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Australia seeks broad new security powers

2014-09-22 13:50

Australia will seek broad new security powers to combat what it says is a rising threat from militant Islamists, the attorney general says.

Australia to prohibit secret service torture

2014-09-22 08:04

The Australian government has bent to public pressure by proposing a specific prohibition on secret service officers torturing suspected terrorists.

US, Australia welcome bank progress

2014-09-19 11:00

The United States and Australia are encouraged by progress on rules to reduce the problem of "too-big-to-fail" banks as part of efforts to improve stability.

Australian police: Raids thwarted beheading plot

2014-09-18 20:51

Australian police have said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group.

G20 seeks closure on regulations

2014-09-18 10:30

Australia is leading a push to draw a line under the global financial crisis, urging the G20 to finalise regulations aimed at preventing a repeat of the crash.

Oz teen Miller follows in Stoner's tracks

2014-09-18 08:32

Australian teenager Jack Miller will follower in the tracks of MotoGP ace Casey Stoner when he joins Honda in 2015.

Parents drunk as toddler falls on railway track

2014-09-17 12:08

The parents of a 2-year-old who was rescued from the tracks at a railway station in Australia were intoxicated at the time of the incident, media reports say.

Australia pledges $6.4m to fight Ebola

2014-09-17 10:23

Australia has announced it will immediately provide an additional $6.4m to help the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

China dairy group buys Australian farms

2014-09-17 07:53

Chinese dairies looking for new sources of cows' milk are buying Australian farms and intend to bring Chinese workers to help staff them, a newspaper reports.

Sailors in court over rubber chicken sex assault

2014-09-16 13:58

Four Australian sailors were allegedly involved in a bizarre "farewell ceremony" in which a colleague was sexually assaulted with a rubber chicken, in the latest scandal to rock the military.

2 men charged over $68m drug haul in Sydney

2014-09-15 08:59

Two people have been charged with smuggling heroin and methamphetamine worth $68m hidden in a consignment of frozen fish fillets shipped from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney, officials say.

Ogier widens WRC lead in Australia

2014-09-14 13:46

VW's Sebastien Ogier has the 2014 World Rally championship title centred in his sights after winning the Rally of Australia near Coffs Harbour in New South Wales on Sept 13.

Girl, 8, dies after being flung from amusement ride

2014-09-13 14:33

Australian authorities are investigating the death of a Malaysian girl who was flung "like a doll" from a spinning ride at the Royal Adelaide Show.

No team orders for VW in Oz rally

2014-09-12 11:37

Volkswagen's Sebastian Ogier and Jari-Matti, who have been released from team orders, will continue the fight in the Australian Rally this weekend.

Australia elevates terrorism threat level

2014-09-12 07:55

The Australian government has elevated its terrorism threat to the second-highest warning in response to the domestic threat posed by Islamic State movement supporters.

Australian may have its first Ebola case

2014-09-11 10:27

An Australian hospital is treating a patient who returned from the DRC as a suspected Ebola case, although a doctor says the man is unlikely to have the deadly disease.

Town in shock after 'horrific' family shootings

2014-09-10 11:42

A rural Australian town is in shock after a mother and her three children were found shot dead at a farmhouse in a 'horrific scene', as police searched a nearby dam for the father.

Something fishy: Trout and eels co-operate in hunt

2014-09-09 12:59

Scientists have described how a colourful fish called the coral trout recruits moray eels to help hunt for prey, with both ending up well fed.

New plan avoids mud dumping in Barrier Reef Park

2014-09-08 14:44

The government of Australia's Queensland state have approved a plan that will prevent 3 million cubic metres of seabed mud from being dumped in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Kangaroos abound but fears for smaller cousins: WWF

2014-09-06 10:53

Australia's big kangaroos are thriving, but wildlife campaigners hold fears for their smaller cousins, including the little-known bettong and the rock wallaby, WWF Australia has warned.

Tuna stocks dangerously low - Pacific fisheries boss

2014-09-03 10:52

The outgoing head of the fisheries management body for the western and central Pacific has warned that some tuna stocks are now so low they should not be fished.

'Extreme force' justified against ISIS - Australia PM

2014-09-02 11:28

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says "extreme force" is justified in battling Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon called the extremists' reign of terror "totally unacceptable".

Australia PM defends fight on jihadist 'death cult'

2014-09-01 13:52

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended Australia's military involvement in battling ISIS militants, calling the jihadist group a "death cult" involved in ethnic cleansing.

Australia to join weapons drop into Iraq

2014-08-31 10:10

Australia will drop military equipment and aid to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in northern Iraq in response to a request from the US, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.

Virgin Australia annual net loss triples

2014-08-29 09:45

Virgin Australia has posted an annual net loss as intense competition led by Qantas, weak consumer sentiment and high taxes hurt its bottom line.

