Tag: Australia

Bushfire threat still high as Australia clean up begins

with Holly Robertson in Sydney Australians on Wednesday began sifting through the ashes of hundreds of bushfires that have ravaged the country, relieved that their worst fears were unrealised -- but wary of a long and brutal summer ahead. Firefighters were still battling around 140 blazes...

‘Uncharted territory’ as bushfires rage across Australia’s east

by Andrew BEATTY Australian firefighters warned they were in "uncharted territory" as they struggled to contain more than a dozen out-of-control bushfires across the east of the country on Friday. Around a hundred blazes pockmarked the New South Wales and Queensland countryside, around 17 of them...

Facebook hides ‘likes’ in Australia trial to ease anxiety

Facebook has begun hiding the number of "likes" for posts in Australia, it said Friday, a trial designed to ease social pressure that could be rolled out worldwide. Account holders across the country will also be blocked from viewing the number of reactions and video...

New Aussie law aims to help save Great Barrier Reef

Australia introduced stricter new laws to limit agricultural run-off into the waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef Thursday, in an attempt to save the reef and keep its prized world heritage status. The world's largest coral reef system faces multiple threats to its survival, most notably...

US power waning in Pacific, warns top Australian think tank

by Andrew BEATTY The United States no longer has military primacy in the Pacific and could struggle to defend allies against China, a top Australian think tank has warned. A hard-hitting report from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney released on Monday...

Mahathir says cannot force rare earths firm Lynas to leave country amid fear of radioactive waste

Malaysia cannot force rare earths miner Lynas Corp to leave despite opposition from members of the Pakatan Harapan coalition who fear the risk of radioactivity from waste from the processing plant. Reuters today says the Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad believes the government cannot push the Australian...

Australian watchdog calls for controls on Facebook, Google

Australia's competition watchdog on Friday recommended tighter controls on the use of personal data and measures to ease Facebook and Google's dominance of online advertising among a slew of measures to better police the internet giants.   Intensifying the global drumbeat of calls to regulate some...

Australian universities face probe over China deals

by Andrew BEATTY Australian universities are being investigated over their contracts with Chinese-state run Confucius Institutes, officials said Thursday, amid fresh revelations over the scope of Beijing's control of teaching in the centres. Attorney-General Christian Porter said the government was looking at whether deals between thirteen...

Don’t just throw away your duty-free shop receipts as they can be a source of identity theft

If you shop at airports and collect your receipts from duty-free shops, beware! Your personal details are visible on the receipts and can be the target of identity thieves. The receipts itemises what you purchase and the slips could also include details like your date...

Tough new standards have Aussies fine-tuned for worlds

by Martin PARRY Coach Jacco Verhaeren has set brutally difficult qualifying standards to make Australia's team for this month's world swimming championships team after a poor showing two years ago. Australia, a traditional powerhouse, had a disappointing campaign last time in Budapest, slumping to eighth on...