Posts filtered by tags: Australia news[x]


 

Sports rorts inquiry accuses government of obstructing its investigation

Senate committee investigating grants program says ‘systematic lack of disclosure’ stopped it from doing its jobAn inquiry into the sports rorts scandal has accused the government of “obstruction” after the former minister, Bridget McKenzie, refused to appear and her successor blocked the release of advice about the legality of the $100m program.In an interim report tabled on Tuesday, the Senate select committee rejected current sport minister Richard Colbeck’s public interest immunity claim tha...
Tags: Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Canberra, McKenzie, Sport Australia, Bridget McKenzie, Richard Colbeck


Australian politics live: WA to change border quarantine rules on 8 December - as it happened

Chinese Embassy official dismisses ‘rage and roar’ over controversial tweet; Paul Fletcher complains to ABC chair about Four Corners program. This blog is now closedPoll: three-quarters of Australians back target of net zero by 2030China rejects Australian PM’s call to apologise for ‘repugnant’ tweet Joel Fitzgibbon isolated on stripping misbehaving judges of pensionsFollow our global coronavirus live blog 8.00am GMT And that’s where we’ll leave the blog for today. Thanks as always for readi...
Tags: Health, Abc, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Welfare, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Canberra


France and New Zealand join Australia's criticism of Chinese government tweet

Former diplomat urges more countries to stand against ‘coercion’ from Beijing, as Chinese state media says Australia is ‘treating China’s goodwill with evil’France and New Zealand have joined Australia in criticising the Chinese government for its inflammatory tweet about Australian soldiers, as a former senior diplomat called for more countries to take a stand against Beijing’s “coercion”.The tensions between China and Australia showed no sign of abating on Tuesday, with the Chinese embassy in ...
Tags: Europe, Australia, France, China, Australia news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, New Zealand, Canberra, Morrison, Australian foreign policy


Photo reveals Australian soldier drinking beer out of dead Taliban fighter's prosthetic leg

Exclusive: Image obtained by Guardian Australia shows limb being used to down drinks in a special forces bar in AfghanistanSenior Australian special forces soldiers drank beer out of the prosthetic leg of a dead Taliban soldier at an unauthorised bar in Afghanistan – with a photograph of the act being revealed for the first time by Guardian Australia.A number of photographs obtained by the Guardian show one senior soldier – who is still serving – sculling from the leg in an unofficial bar known ...
Tags: Australia, World news, Australia news, Afghanistan, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Australian politics, War Crimes, Australian military, Guardian Australia, Uruzgan, Tarin Kowt, Brereton report


'Catastrophic' bushfire burns half of Queensland's Fraser Island and threatens ecological disaster

The fire on the world’s largest sand island, also known as K’gari, has been burning for six weeks and is encroaching on areas with 1,000-year-old treesA bushfire has burned across half the World Heritage-listed K’gari/Fraser Island – the world’s biggest sand island, off Australia’s Queensland coast – with potentially catastrophic consequences for its habitats and wildlife.The blaze, which has been alight for more than six weeks, is threatening major tourism and rainforest areas after burning muc...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Wildfires, Queensland, Bushfires, World Heritage, Fraser Island, K'gari Fraser Island


'Catastrophic' bushfire on Queensland's Fraser Island threatens ecological disaster

The fire on the world’s largest sand island, also known as K’gari, has been burning for six weeks and is encroaching on areas with 1,000-year-old treesA bushfire has burned across half the World Heritage-listed K’gari/Fraser Island – the world’s biggest sand island, off Australia’s Queensland coast – with potentially catastrophic consequences for its habitats and wildlife.The blaze, which has been alight for more than six weeks, is threatening major tourism and rainforest areas after burning muc...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Wildfires, Queensland, Bushfires, World Heritage, Fraser Island, K'gari Fraser Island


Kylie Moore-Gilbert thanks supporters after Iran prison release: 'My freedom is your victory'

British-Australian academic was held on espionage charges for more than 800 daysFreed academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert has paid tribute to her family, friends and colleagues who campaigned for her release while she was held in Iranian prisons for more than two years.After 804 days in prison on espionage charges widely dismissed as baseless, Moore-Gilbert was released last week in a complex and dramatic prisoner swap for three convicted Iranian bombers in prison in Thailand. Continue reading...
Tags: UK News, World news, Australia news, Iran, Thailand, Middle East and North Africa, Kylie Moore-Gilbert, Moore Gilbert


Australian politics live: Chinese embassy accuses Canberra of overreacting to tweet on Afghan killings