 

Global marches draw attention to climate change

2014-09-22 12:19

Tens of thousands of activists have walked through Manhattan, warning that climate change is destroying the Earth.

Australia puts cops in parliament after more threats

2014-09-19 16:36

Australia has announced the deployment of armed police inside parliament in the face of threats from extremists after foiling a plot by ISIS jihadists for "demonstration executions" in the country.

Rising sea levels to cost Australia billions - study

2014-09-19 10:29

Rising sea levels could threaten infrastructure worth more than $205bn in Australia if climate change is left unchecked, a study has warned.

Australia: 12 asylum-seeker boats turned away

2014-09-18 12:35

Australia has revealed it has turned back 12 asylum-seeker boats and prevented 45 more from leaving port as it lifted the veil of secrecy over its hardline border protection policy.

Australian leader warns of planned random attack

2014-09-18 10:26

Counterterrorism raids in Sydney were sparked by security intelligence that the ISIS movement was planning a random, violent attack on Australia as a demonstration of its reach, the prime minister says.

ISIS ordered 'demonstration killings' in Australia - PM

2014-09-18 05:36
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A series of anti-terror raids across Sydney and Brisbane have been sparked by a senior ISIS militant ordering "demonstration killings" in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says

Australia plays down China 'dirty coal' ban

2014-09-17 12:00

Australia has played down the impact of China banning the sale and import of "dirty" coal, saying miners would adapt and exports would not be affected.

Chinese dairy group buys Australian farms

2014-09-17 09:30

Chinese dairies looking for new sources of cows' milk are buying Australian farms and intend to bring Chinese workers to help staff them, reports a newspaper.

VW claims 1-2-3 victory in Oz WRC

2014-09-16 14:40

Volkswagen has secured a historic 1-2-3 in the World Rally Championships, clinching the Manufacturer's Championship before the season has ended.... the earliest in 25 years!

Environmentalists criticise reef protection plan

2014-09-15 22:05

Environmentalists criticised a new Australian government plan released to protect the Great Barrier Reef in the face of UN concerns, saying it will not do enough to halt the marine park's decline.

Plastic pollution choking Australian waters - study

2014-09-15 08:03

Three-quarters of the trash found off Australian beaches is plastic, a study says as it warned that the rubbish is entangling and being swallowed by wildlife.

Australia commits military forces to fight ISIS

2014-09-14 10:50

Australia has become the first country to detail troop numbers and aircraft for a US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, with PM Tony Abbott describing it as a "death cult".

Assange Swedish arrest warrant upheld

2014-09-12 17:13

Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have appealed a decision by a Swedish court to uphold an arrest warrant issued for him.

Oz GP posts R604-million loss

2014-09-12 08:25

The 2014 Australian GP - first race of the season - posted a record loss equivalent to R604-million, sparking a backlash from local critics who see it as a waste of public money.

Police give passenger explosive device by accident

2014-09-11 13:43

Australian police have apologised for leaving an explosive device in a suitcase that was given to an airline passenger as a replacement at Sydney Airport.

Aussie police arrest 2 men on terror charges

2014-09-10 14:25

Australian police arrested two men for allegedly preparing to fight in Syria, recruiting jihadists and raising money for an al-Qaeda offshoot group.

Shark kills man in Australia despite rescue attempt

2014-09-10 09:16

A shark has killed a 50-year-old swimmer at eastern Australia's popular Byron Bay despite a beachgoer's brave rescue attempt, police say.

Australia risks national security

2014-09-09 10:00

Australia will be risking both its national security and damaging its economy by buying next-generation submarines from Japan instead of building them at home.

New phase of MH370 search to start: Australia

2014-09-06 11:30

An intensified underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will start soon, Australian premier Tony Abbott says as he visited Malaysia.

Probe after Australian asylum-seeker cuts off own foot

2014-09-05 11:48

Australia says it has ordered a review into the medical care of an asylum-seeker who is reportedly on life support after cutting off his foot at an offshore camp, as activists says he was the victim of neglect.

Vote to scrap Aus super profits tax

2014-09-02 13:06

Australia's upper house Senate has voted to repeal a tax on mining industry super profits, a major victory for conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Aussie dad accused of abusing Thai-born twins

2014-09-02 07:50

An Australian man has been charged with sexually abusing twin girls he fathered several years ago to a Thai surrogate mother, media report.

Australia unveils sanctions against Russia

2014-09-01 10:30

Australia has unveiled fresh sanctions against Russia over what Prime Minister Tony Abbott called its "bullying" of neighbouring Ukraine.

Australia seeks Thai help for couples, surrogate babies

2014-08-29 22:27

Australia urged Thailand to allow Australian couples with babies born by Thai surrogate mothers to return home with their children following a crackdown on commercial surrogacy.

New counterterrorism units at Australian airports

2014-08-28 12:48

New counterterrorism units have been placed at Australia's two largest airports and have already prevented two suspected jihadists from leaving the country, officials say.

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