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Australia: Island country in the southern hemisphere
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The population of 26 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

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The woman who refused to be married into Australia's Spanish brides movement

When Mari Paz Moreno arrived in Australia in 1960, the government hoped she would quickly marry one its many single Spanish sugarcane workers looking for love - but she had other plans.
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States' pandemic playbooks reveal plan to combat COVID-19

Sporting stadiums converted into quarantine camps, police guarding medical stockpiles and schools temporarily shut down are some of the actions authorities are prepared to take if Australia succumbs to..
The Age - Published

Videos for Australia


Floods engulf Indonesian capital [Video]Floods engulf Indonesian capital

Flooding caused by torrential rain paralyzed large parts of Indonesia's capital on Tuesday (February 25), as major streets were inundated with murky, brown flood water and power supplies cut in certain..

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Two killed after Australia train derails [Video]Two killed after Australia train derails

An Australian XPT train travelling from Sidney to Melbourne derailed on Thursday night, resulting in the deaths of the train driver and co-driver.

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Andy Farrell: They were up for it more than us [Video]Andy Farrell: They were up for it more than us

Ireland coach Andy Farrell speaks about the team's 24-12 Six Nations loss to England at Twickenham. England’s claim they were ready to rediscover the form that swept them to last autumn’s World Cup..

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Eddie Jones: We stepped up today and we will again for Wales [Video]Eddie Jones: We stepped up today and we will again for Wales

England head coach Eddie Jones speaks to the media following the team's 24-12 Six Nations triumph against Ireland. England’s claim they were ready to rediscover the form that swept them to last..

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Djokovic looks ahead to Dubai Open after Australian Open win [Video]Djokovic looks ahead to Dubai Open after Australian Open win

Serb star Novak Djokovic looks ahead to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships as the world number one returns to action following his Australian Open triumph.

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England look forward to kicking off their T20 World Cup campaign against South Africa [Video]England look forward to kicking off their T20 World Cup campaign against South Africa

England cricket captain Heather Knight says the team are looking forward to playing their T20 World Cup opening match against South Africa at the WACA in Perth, Australia.

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John McDonnell: Julian Assange should not be extradited to the US [Video]John McDonnell: Julian Assange should not be extradited to the US

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the US for political purposes. The Labour politician on Thursday visited Assange for two hours at..

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'Finally!': Australian passenger relieved leaving quarantined ship [Video]'Finally!': Australian passenger relieved leaving quarantined ship

An Australian passenger filmed her final moments walking through the corridors of a cruise liner quarantined due to the coronavirus outbreak, before being evacuated from Japan on Wednesday evening.

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Two Diamond Princess passengers die of coronavirus [Video]Two Diamond Princess passengers die of coronavirus

Experts are criticizing Japan's handling of the coronavirus outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which claimed the lives of two elderly passengers on Thursday (February 20). Gloria Tso..

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Ex-rugby player and family die in alleged murder-suicide [Video]Ex-rugby player and family die in alleged murder-suicide

An ex-rugby player killed himself in Australia after allegedly dousing his family with petrol and setting them alight in their family car in Brisbane on Wednesday (February 19), local media reported...

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Countries Are Evacuating Nationals From Coronavirus Areas [Video]Countries Are Evacuating Nationals From Coronavirus Areas

A growing number of countries around the world are evacuating or planning to evacuate from China. Diplomatic staff and citizens of other countries currently in parts of China hit by the coronavirus are..

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January 2020 was the warmest in weather history [Video]January 2020 was the warmest in weather history

The past month was the hottest January in weather history, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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After Horrific Daytona 500 Wreck, Injured Newman "Awake And Speaking" [Video]After Horrific Daytona 500 Wreck, Injured Newman "Awake And Speaking"

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is "awake and speaking" after suffering serious injuries in a horror crash during the Daytona 500. Newman, 42, was injured in a last-lap wreck in Monday's race at Daytona..

