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Australia lists koala as endangered species after dramatic decline in numbers

Australia has listed the koala as an endangered species across most of its east coast, after a dramatic decline in numbers. The once-thriving marsupial has been ravaged by land clearing, bushfires, drought, disease and other threats. The federal government said the listing was for Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). It […]

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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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Federal court upholds Novak Djokovic’s deportation ahead of Australian Open

Novak Djokovic will be deported from Australia ahead of the Australian Open after the full federal court dismissed the world No 1’s bid to restore his visa. On Sunday the court rejected a challenge to the decision of Australian immigration minister, Alex Hawke, to cancel the visa on the basis Djokovic’s presence in Australia might […]

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Novak Djokovic: Australia cancels world number one tennis player’s visa

Tennis star Novak Djokovic has had his visa to enter Australia dramatically revoked on his arrival in Melbourne. The world number one was held in the city’s airport for several hours before border forces announced he had not met entry rules and would be deported. He has reportedly now been taken to a government detention […]

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Australia: Test shortage, price-gouging angers citizens amid record Covid-19 infections

Australians have expressed anger at facing Covid test shortages and price-gouging as the nation battles its most widespread infections yet. Last month Australia lifted most of its strict domestic restrictions after reaching a 90% vaccination target. But the Omicron variant has fuelled a surge in cases now totalling over 25,000 a day. That’s put intense […]

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Peter Foster: Australian serial scamster arrested after six months manhunt

Australian serial conman Peter Foster has been arrested, six months after he failed to appear in a Sydney court over an alleged Bitcoin fraud. Mr Foster, 59, is accused of defrauding a Hong Kong man of A$1.7 million in cryptocurrency. Last year he was arrested in Queensland and extradited to New South Wales, where he […]

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Australia: Pilot accused of murdering two elderly campers who went missing 20 months ago

An airline pilot has been accused of murdering two elderly campers who went missing in Australia 20 months ago. Greg Lynn, 55, was arrested on Monday after police helicopters descended on his campsite in Victoria. He was charged with murdering Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73. There has been no trace of the pair […]

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Australian police make arrest over disappearance of two campers 20 months ago

Australian police arrested a man over the disappearance of two campers from a national park 20 months ago. Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73, were last heard from on 20 March last year when they called a friend from their remote campsite in Victoria. Despite one of the state’s largest missing person investigations, there […]

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Cargo ship that dropped 40 containers into the sea off British Columbia catches fire

More than a dozen people have now been rescued from a cargo ship that caught fire on Saturday and continues to burn near Victoria. The Canadian Coast Guard says the fire broke out on the MV Zim Kingston, which is currently at anchor in Constance Bank near Victoria. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Victoria says 16 […]

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Australia Covid-19: Football fans blamed for surge in infections in Victoria state

Football fans in Australia have been blamed for an increase in the Victoria state’s daily reported Covid-19 cases, local officials said. Victoria reported 1,438 new infections Thursday, up from 948 the previous day more than 50% – a surge the state’s pandemic response head said was the result of “significant numbers of social gatherings” that […]

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Australia: 5.9 magnitude Earthquake strikes Melbourne, buildings damaged

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake shook southeast Australia, damaging buildings in the city of Melbourne. The earthquake happened about 09:15am local time on Wednesday at Mansfield, not far from the Victorian state capital. The earthquake was also felt in neighbouring South Australia and New South Wales (NSW). It was followed by two aftershocks of 4.0 and 3.1 magnitude. […]

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Australia: Construction sites shut in Melbourne after violent protest against mandatory Covid-19 vaccine

Australia’s Victoria state has shut construction sites across Melbourne following a violent protest against mandatory Covid-19 vaccines. The protest was against a requirement for staff to prove they had received a vaccine dose to access their workplace. Officials said some sites would be shut for up to two weeks after construction workers and other protesters […]