Embassy official dismisses ‘rage and roar’ over tweet; new WA border rules not requiring quarantine to start on 8 December; Paul Fletcher complains to ABC chair about Four Corners program. Follow latest updatesPoll: three-quarters of Australians back target of net zero by 2030China rejects Australian PM’s call to apologise for ‘repugnant’ tweet Follow our global coronavirus live blogAustralia’s coronavirus restrictions explained: state by state 5.29am GMT One Nation is out, howeverOne Nation...
Tags: Health, Labor, Abc, Senate, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Welfare, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party


Australian politics live: WA opens borders to Victoria and NSW; US national security council tweets at China over wine tariffs

New WA border rules not requiring quarantine to start on 8 December; Paul Fletcher complains to ABC chair about Four Corners program; MPs hit back at China over provocative tweet. Follow latest updates Poll: three-quarters of Australians back target of net zero by 2030China rejects Australian PM’s call to apologise for ‘repugnant’ tweet Follow our global coronavirus live blogAustralia’s coronavirus restrictions explained: state by state 4.29am GMT Parliament continues until next Thursday and...
Tags: Health, Abc, China, US, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Welfare, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party


Australian lamb industry hit as Qatar cancels subsidy on $300m-a-year trade

Deal supporting third biggest export market ended abruptly. In October, Australia heavily criticised Qatari officials over incident at Doha airportThe Qatari government has moved to cancel a subsidy for the Australian lamb industry, even as Australia’s agriculture and meat sector continues to reel from Chinese import bans.Australia’s $300m-a-year lamb trade with Qatar has been underpinned by a subsidy program in place since 2015. It was due to finish in 2023, but the Qatari government made the s...
Tags: Australia, Qatar, Australia news, Middle East and North Africa, Doha


Australian politics live: WA lifts quarantine requirements for visitors from Victoria and NSW

New WA border rules to start on 8 December; Paul Fletcher complains to ABC chair about Four Corners program; MPs hit back at China over provocative tweet. Follow latest updatesPoll: three-quarters of Australians back target of net zero by 2030China rejects Australian PM’s call to apologise for ‘repugnant’ tweet Follow our global coronavirus live blogAustralia’s coronavirus restrictions explained: state by state 1.10am GMT Labor caucus has finished – and of most interest was a debate on a Rex...
Tags: Health, Labor, Abc, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Welfare, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party


Australian politics live: communications minister complains to ABC chair over Four Corners episode

Paul Fletcher writes to Ita Buttrose about ‘Canberra Bubble’ program; Australia reports no new locally acquired Covid cases; MPs hit back at China over provocative tweet; Reserve Bank board to meet – follow latest updatesPoll: three-quarters of Australians back target of net zero by 2030China rejects Australian PM’s call to apologise for ‘repugnant’ tweet Follow our global coronavirus live blogAustralia’s coronavirus restrictions explained: state by state 12.25am GMT WA’s premier, Mark McGow...
Tags: Health, Abc, Australia, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Welfare, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party


Australian politics live: Queensland border reopens; Morrison condemns China tweet

Queensland tourism operators hope reopening of border to Victoria and Sydney will help economic recovery; MPs hit back at China over provocative tweet; Reserve Bank board to meet – follow latest updatesPoll: three-quarters of Australians back target of net zero by 2030China rejects Australian PM’s call to apologise for ‘repugnant’ tweet Follow our global coronavirus live blogAustralia’s coronavirus restrictions explained: state by state 9.23pm GMT Penny Wong appeared on ABC News Breakfast th...
Tags: Health, Australia, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Canberra, Scott Morrison


'The worst year': domestic violence soars in Australia during Covid-19

Case numbers increase dramatically and frontline workers say support services are struggling to help those in need ‘Heartbreaking end to a life’: alleged domestic violence deaths in Australia in 2020‘Time for action’: three international students allegedly murdered amid coronavirusHayley Foster, chief executive of Women’s Safety, New South Wales, has worked in domestic violence support for 15 years and she’s been shocked by what she’s witnessed this year.“2020 will be remembered as the worst yea...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Domestic Violence, Women 's Safety New South Wales


'Heartbreaking end to a life': alleged domestic violence deaths in Australia in 2020

This is a list of women who have died in Australia this year in a domestic setting or allegedly at the hands of someone they knew. The deaths of some of the victims identified below are still under investigation and many of the cases are the subject of active criminal proceedings which means we cannot definitively state that they were victims of domestic violence.According to the Counting Dead Women project by the anti-sexism group Destroy the Joint, which counts all female victims of violence, ...
Tags: Australia, Women, Australia news, Domestic Violence, Crime - Australia


