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Australia and France are set to pledge closer security ties when French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in Sydney on Tuesday but will also have to confront trade tensions with the US as confusion reigns over Donald Trump's steel and aluminium tariffs. Mr Macron and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ...
Unisys Australia has announced its financial results for 2017, bouncing back from its 2016 AU$3.3 million loss to report AU$4 million in after-tax profit. For the 12 months to December 31, 2017, the local chapter recorded AU$5.8 million in pre-tax profit, making a AU$1.7 million payment to the Australian ...

Cricket Australia (CA) is still hoping it can persuade India the opening match of their four-Test series in Adelaide should be a day-nighter. CA released its full summer international schedule on Monday but could not confirm it would continue its recent tradition of pink-ball Tests in the clash at Adelaide Oval ...
Half a million international students like Leu are studying in Australia this year. International education is the country's third-largest export industry, worth $18bn. But the country's reputation as a safe place to study is under threat after widespread disclosures of rape and sexual assault. An Australian Human ...
The world's oldest known spider has died after a record-breaking lifespan of 43 years, according to researchers in Australia. The spider, known as Number 16 to Australian scientists, was a female trapdoor tarantula living in Western Australia's Central Wheatbelt region, Agence France-Press reports.
Australia has pledged A$500 million ($379 million) in an effort to rescue the ailing Great Barrier Reef in the country's largest-ever investment in coral reef conservation. The landmark plan includes funds for improving water quality by reducing pollution from farm fertilizer runoff, and encourage reef ...

Facebook began trialling a downvote button (not a dislike button) in February, giving the feature to a limited number of its many, many users. The trial appears to be a "so far, so good" scenario, as the company has rolled out the button to some users in Australia and New Zealand. "People have told us they ...
Last week's sudden announcement that the man assigned as the next United States ambassador to Australia will instead be posted to South Korea has generated concern among some commentators. US President Donald Trump nominated Admiral Harry Harris as ambassador to Canberra in February.
SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian government unveiled a plan on Sunday to try to rescue the imperiled Great Barrier Reef, pledging hundreds of millions of dollars in what would be the largest single investment for reef conservation and management in the country's history. Environment Minister Josh ...
Western Australia is tipped to produce more than half of the world's lithium supply by the end of this year, as new mines come online and the world's appetite for the materials used to make batteries for electric vehicles grows. That forecast, made by Citi analyst Clarke Wilkins last week, came on the same ...
Australia exported about 890,000 cattle in 2017 with a mortality rate of 0.1%. Cattle are exported to Asia, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Europe, and Mexico. • The Australian Live Export Council says the trade is worth $250m annually, but the 2016 National Livestock Export Industry Sheep, Cattle and ...
The tiger shark was having a really bad day. Other sharks and fish were picking on him and he was fed up. After fighting them, he met up with the hammerhead shark and some stingrays at Vanderlin Rocks in the waters of Australia's Gulf of Carpentaria to speak of their woes before they set out to find their ...
It says Australia's industrial model of school education, which reflects a 20th century aspiration to deliver mass education to all children, is detrimental to individual student outcomes because it focuses on trying to ensure that millions of students attain specified learning outcomes for their grade and age ...
Australia is now one of the fattest nations on Earth. Sixty per cent of us are overweight or obese, and by 2025 that figure will rise to 80 per cent. Despite this, Australia still has no national obesity strategy. What we do have are two key federal programs — the Healthy Food Partnership to encourage healthy ...
On a combat patrol, an important yet overlooked activity when first entering a hostile area is to “take a knee”. The entire patrol literally goes to one knee for five to 10 minutes to assess its surroundings and acclimatise to the environment. Then it moves out with direction and purpose. That is what Australia ...
The world's recycling industry is facing a shake-up. Previously, China imported half the world's recycled plastic and paper - but not any more. New restrictions effectively ban imports, leaving places like Australia with nowhere to send much of its recycled waste. Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from ...
PERTH, Australia — The Italian sandwich — the submarine, the hoagie, the hero, the grinder, the wedge — is widely believed to have been invented in Maine in the first years of the 20th century. It was also invented, about 50 years later, in Perth. Decades between discoveries is pushing the “simultaneous” ...

