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Australia: Island country in the southern hemisphere
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 population of 26 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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NSW curriculum review aims to halt Australian students' 'significant' decline in results

In the early 2000s, students in NSW were performing among the highest in the world in international test results, but have since been falling behind year after year at an "unmatched" rate.
The Age - Published

Peter Dutton still 'very angry' about Aboriginal 'aliens' High Court ruling

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has again accused the High Court of undermining Australia's border protection regime after a landmark ruling on deportations.
SBS - Published

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Countries Are Evacuating Nationals From Coronavirus Areas [Video]Countries Are Evacuating Nationals From Coronavirus Areas

A growing number of countries around the world are evacuating or planning to evacuate from China. Diplomatic staff and citizens of other countries currently in parts of China hit by the coronavirus are..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

January 2020 was the warmest in weather history [Video]January 2020 was the warmest in weather history

The past month was the hottest January in weather history, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 01:11Published

After Horrific Daytona 500 Wreck, Injured Newman "Awake And Speaking" [Video]After Horrific Daytona 500 Wreck, Injured Newman "Awake And Speaking"

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is "awake and speaking" after suffering serious injuries in a horror crash during the Daytona 500. Newman, 42, was injured in a last-lap wreck in Monday's race at Daytona..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:38Published

Eagle sweethearts 'serenade' each other in Australian reserve [Video]Eagle sweethearts 'serenade' each other in Australian reserve

A white-bellied sea eagle couple sing a ‘duet’ as they bond at Newington Nature Reserve in Sydney Olympic Park

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 00:35Published

Eagle couple sing ‘duet’ in Australia [Video]Eagle couple sing ‘duet’ in Australia

A white-bellied sea eagle couple sing a ‘duet’ as they bond at Newington Nature Reserve in Sydney Olympic Park

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 00:35Published

Ryan Newman Hospitalized In Serious Condition Following Daytona 500 Crash [Video]Ryan Newman Hospitalized In Serious Condition Following Daytona 500 Crash

Ryan Newman is hospitalized in a "serious condition" following his final-lap accident at the Daytona 500. According to Autosport, doctors have confirmed that his injuries are not life-threatening...

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:37Published

Countless Countries Are Evacuating Nationals From China [Video]Countless Countries Are Evacuating Nationals From China

A growing number of countries around the world are evacuating diplomatic staff and citizens from China. The widespread evacuations are in response to the new coronavirus. Australia will evacuate more..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:37Published

Australian PM responds to firefighter's viral tirade [Video]Australian PM responds to firefighter's viral tirade

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday he was pleased that volunteer firefighter Paul Parker had not been dismissed following his viral tirade against the prime minister himself. Emer..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:26Published

Australian PM 'angry' at General Motors decision [Video]Australian PM 'angry' at General Motors decision

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday (February 17) that he was angry and disappointed at General Motors decision to retire the Holden brand, although not surprised.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:18Published

Trump Takes Lap Around The Daytona 500 Race Track [Video]Trump Takes Lap Around The Daytona 500 Race Track

President Donald Trump took a lap around the Daytona 500 race track in his presidential limousine. He said: "There is no greater thrill than to join you at the world center of racing for the 62nd..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Langer backs Warner, Smith to cope with baiting S Africa fans [Video]Langer backs Warner, Smith to cope with baiting S Africa fans

SHOWS: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (FEBRUARY 17, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN CRICKET JUSTIN LANGER SAYING: "It was obviously a very

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Captains pose with T20 World Cup trophy, Lanning predicts competitive tournament [Video]Captains pose with T20 World Cup trophy, Lanning predicts competitive tournament

Australia skipper Meg Lanning predicts a competitive T20 World Cup as captains gather in Sydney ahead of the start of the tournament.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:30Published

Williams declare fresh start after dismal 2019 season [Video]Williams declare fresh start after dismal 2019 season

Former Formula One champions Williams hope their new car will revive their fortunes after last season's disappointments.

