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  1. 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 lines, which sparked the fire Survivors of one of Australia’s deadliest wildfires are to be awarded nearly A$500 million (US$470 million) in a class action settlement reached on Tuesday, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554794/record-us470m-settlement-reached-australia-wildfire-lawsuit
  2. 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

    ... Associated Press in Sydney Survivors of Australian bush fire win US$470m Survivors of one of Australia's deadliest bush fires are to be awarded nearly A$500 million (HK$3.6 billion) in a class action settlement reached yesterday, the largest such compensation in the nation's history. The fire, which killed 119 people, was the biggest in a series of blazes that tore through ...

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

    Australian high court blocks return of 153 refugees to Sri Lanka

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

    ... would complain to the UN over his treatment by Australian authorities and denied that he had been screened as a possible asylum seeker. "They never asked any questions. They just wanted us ... or may not be happening on the water, but I do want to assure everyone that what we do on the water is consistent with our legal obligations and consistent with safety at sea." The US ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1549946/australian-high-court-blocks-return-153-refugees-sri-lanka
  4. 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

    ... in 2020. The deal with US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin includes an option to buy a further 18 planes and is additional to the purchase of 14 F-35s Australia already approved in 2009. “The fifth ... to jobs and technology here in Australia.” Abbott said the planes would cost about US$90 million each but pointed out that one of the largest defence purchases Australia has ever made has long ...

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

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

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

    ... recently expanded a programme to grant permanent residence to foreigners prepared to invest at least A$5 million in Australian businesses. To date, 90 per cent of the applicants have been Chinese. ... generating company, which had more than US$9 billion in net assets. Zeng, who is reportedly in his mid-40s and has young children, did not respond to a letter seeking comment on the Sydney home. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1535689/zeng-wei-angers-sydney-knocking-down-106-year-old-harbour-mansion
  6. 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 ... "would like to see us behaving more humanely". Under Australia's tough offshore detention policy, asylum-seekers arriving by boat are now sent to camps in Nauru or Papua New Guinea ...

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

    Australia sends troops to protect Baghdad embassy, PM vows to stop jihadists returning

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 01:57pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... is trained killers – who hate our way of life, who hate us – making mischief with the potential to cause mayhem in our country.” Abbott said more than 100 Australians had travelled to Syria and Iraq, ... of a private security firm. Australia once had some 2,000 soldiers in Iraq, one of the larger non-US deployments.   ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1536824/australia-sends-troops-protect-baghdad-embassy
  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

    ... anyone to think this is just a difficulty in a faraway country that has no consequences for the wider world,” he added. Australia sent 2,000 troops to support US and British forces in the 2003 ...

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

    Crotchless sex store bandit arrested in Brisbane

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 03:56am by AFP

    ... of the business." According to local media reports, the intruder was wearing a wig, crotchless pants and a dress. He was charged with breaking and entering and drug-possession offences. "There's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1528105/crotchless-sex-store-bandit-arrested-brisbane
  10. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Pensioner sex worker brings Tony Abbott undone in the wink of an eye

    Posted May 21st 2014, 03:51pm

    ... a harsh budget. What I cannot accept is myself and other intelligent voters being condescended to by politicians who won’t answer a straight question... It makes us feel that you’re treating us ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1517215/pensioner-sex-worker-brings-tony-abbott-undone-wink-eye

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