Tag: Australia

Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise

SYDNEY, Australia — Confronting a surge of cyberattacks attributed to the Chinese government, Australia moved to bolster its defenses on Tuesday, promising to recruit at least 500 cyberspies and build on its ability to take the battle overseas. The investment of 1.35 billion Australian dollars ($930 million) over the next decade is the largest the […]

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Australian Politician’s Home Raided in Chinese Influence Inquiry

SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian authorities raided the home and office of a federal lawmaker on Friday as part of a sweeping investigation into allegations of a Chinese government plot to manipulate the politics and policy of Parliament. Shaoquett Moselmane, a Labor politician from a Sydney suburb, recently praised China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, for […]

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Australian Minister Calls On GM To Negotiate Compensation With Holden Dealers “In Good Faith”

GM Holden and local Holden dealerships across Australia are still yet to agree to terms on compensation after General Motors made the call earlier this year to kill off the Holden brand. The Australian Holden Dealers’ Council and GM Holden have been going back and forth during dispute resolutions and earlier this month, held two […]

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See How Dolphins Learn This Eating Trick

When hunger strikes, dolphins don’t mess around. In Shark Bay, Western Australia, these swimming mammals have devised devious tactics to snare slippery prey. In one trick, dolphins chase fish into empty seashells, then chauffeur the shells to the ocean surface, where they use their beaks to jostle the prey into their mouths. This behavior, called […]

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China and America Are Heading Toward Divorce

My favorite story in John Bolton’s book about the Trump Fun House — sorry, White House — was that President Trump appealed to China’s leader to buy more U.S. agricultural products to boost Trump’s farm vote and his re-election. Donald: Stop begging. Both Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin have decided to vote for you. Don’t […]

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A Sexual Harasser Spent Years on Australia’s Top Court, an Inquiry Finds

SYDNEY, Australia — For years there were private whispers and warnings from young women about a pattern of abuse by one of Australia’s most powerful men — a judge on the country’s highest court. Now, an internal court inquiry has found that the judge, Dyson Heydon, had indeed sexually harassed at least six young women […]

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Australia Could be Looking Down the Barrel of a Second Wave of COVID-19

Australia is facing the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19, with fresh outbreaks of the virus occurring at multiple hotspots around the country’s second largest city, Melbourne. The state of Victoria recorded a total of 116 new cases over the past week, accounting for more than 83 percent of new cases in Australia. Nineteen […]

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Australia hit by cyber attacks from ‘state actor’ — experts suspect it’s China

Australia has been targeted by ongoing “sophisticated” cyber attacks from a “state-based actor,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned at a press conference today. Morrison said the attacks were targeting “all levels of government,” as well as businesses, political organizations, essential service provides, and critical infrastructure. He refused to reveal the identity of the suspected culprit […]

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Driver Crashes Aston Martin Vanquish In Melbourne, Leaves Owner In Car And Flees The Scene

<!––> <!––> Police are looking for a woman who crashed an Aston Martin Vanquish into a bollard in Melbourne, Australia overnight. Victoria Police report that the woman was driving the silver V12-powered Vanquish at approximately 12:25 a.m. AEST on Thursday morning when she lost control turning left and crashed into a bollard at a tram […]

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Explore The All-New 2021 Mazda BT-50 Pickup Truck In Great Detail

Mazda abandoned the pickup truck partnership with Ford after more than three decades and has turned to Isuzu for the latest-generation BT-50. Officially unveiled two days ago, the all-new Mazda BT-50 is now based on the latest Isuzu D-Max. Yes, while it totally looks like a Mazda, especially at the front where the ‘Kodo’ design […]

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Break the China Habit? Lobsters, Lights and Toilets Show How Hard It Is

As the coronavirus pandemic amplifies longstanding concerns over the world’s economic dependence on China, many countries are trying to reduce their exposure to Beijing’s brand of business. Japan has set aside $2.2 billion to help companies shift production out of China. European trade ministers have emphasized the need to diversify supply chains. Several countries, including […]

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A Stimulus Backlash Delivers a Global Warning: Value Female Workers

SYDNEY, Australia — Shelley Duggan became an essential worker when Australia declared that her job at a suburban child care center must be preserved so that doctors and nurses would have a place to send their children during the coronavirus outbreak. Australia even made child care free, subsidizing wages and leading Ms. Duggan to believe […]