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NASA to use lasers space communication [Video]NASA to use lasers space communication

NASA has announced that it is building a new satellite dish as part of the Deep Space Network that would be able to communicate with far away robotic spacecrafts.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 00:54Published

Australia: Divisions over coal industry expansion [Video]Australia: Divisions over coal industry expansion

Australia is the world’s biggest coal exporter and the government is being accused of not doing enough to protect the environment.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:40Published

Folau scores on Dragons debut, coach impressed with his defence [Video]Folau scores on Dragons debut, coach impressed with his defence

Catalans Dragons coach Steve McNamara impressed with Folau's defensive performance on his debut

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Kobe Bryant's Mamba Foundation Renamed To Honor Gianna Bryant [Video]Kobe Bryant's Mamba Foundation Renamed To Honor Gianna Bryant

Kobe Bryant's Mamba Sports Academy has been renamed Mamba & Mambacita Sports Academy. Kobe's widow Vanessa Bryant said the name change is to honor their daughter Gianna Bryant. Kobe and Gianna were..

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Wildfires in Australia's New South Wales Are Finally Contained [Video]Wildfires in Australia's New South Wales Are Finally Contained

It's the first time this season that firefighters have been able to do so.

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Heavy rain causes flooding in drought-stricken Australia [Video]Heavy rain causes flooding in drought-stricken Australia

Heavy rain caused flooding along the eastern coast of Australia on Thursday, with New South Wales and Queensland seeing rivers and creeks overflowing, indundating roads and homes. Emer McCarthy..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:42Published

Madsen survives heat to win South American leg of World Marathon Challenge [Video]Madsen survives heat to win South American leg of World Marathon Challenge

Kristina Madsen holds an eight minute lead going into the seventh marathon in seven days on seven continents.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:36Published

Trump shrugs off end to Philippines military pact [Video]Trump shrugs off end to Philippines military pact

U.S. President Donald Trump brushed aside the decision of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to end a decades-old military agreement with United States on Wednesday, saying he didn't really mind and..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:39Published

Global carbon emissions were flat last year: Report [Video]Global carbon emissions were flat last year: Report

A new report by the International Energy Agency has found that global carbon emissions flattened in 2019, following two years of increased emissions.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 01:00Published

 

Dutton furious with High Court decision

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has accused the High Court of undermining Australia's border protection regime after a landmark ruling on deportations.
SBS - Published

Australians from coronavirus-hit cruise ship arrive in Darwin ahead of 14 day quarantine

An evacuation flight for nearly 200 Australians stuck on a coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan has landed in Darwin.
SBS - Published

Australian among foreign journalists ordered to leave China over 'racist' headline

Australian Philip Wen is among three foreign journalists from The Wall Street Journal ordered to leave China over what the country deemed to be a "racially discriminatory" headline.
SBS - Published

Australians leave coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan, prepare for isolation near Darwin

The evacuation flight for nearly 200 Australians stuck on a coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan is en-route to Darwin.
SBS - Published

'Your country needs you!' It's high time for a drive to recruit better teachers

Too many Australian teachers and teaching students are coming from the lower performers among their school cohorts.
The Age - Published

'We've dodged a bullet': GPs blast coronavirus response

GPs' peak body wants a new national pandemic plan, saying the coronavirus response has exposed flaws in Australia's efforts to contain diseases.
The Age - Published

More Australians return home as NSW Health waits for details from federal government

NSW Health is urgently seeking more information on two Australians who returned from Cambodia over the weekend and who need to remain in self-isolation due to coronavirus fears.
The Age - Published

Chinese students begin returning to Australian universities via third countries

Some Chinese students have found a way to get back to Australia in time for the start of university classes, but thousands remain stuck in China.
SBS - Published