Head of Queensland LNP Women warns of party's 'culture of anger and mistrust'

Exclusive: In email to fellow officials after election loss, Jenny Goodwin warns disciplinary process leads to ‘accusation of bullying’The president of the Queensland Liberal National party women’s branch has emailed fellow officials to warn of a “culture of anger and mistrust”, amid an increasingly fraught fallout from the party’s state election loss.The LNP’s governing state executive met last week to begin the process of a broad strategic review, including attempting to define “what the party...
Tags: Australia news, Queensland, Queensland politics, LNP, Liberal National Party, Queensland LNP, Queensland Liberal National, Queensland election 2020, Jenny Goodwin


Labor says ‘too little too late’ as government pledges $132m to aged care health

Funding was announced in response to the aged care royal commission report on Covid-19 after 685 people died in Australian aged care homesInfection control, mental health and allied health in aged care will get a $132m boost from the Morrison government.On Monday the health minister Greg Hunt and aged care minister Richard Colbeck announced the funding as part of the government response to the aged care royal commission’s special report on Covid-19. Continue reading...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Greg Hunt, Morrison, Richard Colbeck, Coronavirus, Aged care (Australia


China rejects Australian PM's call to apologise for 'repugnant' tweet with fake image of soldier

Scott Morrison says China should be ‘totally ashamed’ of digitally altered image depicting Australian soldier posted by foreign ministryChina’s foreign ministry has rejected calls from the Australian prime minister to apologise over an inflammatory tweet over war crimes allegations, insisting it is Australia that should be saying sorry for the loss of life in Afghanistan.The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, had demanded the Chinese government apologise and take down a “repugnant” forei...
Tags: Australia, China, Australia news, Afghanistan, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Brereton report


Australian politics live: Twitter flags tweet about ADF as Chinese state media ridicules apology demand

Scott Morrison had called on China to apologise and sought removal of tweet; Victoria revamps hotel quarantine program under single agency with private security banned. Follow all the latestChina condemns ‘murder’ of Afghans by Australian troopsFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 6.26am GMT The ASX200 has had its best month on record, with gains of 9.96 per cent coming amid optimism for a coronavirus vaccine and US election results.The record, set af...
Tags: Health, Energy, Australia, China, US, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party, Tasmania


Australian politics live: Twitter flags Chinese government's tweet with fake image of ADF soldier

Prime minister calls on China to apologise and seeks removal of tweet; Victoria revamps hotel quarantine program under single agency with private security banned. Follow all the latestChina condemns ‘murder’ of Afghans by Australian troopsFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 5.33am GMT Elaine Pearson, the director of Human Rights Watch in Australia, told Guardian Australia the tweet is “breathtakingly, gobsmackingly hypocritical”.Obviously war crimes ...
Tags: Health, Energy, Hong Kong, Australia, China, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Un, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party


Australian PM demands China apologise for 'repugnant' tweet with fake image of soldier

Scott Morrison says China should be ‘totally ashamed’ of digitally altered image depicting Australian soldier posted by foreign ministryThe Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, has demanded the Chinese government apologise and take down a “repugnant” foreign ministry tweet that depicted an Australian soldier cutting the throat of a civilian in Afghanistan.As the outrage over the digitally altered image threatened to sink already tense relations between the two countries to a new low, Morri...
Tags: China, Australia news, Afghanistan, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Brereton report


Australian politics live: Scott Morrison says Chinese government should be ashamed of 'repugnant' tweet on ADF soldiers

Prime minister calls on China to apologise and seeks removal of tweet; Victoria revamps hotel quarantine program under single agency with private security banned. Follow all the latestChina condemns ‘murder’ of Afghans by Australian troopsFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 3.29am GMT The Labor opposition leader, Anthony Albanese, backed Morrison’s stand, arguing the tweet was gratuitous, inflammatory and deeply offensive. “Australia’s condemnation ...
Tags: Health, Energy, Labor, Australia, China, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party, Canberra


Australian politics live: Scott Morrison says Chinese government should be 'ashamed' of tweet on Afghan killings by Australian soldiers

China foreign ministry says it is ‘shocked’ by Brereton report’s findings; Victoria revamps hotel quarantine program under single agency with private security banned. Follow the latestChina condemns ‘murder’ of Afghans by Australian troopsFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 2.29am GMT “The only thing that has brought shame today is this appalling post by the Chinese government,” says Scott Morrison.Morrison is having audio problems, so there is a del...
Tags: Health, Energy, China, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party, Canberra, Scott Morrison, National party


