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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,... 

Woman electrocuted and killed in Australia by faulty Phone Charger

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A Filipino mother-of-two was killed while talking on a phone that was plugged into a faulty charger. The incident has been called a “wake-up call” by authorities who warned against the use of knock-offs as they pose a serious risk of electrocution. Sheryl Aldeguer, 28, who had come to North Gosford, Australia to work as a nurse, was found dead in her apartment... 

Australia toughens up asylum-seeker policy

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Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison Australia says it is set to introduce tougher reforms in the case of the country’s asylum-seeker policy, placing more pressure on refugees to prove their claims. According to Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014, introduced by Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, visas may... 

Australia seizes millions from bank accounts, US to follow

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Do you have a bank account that you don’t actively use or a safe deposit box that you have not checked on for a while? If so, you might want to see if the government has grabbed your money. This sounds absolutely crazy, but it is true. All over the world, governments are shortening the time periods required before they can seize “dormant bank accounts”... 

Australian GMO Bananas to Go through First Human Trial

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Australian researchers announced on Monday that a super-enriched genetically engineered banana to improve the lives of millions of people in Africa will soon have its first human trial and will test its effect on vitamin A levels. “The project plans to have the special banana varieties – enriched with alpha and beta carotene which the body converts... 

Shark-eating monster sought off Australia

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Scientists and a filmmaker have gone after an unknown sea monster which they believe has eaten a great white shark traced with a tag. Some say a bigger shark or whale could have been behind the killing, but the gathered data points to other possibilities. The internet is full of speculation on the nature of the mysterious sea creature, following the release... 

Australia $15 billion plan for US F-35 purchases criticized

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Australia’s biggest defense expenditure ever of USD 15 billion to be used for purchasing 72 US F-35 fighter jets has triggered a debate, with some saying that the planes are not worth the high costs, local press reports say. Australia has committed to purchasing the F-35 combat aircraft from the US, which itself is spending 1 trillion dollars on the biggest... 

Australian Prime Minister popularity hits record low

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s popularity has taken a nosedive in recent months with only 18 percent of voters supporting him, a new report shows. A new survey published in Crikey’s newsletter found that more Australians would prefer “someone else” than the current leader to head the ruling Liberal Party. The report found that only 18 percent... 

Influenza Vaccines mercury 100 times higher than Australian limit

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We find it interesting, therefore, that the Australian government’s limit on mercury in complementary medicines is set at 0.5 ppm, as described in this TGA document. The document explains that “Incidental metals and non-metals” must be less than 5 ppm total, and mercury in particular must be under 0.5 ppm in order to meet the TGA’s “acceptance criteria.” Yet... 

Indonesia volcano disrupts flights in Australia

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Flights across Australia have been affected by a vast ash cloud from a volcanic eruption in neighboring Indonesia. According to reports, the majority of flights in and out of the city of Darwin in northern Australia were cancelled on Saturday due to the volcanic eruption. Hundreds of passengers have been stranded at Darwin International Airport and it is not... 
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