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  1. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia offering asylum seekers up to A$10,000 to return to home country

    Posted Jun 22nd 2014, 04:57am by AFP

    ... if they voluntarily return to their home country, a report said yesterday, prompting outrage from refugee campaigners. Those returning to Lebanon from detention centres on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island ... Nepal and Myanmar A$3,300, The Sydney Morning Herald report said. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said "return packages" were standard practice but would not reveal what ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1538008/australia-offering-asylum-seekers-a10000-return-home-country
  2. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Firemen rescue Asian backpackers living in squalor at Sydney industrial site

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 12:39am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Firemen rescue Asian backpackers living in squalor at factory site At least 15 people, reportedly backpackers from Japan and South Korea, were rescued ... in their late teens and early 20s and from Japan and South Korea, although a New South Wales police spokeswoman could not confirm their identities. "When firefighters arrived they thought they had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1545072/firemen-rescue-asian-backpackers-living-squalor-sydney-industrial-site
  3. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia PM denies closer ties with Japan will hurt China relations after Abe visit

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 10:47am by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... is that when it comes to international friendships, it is not a zero sum game. It is possible to strengthen a range of friendships simultaneously,” he said when asked by reporters if ties with Beijing ... Canberra backed comments by the United States accusing China of “destabilising” actions in the South China Sea, where it is involved in territorial disputes. Bishop herself earned the ire ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1550920/australia-pm-denies-closer-ties-japan-will-hurt-china-relations-after-abe
  4. 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
  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Record US$470m settlement reached in Australia wildfire lawsuit

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

    ... It will then take 12 to 18 months to distribute the payouts, he said. “No amount of money will ever compensate those who were affected by the fire for the losses they have suffered,” Watson told reporters ...

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

    Australian high court blocks return of 153 refugees to Sri Lanka

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 10:49pm by AFP

    ... notice would be given before any of the asylum seekers, now reportedly held on a Customs boat, were handed back to Colombo as the court looks to provide clarity around the government's ... and four women- would be charged with attempting to leave the country illegally, a crime punishable by up to two years in jail. Twenty-seven of the group were granted bail yesterday in a court ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1549946/australian-high-court-blocks-return-153-refugees-sri-lanka
  7. News - World - AUSTRALIA

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

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

    ... concern' on fate of refugees The UN has expressed "profound concern" over reports Australia is screening Sri Lankan asylum seekers at sea and sending them back. Prime Minister Tony Abbott denied breaking international law. Concern has been mounting over the fate of two boats, one reportedly carrying 153 Tamil Sri Lankan asylum seekers and another with 50 on board, intercepted ...

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

    Foreigners push up Australian home prices

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

    ... UBS economists Scott Haslem and George Tharenou wrote in a report. About 78 per cent of purchases were of new properties. The parliament is conducting an inquiry into foreign buying of real ... rose despite a relatively expensive valuation and Australian dollar," Haslem and Tharenou wrote in the report. "We see a likely ongoing long-term uptrend of foreign investment ...

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

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

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

    ... since it was introduced in 1908. While no members of the OECD group of rich countries yet have an official retirement age as high as 70, the effective age for men in Japan and South Korea is close to this despite an official retirement age of 60, a recent report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said. Hockey said any Australians getting the pension now ...

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

    Australia will manage less than third of its pledged carbon cuts, report says

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 02:37pm by Reuters in Sydney

    ... the economy.” Tony Abbott Reputex, a major carbon market analysis firm in Australia, in a report released on Thursday said the fund would fall far short of meeting a target of cutting emissions to 5 per ... to the report. If it sets the price around A$10 per tonne, the level the government has indicated it would be willing to pay, emissions are unlikely to drop by more than 30 million tonnes over ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1530742/australia-will-manage-less-third-its-pledged-carbon-cuts-report-says

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