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Australia Wants To Force Facebook And Google To Pay Media Companies For News

Australia Wants To Force Facebook And Google To Pay Media Companies For News

Australia is moving to impose sweeping new rules that would require Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOGL) to pay media organizations for the use of their news content. Regulators on Friday released draft legislation that would let news publishers in the country negotiate compensation with the two tech companies for sharing or displaying their stories. It would allow certain media outlets to bargain either […]

Australian MP Dons Garbage Bag To Protest ‘Rubbish’ Sexism In Politics

Australian MP Dons Garbage Bag To Protest ‘Rubbish’ Sexism In Politics

A video of a female lawmaker wearing a garbage bag to protest what she called “rubbish” comments on her clothes has gone viral in Australia and drawn support from across the political spectrum. In it Nicolle Flint of the ruling Liberal Party asks whether people are “sick of sexist garbage” before calling out a columnist […]

Heavy Rain Douses Australia’s East Coast Bushfires

Heavy Rain Douses Australia’s East Coast Bushfires

Australian authorities issued evacuation orders as heavy rain lashed Sydney and the east coast of the state of New South Wales (NSW) on Monday, bringing chaos to the country’s largest city while dousing bushfires that have raged since November. Between 200 and 400 millimetres (7.9 to 15.8 inches) of rain drenched the Sydney area out […]

Australia’s Fire Crisis Raises Cause For ‘State Of Emergency’

Australia’s Fire Crisis Raises Cause For ‘State Of Emergency’

The Australian federal government department responsible for managing emergencies shut its Canberra office due to poor air quality on Monday as the nation’s capital choked on smoke from deadly bushfires. On Monday, Canberra had a rating over 340 on the Air Quality Index — higher than Beijing’s 170. Australia has been ravaged by some of the worst wildfires seen […]

Twelve Dead, Several Missing As Australia Counts The Cost of Devastating Bushfires

Twelve Dead, Several Missing As Australia Counts The Cost of Devastating Bushfires

A third person was confirmed dead on Wednesday in devastating bushfires that engulfed Australia’s southeast coast this week and a fourth was missing and feared dead, as navy ships rushed to provide supplies and assist with evacuations. Twelve people have now lost their lives in fire-related deaths across Australia since blazes broke out a few […]

Australia Names ‘Rachel Noble’ Intelligence Chief – The First Female Intelligence Chief In The Country

Australia Names  ‘Rachel Noble’ Intelligence Chief – The First Female Intelligence Chief In The Country

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday appointed a woman to head a major Australian spy agency for the first time. Rachel Noble will become next director-general of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), which intercepts electronic communications from foreign countries. “Her appointment to this leadership role is a significant step forward for women in the national […]

Cardinal George Pell, Vatican Treasurer, Convicted Of Child Sexual Assault

Cardinal George Pell, Vatican Treasurer, Convicted Of Child Sexual Assault

Cardinal George Pell, once one of the highest-ranking members of the Vatican, was convicted of multiple counts of child sexual abuse during a trial in Australia in December, becoming the most senior figure in the Catholic Church to be found guilty of such crimes. Pell, 77, was found guilty of five counts of historical sexual […]

The BlockChain Women – Do You Know Them?

The BlockChain Women – Do You Know Them?

When entrepreneur Katrina Donaghy attended a Women in Blockchain meetup in New York City, there were a lot of things that surprised her. “Well, first of all it was funny hearing my voice, being Australian. I found my voice very different to everybody else’s,” Donaghy told HuffPost Australia.  Accents aside, sitting in a room with over 50 female […]

Stan Grant Asks After NT Abuse Scandal: Are We Still Trapped By The ‘White Gaze’?

Stan Grant Asks After NT Abuse Scandal: Are We Still Trapped By The ‘White Gaze’?

iradjuri man, author and journalist Stan Grant has spoken at Byron Writers festival about how “the screams of Aboriginal boys locked up and beaten in the Northern Territory” led him again to the work of the African-American writer James Baldwin. Delivering the festival’s annual Thea Astley lecture on Saturday, Grant said his discovery of Baldwin […]

‘We Are Dead Souls In Living Bodies’: Australia Accused Of Abusing Refugees

‘We Are Dead Souls In Living Bodies’: Australia Accused Of Abusing Refugees

Australia is deliberately abusing refugees in an offshore detention camp to try to stop people seeking asylum in their country by boat, human rights groups claim in a new report. Daily violence, suicide attempts and children left without medical treatment were among some of the allegations documented by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch during […]