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Eagle sweethearts 'serenade' each other in Australian reserve [Video]Eagle sweethearts 'serenade' each other in Australian reserve

A white-bellied sea eagle couple sing a ‘duet’ as they bond at Newington Nature Reserve in Sydney Olympic Park

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Eagle couple sing ‘duet’ in Australia [Video]Eagle couple sing ‘duet’ in Australia

A white-bellied sea eagle couple sing a ‘duet’ as they bond at Newington Nature Reserve in Sydney Olympic Park

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Ryan Newman Hospitalized In Serious Condition Following Daytona 500 Crash [Video]Ryan Newman Hospitalized In Serious Condition Following Daytona 500 Crash

Ryan Newman is hospitalized in a "serious condition" following his final-lap accident at the Daytona 500. According to Autosport, doctors have confirmed that his injuries are not life-threatening...

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Countless Countries Are Evacuating Nationals From China [Video]Countless Countries Are Evacuating Nationals From China

A growing number of countries around the world are evacuating diplomatic staff and citizens from China. The widespread evacuations are in response to the new coronavirus. Australia will evacuate more..

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Australian PM responds to firefighter's viral tirade [Video]Australian PM responds to firefighter's viral tirade

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday he was pleased that volunteer firefighter Paul Parker had not been dismissed following his viral tirade against the prime minister himself. Emer..

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Australian PM 'angry' at General Motors decision [Video]Australian PM 'angry' at General Motors decision

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday (February 17) that he was angry and disappointed at General Motors decision to retire the Holden brand, although not surprised.

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Trump Takes Lap Around The Daytona 500 Race Track [Video]Trump Takes Lap Around The Daytona 500 Race Track

President Donald Trump took a lap around the Daytona 500 race track in his presidential limousine. He said: "There is no greater thrill than to join you at the world center of racing for the 62nd..

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Langer backs Warner, Smith to cope with baiting S Africa fans [Video]Langer backs Warner, Smith to cope with baiting S Africa fans

SHOWS: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (FEBRUARY 17, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN CRICKET JUSTIN LANGER SAYING: "It was obviously a very

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Captains pose with T20 World Cup trophy, Lanning predicts competitive tournament [Video]Captains pose with T20 World Cup trophy, Lanning predicts competitive tournament

Australia skipper Meg Lanning predicts a competitive T20 World Cup as captains gather in Sydney ahead of the start of the tournament.

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Cyber thieves target charity bushfire grants

Cyber thieves are tying up valuable resources at a major Australian charity trying to distribute bushfire funds, by using bots to generate hundreds of fraudulent claims.
The Age - Published

'It would be devastating': Athletes fears over future of Olympics

Australia's Olympic team chief has told athletes to "stay calm" as a top official warns the coronavirus poses the greatest peace-time threat to the Games.
The Age - Published

Australian athletes urged to keep training amid concerns Olympic Games could be cancelled

Australia is urging athletes to keep training amid suggestions the coronavirus could force the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
SBS - Published

Australia would need 1.8 million beds if coronavirus pandemic hits

Experts say the health impact in Australia could be worse than it has been in China because there are more older people - who are more susceptible to the virus.
The Age - Published

Uighur mother makes plea to join Australian husband

Nadila Wumaier denies Chinese official's claims that she is free to leave house arrest.
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Virus emergency blueprint: Australia pulls trigger on pandemic plan

The Australian government has activated its emergency response plan to an impending coronavirus pandemic, foreshadowing fever clinics, fast-tracked vaccines and severe pressure on hospitals, blood..
The Age - Published

Uighur man issues desperate plea for wife and child after Chinese official 'lied' on Australian TV

Sadam Abdusalam is fighting to have his wife and three-year-old son, who is an Australian citizen, freed from house arrest in Xinjiang.
SBS - Published

What will happen in Australia if the coronavirus outbreak becomes a pandemic?

