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Labor has criticised the Turnbull government's framing of last week's record jobs numbers, saying wages growth is still historically low, there are 730,000 unemployed, and businesses are increasingly using labour hire to drive conditions and wages down further at the worst time for the economy.
Australians should question how much university vice-chancellors earn, the education minister has declared, amid controversy in the UK over the "outrageous" salary of the University of Bath's vice chancellor that was only half that of Australia's highest-paid equivalent. Simon Birmingham said on Thursday ...

Australia has filed a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization that accuses Canada of placing "discriminatory" rules on the sales of imported wine. Canada is Australia's fourth-biggest wine market. Officials in Canberra say rules in Canada unfairly discriminate against overseas wine. An official ...
The Australian government has announced a A$60m (£34m; $48m) plan to help improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef. The reef suffered mass coral bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, which scientists said were a result of warmer ocean temperatures. It has also endured damage from ...
As the debate continues over whether Australia Day should be celebrated on January 26, this series looks at the politics of some unresolved issues swirling around Australia Day - namely, the republic and reconciliation. And just for good measure, we'll check the health of Australian slang along the way.
Australia! Yes folks, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian taxation Office have both issued guidelines that could put this country at the centre of the global crypto and blockchain industries (are they industries?). Late last year ASIC issued clear guidelines about how to ...

Australia's surrender of the one-day series to England within three games at the SCG on Sunday night marked their first lost home series since 2010, but continued a run of poor form that has now extended to 10 losses in their past 11 completed games. Australia have now slipped to a 26-24 record since ...
The ranks of Australia's billionaires have swollen since the global financial crisis, from 14 in 2008 to 33 in 2017, after eight more individuals became billionaires last year. Over the same period, the household wealth of average Australians grew by just 12%, with wage growth slowing to record lows, barely ...
The corporate watchdog wants new powers for its investigators to go undercover to combat financial crime on the dark web. The Australian Securities and Investment Commission has said it needs more investigatory powers because the increasing use of the dark web and virtual currencies such as bitcoin ...
Victorian spinner Jon Holland and Western Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson are the bolters in Australia's 15-man squad for the Qantas Tour of South Africa, while Hobart hurricanes run machine D'Arcy Short is set to make his international debut after he was picked for the Gillette T20 INTL Series.
New Year funding announcements by Australia's federal and regional-level film support bodies have allowed the green-lighting of a string of features and documentary films. Prominent among them is "Go Karts," a family film about a boy who must overcome difficulties, including his own recklessness, to win ...
The Australian government must act on the "serious shortcomings" in its human rights record if it wants to be a credible leader on the global stage, Human Rights Watch has said in its annual world report. The Australian chapter of the HRW world review said that despite a strong tradition of protecting civil ...
Amazon's Echo devices will be released in Australia and New Zealand in early February. Customers can preorder an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Plus online from today and the devices are expected to ship early next month. The devices will also be available to buy directly from major retailers in early ...
Could we add more new sign-ups to the Australia Letter than my colleague, Ian Austen, could add to his newsletter, the Canada Letter? Since Canada had more than double our subscriber base to pull from, it was an epic challenge. Not quite like trying to reach the third round of the Australian Open when ...
Lifeguards testing out new drone technology in Australia have saved two people stranded off the coast of New South Wales state, as spotted by quartz. The drone footage shows a birds-eye view of the ocean before the drone ejects the yellow floatation device, which inflates when it hits the water. The two ...
The Bureau of meteorology said the string of hot days was the result of a very hot air mass being dragged down from Central Australia. A hot to very hot day is forecast for Victoria on Thursday with dry north-westerly winds becoming fresh at times in western and south-central parts of the state. Severe Fire ...
Blake had been in Australia for eight months. She spent most of her time in Australia working on a farm in Victoria and had planned to head to Tasmania after a trip to Vietnam, News Corp Australia reported. The bodies were discovered by the flat's landlord, who had come to pick up his mail. Friends in the ...

