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'Leader to laggard': the backlash to Australia’s marine park cutbacks

The Coral Sea is an area of particular concern under new management plans, where conservationists say unique coral habitats have not been given adequate levels of protection. Photograph: Daniela Dirscherl/Getty Images/WaterFrame RM More than 35m hectares of "no-take" ocean will be stripped from Au

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-03-21 22:57:34

South Africa risks food shortages if white farmers go to Australia, Nationals MP says

The Nationals MP Andrew Broad has publicly undermined Peter Dutton's call to give white South African farmers 'special attention' for Australian visas. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP The Australian home affairs minister's plan to fast-track visas for white South African farmers has been undermined by

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-03-21 22:54:33

Australia's birds are not being protected by environmental laws, report says

Carnaby's black cockatoo was identified in the report as one of the birds which have been in decline as a result of existing laws. Photograph: Georgina Steytler Some of Australia's favourite birds are threatened with extinction and Australia's environmental laws are failing to protect them, a new

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-03-21 21:31:31

Morning mail: Labor and Coalition under privacy pressure

Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Thursday 22 March. Top stories Australia's major political parties have come under increasing pressure over the Cambridge Analytica data breach revelations to abandon the special exemption they enjoy from privacy

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-03-21 20:04:36

As the Libs claim South Australia, states are falling into line behind the National Energy Guarantee

As prime minister, Paul Keating used to say that when you change the government, you change the country. On Saturday South Australians changed their government, and now the country's energy policy could finally change - and for the better, if current policy uncertainty is put to bed. Prime Minister

THE CONVERSATION - 2018-03-21 19:40:49

Austin, North Korea, Cambridge Analytica: Your Thursday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here's the sign-up.) Good morning. A new Communist takeover, John Hugh's return and Mark Zuckerberg's highly anticipated moment. Here's what you need to know: Photo Credit Alexander F. Yuan/Associated Press Party power. China issued a blueprint for shaking up i

NEW YORK TIMES - 2018-03-21 19:05:59

Denying company tax cut to big business 'economically damaging', crossbenchers told

The finance minister, Mathias Cormann. His backroom lobbying effort on company tax reform has gone into overdrive. Photograph: Mike Bowers for the Guardian The Turnbull government has warned Senate crossbenchers it would be "economically damaging" if small and medium businesses got a tax cut but b

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-03-21 17:00:11

The housing boom is over – and the RBA isn't busting to raise rates

At the end of January the market anticipated a rise in rates to 1.75% by November 2018. Now it anticipates a rise to 1.75% by June next year. Photograph: Andrew Merry/Getty Images The latest residential price data shows a continued slowing of growth which reflects the end of the housing boom. Wher

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-03-21 17:00:11

Commonwealth Games 2018: Sports ministry set to disallow family members, officials to accompany athletes to Gold Coast

Wary of controversy, the sports ministry will not allow family members of any athlete to travel with the Indian contingent for the Commonwealth Games and will also put a stop to officials' "fun rides". The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has forwarded a list of 222 athletes and 106 officials, inclu

FIRSTPOST - 2018-03-21 14:31:21

The key to fixing Australia's overheating housing market is to slow down credit, bank CEO says

Reducing the flow of credit will solve Australia's soaraway housing market, the chief executive officer of National Australia Bank told CNBC Wednesday. House prices in Australia doubled in the 12 years to the end of 2016, making it increasingly difficult for first-time and younger buyers to get onto

CNBC - 2018-03-21 13:22:49

China Refuses Entry to Australian Critic of Communist Party

John Hugh has been a critic of the Chinese Communist Party's efforts to influence Australian politics.Credit John Hugh SYDNEY, Australia - China has denied entry to a Chinese-born Australian who was traveling to Shanghai with his mother to return his father's ashes to the land of his birth, he said

NEW YORK TIMES - 2018-03-21 11:39:01

Top survival tips for surviving a long-haul flight, according to an expert

On March 24 Qantas launches nonstop flights between London's Heathrow Airport and Perth in Western Australia. Not only will it be the longest flight in the world operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, but it will be the first regular passenger service to directly link the UK to Australia, smoothing

THE INDEPENDENT - 2018-03-21 10:05:03

Where Do Birds Flock Together? Australians Are Mailing In Feathers to Help Find Out

SYDNEY, Australia - One day in April 2016, Kate Brandis opened a weathered envelope, mailed to her from suburban Sydney. Instead of a letter inside, she found the feathers of an Australian white ibis. A day or so later, another envelope arrived, stuffed with more feathers. In the days following, mor

NEW YORK TIMES - 2018-03-21 09:00:12

Whitsunday helicopter crash: two killed during Great Barrier Reef flight

The helicopter crashed near Hardy Reef located in the Great Barrier Reef, North Queensland. Photograph: Joshua J Smith Two people have died in a helicopter crash off Queensland's Whitsunday Islands, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has said. Five people were aboard the Eurocopter 120 when it

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-03-21 08:53:52

Australia's trade minister calls for a reinforcement of the global trade order

The world needs to reinforce an international rules-based order to avoid a situation where "the big fish eat the little fish," according to Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo. Speaking to CNBC at the Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference in Hong Kong on Wednesday,

CNBC - 2018-03-21 07:39:47

CNBC Transcript: Steven Ciobo, Minister for Trade, Tourism & Investment, Australia

Following is the transcript of CNBC's interview with Steven Ciobo, Minister for Trade, Tourism & Investment of Australia at the Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference in Hong Kong. The interview was broadcast on Squawk Box on 21 March 2018. All references must be sourced to a "CNBC Interview'. In

CNBC - 2018-03-21 07:17:18

Vigil held after officer charged in Australia woman's death

MINNEAPOLIS - Neighbors, friends and activists held a vigil for an Australian woman after a Minneapolis police officer was charged in her death. About 50 people gathered Tuesday evening near the alley where Justine Ruszczyk Damond was fatally shot in July. The 40-year-old life coach was killed by Of

FOXNEWS - 2018-03-21 06:37:28

Canadian drug mule says she made cocaine cruise a vacation

SYDNEY - A Canadian woman told an Australian court on Wednesday that her only role in a plot to smuggle cocaine worth $16 million into Sydney was to make the luxury cruise ship operation look like a vacation. Three Canadians have pleaded guilty in the New South Wales state District Court to smugglin

WASHINGTON POST - 2018-03-21 06:30:00

Sally McManus says enterprise bargaining is 'smothering' wage growth

Sally McManus has called for a return to industry-level bargaining to help unions win pay rises and organise workers in industries such as childcare. Appearing at the National Press Club on Wednesday, the Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary outlined the key demand of the Change the Rules ca

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-03-21 06:06:40

Charges in Justine Damond case a reminder of the dangers of a 'warrior cop' mentality

After eight months of investigations, charges have been laid against Mohamed Noor, the police officer who fired the shot that killed Australian life coach Justine Damond in Minneapolis just before midnight on July 15 last year. Noor turned himself in to Minneapolis authorities on March 20 after a wa

THE CONVERSATION - 2018-03-21 05:47:37