The coronavirus may soon turn into a pandemic. SBS News looks at what that means for Australia.
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Sports Minister: Australia will not risk health of Olympic athletes

After Australia's top Olympic doctor David Hughes warned "we would need to be sure that it is safe to take athletes into Japan".
The Age - Published

Why Josefina left her daughter behind in Spain to move to Australia 60 years ago

Hundreds of Spanish women board a plane bound for Australia in the 1960s, in search of a better life. What they didn't know was the Spanish and Australian governments had a plan to marry them off to..
SBS - Published

Calls for Australian political parties to introduce a 20 per cent target for non-white candidates

A new policy paper published by a Chinese-Australian think tank has argued for greater measures to ensure greater racial diversity in parliament.
SBS - Published

Olympic fears grow as Australian team doctor warns coronavirus a 'significant challenge'

Australia's top Olympic doctor has warned the next fortnight will be "the real test" in bringing the threat coronavirus poses to the Tokyo Games under control.
The Age - Published

Amelia Maria's husband was a passionate volunteer firefighter. He was 26 when he died of cancer

As Australia reels from one of the worst bushfire seasons on record, a group of firefighters have launched a campaign to get volunteers better respiratory protection.
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Economic impact from coronavirus will be 'more significant than the bushfires' in Australia

Fifteen Australians have been cleared of coronavirus and seven others only have mild symptoms, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed.
SBS - Published

'Unfortunate' Bill lived an amazing life

When globetrotting Wall Street Journal correspondent Bill Hartley came to Australia in 1969 to write political and financial pieces, ACTU president Bob Hawke half-jokingly told him he was “the..
The Age - Published

Health experts say one man's 27-day coronavirus incubation is no cause to extend Australia's quarantine period

Health experts say particularly covert cases of coronavirus could attract an incubation period of up to 42 days.
SBS - Published

Australia spy chief warns of 'unprecedented' foreign espionage threat

Australia is under an "unprecedented" threat of foreign espionage and interference, one of the country's most senior spy chiefs said in a rare speech, citing the case of a "sleeper agent" who spent..
Reuters - Published

Rightwing extremism a growing threat, ASIO boss says

The head of Australia's national security organisation says the threat from foreign espionage is higher now that it was at the height of the cold war.
SBS - Published

'Globally unprecedented' bushfires burned more than 20 per cent of Australia's forests

A new study shows more than 20 per cent of Australia's forests burned during this season's devastating bushfires.
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Australian school students with English as a second language are outperforming their peers

An uptick in the quality of Australian students' writing is giving education experts hope and underlines the value of national testing.
SBS - Published

Australia under 'unprecedented' threat from foreign interference: spy chief

Australia is under an "unprecedented" threat of foreign espionage and interference, one of the country's most senior spy chiefs said on Monday.
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Extremists are targeting teenagers as young as 13 years old, ASIO boss warns

The head of Australia's national security organisation says the threat from foreign espionage is higher now that it was at the height of the cold war.
SBS - Published

Australia survive scare to beat Sri Lanka at Women's T20 World Cup

Australia recover from being reduced to 10-3 to beat Sri Lanka by five wickets and claim their first win of the Women's T20 World Cup in Perth.
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Coroner refers fatal Australian theme park accident to prosecutor

An Australian theme park on Monday was referred to an industrial prosecutor by the coroner looking into an accident on a river rapids ride that killed four people, saying the operator ignored warnings..
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More than 100 Australians are still stuck in China due to coronavirus lockdown

266 Australians are finally home after a long journey from Wuhan, China and 14 days in quarantine. But the ordeal is not over for at least 100 Australian residents and citizens stuck in the epicenter...
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Japan and South Korea travel warnings issued for Australians over coronavirus

Australian travellers are being urged to exercise a high degree of caution in Japan and South Korea due to a heightened risk of contracting coronavirus.
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Experts warn of global coronavirus pandemic and local sport cancellations

