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Rohingya crisis: The myth of Australia’s ‘front door’

By Fri, May 22, 2015 11:23AM UTC 0 Comment

How should asylum seekers, fleeing persecution, aided and abetted by their own government, escape their plight? How may the Rohingya, who suffer mass internment, destitution, malnutrition, starvation and widespread discrimination, find refuge?...

‘Nope, nope, nope': Abbot says Australia won’t take Rohingya migrants

By Thu, May 21, 2015 3:38PM UTC 0 Comment

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ruled out Australia resettling any Rohingya refugees, warning that asylum seekers who take to boats must not be rewarded with a new life in a Western country....

Australian activists say Abbott’s biomass plan will destroy native forests

By Wed, May 20, 2015 6:16PM UTC 0 Comment

Australia’s Coalition government finally agreed to come up with an achievable Renewable Energy Target (RET), but it is not what conservation groups have expected....

The cautionary “cli-fi” of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

By Mon, May 18, 2015 11:46AM UTC 0 Comment

As a long-time lover of dystopian science fiction, I am looking forward to seeing the continuation of the Australian classic Mad Max series, which began in 1979. I actually haven’t seen any of the original three installments since the '80s, but I’m looking forward to going in fresh, without resorting to tedious comparisons between old and new....

Suspected teenage terrorist appears in Australian court

By Mon, May 11, 2015 11:29AM UTC 0 Comment

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A 17-year-old boy arrested last week when police allegedly found three homemade bombs in his family home in Australia’s second-largest city has appeared in a children’s court charged with terrorism offenses. The boy is a juvenile suspect and cannot be publicly identified. He was remanded in custody after a brief court...