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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 to 40,000 homes. Now Silex Systems... 

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 country’s border with Ukraine. “I say... 

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 is ”under active consideration by the... 

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, Tony Abbott was a guest. “It is in... 

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 rate of 5.9 percent in May, up from... 

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 may no longer be regarded by society... 

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 on Thursday night. Airservices Australia... 

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, braved the cold weather in Melbourne to... 

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, causing massive injuries to her mouth. “It... 

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 on April 23. Authorities have now... 

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 be denied to those who fail to present... 

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” and “unclaimed property”. For example,... 

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 to vitamin A – growing in Uganda... 

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 of a viral YouTube video by the Smithsonian... 

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 defense program in its history. However,... 
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