Australian politics live: Chinese foreign ministry condemns 'murder' of Afghan civilians by Australian soldiers

China ‘shocked’ by Brereton report’s findings; Daniel Andrews announces department of health to be split; NSW reaches 23rd day in a row with no new infections; PM remains at the Lodge after trip to Japan. Follow the latestFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 1.17am GMT After the news that Russia had raised concerns about Australian special forces’ actions in Afghanistan, China too is speaking up over the findings of the Brereton report.Zhao Lijian, a ...
Tags: Health, Energy, Japan, Abc, China, Russia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party


Australian politics live: emissions figures released as NSW approaches Covid elimination

State reaches 23rd day in a row with no new infections; PM remains at the Lodge after trip to Japan; international students return to Darwin; pressure grows for tougher anti-corruption body. Follow all the latest updatesFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 12.26am GMT There is about to be a cabinet reshuffle, so all the government MPs are being a little more sensitive, and bolshy, than usual. It’s like all the worst drama kids are fighting to be the u...
Tags: Health, Energy, Japan, China, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party, Canberra, Scott Morrison


Australian politics live: Morrison still in isolation as parliament returns for final 2020 sitting

PM remains at The Lodge after trip to Japan; pressure grows for tougher anti-corruption body; 2020 emissions figures to be released; and office workers return in limited numbers in Melbourne. Follow all the latest updates Follow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 9.18pm GMT Asked about just speaking to his counterparts in China, Simon Birmingham says:Well, I can pick up the phone, but they’re not choosing to do so. If you’re calling and no one is answering...
Tags: Health, Energy, Japan, Australia, China, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party, Canberra


More Australians want an Indigenous voice protected in constitution, survey suggests

Report also finds an increase in racial prejudice and an increase in the number of people who believe ‘Australia is a racist country’ A growing number of Australians believe it is important to protect an Indigenous voice in the constitution so it can’t be removed by future governments, according to the latest two-year survey of attitudes to reconciliation.The Reconciliation Barometer 2020 found that 81% of the general community (up from 77% in 2018) and 88% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Indigenous Australians, Black Lives Matter Movement, Torres Strait Islander, Uluru Statement from the Heart


Coronavirus live news: Turkey's toll hits record for seventh day in row; UK deaths rise by 215

Numbers of deaths rise by another 185 in Turkey; UK cases go up by 12,155; Germany to decide in January which curbs can be liftedLife after Covid: will our world ever be the same? A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin story UK: Angry Tory MPs turn on Gove after ‘overwhelmed NHS’ claims 6.23pm GMT Lebanon will begin to slowly relax coronavirus restrictions imposed two weeks ago from Monday, as it looks to boost its struggling economy ahead of Christmas.Acting health m...
Tags: Topshop, UK, China, Germany, Australia news, Turkey, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Lebanon, Philip Green, Arcadia, Wuhan, Gove, Burton, Coronavirus, Hamad Hassan


Coronavirus live news: Germany will decide which restrictions to lift in January; UK deaths rise by 215

UK cases go up by 12,155; Premier of North-Rhine Westphalia urges people to observe rules; Dominic Raab says correct balance needs to be struck on restrictionsLife after Covid: will our world ever be the same? A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin story UK: Angry Tory MPs turn on Gove after ‘overwhelmed NHS’ claims 4.16pm GMT Italy registered a further 20,648 coronavirus infections on Sunday, compared to 26,315 the previous day. There have been 541 coronavirus-relate...
Tags: UK, China, Germany, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Italy, Wuhan, Gove, North Rhine Westphalia, Dominic Raab, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: Germany will decide which restrictions to lift in January; England faces third wave in new year

Premier of North-Rhine Westphalia urges people to observe rules to bring down case numbers; Dominic Raab says correct balance needs to be struck on England restrictionsLife after Covid: will our world ever be the same? A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin story UK: Angry Tory MPs turn on Gove after ‘overwhelmed NHS’ claims 11.57am GMT Germany will decide in early January which coronavirus curbs can be lifted, the premier of the state of North-Rhine Westphalia has sa...
Tags: UK, England, China, Germany, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Downing Street, Wuhan, Gove, Reuters, North Rhine Westphalia, Raab, Dominic Raab, Coronavirus, Deutschlandfunk radio