Australia


The Cardinal Can Do No Wrong: George Pell’s Defenders Thursday, March 7th, 2019

The powerful have always had defenders. Power seeps into the system, corrupts, controls and, ultimately, assumes an authority that does wonders to destroy an appraisal of fairness. To be there is to assume that matters are natural, a habit. As David Hume made clear, such an instance creates the..

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Embattled Australian PM loses two more ministers Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

SYDNEY, (AFP) - Australia's defence minister and his deputy both announced they were quitting politics on Saturday, bringing to five the number of cabinet members retiring as Prime Minister Scott Morrison heads into a fraught election. Defence Minister Christopher Pyne, the most moderate remaining..

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Australian Cardinal Pell convicted of molesting 2 choirboys Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

By ROD McGUIRK, MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse has been convicted of molesting two choirboys moments after celebrating Mass, dealing a new blow to the Catholic hierarchy’s credibility after a year of global revelations of abuse and..

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Turning Screws: China’s Australian Coal Ban Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Overly reliant economies are dangerously fragile things. As it takes two parties, often more, to play the game, the absence of interest, or its withdrawal by one, can spell doom. The Australian economy has been talked up – by Australian economists and those more inclined to look at policy through..

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The Most Selfish of Virtues: Alan Bennett’s Lady in the Van Thursday, February 21st, 2019

It does seem specific. A middle class concern centred on a man and an elderly woman, a sort of surrogate, irritating mother type of indulgent wisdom and uncertain past, seemingly irritating yet, on some level, fulfilling. Alan Bennett writes prose that moves gracefully, a sort of tender glaze of..

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NC calls for rescuing Nepali students in trouble in Australia Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

KATHMANDU: The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, has urged the government to immediately take necessary initiatives with the Australian government for rescuing more than 1,000 Nepali students who are in difficult circumstances after going to Australia for higher studies, and for appropriate..

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Australia says ‘state actor’ hacked parties, parliament Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

SYDNEY, (AFP) - Australia on Monday said a "sophisticated state actor" had hacked the country's main political parties and parliament, just weeks before a closely fought election. Prime Minister Scott Morrison told lawmakers that investigators looking into a hack of parliament computer systems..

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Death by Video: Morrison Combats Refugees By Film

Caught in the backwater of the world’s existence, Australia struggles for relevance in various ways. It might show itself a leader in creating a sovereign fund (too late for that now); it might demonstrate, in various ways, a singular approach to solar energy (impossible, we are told, on that..

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The Hand that Won’t Sign the Paper: Adani’s Stalling Project Monday, December 31st, 2018

It should be a sign for this Indian giant, a company that has done much to illustrate the ethical and moral bankruptcy in Australia’s political classes. Despite support stretching from Canberra to rural Queensland, lifted by the fantasy of job creation, Adani is yet to dig the earth of what would..

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New Zealand intelligence bans China’s Huawei from 5G rollout Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

WELLINGTON, (AFP) - New Zealand's largest telecoms carrier Spark said Wednesday that the country's intelligence agency had barred it from using equipment provided by China's Huawei in its 5G network as it posed "significant national security risks". The move follows reports the United States is..

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The Disgruntled Former Prime Minister Thursday, November 15th, 2018

The disgruntled former prime minister is a rather large, and growing club, on the Australian scene. The country has become known for its killing seasons, those occasions when spear wielding apparatchiks within respective political parties feel the need to execute (politically speaking) their..

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Shark Attack: Fearing Monsters in the Whitsundays Thursday, November 8th, 2018

It begins with a gruesome account: a tourist, paddleboarding and swimming in an idyllic setting baked by sun – in this case, Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays, Queensland – attacked by a shark. He suffers a massive loss of blood; he goes into cardiac arrest. The accounts that follow are just as..

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Australia hits five Myanmar generals with sanctions Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

SYDNEY, (AFP) - Australia's government on Tuesday unveiled sanctions against five officers in Myanmar's powerful military who are accused of overseeing barbaric violence against members of the Rohingya ethnic group. Following similar actions by the United States and the European Union, Australia..

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Vanquishing the Republic: Harry and Meghan in Australia Friday, October 19th, 2018

“The establishment of a republic… means insurrectionary war, it means the desolation of a thousand households. When the question shall arise, it will be determined… by balls from cannon and from musket, by grape and shrapnel, by bayonet and by the sword.” -Sir Alfred Stephen, NSW..

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Australia seeks to settle migrants outside major cities Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

SYDNEY, (AFP) - Australia is drawing up plans to require migrants to temporarily settle in regional and rural areas to ease congestion in major cities, the government announced Tuesday. While much of the vast continent is sparsely populated, Australia is growing at an annual rate of 1.6 percent --..

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Australian Complicity: Nauru and Silencing Journalism Sunday, October 7th, 2018

Journalism is getting something of a battering in Australia. At the parliamentary level, laws have passed that would be inimical to any tradition versed in the bill of rights. (Australia, not having such a restraining instrument on political zeal, can only rely on the bumbling wisdom of its..

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