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Australia’s Qantas airline reports $2.6 billion loss

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Australia’s national carrier Qantas has posted an annual net loss of 2.6 billion dollars last year. The airliner on Thursday posted the full-year net loss of 2.64 billion US dollars in 2013-2014 in its worst performance. The figure is much worse than expectations as analysts initially predicted the company to report an underlying pre-tax loss of about 700... 

Kim Dotcom’s Internet Mana party campaign kicks off

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The Internet Mana campaign has kicked off in New Zealand, with the new political party founded by the Megaupload owner promising 100,000 new jobs, free higher education, and 100 percent renewable energy by 2015. Kim Dotcom was named the nation’s “newest super hero” and he expressed high hopes for the party. “I can tell you right now we will... 

Microplastic contaminates found in Sydney Harbor

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Scientists in the first study of its kind have found microplastic contamination at the bottom of Sydney Harbor, which may pose a threat to the food chain, Australian media reported. The research by the Sydney Institute of Marine Science tested 27 sites across the harbor, with researchers finding up to 60 microplastics per 100 milligrams of sediment. This was... 

Australia, Singapore vow to boost intelligence ties

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Australia and Singapore agree to enhance intelligence sharing. Australia and Singapore have agreed to enhance intelligence sharing amid concerns about the threat posed by Takfiri militants returning home from Syria and Iraq. The agreement was reached during a meeting between Singaporean Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen and visiting Australian Foreign Minister Julie... 

Australian students rally against education budget cuts

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Hundreds of Australian students and union members have held nationwide protests against the government’s proposed plans to cut higher education budget. Student protesters descended on the streets of Sydney’s city center on Wednesday, setting fire to an effigy of Australian Education Minister Christopher Pyne as a sign of protest against the government’s... 

Australia becomes first developed country to abolish carbon tax

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The Australian Senate has voted to scrap the controversial two-year old carbon emission tax, signaling a major victory for Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Reaching the national carbon reduction goals remains in question. Carbon emission has been a long-running debate among politicians. The Liberals claim it penalizes business, while the Labor Party says it helps... 

Completion of Australia’s largest solar plant at risk

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Mildura Solar Power Station Silex Systems, the company constructing Australia’s biggest solar plant, has suspended its funding following reports the national Renewable Energy Target (RET) could be scaled back or done away with altogether. The 100-megawatt Mildura Solar Concentrator Power Station, a $70 million project in Victoria, was supposed to provide electricity... 

Australia to impose tougher sanctions on Russia

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Australia says it is planning to impose tougher sanctions on Russia after Moscow announced food bans that will affect Australian food makers. “We are working towards stronger sanctions” against Russia, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday. Abbott also warned Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to pull back Russian troops from the... 

Australian Government Pushing ‘Internet Tax’ To Pay For NSA Style Spying

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The Australian government is pushing to implement a ”surveillance tax” on the people of the country in order to pay for a mandate that would see communications companies retaining data on customers for two years. In a disturbing development that should serve as a warning to Americans, the Australian Attorney-General admitted that the surveillance system... 

Rupert Murdoch demands open borders for Australia

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Speaking at a gathering in Sydney to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “The Australian”, a newspaper that Rupert Murdoch owns, he told Australians they must welcome immigrants. “We must be open to immigrants, to their desire to improve themselves and to the resulting improvement in our country,” Murdoch told the crowd, of which Australia Prime Minister,... 

Australia jobless rate jumps to 6% in June

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New figures show that Australia’s unemployment rate relapsed to a decade-high of six percent in June. Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Thursday showed a 0.1-percentage-point increase in the unemployment rate in June, matching the highest since July 2003. This is while economists had expected the jobless rate to stay at the revised... 

Outrage as Australian judge says incest, pedophilia ‘may be accepted’ by society

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An Australian judge has incurred the wrath of child protection and gay rights advocates after stating that incest and pedophilia may no longer be considered taboo, just as gay relationships are now more accepted than they were in the 1950s and 60s. District Court Judge Garry Neilson was recorded as saying that sexual contact between adults and children or siblings... 

Mystery ‘meteor’ over Australian sky shocks everyone

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A bright object that dazzled in the sky over Australia left people confused. Social media was abuzz with the pictures of the mystery fireball, with users claiming it was either a plane crashing into the ocean or a ‘meteor.’ A round object with a burning tail was spotted in the sky over Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and South Australia at about 9:45pm local time... 

Australians hold rallies to slam budget cuts

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Australian demonstrators have taken to the streets across the country to protest against the government’s budget cuts. The Sunday protest, dubbed Bust the Budget, saw over 6,000 people show up in Sydney. The ralliers were waving trade union flags and holding budget-protest placards. As many as 30,000 people, including union members, lawyers and nurses,... 

Australian tourist shot in the face in US

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A young Australian tourist who was celebrating the end of her studies with her best friend in the United States has been shot in the face during a New Orleans gunfight. The 21-year-old Amy Matthews was shot along with 10 other bystanders when two gunmen began firing shots on Sunday. A bullet blasted through Amy’s right cheek and exited through her top lip,... 
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