Australian Current Affairs

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Australian News Headlines: March 2, 2021

UPDATE 1-Australia’s central bank commits to keep 3-year yields low amid bond rout … SYDNEY, March 2 (Reuters) – Australia’s central bank on Tuesday re…, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) kept rates at 0.1% and emphasised… March 01, 2021 10:46pm EST Boeing, Australian air force say pilotless, fighter-like jet completed first test flight … … Continue reading

Australian News Headlines: March 1, 2021

Australia’s Crown Resorts director quits over ties to billionaire shareholder … that it had underpaid its staff. Several of Australia’s biggest… companies, including Woolworths, Coles and Commonwealth Bank of Australia… FEBRUARY 28, 2021 08:42PM EST PRECIOUS-Gold prices edge higher on softer dollar …, Germany and Australia ending February with their biggest monthly rises… FEBRUARY 28, 2021 08:35PM EST Australia shares climb 1.5% … Continue reading

Australian News Headlines: February 26, 2021

Asian markets roiled as bond rout turns ‘lethal’ … of the selloff prompted Australia’s central bank to launch a surprise… February 25, 2021 09:03pm EST Asian markets roiled as bond rout turns ‘lethal’ … of the selloff prompted Australia’s central bank to launch a surprise… February 25, 2021 09:00pm EST MORE VIDEO RESULTS » GLOBAL … Continue reading

Australian News Headlines: February 23, 2021

Australia‘s Macquarie reaps windfall profits from U.S. winter freeze …, which also operates Australia’s largest asset manager and investment… February 22, 2021 04:47pm EST Australia shares set to track Wall Street lower as U.S. Treasury yields firm … Feb 23 (Reuters) – Australian shares were poised to inch lower on Tuesday after a weak showing … Continue reading

Australian News Headlines: February 22, 2021

Dollar falls as improving sentiment boosts riskier currencies … will ease risks to Australia’s economy over the year, ratings agency Fitch… the yen, the dollar held steady at 105.45 Australia on Monday began its… February 21, 2021 07:38pm EST FOREX-Dollar falls as improving sentiment boosts riskier currencies … to Australia’s economy over the year, ratings … Continue reading

Australian News Headlines: February 21, 2021

Coronavirus Australia live news: Prime Minister, aged care residents and frontline staff will be among first to be vaccinated today Jane Malysiak gets the Pfizer shot at Sydney’s Castle Hill Medical Centre before Prime Minister Scott Morrison receives his vaccination as well. Follow live.ABC News1 hour ago UK scientists highlight 12 criteria for Covid vaccine … Continue reading

Australian News Headlines: February 20, 2021

Victoria records zero new coronavirus cases as Melbourne case moved to ICU Just 25 Covid cases remain in Victoria as state begins first weekend since end of third lockdown.The Guardian1 hour ago Zero cases of COVID-19 recorded in Victoria | ABC News video_youtubeABC News (Australia)1 hour ago Second woman accuses ex-Liberal staffer of rape Another … Continue reading

Australian News Headlines: February 19, 2021

Facebook’s brazen attempt to crush regulations in Australia may backfire Facebook’s move to block news publishers in Australia may create an even stronger backlash against the company, adding fuel to arguments that it has too …The Washington Post1 hour ago Facebook sends blunt message to the world, blocking Australians’ access to news | ABC News … Continue reading

Australian News Headlines: 18 February, 2021

Facebook news ban hits emergency services and government health departments Emergency services and health Facebook pages have been caught up in the tech company’s decision to block Australian news *content*.Sydney Morning Herald2 hours ago Facebook restricts sharing or viewing Australian and international news content | News Breakfast video_youtubeABC News (Australia)3 hours ago Weak positive coronavirus … Continue reading

Syria war combatants to be shut out of Australia

Australian citizens who fight in the Syrian civil war may be shut out of the country, after Immigration Minister Scott Morrison flagged a renewed push to prevent them returning home. Mr Morrison yesterday said an influx of rebel and pro-government militants from the Middle East could “disrupt the significant social cohesion we have in this … Continue reading

Australia investigates corruption in Great Barrier Reef protection agency

Environment Minister Greg Hunt has ordered an “immediate” inquiry into the agency charged with protecting the Great Barrier Reef, after revelations that board members held interests in companies that could benefit from expanding coal and gas production near the reef. The revelations come as the Great Barrier Reef faces growing threats to its existence. Massive … Continue reading

China’s land grab in Australia hidden by “corporate veil”

