As world protests, North Korea sees nuclear power status within reach

Denying North Korea nuclear status may be “as foolish an act as trying to eclipse the sun with a palm.” Since its first nuclear test in 2006, Pyongyang has detonated progressively more powerful devices, in 2009, 2013 and twice this… Read More › sci tech news

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Chinese political donations highlight Australian anxieties, lax law

Are donations from Chinese businesses and individuals to Australia’s two major parties being used to curry favor and gain influence? A recent ABC investigation revealed that donors poured over $5.5 million into Liberal and Labor party coffers between 2013 and 2015…. Read More › sci tech news

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Australia ignores asylum seekers’ plight

Australians seem to forget that asylum seekers deserve to be treated with decency and respect. While the government expressed deep shock over the abuse of juveniles at a facility in the remote Northern Territory and ordered an inquiry into the abuses, it was shockingly unmoved… Read More ›
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Comfort women statue exposes rift between Japanese, Koreans in Australia

Japanese and Korean communities in Sydney are deeply divided over plans to unveil the statue of a young girl symbolizing comfort women used as sex slaves by Japanese soldiers during World War II. The intervention of Uniting Church minister Bill Crews by offering… Read More ›
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China-friendly Aussie ex-PM fails in UN Secretary General bid

Kevin Rudd wanted to take over from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon when he steps down in December. While the reason for rejecting Rudd’s nomination by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is not known, many feel his expertise on China would… Read More ›
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Australia straddles close ties with US & Beijing on South China Sea ruling

MELBOURNE–An international court’s ruling against China’s expansive territorial claims in the South China Sea has reignited long-simmering debate here about how to counter growing Chinese assertiveness while balancing crucial ties with both Beijing and Washington. Australia’s reaction to Tuesday’s ruling… Read More ›
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Election success for Australia’s far-right fans fears of economic fallout in Asia

MELBOURNE–The stunning return to parliament of an anti-immigration firebrand who once warned of Australia being “swamped by Asians” has prompted concern for the future of the country’s deep economic ties to Asia. Pauline Hanson, who became famous for her 1996… Read More ›
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Ahead of Australian election, champion of anti-Asian politics looms in the wings

After being in the political wilderness for almost 20 years, firebrand One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is trying to make a comeback in the upcoming federal elections on July 2. While Australia has transformed itself into one of the most… Read More ›
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