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Australia struggles to improve lives of indigenous population

2017-02-14

Australia is failing to meet almost every target for improving the lives of its indigenous population, including reducing the infant mortality rate, getting children in school and adults in jobs, according to a government report released on Tuesday.

IS militants target Australian religious leaders

2017-02-14

Global terrorist organization the Islamic State (IS) called for its followers to kill three prominent Australian muslim clerics on Tuesday.

Nearly 100 bushfires raging in Australia's New South Wales state

2017-02-13

Rural areas of Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state have been evacuated as wildfires rage across the state, threatening homes and closing roads.

US halts vetting Nauru refugees for now, Australia says

2017-02-10

US officials have stopped screening refugees on Nauru for potential resettlement, Australia has confirmed.

New Zealand to quash historical gay sex convictions

2017-02-10

New Zealand has said it will move to quash historical convictions for consensual sex between men.

Rise in Aust'n private healthcare costs will "absolutely" hurt: PM

2017-02-10

A price hike for private health insurance is "absolutely" going to hurt everyday Australians, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Friday, after the nation's health minister approved an increase to health cover premiums of almost 5 percent from April 1.

Australia Post boss paid 10 times more than PM

2017-02-09

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on the country's state postal operator to reconsider the pay awarded to its chief executive.

Australian financial giant posts hundreds of millions in losses

2017-02-09

One of the heavyweights in the Australian financial industry, AMP has reported a full year 344 million (Australian dollar) net loss on Thursday, with an underlying profit of 486 million (Australian dollars).

Seven per cent of Australian Catholic priests since 1950 have been accused of abuse

2017-02-07

Seven per cent of priests in Australia’s Catholic Church were accused of sexually abusing children over the past several decades, a lawyer said on Monday as officials investigating institutional abuse across Australia revealed for the first time the extent of the crisis.

Australian to be charged over partner's jet ski death, Thai police say

2017-02-07

An Australian man will face a reckless driving charge over a jet ski collision that killed his partner in Thailand, police say.