Rains mock drought-stricken Australian town as climate risks hit home

For all the relief felt in other parts of eastern Australia as torrential rain in the past few weeks doused wildfires and filled reservoirs, the tiny township of Murrurundi, one of the driest places in..
Reuters - Published

Australian icebreaker crew member says she was told to delete anti-government post

Madeleine Habib wrote "On behalf of the penguins - we demand Climate Action Now!" on Facebook.
SBS - Published

Authorities unable to contact two Australians possibly on coronavirus-affected cruise ship

NSW Health says it has not been able to make contact with two Australians they believe could have been on a coronavirus-affected cruise ship docked in Cambodia.
SBS - Published

'I've spent decades supporting Australia's vulnerable Muslim women - I won't stop now'

Abla Kadous started life in Egypt before moving to Australia and helping set up the country's first welfare service for Muslim women. At 70, she reflects on her career and why she would "never send..
SBS - Published

Australian passengers prepare to leave coronavirus-hit cruise ship off Japan, but some choose to stay behind

After more than two weeks stuck on a coronavirus-hit ship in Japan, about 200 Australians are set to be evacuated to Darwin for another 14 days of isolation.
SBS - Published

'Leave our bloke alone': Australian MPs call for government to support Julian Assange

The Australian government and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are being urged to stop Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange's impending US extradition trial.
SBS - Published

Northern Australia's burning practices could be the answer to preventing future bushfire disasters

Fire management experts in northern Australia have encouraged the south to take note of their practices, which have already been adopted internationally.
SBS - Published

Confusion and anger as government scrambles to explain what China travel ban means for spouses

Chinese nationals who recently married an Australian citizen or permanent resident have not been allowed to return during the China travel ban.
SBS - Published

Aboriginal Corporation confirms Shane Martin is Indigenous as he attempts again to re-enter Australia

The father of AFL star Dustin Martin has again attempted to re-enter Australia after being deported, claiming he is Indigenous in the wake of the High Court deciding Aboriginals cannot be deported.
The Age - Published

What exactly is a comfortable lifestyle in retirement?

Are lunch at a local cafe once a week or a glass of wine with dinner the type of luxuries Australian can’t afford for most retirees?
The Age - Published

'Wrestling made me a household name in Australia - I still get recognised today'

Antonios 'Tony' Kontellis's love of wrestling saw him travel the world and become a TV star in Australia where he was adored particularly by migrant communities. At 85, he reflects on an extraordinary..
SBS - Published

Holden's problem was not the taxpayer subsidies

Australia got plenty from Holden/GM and the other carmakers in return for the billions in assistance over the years, including capital investments that tally many times the amount taxpayers..
The Age - Published

Reports of my surname’s demise have been exaggerated

The Holden name is so burned into Australian consciousness that we won’t forget it very quickly.
The Age - Published

Australia's NSW state to ease water restrictions after heavy rains

Australia's New South Wales state said on Tuesday it will ease water restrictions after a deluge of rains filled dams across the country's east coast to their highest levels in more than two years.
Reuters - Published

From the Archives, 1942: Japan bombs Darwin

On February 19, 1942, Japan launched two air raids against Darwin killing 236. It was the largest single attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australia.
The Age - Published

The Australian identity was at the heart of Holden - then GM took it away

Holden fell out of love with us so we fell out love with it
The Age - Published

Government gives $2 million to Australian researchers to develop coronavirus vaccine

The federal government will create a $2 million grant pool for Australian experts to develop a coronavirus vaccine.
SBS - Published

Deadly bushfires affected 75 per cent of Australians, new poll shows

Australia's bushfire crisis affected three-quarters of Australians and the prime minister's approval rating took a beating, a new poll shows.
SBS - Published

Britain OK with basic Australia-type trade with EU if free-trade deal impossible: PM aide

Britain is ready to trade with the European Union on basic international terms that the bloc currently follows with Australia if a more ambitious free trade agreement cannot be reached, Prime Minister..
Reuters - Published

