An Australian member of parliament was stopped from speaking in the middle of a debate over free speech. Bill Shorten, the leader of Australia’s Labor Party, (pictured above) was stopped from speaking while attempting to criticize proposals by the government to change racial discrimination laws. Shorten was silenced after 74 MPs voted to cut short his time, which he was using to deride prime minister Malcolm Turnbull for his “cynical” legislation. As Heat Street reported earli...
Birkenstock's Australian headquarters is a light-filled space in Melbourne with sustainability at its core. Inspired by the company's core values of honesty and integrity, sustainability, quality and craftsmanship, the space features living grass floors and a rustic aesthetic. Spanning two stories with a heritage shop facade, the building consists of everything from a retail shopfront, e-commerce, wholesale, offices to showrooms, workshop, courtyard, and a warehouse with a mezzanine. Sustainabil...
Australia is in the process of revoking a law which makes it a criminal act to offend somebody of a different race. Politicians Down Under are planning to rewrite the country’s Racial Discrimination Act to raise the threshold for legal action beyond being offended. Advocates of the change claim the current standard is too low, strangles free speech and leads to frivolous charges. At present, section 18c of the of the Racial Discrimination Act says it is unlawful to “offend, insult, h...
A plane flying over Australia made an emergency landing after a propeller fell off the aircraft while it was in-flight on Friday. The Regional Express flight was carrying 16 passengers and three crew members when the plane's right propeller detached. The Saab 340 aircraft landed safely at the Sydney Airport, and no one onboard was injured, according to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. The propeller dislodged from the aircraft just at the end of the flight from Albury in New South Wales, A...
Electronic cocaineA BILLBOARD promoting huge cash jackpots hangs over the highway approaching Revesby Workers’ Club, in a rundown suburb in western Sydney. Cafés, restaurants, a hairdresser and a gym are all housed inside the refurbished block. Yet the rooms full of electronic slot machines are among its chief attractions. Rows of ageing punters sip beer and smoke cigarettes as they await a payout from the “pokies”, as the machines are known. Most will leave disappointed: gamblers lose A$...
Teachers at a primary school in Sydney, Australia have been threatened with beheading and other violence from young Islamic students, prompting one of them to quit her job. Students as young as those in Year 5, according to the Daily Telegraph, are making the violent threats and pressuring others to read the Koran at Punchbowl Public School in Sydney. Documents given to the newspaper allege that three staff members have taken a leave of absence owing to stress, received counselling and been awar...
Outlast 2, the highly anticipated survival-horror sequel, won't be released in Australia after the ratings board refused it classification. The offending scenes show implied sexual violence. The post Scenes of ‘sexual violence’ get ‘Outlast 2’ banned in Australia appeared first on Digital Trends.
The U.S. isn’t the only country that has seen an outspoken billionaire with a prolific Twitter account enter politics in recent years. Australia’s Clive Palmer, a mining-magnate-turned-politician known for planning to replicate the Titanic in 2013, calling the Chinese government “bastards,” and wanting to open a dinosaur-themed park, is back in the spotlight for a series of poetic tweets. Palmer, who left politics in 2016 after serving for three years, has delighted and...
Australia is becoming an interesting microcosm on how to, or how not to, transition an economy from being predominantly powered by coal to more climate-friendly alternatives. The dramatic intervention by Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk last week is just the latest twist in an ongoing saga that pits business, government, farmers, government and environmentalists against each other. Musk, in an exchange of tweets with software billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes, chief executive of Atlassian ...
FinanceFeeds - About a month has passed since the United States National Futures Association (NFA) and the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) published their findings into practices used by Forex Capital Markets LLC that misled the regulators and the broker’s customers about the company’s trading and reporting practices. During this time, there have been numerous changes at FXCM, including restructuring, the change of name of publicly listed FXCM Inc to Global...
To help solve south Australia's growing energy issues, Elon Musk says he would fix the problem by building a function energy storage facility in 100 days or the service would be completely free. The post Elon Musk promises to solve south Australia’s energy crisis in 100 days appeared first on Digital Trends.
Bill Leak, the provocative longtime editorial cartoonist for The Australian, died Thursday evening at the age of 61. A tireless rebel against political correctness, Leak routinely poked fun at liberal sensibilities with his work in Australia’s largest-circulation newspaper.  His critics’ outrage only energized him further. Shortly after the Charlie Hebdo terror attack in Paris, Leak drew this cartoon — and quickly drew global outrage from some parts of the Islamic communi...
An Australian university lecturer pretending to be singer Justin Bieber allegedly tricked scores of children worldwide into performing sex acts over the internet. It is claimed that Gordon Chalmers (pictured left) hoodwinked up to 157 youngsters from countries including Britain and America into taking off their clothes over Facebook and Skype before recording them performing the acts. The 42-year-old law lecturer at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane is accused of committing 931 chi...
A GOLD rush in the late 19th century so enriched Charters Towers, an outback town in the state of Queensland, that it opened its own stock exchange. Trading ceased long ago. But the grand building still stands, its barrel-vaulted portico supported by eight slim pillars. Over a century later, Queensland is reeling from the demise of another mining boom. “There was a perception it would go on forever,” says Liz Schmidt, mayor of Charters Towers. But unlike so many other booms, this one has not...
My other car is in arrearsBY THE standards of Australian politicians, Colin Barnett has lasted several lifetimes. Four prime ministers and crowds of state premiers have come and gone since he first took the reins in Western Australia in 2008. But his winning streak is expected to end on March 11th, when his right-of-centre Liberal party is likely to be trounced in a state election. Polling suggests that 57% of the vote will go to the opposition Labor party.In a normal year the rest of Australia ...
MELBOURNE: An Indian man in Australia has been accused of impersonating a doctor and working in various hospitals for more than a decade with the immigration minister terming the case as a "big failing of the system". Shyam Acharya took the name of another man in India, Sarang Chitale, before he began a new life in Australia, where he registered with the Medical Board of New South Wales (NSW) in 2003, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. He then used the identity of the doctor to gain ...
A man who solicited explicit images from minors by posing as Justin Bieber online has been charged with more than 900 child sex-related crimes in Australia. The 42-year-old from the East Australian city of Brisbane was already facing charges from November on a number of child sex offenses, including possessing child exploitation material and grooming minors, ABC News reports. The additional 931 counts were added this week after the man’s computer was examined by authorities. According to...
Cindy Lever, an Australian journalist and mother, is urging parents to adopt a controversial “parenting strategy” that discourages parents from making their infants wear diapers to make them defecate “naturally” in the sink instead. It’s called Elimination Communication or Natural Infant Hygiene. Writing on an Australian parenting site, Lever says she uses the method on her two-week-old baby. She posted pictures (taken by her husband) holding up her baby over a sink. Makeup, medic...
Angry Australian blokes have hit the roads for a traffic-stopping rally in support of men’s rights — on International Women’s Day. Protesters in cars and trucks displayed signs calling for the recognition of men let down by family courts, child support or domestic violence laws. A sign on the back of a truck read, “Stop the war on dads”, while a convoy on the Gold Coast stopped traffic for about 10 minutes this morning. The convoy blocked three lanes forcing motorists to use just one...
A 22-year-old British tourist was repeatedly raped and assaulted by a man who “deprived her of her liberty” for weeks, Australian police said. The woman’s harrowing ordeal ended Sunday afternoon when police officers pulled over the car she was driving in Mitchell, a small rural town more than 340 miles west of Brisbane, after she failed to pay for gas. The “overly alarmed” woman with “noticeable” injuries told the officers that she was being held again...