Tag: Morrison, Scott (1968- )

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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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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Australia Wants Answers After Police Attack Reporters in U.S. Protests

The Australian prime minister has called for an investigation into an attack on two Australian journalists by police officers during protests outside the White House on Monday. The incident, the latest in a string of attacks by the police in the United States on protesters and the news media, occurred when officers dressed in riot […]

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Did the Coronavirus Kill Ideology in Australia?

HOBART, Australia — Until four months ago few leaders seemed more influenced — even inspired — by President Trump’s worldview than Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison. Mr. Morrison’s government was climate-denying, globalism-bashing and displayed an increasingly authoritarian bent. His rhetoric, even if it lacked the sriracha of Trumpetry, riffed on Trumpian themes. And given a […]

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Coronavirus Lockdowns Strike Australia Residents Hit by Brushfires

MELBOURNE, Australia — The scent of burning debris had just begun to fade from Lindy Marshall’s memory when disaster struck again. Ms. Marshall, 73, lost her home in the catastrophic bush fires that tore through southeastern Australia more than four months ago. Now, she is largely confined to a trailer on her lot as she […]

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In Sydney, the Magic Hour Means Noise. It’s Heavenly to Hear.

SYDNEY, Australia — At night, the crickets make my street sound like the wilderness. In the morning, I hear the birds chirping at top volume from sun up until deep into what used to be rush hour. But in late afternoon, the sounds of nature in a city where eight million people are working from […]

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In the Coronavirus Crisis, True Leaders Stand Out

Leadership may be hard to define, but in times of crisis it is easy to identify. As the pandemic has spread fear, disease and death, national leaders across the globe have been severely tested. Some have fallen short, sometimes dismally, but there are also those leaders who have risen to the moment, demonstrating resolve, courage, […]

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Vanquish the Virus? Australia and New Zealand Aim to Show the Way

SYDNEY, Australia — Thousands of miles from President Trump’s combative news briefings, a conservative leader in Australia and a progressive prime minister in New Zealand are steadily guiding their countries toward a rapid suppression of the coronavirus outbreak. Both nations are now reporting just a handful of new infections each day, down from hundreds in […]

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Urged on by Conservatives and His Own Advisers, Trump Targeted the W.H.O.

WASHINGTON — Fox News pundits and Republican lawmakers have raged for weeks at the World Health Organization for praising China’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. On his podcast, President Trump’s former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, urged his former boss to stop funding the W.H.O., citing its ties to the “Chinese Communist Party.” And inside […]

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Tom Hanks Got Sick in Australia, Where Coronavirus Testing Is a Snap

SYDNEY, Australia — Tom Hanks had a cold, or so he thought: slight fever, body aches, chills, the usual. In the United States, those symptoms may not be enough to get tested for the new coronavirus. But he and his wife, Rita Wilson, who also felt sick, weren’t at home — they were in Australia. […]

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How Does a Nation Adapt to Its Own Murder?

BRUNY ISLAND, Australia — The name of the future is Australia. These words come from it, and they may be your tomorrow: P2 masks, evacuation orders, climate refugees, ocher skies, warning sirens, ember storms, blood suns, fear, air purifiers and communities reduced to third-world camps. Billions of dead animals and birds bloating and rotting. Hundreds […]

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