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On This Day in Australia: In 2001, Grant Hackett set a world record in the 1500 m freestyle


On 29 July 2001, swimmer Grant Hackett set a world record in the 1500 metre freestyle at Fukuoka, Japan Grant George Hackett OAM was born on 9 May 1980 at Southport on the Gold Coast of Queensland. He is the son of a policeman and younger brother of a Surf Lifesaving champion. He attended Merrimac State High School. He is most famous for … Continue reading

On This Day In Australia: In 1902, Indigenous Australian artist Albert Namatjira was born


Indigenous Australian artist Albert Namatjira was born near Alice Springs on 28 July 1902. Although not the first Aboriginal artist to work in a European style, Albert Namatjira is certainly the most famous. Ghost gums with luminous white trunks, palm-filled gorges and red mountain ranges turning purple at dusk are the hallmarks of the Hermannsburg … Continue reading

On This Day In Australia: In 1999, fourteen Australians were killed in the Swiss canyoning disaster


On 27 July 1999, an accident occurred in Switzerland’s Saxetbach Gorge (a gorge close to the village of Saxeten) in which 21 young people from Australia, New Zealand, England, South Africa, and Switzerland died. Forty-eight people from two coach tour parties had elected an optional side event of canyoning. It was organized by Adventure World, a now defunct company located in Wilderswil, not far … Continue reading

On This Day In Australia: In 1950, Australia announced they would send troops to the Korean War


Only five years after the end of the Second World War, Australia became involved in the Korean War. Personnel from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), and the Australian Regular Army (ARA) were committed soon after the war began and would serve for the next three years in the defence of … Continue reading

On This Day In Australia: In 1956, the film ‘A Town Like Alice’ premiered in Alice Springs


The world premiere of the movie A Town Like Alice was held at the Alice Springs open-air Pioneer Theatre (at what is now the YHA) on 24 July 1956. Donning coats, scarves and blankets as protection from the chilly desert night, the ‘bush’ premiere was reportedly a relaxed occasion. The event was so informal in … Continue reading

On This Day In Australia: In 1900, Neville Howse performed an act of heroism that earned him Australia’s first Victoria Cross


On 24 July 1900, Neville Howse rescued a fallen ally under heavy fire during the Second Boer War, becoming the first Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross. Neville Howse was born on 26 October 1863 at Stogursey, Somerset, in England. He was educated at Fullard’s House School, Taunton, before studying medicine at London Hospital. Howse … Continue reading

On This Day In Australia: In 1995, Bob Hawke married Blanche d’Alpuget


It was April 1970 when Blanche d’Alpuget first met Bob Hawke. They were at a party in Jakarta, where the writer was living with her husband, Antony Pratt. As she sat on a swinging chair, answering the then-ACTU president’s questions about the city, she felt a connection between them. It wasn’t a spark, exactly; more of … Continue reading

On This Day In Australia: In 1983, Dick Smith completed the first solo round the world helicopter flight


On 22 July 1983, entrepreneur and founder of Australian Geographic Dick Smith completed his first solo around-the-world helicopter flight. The sojourn was also the first solo flight from the US to Australia by helicopter and the first solo helicopter flight across the Atlantic Ocean. For the ambitious journey, Dick flew his helicopter – in which he usually … Continue reading

On This Day In Australia: In 1991, the largest oil spill in Australian waters occurred


On 21 July 1991, the Greek tanker Kirki spilled 17,280 tonnes of crude oil off the coast of Western Australia, the biggest oil spill in Australian waters. The Kirki was a 210-metre-long Greek-registered oil tanker which caught fire in the early morning of 21 July 1991, 30 km west of the fishing town of Cervantes, … Continue reading

Overnight News Headlines (Australia): July 20, 2021


Children account for 15 per cent of Australian farm deaths, says AgHealth study – 15 per cent of farm deaths are children under 14 years old, according to an AgHealth Australia study; A Ballarat farmer says she is shocked almost one in six … Australia’s first body image program for primary schools aims to help … Continue reading

Overnight News Headlines (Australia): July 19, 2021


Race on for Australian rare earth supplies as fears grow over China’s market ‘monopoly’ – It comes two years after David Gainer, the US Consul General to Perth, visited a rare earths mine near Laverton in outback Western Australia just days into the … Swim league to be launched in Australia – Taylor says the … Continue reading

Overnight News Headlines (Australia): July 18, 2021


New study reveals history of Aboriginal trade with foreign visitors before British settlement – They are markers of an annual Asian occupation of the northernmost tip of Western Australia that remains a mystery. “This is an unknown part of Australian … Lolesio kicks 14-man Australia to win to seal series against France – Wallabies flyhalf … Continue reading

Overnight News Headlines (Australia): July 17, 2021


Team USA Women’s Basketball Team Stunned in Loss to Australia – The United States have taken another devastating loss to Australia in the same week. Just days after Kevin Durant and the U.S men’s team were stunned and … Australia COVID news LIVE: NSW looks to clamp down on lockdown retail; Victoria’s exposure sites top … Continue reading

