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Australia: Country in Oceania
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

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Australia should learn from Christchurch attacks: Penny Wong

Senior Labor frontbencher Penny Wong wants fellow politicians to call out hate speech and remind Australians of our values of inclusion, acceptance and respect.
SBS - Published

Turn moment of tragedy into something good

Senior Labor frontbencher Penny Wong wants fellow politicians to call out hate speech and remind Australians of our values of inclusion, acceptance and respect.
SBS - Published

Videos for Australia

Australian Police Execute Search Warrants Related to New Zealand Shootings [Video]Australian Police Execute Search Warrants Related to New Zealand Shootings

According to Reuters, Australian police said they had executed two search warrants in towns on the New South Wales related to the investigation into Friday’s mass shootings at mosques in the New..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:41Published

PM Jacinda Ardern Promises To Make her PM Jacinda Ardern Promises To Make her "Community Safer" With New Gun Laws

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she would announce new gun laws within days. Reuters reports the announcement comes days after two mass shootings killed 50 people in two..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:37Published

Lawyer: New Zealand Mosque Gunman 'Lucid' [Video]Lawyer: New Zealand Mosque Gunman 'Lucid'

According to Reuters The suspected gunman in New Zealand’s mosque attacks is lucid and understands the situation facing him, the lawyer assigned to handle his case told media on Monday. 28 year old..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:36Published

Baby Lamb Created With World's Oldest Stored Semen [Video]Baby Lamb Created With World's Oldest Stored Semen

According to CNN.com, "Scientists in Australia have set a new record by using the world's oldest known viable semen to impregnate dozens of merino sheep. The sperm had been frozen since 1968, but the..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:39Published

New Zealand PM says gun laws 'will change' [Video]New Zealand PM says gun laws 'will change'

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she would announce new gun laws within days, after a gunman killed 50 people in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. Grace Lee..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:07Published

"Our gun laws will change" says NZ Prime Minister

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed to change the country's gun laws on Monday after the Christchurch mosque shootings that saw 50 people killed. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:59Published

AU police search homes linked to NZ shootings [Video]AU police search homes linked to NZ shootings

Australian police said they had executed two search warrants in towns on the New South Wales mid-north coast related to the investigation into Friday's mass shootings at mosques in the New Zealand city..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:16Published

Christchurch, NZ Returns To Daily Life After Mosque Shootings [Video]Christchurch, NZ Returns To Daily Life After Mosque Shootings

Reuters reports New Zealand police said they will have a high presence as schools and businesses in Christchurch reopened on Monday, following a shooting at two mosques in the city last week in which..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:53Published

NZ shooting suspect's grandmother 'gobsmacked' [Video]NZ shooting suspect's grandmother 'gobsmacked'

The grandmother of Brenton Tarrant said on Sunday she was left "gobsmacked" upon hearing the news that he was allegedly responsible for the Christchurch mosque shootings. Rough Cut (no reporter..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:39Published

Australian connection: Shock in suspect's hometown [Video]Australian connection: Shock in suspect's hometown

We've been speaking to residents of a quiet eastern Australian town dealing with one of their own being the suspect in New Zealand's worst mass killing.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:14Published

Far-right Australian senator egged after New Zealand shooting comments [Video]Far-right Australian senator egged after New Zealand shooting comments

Australian Senator Fraser Anning is egged by a teen, a day after his controversial comments about the New Zealand mosque shootings. No reporter narration.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:46Published

Death toll rises to 50 in NZ mosque shootings [Video]Death toll rises to 50 in NZ mosque shootings

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush says the death toll in the attack on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch rose to 50 after investigators found another victim as they removed..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:57Published

Death Toll Rises In New Zealand Mosque Attacks [Video]Death Toll Rises In New Zealand Mosque Attacks

The death toll from the terror attacks at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch has risen to 50. New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush says 50 others were injured, 36 of whom remain..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:43Published

Suspect Charged With Murder After New Zealand Shootings [Video]Suspect Charged With Murder After New Zealand Shootings

According to Reuters, after a devastating series of shootings that took place at New Zealand mosques, the main suspect in the case has been charged with one count of murder. The man was charged a day..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:37Published

Who Is The Man Who Murdered 49 In New Zealand Mosques [Video]Who Is The Man Who Murdered 49 In New Zealand Mosques

The man suspected of carrying out terrorist shootings at two New Zealand mosques was a frequent traveler. According to CNN, among other countries, the Australian spent time in Pakistan, Turkey and..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:53Published

Australia Bans Milo Yiannopoulos [Video]Australia Bans Milo Yiannopoulos

The career of Milo Yiannopoulos took another hit on Saturday when the Australian government canceled a visa it had granted just a week ago to the heavily indebted right-wing troll for a speaking tour..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:47Published

New Zealand PM Says Christchurch Shooter Was Not A Resident Of The Country [Video]New Zealand PM Says Christchurch Shooter Was Not A Resident Of The Country

According to a report by Reuters, on Friday, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the suspect in the Christchurch shooting traveled around the world and was not a long-term resident in..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:39Published

