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  1. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian high court blocks return of 153 refugees to Sri Lanka

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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney As court halts transfer of 153 Sri Lankans from boat, government agrees 72-hour notice period Canberra admits asylum seekers being held at sea Australian government lawyers yesterday admitted that 153 Sri Lankan asylum seekers were in Australian custody on the high seas and agreed to give 72 hours' notice before handing any back to Colombo, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1549946/australian-high-court-blocks-return-153-refugees-sri-lanka
  2. 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

    ... had been hurt. “We want a better friendship with Japan, and I think pretty obviously we are getting that, but we also want a better friendship with China. “We are working on a free trade deal ...

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

    Firemen rescue Asian backpackers living in squalor at Sydney industrial site

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

    ... Commissioner Greg Mullins said firefighters were shocked to find people living at the industrial site when they were called to the large inner-city blaze in the early hours. The group were ... flames." Firefighters spent several hours battling the blaze before it was put out. He said investigators were still trying to determine how it started. Initial reports suggested it began ...

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

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

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

    ... for winking during a testy radio chat about the tough May budget with a female pensioner who worked on a sex phone line. Former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote in her book Hard Choices, which was released earlier this month, that Gillard faced "outrageous sexism" and that "women in public life still face an unfair double standard". Boyce, who ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1538372/tony-abbott-sexist-not-misogynist-says-outgoing-senator
  5. 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

    ... 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 the maximum payments had been. "It has been the standard practice for more than a decade for settlement packages to be offered to those who voluntarily return home," Morrison said. "The ...

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

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

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

    ... in the last 48 hours with regards to comments attributed to Ms Iveri. Ms Iveri has unreservedly apologised for those comments and views. Opera Australia believes the views as stated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1539056/opera-australia-sacks-leading-soprano-tamar-iveri-over-anti-gay-comments
  7. 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
  8. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Foreign minister says 150 Australians are fighting in Syria, Iraq

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 01:24pm by Associated Press in Canberra

    ... are concerned that Australians are working with them, becoming radicalised, learning the terrorist trade and if they come back to Australia, of course it poses a security threat and we’re doing what we ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1536096/foreign-minister-says-150-australians-are-fighting-syria-iraq
  9. 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

    ... funding. The government plans to launch the fund in July, but has deferred some key decisions on how it will work, such as whether there should be a punishment for companies if their emissions ...

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

    Australian PM works to sell harsh budget as ‘pain with a purpose’

    Posted May 13th 2014, 11:10am by Agence France-Presse in Canberra

    ... Agence France-Presse in Canberra Tony Abbott expects voter backlash after his conservative government brings in a belt-tightening budget designed to rein in Australia's ballooning deficit Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott worked on Tuesday to sell his government’s first budget as one that will be painful but crucial for the nation’s future, as he braces for a voter ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1511168/australian-pm-works-sell-harsh-budget-pain-purpose

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