Overnight News Headlines (Australia): July 16, 2021


Australian fitness giant F45 valued at $2b after Wall Street debut – The backers of Australian founded F45 Training are set for a big payday with the fitness giant listing on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday (US time) … Report: Team USA vs. Australia exhibition could get canceled over Covid-19 concerns – Now, … Continue reading

Overnight News Headlines (Australia): July 15, 2021


South Australians warned to expect COVID restrictions amid outbreak fears – South Australians have been put on notice to follow COVID-19 rules and regulations or face tougher restrictions in response to a potential local outbreak of the … Chris Hipkins: If you can’t afford to be stuck in Australia, come home to NZ – Western … Continue reading

Overnight News Headlines (Australia): July 14, 2021


Australia news LIVE: NSW cases and exposure sites grow; Melbourne awaits testing results – Australia news LIVE: NSW cases and exposure sites grow; Melbourne awaits testing results. We have made our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic free for … The Chase Australia: The Shark tests his fans’ knowledge in daily quiz – The Chase … Continue reading

Australia’s Overnight News Headlines: July 13, 2021


This year’s census will have two new questions, but there are a few topics that won’t be addressed – LGBTIQ+ advocates say the lack of questions around sexual orientation is concerning. The census, run every five years by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) … Australia news LIVE: Sydney cases and exposure sites soar; Victoria … Continue reading

Australia’s Overnight News Headlines: July 11, 2021


Australia COVID news LIVE: NSW braces for more cases, more weeks of lockdown as Delta strain outpaces contact tracers – Vaccination targets to move to phase two of reopening plan. By James Massola and Aisha Dow. Australia’s plan to end COVID-19 lockdowns and begin reopening … Australian stage going Rouge – Carmen Pavlovic is part … Continue reading

Australia’s Overnight News Headlines: July 10, 2021


These young First Nations people want to see more caring for Country around Australia – And in Central Australia, Shania Armstrong is undertaking a different kind of … is an opportunity for Indigenous Australians to advocate for greater protection of … ‘People dropping like flies’: Australians in Indonesia fear for their safety as deadly Delta … Continue reading

Australia’s Overnight News Headlines: July 9, 2021


COVID-19 breaking news: Sydney bracing for spike in cases; Major police operation starts in key suburbs; No new local Victorian cases – Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australia’s vaccine rollout is “ramping up” after securing 300,000 extra Pfizer doses for Sydney and a million a week for the … ASX to drop as Wall Street … Continue reading

Australia: Overnight News Headlines – July 8, 2021


Overnight news headlines you may have missed COVID-19 breaking news: Nervous wait for Sydney with COVID cases expected to spike; Queensland hospital staff in isolation after helping save the life of COVID patient; Calls for Federal Government to better help businesses in lockdown – South Australia could reopen its border to the Northern Territory and … Continue reading

Australia: Overnight News Headlines – July 7, 2021


Overnight news headlines you may have missed Australia breaking news today, live coronavirus updates and headlines July 70, 2021 – Senator Canavan’s comments come after it was announced the Australian Formula … Senator Canavan said Australia wouldn’t have had to halve international … Australia news LIVE: Sydney’s lockdown set to be extended; masks will no … Continue reading

Australia: Overnight News Headlines – July 6, 2021


Overnight news headlines you may have missed Flight caps will bump 18,000 Australians off flights home in the next six weeks – London: Airlines say 18,000 Australians are set to be bumped from flights back home in the next six weeks as a result of the national cabinet’s decision to halve … The Chase Australia: … Continue reading

Australia: Overnight News Headlines – July 5, 2021


Overnight news headlines you may have missed Australia-NZ travel bubble: Victoria, SA, ACT, Tasmania – From 11.59pm on Sunday night, people from Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT will be allowed to travel to New Zealand without spending 14 days … Australian Ben O’Connor wins stage nine of the Tour de France, moves to … Continue reading

Australia: Overnight News Headlines – July 4, 2021


Overnight news headlines you may have missed Contact tracing in the spotlight as experts warn of major animal disease risk – Questions are being raised about Australia’s ability to trace livestock as the country’s chief vet warns the risk of a major animal disease outbreak is increasing. The UK’s preparing to administer COVID vaccine booster … Continue reading

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Cadence Column: Asia, July 26, 2021

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On This Day In Australia: In 1950, Australia announced they would send troops to the Korean War

On This Day In Australia: In 1950, Australia announced they would send troops to the Korean War

Originally posted on Craig Hill:
Third Royal Australian Regiment Only five years after the end of the Second World War, Australia became involved in the Korean War. Personnel from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), and the Australian Regular Army (ARA) were committed soon after the war began and would serve…

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Afghanistan: No Peace Without a Clear Vision

Afghanistan: No Peace Without a Clear Vision

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US-China rivalry rooted in lost trust

US-China rivalry rooted in lost trust

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Overnight News Headlines (Australia): July 20, 2021

Overnight News Headlines (Australia): July 20, 2021

Originally posted on Craig Hill:
Children account for 15 per cent of Australian farm deaths, says AgHealth study – 15 per cent of farm deaths are children under 14 years old, according to an AgHealth Australia study; A Ballarat farmer says she is shocked almost one in six … Australia’s first body image program for…

China in the News: July 20, 2021

China in the News: July 20, 2021

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