Coober Pedy, an isolated town in the middle of the southern Australian desert, is scarred by man’s greed. A lust for opal riches has left the once flat landscape pockmarked with hundreds of thousands of holes and accompanying hills. Against the infinite flatness of the surrounding desert, the sight is surreal. But what lies beneath is even stranger. The town’s population mostly reside underground, in a subterranean world of shopping malls, schools, churches and homes, all carved ou...
Australian schools are rolling out a widespread program of “feminist collective” clubs where kids are taught that “white, male privilege” and “hegemonic masculinity” are the root of domestic violence. Millions of dollars of public money has been piled into the initiative, which began in 2013 and has rapidly expanded since. The first “collective” was established by Fitzroy High School in Melbourne in 2013. According to its website, its sessions  &...
Mr Abbott looms over Mr TurnbullMALCOLM TURNBULL had always seemed to be what Australians call a “small-l liberal”. Unlike many in the Liberal Party, which despite its name is Australia’s main conservative force, he was a defender of progressive causes. In 1986, as a lawyer, he successfully challenged a bid by the British government to prevent the publication in Australia of the memoir of a former British spy. He led the failed campaign in 1999 for Australia to become a republic. And unlik...
Less than a day after it was revealed that Jeff Goldblum would be joining the Jurassic World sequel, the actor known to most as Dr. Ian Malcolm proved why he’s still a crowd favorite when he fed hungry Sydney residents with a personalized hot dog truck. Goldblum spent the day handing out free hot dogs from a food truck aptly named “Chef Goldblum’s Jazzy Snags,” much to the delight of local fans. When asked by Australia’s The Daily Telegraph as to why he serving up ...
An Australian candidate for political office has quit the race after a photograph of him saluting a swastika carved into his lawn surfaced on the Internet. Mark Ellis Mark Ellis, a candidate who was standing for the anti-immigrant One Nation party, withdrew from the political race following the publication of the photograph dating to 2011. Revelations that he had threatened a former employee of his company, Gatecrash Security, provided him with an additional reason to withdraw. The political ca...
THE Australian government has announced it will pursue a free trade agreement with Hong Kong in an attempt to secure further service export opportunities for Australian businesses. Australia’s Trade Minister Steve Ciobo said securing an FTA with Hong Kong would “strengthen the trading partnership” with one of Australia’s “most significant” trading partners. Australia already has a zero tariff agreement with Hong Kong. However, the FTA would be aimed at se...
Police have arrested a 12-year-old boy who was apparently trying to drive himself thousands of miles between east and west Australia. The boy, who was alone, was stopped 800 miles into his extraordinary trip at Broken Hill, in the hostile terrain of the New South Wales outback. The officer who stopped the child was alerted to the car he was driving after noticing its bumper dragging on the ground. Police said the boy had set off from Kendall, a town on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, and...
Controversial special religious education classes in Australian New South Wales schools have come under fire for teaching children “inappropriate” content, including that cancer is a consequence of sin and a gift from God. Multiple parents have flagged damaging content taught in special religious instruction classes in New South Wales schools, but the government has ruled out banning the classes, Crickey.au.com reported. According to the complaints in an independent review of the pr...
Global e-commerce juggernaut Amazon.com amzn on Thursday said it will open its online shopfront service in Australia, ending rumors about its plans and increasing the pressure on the domestic retail sector to catch up with the digital economy. The announcement fires the starting gun on a new era of competition between bricks-and-mortar and online retail in the world’s 12th-largest economy, where 80% of the population live in cities and more than 90% ...
CHENNAI: In a strong blow to Indian immigrants, Australia has joined the growing list of countries that have cracked down on skilled but cheap foreign labour. The move comes even as US President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order to overhaul the H1B visa programme. So far, four countries — UK, US, Singapore and Australia — have announced a crackdown on foreign workers taking up local jobs. In effect, if not in intent, the global trend of protectionism has begun denting p...
NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday warned Australia that the scrapping of the 457 Visa programme that will hit Indian skilled workers the maximum would impact the Free Trade Agreement between the two countries that is presently under negotiation. Days after completing his maiden visit to India, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull defended the scrapping of the Visa programme in national interest. The 457 Visa programme allowed the businesses in the country to hire skilled foreign professionals i...
A Muslim man in Australia has pleaded guilty to marrying a 14-year-old girl in a public ceremony in his local mosque. Mohammad Shakir, 34, was married to the unnamed girl in Melbourne by a prominent local imam. In  Australia it is illegal to marry before turning 16, and marrying before 18 requires approval from a judge. Shakir was initially charged with having sex with the underage girl, but the charges were dropped by prosecutors as part of the plea bargain Daily Mail Australia reported. He w...
Australia will abolish a temporary work visa popular with foreigners and replace it with a new program requiring better English-language and job skills, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday. Turnbull, struggling with poor voter approval ratings, rejected suggestions the visa policy change was in response to far-right wing political parties, such as One Nation demanding more nationalistic policies. But in a Facebook announcement Turnbull said: “Our reforms will have a simple focu...
A 17-year-old girl was killed Monday by a shark that attacked her while she was surfing with her father in Western Australia. The Australian teen was hitting the waves with her dad in Esperance when the shark latched onto her and grabbed her, according to the Associated Press. The girl’s mother and sister reportedly witnessed the attack from the beach. The victim was first treated on the beach before being taken to the hospital, where she was treated for serious leg injuries, Australia...
Kenyan-born lawyer Lucy Gichuhi has won the ballot to replace former senator Bob Day in the Australian Senate after the High Court ordered a recount. #historymade The first #AfricanAustralian heading to Senate. #Kenyan #LucyGichuhi
Three platypuses in Australia were “deliberately killed” in the last few weeks, and two of the animals were found beheaded in what wildlife officials are calling a “horrific act of cruelty.” Authorities are investigating the series of killings, which began in early March when a gardener discovered a dead platypus dumped in the Albury botanic gardens in New South Wales, The Guardian reports. Two more platypuses were found headless within the same garden last week, the Bo...
RARELY does a politician admit that his child is an addict. When Bob Hawke, a former prime minister, did so more than 30 years ago, many parents could identify with him: Australia was sliding towards a nasty heroin problem. Use of the opioid, which became popular during the Vietnam war, rose fourfold during the 1990s. By the end of the decade, almost 150,000 Aussies were shooting up regularly. As overdoses and blood-borne virus transmissions increased, wonks in Canberra devised a “Tough on Dru...
FinanceFeeds - This evening, for the first time in the OTC derivatives industry’s now three decade long history, over fifty senior executives from global companies attended a dedicated business to business networking event in what has become a bastion of high quality from retail brokerages, through to prime of prime and technology – Australia. The eleventh exclusive networking event in the FinanceFeeds Cup series, and the very first to be held in Sydney, Australia, was hosted by Fina...
FinanceFeeds - The time lag in actions of regulators in response to measures taken against a company in another jurisdiction can be substantial. This was exemplified once again by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC), whose ASIC Connect system did not reflect changes with regards to Forex Capital Markets LLC two months after US regulators published findings into the business practices of the brokerage for the last several years – findings that led to FXCM’s exit...