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Australia apologises for forced adoptions

Christine Harms, 60, holds a photograph of her adopted disabled son at Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: AP

Australia yesterday apologised for the brutal and often illegal forced adoption of tens of thousands of babies born mostly to unmarried mothers between the 1950s and 1970s.

Friday, 22 March, 2013, 4:35am

Canberra waters down alcohol prohibition on Aboriginal land

A time-honoured tourist tradition in the Australian Outback has won a last-minute reprieve, with Canberra set to water down a draconian ban on the consumption of alcohol on Aboriginal-owned land.

11 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Millionaire's ad puts Canberra-Jakarta relations to the test

An Australian millionaire's financing of television advertisements across Asia urging Indonesia to allow journalists and human rights monitors into Papua may shake the fragile relations between the countries, activists say.

1 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

S for swish

THERE'S THE SLIGHTEST styling influence of the premium Maybach brand in the new Mercedes-Benz S500L. Both marques are owned by DaimlerChrysler but, despite that resemblance, the big saloon won't be mistaken for anything other than a Mercedes.

23 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Sydney prices fall as other Australian cities gain ground

Home values in the nation's biggest city slipped 5pc in the past year, enabling Melbourne, Canberra and Darwin to start bridging the gap

Real estate agents are talking it up and investors and vendors are hoping it is true, but there is still no guarantee that after a flat 2005 the Australian property market will bounce back this year.

22 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

University's inaction illegal

An Australian university was accused in court this week of breaking the law after it failed to report a mainland student was missing.

The Shanghai student, Zhang Hongjie, had been undertaking a degree in media studies at the University of Canberra but had not attended classes for more than six months.

27 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Empty promise

Poor old Canberra. It takes a terrible pasting from the rest of Australia. When I told friends in Sydney that I was spending a long weekend in the national capital, the response was simply: why?

10 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Rubbed up the wrong way

Darwin is a seriously sweaty place. I got some idea of how the locals deal with the oppressive climate on my first night in the city when I turned on the TV in my hotel room to see an advert for something called anti-chafing cream.

20 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Office sector makes gains

The Australian office market has seen strong net effective rental growth over the past 12 months with average gains of 8.8 per cent, according to C B Richard Ellis.

In New Zealand, rental growth was more subdued at 3.7 per cent.

25 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Importing choice

Yesterday's decision to delay the Copyright Ordinance comes in time to avoid another blow to Hong Kong's image as a bastion of the free market. If the legislation had gone through, it would have had an adverse effect on local consumers.

24 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

A sensible budget

Tough economic medicine is never easy to take. But if Australia wants to shake off the sick man of Asia tag and join the rest of the region on the path to greater prosperity, there is no alternative to Canberra's harsh new austerity budget.

22 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Icons of our time

If you were to throw one of Ingo Kleinert's sculptures on a junk heap, it would be fairly hard to distinguish, the German-born Australian artist cheerfully admits.

7 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Fewer leave on the Canberra

Slow boat from China . . . the luxury cruiser Canberra sits at Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, ready to take 14 retired expatriate officers and their families on their farewell voyage back to Britain this morning.

The lucky few who can take this relaxing way home has diminished in number from 28 last year.

9 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

Canberra opens up to HK buyers

PURCHASING property in Australia has become easier for Hong Kong buyers after the government made two changes to its foreign investment policy.

The first change relates to acquisitions of residential real estate, while the second relates to purchases of developed commercial real estate.

The changes were put into effect on April 1.

6 Oct 1993 - 12:00am

Vehicle sales fall in July

NEW vehicle registrations in Australia fell a seasonally adjusted 9.3 per cent in July, after a 9.3 per cent gain in June, the Bureau of Statistics reported in Canberra.

However, the bureau's trend estimate, which removes volatility in the figures, rose 0.3 per cent in July. That continued a slow rising trend in the past seven months.

27 Aug 1993 - 12:00am