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It’s Complicated: GM Finds Its Hard To Break Up With Australia’s Holden

Senior representatives from Holden have concluded two days of dispute resolution talks with dealer representatives in Australia regarding the compensation dealerships will be given following GM’s decision to kill the Holden brand. In a brief statement issued on the matter, it was confirmed that three senior Holden representatives attended the talks, facilitated by former Federal […]

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Mining Firm Plans to Destroy Indigenous Australian Sites, Despite Outcry

MELBOURNE, Australia — A giant mining company on Thursday said it would go ahead with destroying at least 40 ancient Indigenous sites in the Pilbara desert in Western Australia, just days after a national outcry over revelations that other archaeological sites in the region had been razed. The company, BHP, received approval to destroy the […]

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How Sydney Became Australia’s Cocaine Capital

For the longest time, very few people did cocaine in Australia. The drug was available, but only as a low-quality novelty for the rich, and only in small amounts. “It was very, very, very poor quality,” says Paul Dillon, the founder and director of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia and a prominent commentator […]

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro Lands In Australia Priced From A$453,200

Nearly a year after launching overseas, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro has just been announced for Australia, where it will be sold through local AMG Performance Centers from AU$453,200 (US$316,034), with deliveries set to commence in September. Mercedes-AMG is building just 750 examples of the AMG GT R Pro worldwide and only 15 of […]

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Australian Supercars Driver Renee Gracie Quits Racing For Adult Industry To End Financial Misery

Many people are forced by circumstances to change careers several times during their lifetime but few can claim they had a more extreme career transition than Renee Gracie. Australia’s first full-time female Supercars touring car racing driver has given up on her dream to race in IndyCar and NASCAR for a career as an adult […]

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Throngs Marching in Australia and Europe Against Police Brutality

SYDNEY, Australia — Tens of thousands of Australians rallied in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in cities and small towns on Saturday, joining the Americans protesting against the death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while calling for an end to systemic racism in Australia and Aboriginal deaths in police custody. Despite warnings […]

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2021 Toyota Fortuner: Hilux’s 7-Seater SUV Sibling Gets A Facelift Too

Premiering alongside the facelifted Toyota Hilux is the refreshed 2021 Toyota Fortuner and while it isn’t sold in the U.S., it brings with it some minor revisions that should help it keep pace with the competition in markets including Australia. The second-generation Fortuner has been on sale since 2015 and while it wasn’t really crying […]

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What Will It Take to Reopen the World to Travel?

SYDNEY, Australia — After months of locked-down borders, countries that have stifled the coronavirus are trying to choreograph a risky dance: how to bring back visitors without importing another burst of uncontrolled contagion. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania dropped restrictions for each other on May 15, while keeping out everyone else. Australia and New Zealand are […]

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LEGO: Australia’s Mount Panorama Circuit Recreated Using 150,000 Bricks With A Honda Twist

Honda has teamed up yet again with Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught, a LEGO Certified Professional, for another impressive build, after a successful second season of ‘LEGO Masters’. Dubbed the ‘Mount Hondarama’, their latest project recreates the Mount Panorama racetrack in Australia on a smaller scale. Read Also: LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 Is A […]

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Christo, Artist Who Wrapped and Festooned on an Epic Scale, Dies at 84

Christo, the Bulgarian-born conceptual artist who turned to epic-scale environmental works in the late 1960s, stringing a giant curtain across a mountain pass in Colorado, wrapping the Pont Neuf in Paris and the Reichstag in Berlin and zigzagging thousands of saffron-curtained gates throughout Central Park, died on Sunday at his home in New York City. […]

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Holden Torana A9X: An Insane Muscle Compact Hatch With A 5.0L V8 (And A Crazy Asking Price)

An absolutely stunning 1977 Holden Torano A9X Hatchback is up for sale, and if you’re a fan of Australian muscle cars, things don’t get much better than this. The Torano A9X was produced to allow the car to race at the Bathurst 1000, the most important race on the nation’s motoring calendar. Just 405 examples […]

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Driven: The 2020 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Is Great Fun, But Is It Worth The Price?

As consumers continually turn towards SUVs and crossovers, it seems as though fewer and fewer enthusiast-focused cars are available. Many manufacturers, such as Ford, are caving to the pressure of buyers and in some markets, such as the United States, have completely stopped selling traditional cars and sedans (except, in Ford’s case, for the Mustang). […]

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