Suspected White Supremacist Charged With Murder After New Zealand Mosque Shootings [Video]Suspected White Supremacist Charged With Murder After New Zealand Mosque Shootings

According to Reuters, Australian Brenton Tarrant, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday after 49 people were killed and dozens wounded in mass shootings at two New Zealand..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Australian senator has egg cracked on head for controversial comments on New Zealand shootings [Video]Australian senator has egg cracked on head for controversial comments on New Zealand shootings

Australian senator Fraser Anning had an egg cracked on his head by a teenager over his controversial comments on the New Zealand mosque shootings.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:31Published

Murder charge for New Zealand shooting suspect [Video]Murder charge for New Zealand shooting suspect

The main suspect in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques was charged with one count of murder a day after an attack that killed 49 people and wounded dozens, prompting the prime minister to vow..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:25Published

PM says Christchurch attacker intended to continue rampage when arrested [Video]PM says Christchurch attacker intended to continue rampage when arrested

The main suspect in New Zealand's worst peacetime mass shooting intended to continue the rampage before he was caught by police, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. Rough cut - no reporter narration.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:20Published

New Zealand police remaining 'highly vigilant and highly visible' after mosque shootings [Video]New Zealand police remaining 'highly vigilant and highly visible' after mosque shootings

New Zealand Police said they would remain highly vigilant and highly present across the country after an attack that killed 49 people and wounded dozens, prompting the prime minister to vow reform of..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:03Published

New Zealand starts to bury mosque attack victims [Video]New Zealand starts to bury mosque attack victims

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Saturday promised to reform the country’s gun laws, a day after at least one gunman attacked worshippers in two mosques, killing 49 and wounding 42..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:34Published

 

Morrison to slash migration levels by 30,000, vowing racism won't 'hijack' debate

The number of permanent migrants accepted into Australia each year is expected to be capped at 160,000, 30,000 fewer than previous targets.
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Morrison set to slash migration levels by 30,000

The number of permanent migrants accepted into Australia each year is expected to be capped at 160,000, 30,000 fewer than previous targets.
SBS - Published

Morrison set to cut migration intake

The number of permanent migrants accepted into Australia each year is expected to be capped at 160,000, 30,000 fewer than previous targets.
SBS - Published

Brazil waives visas for visitors from U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan

The Brazilian government on Monday waived visa requirements for visitors from the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan, a measure to boost tourism that was first temporarily adopted before the..
Reuters - Published

Federal govt tipped to cut migrant intake

The number of permanent migrants accepted into Australia each year is expected to be capped at 160,000, 30,000 fewer than previous targets.
SBS - Published

Call for review of gun licence laws

Gun control advocates want Australia's security agencies to immediately review what weapons are available under different firearms licence categories.
SBS - Published

Breast cancer drug approved for Australia

A drug that studies show can help those with HER2-positive breast cancer reduce their chance of relapsing has been given the green light for Australia.
SBS - Published

Labor pledges better rural stroke advice

Leading stroke specialists would be available to staff and patients at regional and rural Australian hospitals 24/7 under a federal Labor proposal.
SBS - Published

Volunteers fly in to wash the dead in New Zealand

Kamran Nasir was in a finance lecture in Australia when a gunman slaughtered 50 people during Friday prayers at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.
Reuters - Published

Alleged killer's former community comes together to mourn Christchurch victims

Religious leaders from all faiths have come together in cities throughout Australia to lead prayer vigils for those affected by Friday's Christchurch terror attack.
SBS - Published

Australian Christchurch massacre commenter granted bail

An Adelaide man who posted social media comments in support of the Christchurch mosque massacre has been granted bail on condition he keep off the internet.
The Age - Published

Indonesia condemns Anning comments on Christchurch terror attack

Australia's neighbour - and the largest Muslim country in the world - has condemned Senator Fraser Anning's comments that linked the deadly Christchurch terror attack to Muslim immigration.
SBS - Published

How strong are Australia's gun laws?

Australia has some of the 'most comprehensive regulations internationally' around gun control.
SBS - Published

Exclusive: Former Nauru president's dying wish is to end offshore processing

Despite once approving the offshore processing of refugees, Sprent Dabwido – who has terminal cancer and is receiving treatment in Australia – says he now wants to see an end to the practice.
SBS - Published

Dementia carers battling system: inquiry

The second Adelaide hearing of the royal commission into Australia's aged care system will take evidence into services in the home.
SBS - Published

Mixed views on minimum wage boost

The social services sector has called for the government to support Australia's lowest earners, not just business through minimum wage boosts.
SBS - Published

Australian family of suspected New Zealand mosque gunman devastated for victims

A grandmother of the Australian man suspected of killing 50 people in two New Zealand mosques said she was "just devastated" for the dead and injured.
Reuters - Published

Australia could bring accused gunman home

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups have been on Australian intelligence's radar after the Christchurch massacre.
SBS - Published

Australian police search homes near mosque suspect's hometown

Australian police have searched two homes in towns on the New South Wales (NSW) mid-north coast linked to the investigation into Friday's mass shootings at mosques in the New Zealand city of..
Reuters - Published

'Nothing will divide us': Faith leaders, politicians unite against hatred after NZ attack

Australia's political leaders have joined faith leaders at an interfaith church service in Sydney to speak out against hatred after the Christchurch terror attack.
SBS - Published

Tiwi footy on biggest day of year.

