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Asylum seekers: Opposition warns paid people smuggler claims are damaging relationship with Indonesia


Sydney : A Federal Opposition frontbencher has warned allegations Australian officials paid people smugglers to turn a boat back into Indonesian waters are affecting diplomatic relations with the country.Labor immigration spokesman Richard Marles joined Indonesia in asking for answers from the Government over the claims after Prime Minister Tony Abbott last week refused to confirm or deny the allegations.Mr Marles ...

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Auditors visit six Islamic schools across Australia to investigate claims of financial mismanagement


Auditors are visiting schools run by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) across the country today, after concerns were raised about financial management and governance.AFIC oversees eight schools across Australia, with six of those in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and western Sydney facing the reviews. Parents who have been staging protests outside the Islamic College of South Australia ...

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Spike in flu cases could see Adelaide patients sent to outer metropolitan hospitals


Adelaide : Health patients in Adelaide could be sent to hospitals in outer metropolitan areas to recuperate because of an expected surge in the number of flu cases. The South Australian Government said the number of flu cases recorded this year had already reached 1,777, which is about 1,000 more than the same time last year. “We’re shaping up for ...

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Army run by special-forces officers


Perth : FOR the first time in its 114-year history the Australian Army is being run by an elite group of special-forces officers.The new Chief of Army Lieutenant General Angus Campbell was a senior officer with the Perth-based Special Air Service Regiment.His deputy Major General Rick Burr is a former commanding officer the SASR and Forces Commander Major General Gus ...

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Alan Bond: Disgraced Australian entrepreneur dies aged 77


Sydney : Controversial Australian businessman Alan Bond has died at the age of 77, his family have announced.Mr Bond died on Friday morning at the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth days after undergoing heart surgery. Mr Bond, who was born in the UK, became one of Australia’s richest men, funding Australia’s shock win of the America’s Cup yachting race in ...

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