Australia: Concerns of coal mine expansion polluting rivers

There are growing concerns in Australia that the expansion of a coal mine could pollute the rivers which supply water to Sydney. In Australia, there are concerns that the expansion of a coal mine could pollute the rivers which supply water to Sydney. Environmentalists are outraged the government has approved plans allowing the mine to […]

Special ASEAN summit held in Sydney

Although not part of ASEAN, Australia has important trade and security relationships with its countries. It is hosting the summit to build on those for future cooperation. Security and trade will be top of the agenda as Australia hosts ASEAN leaders. Countering cyber-crime and tackling money-laundering and “terrorism” are at the heart on the agenda […]

Australia cricket trio sent home over ball-tampering scandal

Three players from Australia’s cricket team have been sent home from South Africa over a ball-tampering incident in the third Test in Cape Town. Three Australian cricketers at the centre of a cheating scandal are being sent home from South Africa. They are facing lengthy bans, after one was caught, on camera, tampering with the […]

Australia courts ASEAN amid human rights controversies

Leadership accused of making ‘moral compromises’ in dealing with leaders of Southeast Asia at Sydney summit. As the first-ever ASEAN-Australia Special Summit came to a close on Sunday, Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister, triumphantly announced that participants had committed to building “a more secure and prosperous region”. During the two-day summit in Sydney, Turnbull and nine […]

Vatican treasurer convicted of sexually abusing 13-year-old boys

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty on five charges of child sexual abuse committed more than two decades ago against 13-year-old boys in Australia – the most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of child sex offences. The guilty verdict was made public on Tuesday following the lifting of […]

Australia's lower house passes asylum bill in rebuke for government

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s government suffered an embarrassing defeat in parliament on Tuesday as the lower house voted to allow asylum seekers held offshore to receive medical care in Australia, the first such loss for a government in 78 years. Independent lawmakers and the opposition Labor party voted together to pass the bill by 75 […]

‘Australia never issued a red notice’: Canberra fires back at Bangkok over Hakeem al-Araibi

Jakarta: The diplomatic stoush between Canberra and Bangkok over Hakeem al-Araibi has escalated, with the Australian government declaring it did not issue the Red Notice for the footballer's arrest. The strongly-worded statement from the Australian embassy in Bangkok comes a day after the Thai Foreign Ministry suggested it had "received the Red Notice alert from the Australian […]