Australia had a phenomenal year for employment in 2017, with the largest absolute increase in jobs on record, but wages remained stagnant and underemployment high, according to Economists. The Bureau of Statistics has released its employment data for December, completing the picture for jobs ...
Online retail king Amazon has announced that the Alexa-powered Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus devices are coming to Australia. Alexa, an "intelligent" personal assistant that makes use of machine learning and artificial intelligence, will feature a new voice for the Australia and New Zealand edition, ...
Japan and Australia have been deepening their defense cooperation amid the tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile development and China's expansion in the Pacific. Turnbull spoke while he and Abe visited a Japanese military training camp just outside Tokyo, where they viewed a PAC-3 ...
Less than half of Australians know the historical origin of the country's national day, according to a poll. Australia Day, on 26 January, has been the subject of debate in recent times over concerns it is offensive to Indigenous Australians. The day commemorates the arrival of British settlers in 1788, an event ...
If you search Australia's news archives, there are relatively few mentions of the "Apex gang", a group which has increasingly come to stand in for the Sudanese-Australian community as a whole, before 2016. On 13 March that year, people identifying as members of the group were involved in a brawl in ...
Mr Ciobo said Canadian rules had the potential to threaten jobs in Australia. Australia's WTO complaint is what is known as a request for consultations. If the issue is not settled within 60 days, Australia could ask for an adjudication by the WTO. Last week, Canada accused the US of breaking international ...
Hundreds of Australian troops based out of Taji in Iraq will continue to train and mentor Iraqi soldiers, switching from combat training to ways to hold territory. Australia's air contribution to the fight against IS has not been without controversies. An Australian Super Hornet was responsible for an air strike in ...
Australia Day would be reduced to Hangover Recovery Day. Instead of lamb and prawns on the barbie, it would be Panadol and Beroccas from the medicine drawer. Many special Indigenous dates have been proposed, such as Mabo Day on June 3, but it's hard to see how a majority of Australians would ...
Mr Musk drew plenty of media attention when he announced he would build a 100-megawatt battery in South Australia. Mr Stock said its success, combined with State government support, has drawn the eyes of the global investment community. The American-designed Aurora solar plant in Port Augusta ...
The harbour city's Australia Day celebrations should be moved from January 26, according to independent MP for Sydney Alex Greenwich, who says he felt uncomfortable on the date last year. Mr Greenwich, who is also the co-chair of Australian marriage Equality, said the current date was "inappropriate".
Raelene Castle created history when she was named Rugby Australia's new chief executive and the first woman to lead a major Australian football code. The New Zealander and daughter of a former Kiwi rugby league captain officially began her first day in union's top job on Monday, where she was ...
Yesterday, Saturday 13th, in South Australia the Tesla battery at Hornsdale Power Reserve was paid AU$1,000/MWh (USD$790/MWh) to absorb excess electricity from the power grid. The battery owners will later be able to sell this energy also. The battery has become famous for coming online in under ...
Two ill-timed wickets just prior to the final 10 overs and an "off day" from Australia's bowlers saw the home side let the advantage slip in their five-wicket defeat to England at the MCG on Sunday evening. That's the verdict from two of the architects of Australia's 8-304 first innings total, centurion Aaron Finch ...
Barrie Barton, forecaster and head researcher for Right Angle Studios, was commissioned to predict the future of Australia in 2049 thanks to the film Blade Runner 2049 -- the follow-up to the cult classic Blade Runner. His business has revolutionised key Australian hot spots including Sydney's Golden Age ...
An American tourist died Wednesday while hiking the Larapinta Trail in Australia, Northern Territory police said. The unidentified 33-year-old man was from California, police said. Senior Sergeant Michael Potts of the Southern Desert Division said police had received a report at 3:50 p.m. local time of a man ...
CANFIELD -- A young Warren woman fighting a lifelong battle with Sickle cell anemia was awarded a trip to Australia, one of the wishes on her bucket list, through the efforts of Dr. Douglas H. Musser and the Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Chapter. The linchpin of making wishes happen for ...
This year, Australia Day is being celebrated on Friday January 26. It is a public holiday, and is about national pride and achievements. The holiday is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve (January 25), the Australia Day Honours list, and speeches from the ...