Australia's largest casino has been fined A$300,000 (£160,000; $225,000) for tampering with its slot machines to limit betting options. The penalty given to Melbourne's Crown casino is believed to be the largest of its kind issued by regulators in Australia, anti-gambling advocates say. Regulators found that ...
Greg Colton's Safeguarding Australia's security interests through closer Pacific ties sits in a long tradition of mainstream thinking about the significance of the Pacific for Australia's national security. It is a tradition that draws on intertwined anxieties: on the one hand, concern the Pacific might be a vector ...
Consumer advocates are calling for a fixed compensation scheme for airline passengers who are put out by delayed or cancelled flights, as data reveals that one in every five services between Australia's two largest cities is running late.
It's common for pundits to proclaim the need to “understand China”. But, in the current circumstances, we might do well to try to understand Australia, and its propensity to a certain kind of xenophobia. The colony that became Australia grew from an invasion. Having dispossessed others, the settlers found ...
The Government is pinning its hopes on making this election all about tax — casting itself as champion of lower tax and Labor as being signed up to what Mr Morrison dubs the "high tax club". Colour photograph of actors Ayeesha Ash comb in hair, Emily Havea arms crossed and Angela 'Brown skin girls' ...
Move over Melbourne – you're no longer Australia's number one hipster haunt, according to a new survey. 446 cities across 20 countries in the world were studied for “The Hipster Index” and - when it comes to Australia - the results may shock you. Global relocation company MoveHub looked at the ...
Want the Australia Letter by email? Sign up and forward my weekly dispatches to your friends so they can join our discussion about Australia and the world. ______. One of the first things you learn as a foreign correspondent is that history matters. Everywhere. So as I toured Port Arthur this week on a brisk ...
Moon Lake Investments attracted scrutiny in 2015 when it offered $280m for the Van Diemen's Land Company, which owned Australia's largest dairy farm in north-western Tasmania. The decision required the green light from the foreign investment review board and the Turnbull government agreed to the ...
But the experience helped reinforce to him the significance of Australia's relations with its immediate neighbours, most notably Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Campbell understands that operations far away tend to be ones of choice, while those closer to shore potentially present greater challenges for ...
Firstly, and perhaps where most attention is often singularly focused, there has been an overall reduction in Australia's international aid. Even though this has been concentrated back in the Pacific under the Coalition Government – and at $1.1bn annually we are still the largest donor – the narrative has ...
A 12-year-old asylum seeker held on Nauru has publicly pleaded for his severely depressed mother to be moved to Australia, for the urgent medical treatment doctors have been recommending for more than a year. “I feel helpless because there is no one to help us. There is no one to see how we are ...
Other cities in Australia, including Hobart and Darwin, also saw women appear at the front of marches for the first time. People gather as war veterans ... The military campaign is seen as marking Australia and New Zealand's post-colonial emergence on the international stage. Attending a Gallipoli service ...
Australia snubbed by its most powerful ally. The Government's playing down any suggestion of being snubbed by our most powerful ally, after a fresh delay in finding a new American Ambassador to Australia. Added 11 hours ago. FShareTTweetBMailJTumblrGShareLLinkedInWWhatsAppQSMS ...
“There have been concerns about the buybacks raised by the Australia Institute and the Guardian,” the Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick said. “The analysis and reports allege that the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, which manages the purchase of water, significantly overpaid vendors ...
The initiative has been launched this year to encourage servicewomen from around Australia to march as one this Anzac Day, wearing their medals proudly on the left hand side of their uniform. Ms Heidenreich said it followed the common misconception that women who march on Anzac Day wear medals ...
SYDNEY--Inflation pressures in Australia were more subdued than expected during the first three months of this year, ensuring that interest rates stay on hold for some time to come. Consumer prices rose 0.4% in the first quarter and were up 1.9% from a year earlier, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said ...
Australia is hoping to secure a permanent exemption to US steel tariffs before they come into force on 1 May but if not will have to rely on another temporary reprieve, the Australian Industry Group says. The 1 May deadline when US steel tariffs will apply to all countries including Australia is fast approaching ...
