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Australia’s PM Scott Morrison proposes under-18s to drive forklifts to ease supply chain crisis

A proposal by the prime minister, Scott Morrison, to allow children to drive forklifts appears to have caught the states by surprise, with the Queensland, Victorian and New South Wales governments saying they have no plans to lower the current age of 18. Unions have also criticised the proposal, saying forklifts are dangerous machines that […]

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Australia: Small aircraft crashes into the sea off the coast of Queensland; 4 killed

Four people including two children died on Sunday after a light aircraft crashed into the sea near the coast of Australia‚Äôs Queensland state. Police said the aircraft, a four-seater Rockwell, crashed off the end of a runway at Redcliffe, about 20 miles northeast of the main city of Brisbane. Divers recovered the bodies of two […]

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Russian speaking ransomware gang attack Australian government owned energy company

One of the most prolific Russian-speaking ransomware gangs has claimed credit for a weekend attack on an Australian electric utility serving millions of people. Australian media had reported on Monday that Chinese government hackers were behind the breach at CS Energy, which is owned by the Queensland state in north-east Australia. Those reports, which came […]

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Australia: 31-year-old woman charged with arson after setting fire in quarantine hotel

A 31-year-old woman in Australia has been charged with arson after a fire destroyed part of a Covid-19 quarantine hotel in Cairns, Queensland. It is alleged she lit a fire under a bed in the room she had been sharing with two children on Sunday morning. More than 160 people were evacuated as fire took […]

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Kangaroo trapped on roof of Queensland home confuses firefighters

Firefighters in Australia said a kangaroo that appeared to be trapped on the roof of a home ended up rescuing itself but how it got onto the house remains a mystery. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services firefighters said they were initially skeptical when a call came in reporting a kangaroo stranded on the roof of […]

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Daintree: World’s oldest rainforest returned to Aboriginal owners in Australia

The world’s oldest tropical rainforest has been returned to its Aboriginal custodians in a historic deal. The Unesco World Heritage site is over 180 million years old and has been home to generations of Aboriginal people. The Eastern Kuku Yalanji people will now manage the national park with Queensland’s state government. The Daintree borders the […]

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Australia lost about 30% of its koala population over the past three years

Australia lost about 30% of its koalas over the past three years, with the marsupials hit by drought, bushfires and developers cutting down trees, the Australian Koala Foundation said on Tuesday. The independent non-profit group estimated the koala population has dropped to less than 58,000 this year from more than 80,000 in 2018, with the […]

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Brisbane, Australia: Five-month-old girl dies after magpie swooping attack

An Australian family is mourning the loss of a five-month-old girl who died after her mother tried to protect her from a swooping magpie. Baby Mia was in her mother’s arms when a magpie swooped at them in Brisbane’s Glindemann Park on Sunday, causing her mother to trip and fall. Mia was rushed to hospital […]

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Two Australian soldiers suffer injuries after being mauled by crocodile in Queensland

An Australian Army soldier suffered serious head and chest injuries after being mauled by a crocodile that attacked him on Friday last week, local media reported. A colleague who came to his rescue in Queensland’s far north was also bitten. Australian media said the two soldiers were swimming near a coastal fishing village on the […]

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Brisbane to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Australian city of Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The International Olympic Committee’s executive board approved the bid. It will be the third time the country has hosted the Olympics after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000. “It’s a historic day not just for Brisbane and Queensland, but for the […]

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Palaeontologists in Australia discover new dinosaur species, among the biggest in the world

Palaeontologists in Australia have identified a new species of dinosaur, naming it the Australotitan cooperensis and recognising it not only as the largest animal to ever roam the continent but also among the biggest in the world. Australotitan, or the southern titan, was a long-necked sauropod that is estimated to have reached 25-30 metres in […]

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Brisbane exits 3-day snap lockdown ahead of Easter weekend

Brisbane exited its snap three-day lockdown on Thursday after only one local Covid-19 case was reported in the previous day. The outbreak in Queensland’s capital has grown to 16 infections in total. State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the low number of new infections meant the lockdown could be lifted in time for the Easter holiday […]