Australia

Australian Police Obtained Journalist’s Travel Records From Airline in Leak Inquiry

SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian federal police obtained from Qantas Airways the personal travel records of a journalist, a revelation that alarmed the media industry on Monday after police raids on journalists last month raised questions about press freedoms in the country. A document obtained by The Sydney Morning Herald showed that the police approached the airline in March seeking travel records ...

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Fossil fuel exports make Australia one of the worst contributors to climate crisis

Australia is responsible for 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions and could be contributing as much as 17% by 2030 if the pollution from its fossil fuel exports is factored in, research says. Under climate accounting rules that record carbon dioxide released within a country, Australia is responsible for about 1.4% of global emissions. The analysis by science and policy ...

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Immunisation rates for Australian children reaches record 95%

The number of fully immunised Australian children has hit a record level, with close to 95% vaccinated against deadly diseases. New data for the March quarter showed immunisation rates for all five-year-olds was 94.78%, up from 94.67% in the December quarter. The coverage rate for five-year-old Indigenous children was 96.66%, outstripping the national figure. The federal health minister, Greg Hunt, ...

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Irish family of sick boy classed as tax ‘burden’ allowed to stay in Australia

An Irish family facing deportation because their Australian-born son was considered a “burden” on the health system have been offered a last-minute reprieve. Anthony and Christine Hyde, and their son Darragh, 3, who has cystic fibrosis, were granted a ministerial intervention on Friday, after their pending deportation caused outrage across the country. The family moved to Australia in 2009 and ...

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Australia set to repeal medical care bill for offshore refugees

Canberra, Australia – Australia’s government has tabled in parliament amendments to repeal a key medical bill for refugees held in its offshore detention centres, despite concerns the move would put lives in danger. The so-called Medevac Bill, which allows the transfer of refugees to mainland Australia for medical treatment, was passed despite government opposition in March. Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton warned that the ...

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UN inspectors primed for ‘unfettered access’ to Australian detention centres

United Nations human rights inspectors will have “completely unfettered access to all places of detention” when they visit Australia in coming months. This week the UN subcommittee on prevention of torture announced it would visit six countries to inspect places of detention, including Australia and Nauru. It will be the first time Australia is subject to the inspections, which it is ...

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Christopher Pyne may face Senate inquiry into compliance with ministerial standards

Labor is considering backing a Senate inquiry into compliance with ministerial standards which is being pursued by the Centre Alliance after controversy over Christopher Pyne’s decision to join a major consultancy firm. Pyne, the former defence minister, announced last week he had taken up a job with EY to help the consulting group expand its defence business. The current federal ministerial standards ...

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Australia’s Iron Exports to Drop for First Time in 18 Years

Iron ore exports from Australia are set to drop for the first time in almost two decades following bad weather and output setbacks, worsening a global shortage and bolstering prices that have already surged to a five-year high. The world’s top shipper cut its 2019 forecast to 814 million tons from 867 million in March and boosted its estimate for ...

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