The biggest day of the year is the Tiwi Islands grand final where the speed and skills of the Tiwis dazzle visitors from all around Australia.
SBS - Published

NSW homes raided by police over NZ shootings

Australian police officers have raided two homes in NSW as part of investigations into the Christchurch terrorist attack.
SBS - Published

Australian police execute search warrants related to New Zealand shootings

Australian police said they had executed two search warrants in towns on the New South Wales mid-north coast related to the investigation into Friday's mass shootings at mosques in the New Zealand city..
Reuters - Published

Michael Daley vows to not water down NSW gun laws after John Howard election ad

Former Australian prime minister John Howard has criticised Labor's decision to preference the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party.
SBS - Published

Far-right extremists on Australia's radar

Federal Labor MP Anne Aly says counter-terrorism efforts need to be directed towards white supremacist movements after the Christchurch mosque massacre.
SBS - Published

Australia Street: How the nation feels about the country, politics and immigration

Australia Street is an SBS News digital video series filmed in the diverse, marginal Sydney seat of Banks in the run-up to the 2019 federal election. It is also an opportunity for you to have your say..
SBS - Published

Family of accused sorry for NZ terror act

Relatives of an Australian man charged over terror attacks on mosques in New Zealand have said sorry, while his mother and sister are under police protection.
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Australian faith leaders, politicians show solidarity after NZ terror attack

Australia's political leaders have joined faith leaders at church services in Sydney to show solidarity with New Zealand following the Christchurch terror attacks.
SBS - Published

Aged Care Royal Commission hearings resume

The second Adelaide hearing of the royal commission into Australia's aged care system will take evidence into services in the home.
SBS - Published

Boost dole and minimum wage: social sector

The social services sector has called for the government to support Australia's lowest earners, not just business through minimum wage boosts.
SBS - Published

Revenue windfall tipped despite challenges

Major headwinds facing the Australian economy won't have much impact on the upcoming federal budget, a forecaster believes.
SBS - Published

Howard attacks Labor over Shooters deal

Former Australian prime minister John Howard has criticised Labor's decision to preference the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party.
SBS - Published

I was 10 the last time I remember feeling safe

Friday felt like a moment of defeat for Australian Muslims.
The Age - Published

Hatred needs to be rejected at every turn

In the wake of the NZ massacre, we must reset the national discourse and urge all Australians, particularly our leaders, to be constructive and inclusive.
The Age - Published

From play to pressure; a Finnish perspective on Australian schools

Education expert Pasi Sahlberg moved his son from Finland to Australia, and both are learning lessons about Australia's school system
The Age - Published

Australia's citizenship backlog is taking a toll on the country's refugees

The latest attempt to make it harder to become an Australian citizen came this week as the government spends $9 million to deal with an application backlog thought to be more than 200,000.
SBS - Published

'It didn't have to be this way': how the gun lobby made NZ less safe

New Zealand is 20 years behind Australia in gun control.
The Age - Published

Australia has eight police forces but none are tracking hate crimes

If you cannot measure it, you cannot deal with it effectively.
The Age - Published

Leaders preach message of hope not hate

New Zealand's high commissioner says the fact an Australian was allegedly responsible for shootings in Christchurch has not shaken the bilateral relationship.
SBS - Published

Qld crossbenchers stand for First Nations

A number of Queensland crossbenchers are standing to acknowledge Indigenous Australians in state parliament.
SBS - Published

Australia-NZ 'still close' after attacks

New Zealand's high commissioner says the fact an Australian was allegedly responsible for shootings in Christchurch has not shaken the bilateral relationship.
SBS - Published

Controversial Australian lawmaker 'egged' after comments on New Zealand mass shooting

Australian police said they were investigating after a teenager smashed an egg on a controversial right-wing lawmaker who had blamed New Zealand's mass mosque shootings on the country's immigration..
Reuters - Published

Australia's political and religious leaders unite against extremism after Christchurch attack

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has vowed "peace and love" will triumph against the hate that motivated the Christchurch terror attacks as police have increased their presence at mosques across Australia..
SBS - Published

Water bombers, smoke jumpers fire up Labor

Labor has promised if it wins the federal election it will spend $101 million to boost Australia's aerial firefighting capacity.
SBS - Published

Aust clothing take-back scheme proposed

Australian shoppers would drop off clothes to be recycled into new fabrics, or materials for roads and insulation, under a proposed national take-back scheme.
SBS - Published

Far-right speaker Milo refused Aust entry

Controversial right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos has been banned from entering Australia on tour after his online comments about the NZ terror attack.
SBS - Published

Elderly Australians dying while they wait for in-home aged care

Almost 128,000 Australians who have been approved for in-home aged care are still waiting for the support they need, with funding taking so long that some people have died before before they receive..
The Age - Published

Ardern is a leader for our times, and we should follow her example

In Australia we need to make a choice between the politics of hate and division, or inclusiveness and unity.
The Age - Published

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