Australia

WA’s plan to curb emissions ‘unworkable’, says Morrison

The Morrison government has criticised as “unworkable” a plan by Western Australia’s environment watchdog to impose tougher measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions from large projects. The state’s environmental protection authority, which works independently as an adviser to the WA government on environmental approvals, published new guidelines this week that would require developers of projects with direct emissions of more ...

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Accor investigates ‘Aboriginal segregation’ at Australia hotel

Global hotel chain Accor is investigating claims that staff at one of its Australian hotels have been racially segregating guests. Aboriginal guests at the Ibis Styles hotel in Alice Springs were purposely put in inferior rooms after a directive last June, the ABC reported on Friday. They were charged the same price as guests placed in better rooms. Accor said ...

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France, Australia deepen naval-research ties in wake of submarine deal

PARIS – An international research laboratory to push naval and maritime innovation in Australia is to be founded in Adelaide by France’s Naval Group and the key French national science research organization CNRS together with 14 Australian companies, universities, R&D institutes and various government bodies. The scientific strategy plan for the laboratory, to be known as the OzCean Technocampus, will ...

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Australia bolsters capabilities, training opportunities for its P-8A aircraft

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia is continuing to ramp up its capabilities of and training on the Boeing P-8A Poseidon multimission aircraft, even as it takes deliveries of more aircraft and looks at future growth for the system. Speaking to media at the Avalon Airshow in Victoria, Australia, Group Capt. John Grime, the head of the Royal Australian Air Force No. 92 Wing, ...

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States to swelter in heatwave during warmest start to Autumn in decades

Parts of Australia are bracing for the warmest start to Autumn in decades as another intense heatwave brings the hottest summer on record to a close in many states. Much of Australia’s south and south-east will bear the brunt of the heat over coming days, with temperatures tipped to soar up to 40C in both Melbourne and Adelaide. The weather ...

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Boeing unveils Australian-developed unmanned jet

Boeing has unveiled an unmanned, fighter-like jet developed in Australia and designed to fly alongside crewed aircraft in combat for a fraction of the cost. The US manufacturer hopes to sell the multi-role aircraft – which is 11.6 metres long and has a 3,704km range – around the world. The prototype is Australia’s first domestically developed combat aircraft since the second ...

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Australia’s sport minister Bridget McKenzie appears to make fun of overweight people

Australia’s Federal Sport Minister Bridget McKenzie has apologised for appearing to mock overweight people at a national obesity summit in Canberra. The deputy leader of the Nationals apologised after being photographed puffing out her face and rubbing her stomach while standing next to a banner advertising Friday’s summit. “The issue of obesity is a matter I take very seriously and would ...

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Australia’s shame: how we mapped a decade of Indigenous deaths in custody

Over the course of several months, a team at Guardian Australia built the Deaths Inside project, which collated all available data to build a definitive, searchable database cataloguing the 147 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who died in custody between 2008 and 2018. Many died from treatable medical conditions, and more than half had not been convicted of a crime. In response to ...

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Government attempting to deport Indigenous man to New Zealand

The Australian government is attempting to deport another Indigenous man to New Zealand, despite him having no ties to the country where he was born while his parents were visiting the country more than 30 years ago. Tim Galvin’s mother and three brothers are Australian-born citizens, and his father is a UK-born citizen. His mother has signed a statutory declaration stating ...

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Australia dominate start of Formula One on water

The first rule of launching something brand new is talk a big game. And then back it up. For months they’ve spoken about warp speeds on water, the fastest crafts in the world. They’ve openly spoken about the prospect of F50s that can nudge speeds of 100 kilometres an hour flying headfirst towards each other, the ultimate cat-and-mouse game daring ...

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