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Australia PM’s nasty case of second-term slump


Sydney : Critics have lined up to kick Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull after the conservative Liberal-National coalition’s narrow election victory. On 2 July, the night of the election, ultra-conservative commentator Andrew Bolt was first out of the blocks, telling Turnbull bluntly: “Resign.””You have been a disaster,” Bolt wrote. “You betrayed (former PM) Tony Abbott and then led the party to ...

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Sikh candidate in Aus polls targeted with ‘racist’ flyers

Sikh candidate in Aus polls

Melbourne : A Sikh politician contesting in the upcoming elections from Australia’s Greens party has been targeted with “racist flyers” which she claimed were distributed in her electorate here. Alexandra Kaur Bhathal, a candidate from Greens party for the seat of Batman, Melbourne, on Tuesday wrote on her Facebook page that a flyer was distributed in her electorate targeting her ...

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Who’s who in Australia’s 2016 Federal Elections?


Sydney : As Australia’s federal election approaches this weekend, the country is entering its final countdown and the candidates have only a few days left to campaign. But who are the main players? Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (Liberal Party) A former journalist, barrister and investment banker, he is Australia’s fifth prime minister since 2007.Within the conservative coalition government, Mr Turnbull ...

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Australia sentences 30 Vietnamese illegal fishermen


Sydney : Thirty Vietnamese men convicted of fishing illegally in Australian waters have been given suspended sentences by a Darwin court and had their boats destroyed.They had been caught with six tonnes of sea cucumber in a Coral Sea marine reserve off the north coast in June. The men all pleaded guilty in court on Tuesday.The Australian Fisheries Management Authority ...

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Pro-IS Facebook post ‘sarcastic’: Indian-origin worker to Australia court

Pro-IS Facebook post

Melbourne An Indian-origin aviation worker in Australia who was sacked last year for posting pro-Islamic State messages on Facebook has told a court that his comments were “sarcastic”. Nirmal Singh was facing the ‘Fair Work Commission’ to argue that his dismissal was ‘unfair’ by his previous employer Aerocare and was seeking $7,000 in lost wages. The Commission heard Singh had ...

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