Leading Australian scientists have warned that a coronavirus outbreak is increasingly likely in this country after large outbreaks in Italy, Japan, Iran and South Korea.
The Age - Published

Japan and South Korea warnings over virus

Australian travellers are being urged to exercise a high degree of caution in Japan and South Korea due to a heightened risk of contracting coronavirus.
SBS - Published

'Dear Scotty': Australian celebrities are urging Scott Morrison to take action on climate change

A campaign from environmental organisation Greenpeace urges Scott Morrison to act on climate change as a family man.
SBS - Published

Australia's bushfire-stricken state pays tribute to 25 victims

Families, firefighters and politicians gathered in a solemn public ceremony in Sydney on Sunday to honor the 25 people killed in recent bushfires that tore through the country's most populous state.
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Australia's etiquette queen June Dally-Watkins has died at 92

The founder of Australia's first modelling agency, June Dally-Watkins, has died at the age of 92.
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June Dally-Watkins dead at 92

Australia's etiquette queen, June Dally-Watkins, has died at the age of 92, her family has announced.
The Age - Published

Coal exports likely in 2050: Albanese

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese says he anticipates that Australia will still be exporting coal in 2050, even under a Labor policy for net zero emissions.
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Play program puts children in touch with nature

Immersing children in unstructured free play in nature like the bush, green spaces and gardens has a myriad of benefits, according to a world-first Australian review of studies into nature play.
The Age - Published

Seven Australian evacuees from Japan cruise ship test positive for coronavirus as quarantine ends for Wuhan evacuees

Seven cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed among a group of 164 Australians who were evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
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Quaden Bayles: Bullied Australian boy leads out all-star rugby team

Crowds cheer as the nine-year-old indigenous Australian takes centre-stage in the Queensland match.
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Australia reopens the door to some Chinese students after coronavirus ban

australia reopens the door to some chinese students after coronavirus ban
By Lidia Kelly MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Australian government said on Saturday it will allow the return of some Chinese high school students who have been blocked from entering the country due..
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Australia's Rwanda peacekeepers honoured, a quarter of a century on

About 700 defence personnel who served in the Rwanda peacekeeping mission Operation Tamar in the 1990s have been honoured at a service in Canberra.
SBS - Published

Four more Australian Diamond Princess cruise passengers diagnosed with coronavirus

The latest cases bring the total number of people returning from the cruise ship to test positive to coronavirus to six.
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Australian Diamond Princess evacuees confirmed to have coronavirus rises to six

Six Australians evacuated to Darwin from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have now tested positive for the coronavirus.
SBS - Published

'I was told to abort my son. People need to see disability is OK'

Witnesses at Australia's Royal Commission have implicitly described an experience common to many with cognitive disabilities - being treated as 'sub-human'. Attitudes need to change, they say.
SBS - Published

Quaden Bayles: Fundraiser for boy in bullying video hits $300,000

A viral clip of bullied Australian boy Quaden Bayles has triggered an outpouring of support globally.
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The ego trip behind the push to lift ban on Chinese students

Australian universities have raced to the top of a prestigious global ranking even as they complain about cuts to research funding. Now the funding source is under threat.
The Age - Published

Coronavirus outbreak: How the COVID-19 vaccine is being made

Scientists around the world are working at lightning speed to make a COVID-19 vaccine – and Australian experts are bringing breakthrough technology to the effort. How do you make a vaccine and what's..
The Age - Published

India shock favourites Australia in T20 World Cup opener

India beat hosts and favourites Australia by 17 runs in the opening match of the Women's T20 World Cup in Sydney.
BBC News - Published

Quaden Bayles: Australian boy in bullying video receives global support

A viral clip of bullied Australian boy Quaden Bayle has triggered an outpouring of support globally.
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Australian coronavirus vaccine goes into test production

In a major step forward for the international effort to fight the rapidly-spreading disease, a factory in Melbourne has started producing a test dose of a potential coronavirus vaccine, The Age can..
The Age - Published

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