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Australia abolishes Climate Commission


The Abbott government has moved swiftly to disband the Climate Commission and sack its commissioners, including controversial chief commissioner Tim Flannery. Environment Minister Greg Hunt telephoned Professor Flannery today in what was described as a civil discussion delivering expected news. The Coalition is fulfilling an election promise to dispense with the commission, saving taxpayers $580,000 … Continue reading

Australian government moves to protect international education industry


Australia’s Labor government will create a top-level council to devise a new strategy to protect Australia’s $15 billion international education industry from tough new competition overseas. The council would bring ministers and sector representatives together in a move in line with the recommendations of the Chaney report released in February, following complaints from the industry … Continue reading

Six Australian students suspected of murder in Peru


Federal Attorney General Mark Dreyfus says he has met with some of the six Australian students wanted overseas in relation to the death of a hotel doorman in Peru. The three young Sydney men and two men and woman from Melbourne have launched a social media campaign to clear their names after being nominated as … Continue reading

Chinese student allowed to stay in Australia after six year sentence for drug trafficking


A former Chinese student who served six years in prison for his part in a drug-trafficking and money-laundering syndicate can stay in Australia after a tribunal overturned his visa cancellation. If sent back to China, Xin Liang might face the death penalty; his risk of reoffending in Australia was very low; and he had been … Continue reading

Australia gives up hope on China over free trade agreement


Australia has given-up hopes for a comprehensive free trade agreement with China and will instead focus its efforts on a scaled-back agriculture-focused deal with the Chinese government. The decision comes as China and Australia are deadlocked in negotiations on a free trade agreement because of a dispute about state-owned assets, trade minister Craig Emerson said. … Continue reading

Australia fears having to choose between China and US


Australia does not want to be put in the position where it has to choose between the US and China, the new head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has declared. In his first major public speech since taking over as DFAT secretary, Peter Varghese said: “The challenge for all of us is … Continue reading

Australia: Single mums turn to brothels, stripping after welfare cuts


Some single mothers hit by recent welfare cuts to parenting payments have turned to prostitution and strip clubs in order to keep a roof over their family’s head. The payment cuts came in at the start of 2013 and affect 84,000 single parents, mostly mothers who received parenting payments. The majority have been shifted onto … Continue reading

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