Australia

2 Malaysian men charged over $50m ice shipment from China to Sydney

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015 5:11PM UTC 2 Malaysian men charged over $50m ice shipment from China to Sydney

SYDNEY (AP) — Authorities say two men from Malaysia and Hong Kong have been charged with smuggling more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, worth 65 million Australian dollars ($50 million) into Sydney in a shipping container from China. Australian officials said in a statement that

Qantas rebounds from loss to post $162m half-year profit

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015 8:54AM UTC Qantas, Australia

SYDNEY (AP) — Qantas Airways Ltd. has posted a 206 million Australian dollar ($162 million) profit for the first six months since it recorded a $2.6 billion loss for the year.

On death row: the main players in the fate of the Bali Nine duo

By Wed, Feb 25, 2015 1:28PM UTC On death row: the main players in the fate of the Bali Nine duo

The fate of Australian duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, awaiting execution orders in Indonesia, is a complicated interplay of many legal, moral, political, social and other positions. Whatever your own stance on any of these issues, this summary of the various supporters and opponents of the two Australians, provides an extraordinary glimpse into the complex issues at work in this case.

Indonesian president says executions will go ahead

By Tue, Feb 24, 2015 9:41PM UTC Indonesian president says executions will go ahead

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president has rejected any attempts by other countries to intervene in the execution of foreign drug traffickers.

Tasmania dreams of becoming world’s eco-tourism capital

By Tue, Feb 24, 2015 9:32AM UTC Tasmania dreams of becoming world’s eco-tourism capital

Tasmania is dreaming big time. The Liberal government is plotting to transform the state into an environmental tourism capital to attract globe trotters. It comes as no surprise that conservation groups are blocking the proposed project. They said the World Heritage Site will be exploited for development; a trade off to draw 1.5 million visitors a year by 2020.