Dec 5, 2016

U.N. racism expert urges Australia to maintain hate speech law

A United Nations expert on racism on Monday urged Australia not to water down hate-speech prohibitions, as bigots and extremists become more vocal. Mutuma Ruteere, U.N. special rapporteur on racism, joined the debate surrounding Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act at the end of a weeklong ...

Dec 1, 2016

Aussie schoolboys recreate price-gouged HIV medicine

A group of Australian schoolchildren working on a shoestring budget have recreated the HIV drug whose price was controversially jacked up 5,000 percent by a former hedge fund manager. U.S. drug company chief Martin Shkreli became a global figure of hate after buying the ...

Dec 1, 2016

Australia strikes deal with Greens on taxing foreign workers

Australia’s conservative government struck a deal with a minor party on Thursday on a tax rate aimed at encouraging foreign travelers to pick fruit on the nation’s farms. The government and the left-wing Greens party reached a compromise on how much vacationers should be ...

Nov 25, 2016

IBM settles with Australia over failure of online census

Global technology giant IBM carried most of the blame for the crash of Australia’s online census three months ago and has compensated the government for the financial cost of the debacle, the prime minister said on Friday. Australia’s first attempt to conduct a census ...

Nov 25, 2016

Kidnapped Australian doctor becomes Burkina Faso citizen

An Australian surgeon kidnapped by jihadis nearly two years ago whose whereabouts remain unknown has been declared a citizen of the West African nation, an official decree announced Wednesday. “Arthur Kenneth Elliott, born 11 November 1934 in Perth, in Australia … a surgeon” has ...

Aussie clad only in underpants leads police to crash suspect

Nov 24, 2016

Aussie clad only in underpants leads police to crash suspect

A bystander dressed only in underpants helped police arrest an unlicensed driver who allegedly crashed a car into an Australian takeout restaurant on Thursday then fled. Daniel McConnell said he was lying in bed at home in the Brisbane suburb of Hendra at 2 ...

Sydney zoo gets rare echidna births

Nov 24, 2016

Sydney zoo gets rare echidna births

Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is celebrating its first successful echidna births in 30 years with three healthy babies, known as puggles, from three moms hatching within days of each other. Echidnas, or spiny anteaters, are notoriously difficult to breed in human care, but keepers at ...

Nov 24, 2016

Man charged over hoax calls to pilots in Australia

A man accused of making hoax calls to pilots in Australia, which saw at least one passenger plane change altitude and course, has been charged with endangering the safety of aircraft, police said. The 19-year-old was arrested Tuesday following 16 separate unauthorized radio transmissions ...