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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

February 8, 1983 – Dust storm hits Melbourne, Australia, turning day to night


The 1983 Melbourne dust storm was a meteorological phenomenon that occurred during the afternoon of 8 February 1983, throughout much of Victoria, Australia and affected the capital, Melbourne. Red soil, dust and sand from Central and Southeastern Australia was swept up in high winds and carried southeast through Victoria. The dust storm was one of the most dramatic consequences of the 1982/83 drought, at … Continue reading

January 31, 1968 – Nauru gained independence from Australia.


Nauru, officially the Republic of Nauru (Nauruan: Repubrikin Naoero) and formerly known as Pleasant Island, is an island country and microstate in Oceania, in the Central Pacific. Its nearest neighbour is Banaba Island in Kiribati, 300 km (190 mi) to the east. It further lies northwest of Tuvalu, 1,300 km (810 mi) northeast of the Solomon Islands, east-northeast of Papua New Guinea, southeast of the Federated States of Micronesia and south of the Marshall Islands. With only a 21 km2 (8.1 sq mi) … Continue reading

January 30, 1950 – Birth of Jack Newton, Australian golfer


Jack Newton OAM (born 30 January 1950) is an Australian former professional golfer. Newton was born in Cessnock, New South Wales. He was one of Australia’s most successful golfers in the 1970s and early 1980s. He turned professional in 1971 and won his first professional tournament – the Dutch Open – in 1972. Newton notched up several victories over the next … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 – Death of Colleen McCullough, Australian neuroscientist, author, and academic


Colleen Margaretta McCullough AO (married name Robinson, previously Ion-Robinson; 1 June 1937 – 29 January 2015) was an Australian author known for her novels, her most well-known being The Thorn Birds and The Ladies of Missalonghi. McCullough was born in 1937 in Wellington, in the Central West region of New South Wales, to James and Laurie McCullough.  Her father was of Irish descent and her mother was a … Continue reading

January 28, 1953 – Death of James Scullin, Australian journalist and politician, 9th Prime Minister of Australia


James Henry Scullin (18 September 1876 – 28 January 1953) was an Australian Labor Party politician and the ninth Prime Minister of Australia. Scullin led Labor to government at the 1929 election. The Wall Street Crash of 1929 transpired just two days after his swearing in, which would herald the beginning of the Great Depression in Australia. Scullin’s administration would soon be overwhelmed by … Continue reading

January 27, 1921 – Maurice Buckley, Australian soldier and winner of the Victoria Cross, dies at 29


Maurice Vincent Buckley, VC, DCM (13 April 1891 – 27 January 1921) was an Australian soldier serving under the pseudonym Gerald Sexton who was awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War. This is the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Buckley was born at Upper Hawthorn, Melbourne, to Timothy Buckley, brickmaker, and his … Continue reading

January 26, 1808 – Rum Rebellion, the only successful armed takeover of the government in Australia


The Rum Rebellion of 1808 was a coup d’état in the then-British penal colony of New South Wales, staged by the New South Wales Corps in order to depose Governor William Bligh. Australia’s first and only military coup, it is named after early Sydney’s illicit rum trade, over which the Rum Corps, as it became known, … Continue reading

January 25, 1954 – Birth of Kay Cottee, Australian sailor


Kay Cottee AO (born 25 January 1954) is an Australian sailor, who was the first woman to perform a single-handed, non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of the world. She performed this feat in 1988 in her 37 feet (11 m) yacht Blackmores First Lady, taking 189 days. Born Kay McLaren—the youngest of four daughters—in Sydney on 25 January 1954, Cottee grew up in … Continue reading

January 24, 1968 – The 1st Australian Task Force launches Operation Coburg against the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong


Operation Coburg (24 January − 1 March 1968) was an Australian and New Zealand military action during the Vietnam War. The operation saw heavy fighting between the 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF) and North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong forces during the wider fighting around Long Binh and Bien Hoa. American and South Vietnamese intelligence reports had indicated that an imminent communist offensive during the Tet … Continue reading

January 23, 1942 – The Battle of Rabaul commences Japan’s invasion of Australia’s Territory of New Guinea


The Battle of Rabaul, also known by the Japanese as Operation R, was fought on the island of New Britain in the Australian Territory of New Guinea, in January and February 1942. It was a strategically significant defeat of Allied forces by Japan in the Pacific campaign of World War II, with the Japanese invasion force quickly overwhelming the small Australian garrison, the majority of which was … Continue reading

January 22, 1943 – Australian and American forces defeat Japanese army and navy units in Battle of Buna–Gona


The Battle of Buna–Gona was part of the New Guinea campaign in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. It followed the conclusion of the Kokoda Track campaign and lasted from 16 November 1942 until 22 January 1943. The battle was fought by Australian and United States forces agasinst the Japanese beachheads at Buna, Sanananda and Gona. From these, the Japanese had launched an … Continue reading

January 21, 1931 – Sir Isaac Isaacs is sworn in as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia


Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs, GCB, GCMG, PC, KC (6 August 1855 – 11 February 1948) was an Australian lawyer, politician, and judge who served as the ninth Governor-General of Australia, in office from 1931 to 1936. He had previously served on the High Court of Australia from 1906 to 1931, including as Chief Justice from 1930. Isaacs was born in Melbourne and grew up in Yackandandah and Beechworth (in country Victoria). He … Continue reading

January 20, 1990 – Birth of Ray Thompson, Australian rugby league player


Ray Thompson (born 20 January 1990), also known by the nickname of “Ray-Ray“, is a former Papua New Guinea international rugby league footballer who played as a five-eighth, halfback and hooker. He was an Indigenous All Stars representative and spent his entire professional career with the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League (NRL). Born in Cairns, Queensland, Thompson is of Indigenous Australian and Papua New Guinean descent. He played his junior football for Centrals … Continue reading

January 19, 1935 – Birth of Johnny O’Keefe, Australian singer-songwriter


John Michael O’Keefe was an Australian rock and roll singer, born in Bondi Junction on January 19, 1935. His career began in the 1950s. Some of his hits include “Wild One” (1958), “Shout!” and “She’s My Baby”. In his twenty-year career, O’Keefe released over fifty singles, 50 EPs and 100 albums. O’Keefe was also a radio and television entertainer and … Continue reading

January 18, 1977 – Australia’s worst rail disaster occurs at Granville, Sydney, killing 83


The Granville rail/train disaster occurred on Tuesday 18 January 1977 at Granville, New South Wales, a western suburb of Sydney, when a crowded commuter train derailed, running into the supports of a road bridge that collapsed onto two of the train’s passenger carriages. The official enquiry found the primary cause of the crash to be poor fastening of … Continue reading

January 17, 1877 – Birth of May Gibbs, English-Australian author and illustrator


Cecilia May Gibbs MBE (17 January 1877 – 27 November 1969) was an Australian children’s author, illustrator, and cartoonist. She is best known for her gumnut babies (also known as “bush babies” or “bush fairies”), and the book Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. Gibbs was born in Sydenham, Kent, in the United Kingdom, to Herbert William Gibbs (1852 – 4 October 1940) … Continue reading

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