moon and earth aligned and plunged northern Australia into darkness during a total solar eclipse yesterday. Stubborn clouds that many feared would ruin the rare view parted- somewhat- ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1082466/total-solar-eclipse-seen-across-northern-australia

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