Samoan PM hits back at Australia's 'insulting' criticism of China's aid program in Pacific ... The comments come on the heels of a bubbling diplomatic row that has broken out between Australia and China regarding Pacific relations, with Beijing lodging a formal protest over International Development ...
But the commissioner said logistically it would be too much to ask NBA teams to move lock, stock and barrel to the southern hemisphere for a week to play one match. "We've thought about bringing a game to Australia," Silver said. "It's amazing what that country is doing in terms of developing NBA players.
The certification means buyers in the UK will be guaranteed that manuka from New Zealand contains certain properties, while manuka honey produced in Australia will not carry this guarantee. However, Australian beekeepers have challenged the ruling, saying the island state of Tasmania in Australia was ...
Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott) held off a charging chase group to claim the Australian national road race title in thrilling fashion. Edmondson and Chris Harper (Bennelong SwissWellness) had attacked with 30km to race and proved the strongest riders of the last break of the day. Holding a narrow lead ...
They seemed oblivious to a viral story trending on the mainland's social media about Australia becoming the "most unfriendly" country to China during 2017, according to an online straw poll conducted by the Global Times, China's most hawkish tabloid, sponsored by the People's Daily. Chinese tourists ...
Australia is to become the fourth country in the world to allow exports of cannabis-based therapies. The federal government hopes the reforms will help Australia become a world leader in the medicinal cannabis market. Laws to allow exports of Australian cannabis-based therapies will come into force in ...
A 10-kilometre stretch of highway melted after Australia was hit by a "catastrophic" heat-wave which sent temperatures soaring to a record 47.3 degrees. Drivers on the Hume Highway in Victoria were left stunned when large parts of the busy highway started to melt -causing major delays as holiday-makers ...
Clans of Italian Mafia in Australia are to be targeted by Australian Federal police with a dedicated unit and resources under a complete restructuring of law enforcement crime fighting methods created under the new Home Affairs Department reforms. But just who will staff the new unit strategy remains ...
The contrast couldn't be greater. The eastern US is experiencing record-breaking low temperatures while in Australia, the city of Sydney has had its hottest weather in nearly 80 years. Posts on social media are reflecting what the extremes feel like. The US National Weather Service said the temperature in ...
Australia is on the verge of completing a 4-0 Ashes series win having moved into a near-unbeatable position on day four of the fifth Test in Sydney. It began as a party for Australia's middle order -- especially those with Marsh as a surname -- and ended with some tight, probing bowling to all but end ...
A heatwave sweeping parts of Australia sent temperature soaring to more than 104F, prompting authorities to warn residents to stay inside to protect themselves from the "killer" heat that is fueling fires and melting roads. Saturday was expected to be the first extreme heat day of the year, the state of Victoria ...
Australia said on Thursday it planned to become the fourth country in the world to legalize medicinal marijuana exports in a bid to score a piece of the estimated $55 billion global market. Cannabis cultivation in Australia is still relatively small, as recreational use remains illegal. But the government hopes ...
Australia's Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has been fined $250 (£145) after he was photographed driving a dingy while not wearing a lifejacket. Mr Turnbull issued an apology on facebook after The Australian newspaper published the photos of him in a motorised inflatable raft near his home in Sydney ...
SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government is expected to relax restrictions on visas for foreign pilots as a national shortage sees planes grounded and flights canceled, aviation officials said on Friday. Australia earlier this year removed pilots from a list of eligible professions allowed to work in the ...
Glenn Maxwell, 29, remains hopeful of adding to his seven Tests despite being overlooked for the Ashes against England. Maxwell has not given up hope of a Test recall, insisting he has unfinished business with Australia. Despite his stellar Sheffield Shield form, Maxwell has been forced to watch the ...
Nationally, prisoner numbers have also continued to break records, rising 40% in the five years from 2012. The incarceration rate climbed from 187.2 prisoners for every 100,000 Australian adults in 2014 to 216.2 in the third quarter of 2017. Australia, like our US and British cousins, is fond of locking people ...


 

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