Chinese investors may own less than 1 per cent of Australian farmland, but the true level is not known because it is hidden behind a corporate veil, according to a new report that offers support to the establishment of a formal register of foreign land ownership in Australia. A joint report by accountants KPMG and … Continue reading

Australia abandons Asian Century from foreign policy

The centrepiece of the Gillard government’s foreign affairs strategy – the Australia in the Asian Century white paper – has been largely jettisoned by the Abbott government. Craig Emerson, who as a senior Labor minister was responsible for the white paper’s implementation, said yesterday that he was surprised and disappointed the document and all its … Continue reading

Australian immigration minister orders asylum-seekers to be called “illegals”

Let us call a spade a spade shall we, Scott Morrison? Your edict, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, that detention staff and members of your department now refer to asylum seekers as “illegal maritime arrivals” is shameless and shameful. It is a brutish manipulation of language to suit your, and your government’s, political purposes. … Continue reading

Australia forms anti-people smuggling deal with Malaysia

Australia has struck a series of deals with Malaysia to limit the transit of asylum-seekers across its territory to Indonesia. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, the first Abbott government minister to visit Malaysia, has returned from meetings with Home Affairs Minister Ahmad Zahid with agreements on “operational co-operation” under his belt. “I was pleased to reboot … Continue reading

Australians don’t have skills to work on farms

Onion and carrot grower Yvonne Smith knows how hard it is to find highly skilled workers. Ms Smith, 48, grows 85ha of onions and 30ha of carrots with her husband at Bowhill, on the Murray River east of Adelaide. The couple would like to expand their production, but the main factor slowing them down is … Continue reading

Australian helicopters used in ’70s massacres in West Papua

Research into one of the most violent episodes in the history of West Papua claims that helicopters provided to Indonesia by the Australian government were used in military operations in the 1970s that amounted to genocide. According to a report by the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission, two Iroquois helicopters supplied by Australia were … Continue reading

Australian government allows Malaysia to prevent free speech on Australian soil

Imagine this: Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is visiting Malaysia to speak to Australian students studying at Malaysian universities. The Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur then issues a written threat to all Australian students, saying that if they hear Mr Shorten speak they will lose any government-funded scholarships. Such an action would be met … Continue reading

Australia neglects militarisation of Antarctica by foreign powers, including China

Australian academics have pointed to dangers that Antarctic bases are for the first time being militarised, despite the continent officially being called a land of peace and science. Satellite systems at polar bases could be used to control offensive weapons, according to a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and little could be done … Continue reading

Hong Kong signs up for Australian undergraduate study and internship plan

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has signed up the fourth and final destination, Hong Kong, for next year’s trial of the government’s New Colombo Plan, which will send Australian undergraduates into the region for study, internships and long-term diplomacy. “Australian students will benefit from the opportunity to study at Hong Kong’s world-class institutions and the … Continue reading

Australian government sees Asia as priority over US

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey has expressed doubts the world has seen the last of the US debt impasse as he urged the United States to get its house in order and signalled a renewed focus on opening more markets in Asia as a response to ongoing instability. In an interview with Fairfax Media, Mr Hockey … Continue reading

Australian staff evacuated from asylum detention centre after conflict between Papua New Guinea security forces

The Australian immigration minister, Scott Morrison, has confirmed that Australian staff were evacuated from the regional processing centre on Manus Island after an incident involving “Papua New Guinean agencies”. The minister, who said he had not been fully briefed on the incident, said details were a “matter for the Papua New Guinean government to address”. … Continue reading

Australia’s Governor General meets top Chinese leaders

Australia’s Governor-General Quentin Bryce has met with China’s top political leaders in one of her final overseas tours in the post. Mrs Bryce held meetings last night with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. It was Mr Bryce’s first visit as the official head of … Continue reading

Mining magnate calls on Australian government to use FTA’s to attack slavery

Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest has called on Tony Abbott to insist new global trade agreements have clauses prohibiting forced labour, as he launched a global slave index in London. The chairman of Fortescue Metals Group said slavery was “as common as church mice, and an insistence on an enforced labour-proof supply chain in any … Continue reading

Australia backs Japan’s military buildup at risk of upsetting China

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop threw Australia’s support behind Japan’s attempts to shift its military to a more “normal” defence posture in a speech in Tokyo yesterday. Australia’s backing for Japan’s proposed move away from a purely defensive military runs the risk of sparking resentment in China, which retains deep suspicion of the hawkish Abe … Continue reading


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