Friday, 15 Nov 2019

Australasia

Australia to curb foreign interference on campuses

The Australian government has set new guidelines for universities to combat what has been described as unprecedented levels of foreign interference. Universities will have to name their research partners and financial donors. They will also be encouraged to strengthen cyber-security systems and protect sensitive research. There has been growing concern about China’s influence on Australian […]

Worst of Australia’s bushfires ‘still ahead’

Australian authorities have warned that massive bushfires raging in two states will continue to pose a threat, despite “catastrophic” conditions easing. About 150 fires are still burning in New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland, feeding off tinder-dry conditions. Fifty houses were destroyed or damaged in NSW on Tuesday but no lives were lost, officials said. […]

'Catastrophic' danger alert as huge bushfires head for Sydney

Australia has issued a “catastrophic” fire warning across Sydney, the country’s largest city, as firefighters battle a rapidly worsening bushfire crisis. Wildfires have killed three people and destroyed more than 150 homes since Friday. There were still more than 80 fires burning across New South Wales yesterday, despite the efforts of more than 1,300 firefighters […]

'I click with him', backpacker Grace Millane said of alleged killer

Grace Millane messaged her friend to say “I click with him so well” about the man she was on a date with who allegedly strangled her hours later, a court in New Zealand has heard. Ms Millane’s friend, Ameena Ashcroft, said in a letter read to Auckland High Court that she “thought something was out […]

Australia women’s footballers in landmark pay deal

Australia’s women’s football team, the Matildas, have struck a historic deal which will see them earn equal pay and entitlements on many key measures. Football Federation Australia (FFA) said it means the top male and female players will be on the same pay scale. But the men are likely to keep earning more due to […]

Australian man fatally attacked by shark

An Australian man has died after being attacked by a shark at a popular tourist spot in Queensland. The location – Cid Harbour in the Whitsunday Islands – was also the scene of two non-fatal shark attacks in September. Police said the latest victim, 33, had been swimming with friends when the attack happened on […]

Are backpackers worried about Australia?

A Brazilian backpacker is found naked and screaming for help on a remote beach in South Australia, while her friend from Germany is covered head-to-toe in blood. They are the victims of Roman Heinze, a 61-year old Australian, who was sentenced to at least 17 years in prison on Wednesday for kidnapping, assault and indecent […]

Australia’s ‘backpacker tax’ ruled invalid

Australia has used a so-called “backpacker tax” to illegally tax foreign workers from eight countries, according to a landmark ruling. In 2017, the government imposed a controversial 15% tax rate on two visa categories for working holiday-makers. But a court on Wednesday found the levy was in breach of existing treaties with the UK, US, […]

Two shark attacks at Australia tourist spot

A girl has suffered a “significant leg injury” in a shark attack at a popular tourist spot in Australia, paramedics say. It is the second serious shark attack in Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands within 24 hours. On Wednesday, a woman was treated for leg and torso wounds. She remains in a critical condition. The girl, 12, […]

British men injured in Australia shark attack

Two British tourists have been seriously injured in a shark attack at a popular holiday spot in Australia. The men, aged 22 and 28, were swimming in Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands when they were attacked on Tuesday. The shark severed the older man’s foot and left the other with leg wounds, Queensland Ambulance Service said. Authorities […]