Australia

Australian Taxi Drivers Sue Uber Over Wages They Say Its Arrival Cost Them

SYDNEY, Australia — Taxi drivers in Australia are suing Uber over lost income, just days before the ride-sharing giant’s stock begins trading publicly in the United States. In a class-action lawsuit filed on Friday, more than 6,000 taxi, limousine and other types of drivers claim that they were hurt financially by Uber’s 2012 arrival in the country, their lawyers said. ...

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Clive Palmer’s $100m Aboriginal foundation only has $109 in it, records show

Clive Palmer’s $100m foundation to benefit Aboriginal people launched 10 years ago only has $109 in it, despite never having disbursed a grant or allocation, according to financial records published by the Australian charity commission. The Western Australian government said it intends to investigate the situation. “We are currently investigating any avenues which might be available to compel Mr Palmer to make ...

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Labor’s support for ‘carbon disaster’ in Beetaloo basin condemned

Labor’s support for unlocking the gas supply from the Northern Territory’s Beetaloo basin has drawn the anger of environmental groups, who say its emissions would dwarf those from Adani’s proposed Carmichael coalmine. Earlier this week Labor announced it would replace the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility with a different fund to finance infrastructure projects of national significance in the north of ...

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Saputo buying specialty cheese business in Australia for $265 million

Montreal-based Saputo says the Australian business includes two manufacturing facilities in Tasmania and employs approximately 400 people. The specialty cheese business produces, markets and distributes a variety of specialty cheeses under several Australian brands, including South Cape, Tasmanian Heritage, Mersey Valley and King Island Dairy. It generated about $182 million in revenue in 2018. The deal is subject to foreign ...

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UK tourist Sam Oliver wins Australian defamation case

A British tourist who was acquitted of assaulting Australia’s former Rugby Sevens captain James Stannard has won a defamation case against a TV network. Sam Oliver, from Newcastle, said Australia’s Nine Network had wrongly depicted him as being guilty of a “cowardly” criminal act in Sydney. He was found not guilty last year. On Friday, a judge rejected Nine’s argument ...

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India’s 1.3b people could be Australia’s next great trading hope

The business relationship between India and Australia has had many false starts. But a growing population of Indian-Australians, and a greater understanding of the potential of the world’s largest democracy, is prompting Australian business to try harder. A conference of young entrepreneurs from the two nations has been looking for ways to supercharge the relationship in the next decade, attempting ...

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Scott Morrison expected to call federal election on Thursday morning

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, is poised to call an Australian federal election on Thursday morning after ministers unveiled a spate of last-minute political appointments to government bodies. On Wednesday evening the shadow treasurer, Chris Bowen, told Radio National that Labor reserved the right to cancel appointments made in proximity to the caretaker period, in a warning shot to the Coalition not to ...

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‘Servant’ worked around the clock and denied access to a doctor, court hears

A Fijian woman allegedly trafficked into forced labour by a Queensland couple worked around the clock and was denied access to a doctor, a court has heard. The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, says she was forced to work as a domestic helper in suburban Brisbane for eight years until 2016. She said despite cooking the meals ...

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Why Chinese influence is unlikely to be a hot topic in the next Australian election

Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton (second right) speaks at Parliament as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (bottom left) looks at his notes on August 20, 2018. (SEAN DAVEY/AFP/Getty Images) (CNN)Fresh accusations of Chinese influence-peddling have emerged in Australia weeks before a national election, following claims a billionaire seeking Australian citizenship paid a lobbyist thousands of dollars to meet ...

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Protests in Australia Pit Vegans Against Farmers

Vegan protests across Australia have reignited debates about animal cruelty and sustainability, while raising questions about vigilante action. MELBOURNE, Australia — When vegan activists halted morning traffic on Monday at one of Australia’s busiest intersections, Prime Minister Scott Morrison described their actions as “un-Australian.” The traffic disruption in Melbourne was part of a “Day of Action” protesting the consumption of animal ...

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