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Sydney New Year fireworks to be live streamed on Facebook


Sydney : Sydney’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks, which traditionally kick off the world’s major celebrations, are set to be streamed live on Facebook for the first time, officials said today.The visual extravaganza in Australia’s biggest city is already watched by more than a million people at Sydney Harbour and a further one billion via a television audience.Organisers hope the ...

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Australia’s ‘lifetime ban’ on illegal asylum-seekers may not come through


Canberra : The Australian government’s controversial plan to impose lifetime bans on all illegal asylum seekers may fail, as crossbench senators on Tuesday denied their support to the bill in its current form. Despite being approved by the House of Representatives in November, the bill is set to fail unless Immigration Minister Peter Dutton makes a number of key amendments ...

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Australia cuts stay of 457 visa holders; move to impact Indians


Melbourne : Australia has announced changes to the 457 visa for skilled foreign workers to limit their ability to look for another job after their official employment ends, a move that will impact Indians working in the country. Foreign workers on a 457 visa will only now be able to stay in Australia for 60 days after their employment ends ...

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Australian Senate rejects public vote on gay marriage


Canberra : Australia’s Senate has rejected a government plan to hold a public vote on recognising gay marriage. The Senate voted by a margin of 33 to 29 late on Monday against the non-binding public plebiscite on same-sex marriage, which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s conservative government had planned to hold on February 11.Marriage equality opponents had supported the plan while ...

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‘Australia’s proposed visa ban likely breaches convention’


Melbourne : A United Nations official said Australian would probably be in breach of the Refugee Convention if it enacted a proposal for a permanent visa-ban for asylum seekers who attempted to reach the country by boat, Fairfax media reported on Saturday. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull proposed last Sunday that asylum seekers sent to the county’s offshore processing center’s would ...

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