Category: Australia & NZ

staffDecember 27, 2017

Beach bystanders criticised in Christmas Day drowning

Two Australian surfers who tried to rescue a man from drowning on Christmas Day have angrily accused others of not ...

staffDecember 4, 2017

Kwaussie – Dual citizen saga behind Australia’s word of 2017

The term “kwaussie” – a hybrid of Kiwi and Aussie – has been named Australia’s word of the year. The ...

staffDecember 1, 2017

Tesla mega-battery in Australia activated

The world’s largest lithium ion battery has begun dispensing power into an electricity grid in South Australia. The 100-megawatt battery, ...

staffNovember 20, 2017

7.0 quake off New Caledonia sparks tsunami alert

A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the eastern coast of New Caledonia on Monday, triggering a brief tsunami warning and ...

staffNovember 14, 2017

Australians decisively back same-sex marriage

Australians have overwhelmingly voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic poll. The non-binding postal vote showed 61.6% ...

staffNovember 5, 2017

Australia refuses NZ offer on refugees

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has turned down a renewed offer from New Zealand to resettle some refugees from a Papua ...

staffNovember 1, 2017

Australia to ban climbing on Uluru from 2019

Climbing on Australia’s iconic Uluru landmark will be banned from October 2019, local authorities have confirmed. The board of the ...

staffOctober 31, 2017

Refugees refuse to leave Australia centre

Refugees held by Australia in Papua New Guinea have launched legal action over the closure of a detention centre. Australia ...

staffOctober 30, 2017

Australia warned as refugee centre closes

Papua New Guinea has said that Australia is solely responsible for refugees who do not want to resettle in PNG ...

staffOctober 30, 2017

Lightning storm blazes across Queensland skies

Severe storms have brought heavy rain and a spectacle of lightning to Australia’s Queensland, with lightning bolts ripping across the ...