UK's Frost says ready for 'Australia-terms' FTA if EU still has doubts

Britain's negotiator with the European Union said on Monday that London was prepared to accept an "Australia-style" free trade agreement with the bloc if its member states continue to have doubts about..
Reuters - Published

Celebrations as Australians quarantined on Christmas Island arrive home

After 14 days of quarantine in the Christmas Island detention facility, citizens evacuated from the Chinese province of Hubei have finally landed on Australian soil.
SBS - Published

'Happy to be home': Australians quarantined on Christmas Island return to Sydney

After being evacuated from Wuhan and spending two weeks in quarantine, the 96 Sydney-based Australian citizens and permanent residents are finally home.
The Age - Published

Yes, be vigilant over coronavirus, but our ties with China need care too

Strong action taken in Australia to keep the virus contained is justified, but let's not forget our future is closely linked to that of China.
The Age - Published

As Australia looks to act on LGBT conversion practices, survivors and religious groups speak out

A report on Queensland’s bid to make it illegal to change or suppress a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation through so-called ‘therapy’ is due this week, with Victoria continuing to..
SBS - Published

Experts warn against deportation rush on 50,000 plane arrivals whose asylum bids were rejected

Migration law experts have warned against rushing to deport asylum seekers who arrived by plane after new figures revealed nearly 50,000 people who had their claims rejected remain in Australia.
SBS - Published

Dusty Martin's father, an ex-bikie boss, fails in bid to re-enter Australia

Less than a week after the High Court ruled Aboriginal people cannot be deported from Australia, an ex-bikie boss has attempted to return by claiming to be Indigenous.
The Age - Published

Australia to evacuate more than 200 citizens from cruise ship quarantined at Japan port

Australia will evacuate more than 200 of its citizens onboard a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship being held under quarantine in the Japanese port of Yokohama, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on..
Reuters - Published Also reported by •SBS

Government 'disappointed' with Holden over decision to axe brand

Holden will be 'held to account' over its promise to support the 600 workers and hundreds of dealers affected by its decision to cease Australian operations.
The Age - Published

I don’t want my rights shackled to appeasing conservatives

To those who worry the recent High Court decision will be misused by opponents of constitutional recognition, I say it is better to aim high and raise Australia with us.
The Age - Published

Australia should ease travel ban on foreigners from China: ambassador

Australia should lift its ban on the arrival of foreign nationals from mainland China, China's ambassador to Australia said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Arrivederci Holden, the factory that fed my family

When Holden closes at Elizabeth on October 20, so too will the era of car manufacturing in Australia. The industry was a huge employer of post-war European migrants. Former SBS Chief Political..
SBS - Published

GM to scrap Holden brand in Australia and New Zealand

General Motors has decided to retire the Holden brand in both Australia and New Zealand.
SBS - Published

'Potential operation' to rescue Australians stuck on cruise

Health Minister Greg Hunt said plans to rescue 200 Australians stuck on the Diamond Princess cruise amid the coronavirus would be finalised on Monday.
The Age - Published

Scott Morrison reportedly considering plan to evacuate Australians on virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship

About 200 Australians stranded on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan are waiting to find out whether they will be flown home as American passengers were taken off the virus-hit ship.
SBS - Published

Fire Fight Australia concert raises almost $10 million for Australian bushfire relief

Headliners Queen + Adam Lambert re-enacted the original band's 1985 Live Aid performance at the Fire Fight Australia concert.
SBS - Published

Coal's days are numbered and our future is hydrogen, but this is an evolution

A long-term Labor minister, now the chairman of the Australia-Korea Business Council, writes that Australia can ride a global wave by becoming a leader in hydrogen energy. While it will take decades,..
The Age - Published

UK envoy's dressing down of Australian MPs weakens relationship

The head of a London-based foreign affairs think tank writes on the damage done by the British High Commissioner to Australia's diplomatic misstep.
The Age - Published

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