Friday, 4 Dec 2020

Australasia

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Why is Australia Still Part of the British Monarchy?

The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. Sign up to get it by email. This week’s issue is written by Yan Zhuang, a reporter for the Australia bureau. Former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke certainly never called the Queen “a pig” dressed “in twin set and pearls.” There is no evidence […]

Death by Shark Is at a High in Australia. What’s Going On?

MELBOURNE, Australia — The shark attacked on Sunday, when Charles Cernobori, 59 and a father of three, was bodysurfing off Cable Beach in Western Australia. A couple found him, dragged him to the beach and called emergency services. By the time they arrived, it was too late to save Mr. Cernobori. His death was the […]

Australia Quiet on First Foreign-Meddling Arrest, but Target Is Clear

MELBOURNE, Australia — When the Australian authorities announced the first arrest under the country’s new foreign interference laws this week, they said little about what the suspect was accused of doing, and nothing at all about the country on whose behalf he was believed to have worked. The implication, though, was clear. The man is […]

Cut Off From the World Again, Australia Now Finds Silver Linings

After chafing against their isolation for so long, Australians these days are finding island life a privilege when pestilence lies beyond. By Damien Cave SYDNEY, Australia — They used to call it “the tyranny of distance.” Australia’s remoteness was something to escape, and for generations, the country that hates being referred to as “down under” […]

Swimming to Sanity in Melbourne’s Lockdown

The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. Sign up to get it by email. This week’s issue is written by Yan Zhuang, a new reporter with the Australia bureau. As Melbourne fights its way out of one of the longest and strictest coronavirus lockdowns in the world, outdoor pools have been […]

In the World’s Longest Lockdown, One Man is Omnipresent

Daniel Andrews, Victoria’s premier, has conducted 100 consecutive daily news conferences. In Melbourne, we all watch. We are all exhausted. By Besha Rodell The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. Sign up to get it by email. MELBOURNE, Australia — Last weekend, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews surpassed a rather astonishing milestone: […]

In the World’s Longest Lockdown, One Man is Omnipresent

Daniel Andrews, Victoria’s premier, has conducted 100 consecutive daily news conferences. In Melbourne, we all watch. We are all exhausted. By Besha Rodell The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. Sign up to get it by email. MELBOURNE, Australia — Last weekend, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews surpassed a rather astonishing milestone: […]

Abandoned Rio Tinto Mine Is Blamed for Poisoned Bougainville Rivers

DARWIN, Australia — The mining giant Rio Tinto has been accused of environmental and human rights violations in a complaint that says an abandoned mine is leaking waste and poisoning rivers on the island of Bougainville. The claim, signed by 156 residents of the autonomous region in Papua New Guinea, is seeking an investigation by […]

In Melbourne, Springtime Ushers in a New Sense of Hope

As our Covid-19 restrictions ease, the mood of the city feels like the weather. By Besha Rodell The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. This week’s issue is written by Besha Rodell, a columnist with the Australia bureau. There are blossoms on the trees in Melbourne and days of cold rain […]

What Lockdown 2.0 Looks Like: Harsher Rules, Deeper Confusion

Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, is becoming a case study in handling a second wave of infections. There are lots of unanswered questions. By Damien Cave Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, grappling with a spiraling coronavirus outbreak in a country that once thought it had the pandemic beat, has now imposed some of the toughest restrictions in […]