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Australia: Thousands protests amid widespread allegations of sexual misconduct in the country’s parliament

Thousands of people took part in marches across Australia in protest amid widespread allegations of sexual misconduct in the country’s federal parliament and growing concern that the legal system is failing women who are victims of abuse and violence. People took to the streets on Monday in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and many other towns and […]

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Thousands defy Covid rules to protest against culturally sensitive Australia Day holiday

Thousands of people breached Covid rules to protest against the culturally sensitive Australia Day holiday. At least five arrests were made in Sydney at a rally attended by around 2,000 people, despite rules limiting the numbers allowed to gather at 500. The day is controversial as it marks the start of Australia’s colonisation. Australia Day […]

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Bushfires threatens Australian capital, emergency declared

A bushfire near the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) grew to more than 35,000 hectares on Saturday, as officials closed a major motorway. Residents in some areas around the capital, Canberra, were warned that it was “too late to leave” and they should try to seek shelter. Six fires in the ACT and nearby parts of New […]

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Canberra Airport shut down as bushfires intensify

The airport in Australia’s capital city, Canberra, has been shut down as bushfires threaten the region. Flights were cancelled out of Canberra Airport, a 20 minute drive from the city centre, as blazes raged nearby. A heatwave sweeping the nation’s south-east caused existing blazes to flare up again on Thursday, officials said. Meanwhile there are […]

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Dust storm, hail storm, flash floods strike Australian cities amid bushfires

Dust storms, hail and flash floods have battered Australian cities in recent days, extreme weather that has diminished the threat from scores of wildfires that continue to blaze across the country’s southeast. A hail storm in the national capital Canberra on Monday damaged public buildings, businesses, homes and cars, cut power to some suburbs, brought […]

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Smoke blanket covers Australian capital, department responsible for managing emergencies shut

Australian federal government department responsible for managing emergencies shut its Canberra office due to poor air quality on Monday as the nation’s capital choked on smoke from deadly bushfires. Canberra had a rating over 340 on the Air Quality Index — higher than Beijing’s 170. Australia has been ravaged by some of the worst wildfires […]

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Australia’s capital Canberra legalises possession and cultivation of marijuana

The possession and cultivation of marijuana for recreational purposes will be legal in the Australian Capital Territory, whose parliament on Wednesday became the country’s first to pass a law to regulate its consumption and possession. Residents over 18 will now be able to possess 50 grams of dry cannabis or 150 grams of wet cannabis […]