Australia set to delay UNESCO ‘in danger’ ruling for Great Barrier Reef

Australia has gained enough international support to avoid UNESCO listing the Great Barrier Reef as an “in danger” World Heritage Site, with 13 countries supporting its move to delay the decision until 2023. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation controls World Heritage listings and the 21 countries currently on its World Heritage Committee voted in June to back […]

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Australia fights stranded citizen’s UN plea to return for cancer-stricken mother

For our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, learn more here. London: The Australian government has told the UN high commissioner that blocking an Australian man’s wish to return home to support his mother during her cancer treatment did not cause him “irreparable harm”. In April, the UN issued an interim ruling ordering the Australian government to facilitate the return of two […]

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Opera Australia ‘bleeding cash at an incredible rate’ due to box office blow

The outgoing chief executive of Australia’s flagship opera company said the organisation was “bleeding cash at an incredible rate” last year, suffering a $6.4 million operating deficit on the back of a $63 million collapse in box office revenue. Leah Crocetto as Aida in the Opera Australia production.Credit:Simon Schluter Opera Australia’s Rory Jeffes also predicted another difficult year and a […]

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Can the women of Australia believe Morrison now?

Faced with the choice between justice for women or the slow destruction of his government, Scott Morrison discovered his new priority on Tuesday: “I believe in all the women of Australia.” But can the women of Australia believe him? The most convincing first step he could take would be to deal decisively with his Attorney-General, Christian Porter. The Prime Minister […]

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Australia will not change proposed laws making Google, Facebook pay news outlets for content

Fox Business Flash top headlines for February 19 Fox Business Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on FoxBusiness.com. SYDNEY - Australia will not change proposed laws that would make Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook pay news outlets for content, a senior lawmaker said on Monday, despite vocal opposition from the Big Tech firms. Facebook has strongly protested the […]

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Google Threatens to Stop Search in Australia Over Paid-News Legislation

A senior Google executive on Friday told the Australian government that it would stop offering its search functions in the country if legislation forcing it to pay for news goes ahead unchanged. The threat was made by Google Australia MD Mel Silva at a senate committee hearing. “Coupled with the unmanageable financial and operational risk if this version of the […]

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Australia Open umpire in hospital after heart attack in Melbourne

Brazilian chair umpire Carlos Bernardes suffered a heart attack while in Melbourne quarantine this week, but organisers of the ATP tour say he is recovering well. Photos of Bernardes being wheeled from his hotel accommodation into an ambulance were posted on social media. Carlos Bernardes is taken away in an ambulance from his hotel.Credit:Joe Armao "Following admittance to hospital (non-COVID […]

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India STUN Australia with one of best Test wins and series victories EVER in first Gabba loss since 1988

INDIA conjured up one of the most remarkable series victories of all time and left Australia gulping with disbelief and embarrassment. Their 2-1 victory was sealed by a thrilling three-wicket win in the Fourth Test at the famous Gabba ground in Brisbane. It was Australia’s first defeat at their fortress since 1988 as wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant propelled India to triumph […]

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Australia Day events clipped amid ongoing COVID restrictions

Sydney’s Australia Day festivities will be significantly muted on January 26, with a number of longstanding events cancelled and spectators limited amid ongoing COVID restrictions. At the program’s launch at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday, NSW minister for tourism Stuart Ayres conceded that “Australia Day in 2021 will be a little bit different, [but] that doesn’t mean it’s less […]

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