Australia's population is set to explode due to overseas migration with Victoria recording the strongest growth in the past year, according to new data. The major cities along Australia's east coast - Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane - accounted for more than 70 per cent of Australia's population growth last ...
The best place to get fast internet in Australia might actually be Tasmania, with results from thousands of home broadband tests revealing the island state has the speediest connections. Hobart residents had the fastest internet of all capital cities with an average download speed of 26.3Mbps, according to ...
Colonel Susan Neuhaus delivered the official dawn service address and made special mention of the women who served Australia's armed forces, dating back to the Boer War. The doctor and Army veteran recounted the story of 22 members of the Australian Army Nursing Service who were killed by ...
"While we would have welcomed Admiral Harris here as ambassador to Australia, we understand that there are significant challenges for the United States on the Korean peninsula," Ms Bishop said. She said it was not unusual and it had happened before, but said the Government looked forward to a new ...
The country's first and only all Indigenous army unit, the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion, was formed in 1943 as the Japanese Imperial army menaced Australia's northern coastline. Approximately 880 recruits enlisted, from an estimated able-bodied male Indigenous population of 890, across the Torres ...
New research has revealed that Australia has the world's highest rate of reconstructions of the anterior cruciate ligament, commonly known as the ACL. Lead researcher Christopher Vertullo, from the Australian Orthopaedic Association's Youth Sports Injury Prevention Initiative told Ross and John the injury ...
IBM Australia has made its financial results for 2017 available, reporting to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission it raked in AU$40 million in after-tax profit, more than double its 2016 AU$16.8 million lull. Revenue for the 12 months to December 2017 was reported as AU$2.8 billion, ...
People with Disability Australia co-chief executive, Matthew Bowden, said he was “gravely concerned” that Serco would, like other third-party providers, fail to uphold the values, objectives and principles underpinning the NDIS. “We have no details on what expertise Serco have in providing communication ...
The head of Australia's competition regulator said on Monday it will scrutinize contracts between Uber Technologies and restaurants that use its food delivery app Uber Eats. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported on Sunday several restaurateurs were disgruntled with contract terms they said left ...
Australia has missed a golden opportunity to head into next year's Women's World Cup as Asian champions after suffering an 11th-hour defeat against Japan in Amman. Japan substitute Kumi Yokoyama crashed home an impressive winner against the run of play with six minutes remaining after the ...
Australia's competition watchdog on Monday supported massive increases in financial penalties for companies caught doing the wrong thing, after widespread misconduct was exposed by an ongoing inquiry into the financial sector. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Chairman ...
Capgemini Australia is set to tackle a multimillion-dollar business intelligence and analytics project that sits at the core of IP Australia's efforts to become a data leader. IP Australia, the Federal Government agency tasked with administering intellectual property (IP) rights and legislation relating to patents, ...
As another Anzac Day rolls around it's not the soldiers some Kiwis cannot forget, but Australia's perceived increasing ambivalence towards New Zealand. There are growing calls for New Zealand to take a stronger stand against Australia's treatment of Kiwis living across the ditch. Since 2001, Kiwis in the ...
Ashleigh Barty believes Australia can break a 45-year Fed Cup title drought after piloting the one-time tennis superpower back into the World Group for the first time since 2015. Barty's back-to-back singles wins over Quirine Lemoine and Lesley Kerkhove helped Australia to victory over the Netherlands in their World Group ...
Australia's controversial significant investor visa – the so-called “golden ticket” visa aimed at Chinese investors who invest $5m in Australia – is being snubbed by wealthy migrants, with applications at their lowest levels. A Productivity Commission report in 2016 said the program should be scrapped, ...
A Four Corners investigation into Australia's booming medical marijuana industry reveals major players are optimistic about the legalisation of recreational cannabis in Australia. Medicinal cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001 and recreational marijuana use will be legalised for adults as early as ...


 

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