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Gillard authorizes force to put asylum seekers onto planes

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A boat is intercepted by the Border Protection Command off Australia's north coast. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has indicated that authorities on Christmas Island will be authorised to use force to make sure asylum seekers get on board aircraft taking them to Malaysia. The first boatload of people to be processed under the asylum seeker swap deal with Malaysia arrived on Christmas Island this... 

NSW rabbis argue over child abuse

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Rabbi Yosef Feldman ONE of the state’s most high profile Jewish leaders is fighting off calls for his resignation after he urged rabbis not to report allegations of child abuse to the police. Rabbi Yosef Feldman, president of the Rabbinical Council of NSW and based at the Southern Sydney Synagogue, has sparked outrage in a series of emails to other rabbis when he said it should be up to them... 

Australian Airports To Test Non Irradiating Body Scanners

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Australian airports have begun trialing body scanning technology that neither emits any form of radiation, nor produces a naked image of the person passing through it in a move that is sure to throw a spanner in the works of TSA plans to roll out hundreds more irradiating scanners at American transport hubs. According to UK-based security company ThruVision Systems, their “passive” scanning technology... 

Australia police able to demand removal of burqas

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A student wearing a burka. Muslim women who refuse to remove their veils for police will face jail under new laws in Australia’s largest state. The New South Wales government has rushed through legislation allowing police to force the removal of head coverings to identify suspected criminals. The laws, among the toughest in the world involving Islamic female dress, follow the recent furore over a... 

Asian-born Australians may soon become majority

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Asian-born Australians may soon outnumber whites, says government study. The number of Asians in Australia has almost doubled in a decade, from 1.03 million in mid-2000 to 2.1 million in the middle of last year, according to government statistics. Pramod Kumar is part of a wave of immigration that has changed the face of Australia over the past decade. Mr. Kumar is from Hyderabad in India’s northwest.... 

Australia's boom lures new wave of European immigrants

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About 100 men in their 20s and 30s, filled a conference room at a Dublin hotel last week to hear a migration agent describe the personal fortunes waiting to be made a world away in the booming mining towns of the Australian outback. With unemployment running at close to 15 percent in Ireland, and local wages a fraction of those now on offer in Australia, it appeared to be an easy sell. “I want... 

Thousands without power after Christchurch hit by earthquakes

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Tens of thousands of people were spending a freezing night without power after Christchurch was shaken by a series of violent earthquakes. With temperatures plummeting under a clear winter sky, the Orion lines company warned more than 20,000 householders they would not be reconnected until at least Tuesday. Residents were also being told to boil drinking water. Christchurch Hospital said two of the... 

Christchurch escapes serious damage from tremor

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An extensive check has shown that earthquake-hit Christchurch escaped any serious damage from a 5.5-magnitude aftershock on Monday. The jolt occurred at 9.09am and was centred 20km southwest of Christchurch at a depth of 15km. Two more aftershocks have been recorded: a 3.8-magnitude tremor at 11.41am and one measuring 4.7 at 5.04pm on Monday. Both were 20km west of Christchurch at a depth of 10km. The... 

Libyan Almahde Ahmad Atagore jailed for string of Melbourne sex assaults

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The student was jailed after attacking seven women and girls, the youngest aged just 12. A Libyan student who sexually assaulted seven girls and women in Melbourne has been jailed for more than five years. Almahde Ahmad Atagore, 28, had been in Australia only a month and was having trouble adapting to the Australian culture when he committed the attacks, a court heard. Atagore, who is a Muslim, was... 

Australia bans some live cattle exports to Indonesia

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Australia has suspended exports of live cattle to a number of killing facilities in Indonesia following exposure of brutal practices in some of the country’s abattoirs. Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig said the decision was based on footage collected by Animals Australia that showed cattle being mistreated before slaughter. “I have decided to halt the trade of live animals to the facilities... 

4 Waterspouts strike Avoca Beach, Australia

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The huge Avoca Beach waterspout was filmed from the air passing dramatically near built-up areas. Four colossal waterspouts swirled around off the coast of Sydney today amid dramatic thunderstorms. The gigantic twisters – created when tornadoes form above the sea – occurred near Avoca Beach, which lies just to the north of Australia’s capital. The amazing natural phenomena caused a huge stir... 

Lottery winner in court on Aussie's murder

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Greg McNicol (left) and Freddie Young (right) The millionaire US lottery winner accused of shooting dead Australian property developer Greg McNicol warned “watch your mouth” before firing the fatal bullet, a Detroit court has heard. The evidence was part of chilling testimony presented at a hearing for 62-year-old Freddie Young on Thursday. Young was part of a syndicate in Michigan that... 

Australia Warns: Dementia is an emerging epidemic

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Almost a million Australians will have dementia by 2050 unless there are significant medical breakthroughs, a conference in Brisbane has been told. Dementia, along with diabetes, is an emerging epidemic in Australia, the federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, told the 14th annual conference of Alzheimer’s Australia. About 270,000 Australians currently live with dementia... 

Australia condemned over deal to ship refugees to Malaysia

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Detainees at an immigration detention centre in Sydney stage a rooftop protest about their living conditions. Australia’s latest initiative to deter asylum-seekers by sending them to Malaysia was roundly condemned yesterday, with critics noting that Kuala Lumpur has refused to sign the United Nations Refugee Convention and has a record of mistreating refugees. Under pressure to act tough on “boat... 

Australia to crack down on refugees after riots

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East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta(L) addresses a joint press conference with Australia’s immigration minister Chris Bowen(R) after their meeting at the presidential palace in Dili. Australia moved to toughen its refugee stance on Tuesday, launching a stricter character test so those convicted of crimes, including rioting, while in immigration detention could be shipped home. Immigration Minister... 
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