Tag: Sydney (Australia)

News Analysis: Australian Gag Order Stokes Global Debate on Secrecy

SYDNEY, Australia — There is a criminal case unfolding in Australia that shall not be named. The defendant is a figure with a global reputation, someone of great influence in the country and the world. The charges are serious and of significant public interest. But publishing news about this case is illegal. Judges in Australia […]

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Police in Australia Offer Million-Dollar Reward in Gay Man’s 1988 Death

SYDNEY, Australia — Almost 30 years to the day after a gay mathematician from the United States was forced off a Sydney cliff in a hate crime, the police on Sunday announced a reward of 1 million Australian dollars for information leading to the perpetrators. The mathematician, Scott Johnson, was a 27-year-old doctoral student at […]

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With Chris Dawson’s Arrest in 1982 Sydney Murder, Others Break Silence on Teacher Misconduct

SYDNEY, Australia — The 36-year-old cold case had always been memorable: Lynette Dawson, a nurse and child care worker, vanished from a coastal suburb of Sydney, leaving two young daughters behind. Days later, her husband, an athlete turned teacher, moved in with the couple’s 16-year-old babysitter. She was his student, and they were having an […]

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Australian Prime Minister Plans To Reduce Immigration, Citing Urban Crowding

SYDNEY, Australia — Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia has proposed that the government impose stricter limits on immigration to control overcrowding in the country’s major cities. Population growth has played a major role in the country’s economic success, but people in Australia’s biggest cities are alarmed about an influx of immigrants, Mr. Morrison said […]

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Australia Fare: What Sydney Can Learn About Dining From Another Sunny City

It is staggering how much has changed for Los Angeles over the past six years. When I moved there in 2012, the city’s reputation was still overwhelmingly based on lazy clichés: that its supposed cultural vapidity carried over into its restaurants; that its Hollywood artifice bled into the lives and onto the plates of its […]

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Geoffrey Rush’s Defamation Trial Becomes a #MeToo Reckoning for Australia

[Sign up for the Australia Letter to get news with context, conversation starters and local recommendations in your inbox each week.] SYDNEY, Australia — When Hollywood’s elite donned black at this year’s Golden Globes to raise awareness for the #MeToo movement, the Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush skipped the event altogether. Accused of sexually harassing a […]

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Profile: Liane Moriarty’s Hollywood Angst: It’s Complicated

SYDNEY, Australia — Liane Moriarty was still groggy, lying in her young son’s bed one morning, staring up at a poster for some Hollywood blockbuster, when her agent and publisher called with important news: “Big Little Lies” would debut at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. “It was a very domestic Liane […]

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Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate: Is All Australia for Sale?

SYDNEY, Australia — The Sydney Opera House will celebrate its 45th anniversary this month with global dignitaries, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But this week, its gleaming white sails became the focus of a bruising local debate over culture, sports, misogyny and national identity. On Tuesday night, thousands of people turned up to protest […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Trump Vibe Spreads Down Under

SYDNEY, Australia — Scheming white men, once allies in the conservative cause, knifing one another in the back. Complaints about pervasive — and sexist — bullying at the top. Galloping paranoia on the right. Wrenching battles over whether refugee policies are racist and cruel, and whether climate change fears are overwrought. A juicy government scandal […]

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