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Australian ministers launch initiative to prevent HIV

Australian ministers have declared their commitment to end new HIV infections by 2020. In June they created a pledge they call the AIDS 2014 Legacy Statement; and this week, at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, it became active.
In the Media by Nicole Weddington

Australia develops poison to kill off feral cats

A new kind of bait has been created, called “curiosity,” which will be used to control the population of feral cats and save species threatened by them.
In the Media by Nicole Weddington

Plain packaging linked to decline in Australian smoking rates

In January 2012, Australia introduced plain cigarette packaging in a bid to lower smoking rates. It was the first nation to do so.
In the Media by Elke Nagy - 2 comments

MH17 victims remembered at church services across Australia

Sydney - Australians were Sunday remembering those killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at church services, as stories emerged of parents losing children, and doctors, teachers and a nun among the dead.
In the Media by AFP

AIDS conference spared worst with Malaysia plane toll at six

Melbourne - A global AIDS summit was in shock Saturday at the loss of colleagues in the Malaysia Airlines disaster over Ukraine, but spirits were lifted when the number who died was put at six, far fewer than feared.
In the Media by Richard Ingham (AFP)

The cure for AIDS may have been on downed flight MH17

The global community has suffered a great loss with the downing of Malaysian flight MH17, and especially the AIDS research community. It is now known that as many as 100 passengers on the plane were headed to Australia for an AIDS conference.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 2 comments

Jeep Cherokee promotion leaves some potential buyers upset

The "World's Most Remote Dealership" promotion gave Australian buyers a chance to get a brand-new Jeep Cherokee for only $10,000 if they made it to a remote area of the outback. The contest also left some calling it an "Absolute farce," on their Facebook.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Australia bushfire survivors in record class action win

Sydney - Survivors of a devastating 2009 bushfire in Australia won a nearly Aus$500 million (US$470 million) payout Tuesday in the biggest class action settlement in the nation's history.
In the Media by Martin PARRY (AFP)

Australia bushfire survivors in record class action win

Sydney - Survivors of a devastating 2009 bushfire in Australia won a nearly Aus$500 million (US$470 million) payout Tuesday in the biggest class action settlement in the nation's history.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Anger over Australian campervan firm's 'misogynistic' slogans

Sydney - An Australian campervan firm known for the eye-catching slogans graffitied on its vehicles Monday faced outrage on social media after thousands signed an online petition against its "misogynistic" messages.
In the Media by AFP

Jolie to visit Nauru to check refugee facilities

Sydney - Hollywood star and UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie has accepted an invitation to visit the small island of Nauru where Australia sends asylum-seekers for processing and resettlement, the government said Monday.
In the Media by AFP

Australia judge probed for saying incest 'may be accepted'

Sydney - An Australian judge will be investigated for his "appalling" comments on incest, in which he reportedly said sex between siblings was gaining social acceptance just like homosexuality, authorities said Friday.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: Australian infrastructure by a mistaken Prime Minister

The Prime Minister wishes to develop infrastructure as his main point of being in office, though there are some reasons why his focuses are in the wrong areas.
In the Media by Bill K. Anderson

Australian rescuers free stranded baby whale

Gold Coast - Australian rescuers freed a beached baby whale Thursday almost two days after it became stranded on a popular beach, as a large crowd of onlookers cheered.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Australian minister in Sri Lanka as boat crisis deepens

Colombo - Australia's immigration minister arrived in Colombo early Wednesday as a group of Sri Lankan migrants controversially turned back by Canberra at sea said they were treated worse than dogs.
In the Media by AFP

Returned Sri Lanka migrants vent fury at Australia

Galle - Sri Lankan migrants aboard a boat that was controversially turned back mid-sea by Australia slammed Canberra on Tuesday, claiming they were abused, given little food and treated "worse than dogs".
In the Media by Amal Jayasinghe (AFP)

An Australian Indigenous Opera: A sonorous milestone

Melbourne - Today, a major public presentation of Australia’s inaugural Indigenous opera, Pecan Summer, will take place in Melbourne's Federation Square.
In the Media by Elke Nagy

Australia inquiry examines swim coach child sex abuse claims

Sydney - An Australian national inquiry into child sex abuse switched its focus Monday from the Catholic Church to the professional swimming community and how it reacted to allegations against two Olympic coaches.
In the Media by AFP

Egypt leader's comments on Jazeera reporters encourages Greste family

Sydney - The family of jailed journalist Peter Greste Monday said they were encouraged by Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi saying he "wished" the Australian had never been put on trial.
In the Media by AFP

Australia court bars return of Sri Lanka refugees

Sydney - A High Court on Monday barred Australia from handing back a boat carrying 153 asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka, a day after Canberra returned another vessel to Colombo following a week of secrecy.
In the Media by Martin Parry (AFP)

The Rebirth of the (British) Empire

Canberra - When the Japanese Government announced the reinterpretation of Article 9 last week, many feared a resurgence of Empire. Today, Japan and Australia revealed that the Empire in question is British.
In the Media by Chikako Uchinami

Australian minister to visit Sri Lanka amid boat dispute

Colombo - Australia's immigration minister will visit Colombo this week for talks on illegal immigration following international concern at his country's handling of Sri Lankan asylum-seekers, it was announced Sunday.
In the Media by AFP

Taiwanese face lengthy jail time for Australian drugs charges

Sydney - Six Taiwanese men are facing life sentences after being charged with importing Aus$42 million ($39 million) worth of methamphetamine into Australia, authorities said Sunday.
In the Media by AFP

Rolf Harris case 'will encourage more victims to come forward'

Sydney - The judge leading an Australian inquiry into institutional child abuse said Saturday that the conviction of disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris for sexual assault would encourage more victims to come forward.
In the Media by AFP

TV star Rolf Harris jailed for five years over sex assaults

London - Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, a household name in Britain and Australia for decades, was jailed for five years and nine months for a string of sexual assaults against girls.
In the Media by Alice Ritchie (AFP)

TV star Rolf Harris jailed for five years over sex assaults

London - Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, a household name in Britain and Australia for decades, was jailed Friday for five years and nine months for a string of sexual assaults against girls.
In the Media by Alice RITCHIE (AFP) - 1 comment

TV star Rolf Harris faces jail for sex assaults

London - Television star Rolf Harris, a household name in Britain and Australia for half a century, returned to court Friday to be sentenced for a string of indecent assaults against girls and young women.
In the Media by Alice Ritchie (AFP)

UN voices 'profound concern' over Australia boat claims

Sydney - The UN expressed "profound concern" Thursday over reports that Australia was screening Sri Lankan asylum-seekers at sea and handing them over to Colombo, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott denied breaking international law.
In the Media by AFP

Interview with Dan Swan from Low Rent Special

Singer, guitarist and songwriter-in-chief with the Australian alt-country rockers discusses the band's latest EP with Digital Journal.
Digital Journal Report by Adrian Peel - 1 comment

TV star Rolf Harris guilty of sex assaults in Britain

London - Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, a household name in Britain since the 1960s, could face jail after his conviction Monday on 12 counts of indecently assaulting girls.
In the Media by Katherine Haddon (AFP) - 1 comment
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