Australia’s drought crisis and farmers’ stories of anxiety, fear and resilience

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We asked readers to share their stories from rising grain prices, to the falling value of stock and the urgent need for help The price of grain is rising. The price of stock is falling. Everywhere is dust, and the trees are dying. You dont hear frogs any more. South-east Australia is in the grip […]

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‘You hate us that much?’ Mother of refugee who killed himself on Nauru berates Australia

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Fazileh Mansour Beigi has pleaded with the Australian Border Force to give her son Fariborzs body back so she can bury him The mother of Fariborz Karami, the Iranian asylum seeker Mansour Beigi repeatedly pleaded for help for her two sons, arguing they were severely depressed and in danger. Just two days before Karamis death, […]

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Australia unveils plan to become one of worlds top 10 arms exporters

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PM spruiks jobs for local manufacturers but Tim Costello of World Vision has previously attacked policy as exporting death and profiting from bloodshed Australia unveils plan to become one of worlds top 10 arms exporters PM spruiks jobs for local manufacturers but Tim Costello of World Vision has previously attacked policy as exporting death and […]

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Canada wildfires: almost 40,000 evacuated in British Columbia amid state of emergency

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Australian firefighters called in to help as blazes burning across western province are expected to worsen Canada is deploying military aircraft and Australia is sending 50 firefighters to battle rapidly spreading wildfires in British Columbia that have forced 39,000 people from their homes. Federal public safety minister Ralph Goodale said the western Canadian province had […]

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Philip Morris cigarettes charged millions after losing plain packaging case against Australia

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Court of arbitration finds Philip Morris Asia case to be an abuse of rights and says it must pay Australias multi-million dollar legal costs The tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris will be forced to pay millions of dollars in legal fees to Australia after its failed case against plain packaging laws. Big tobacco companies have fought […]

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Volvo admits its self-driving cars are confused by kangaroos

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Swedish companys animal detection system can identify and avoid deer, elk and caribou, but is yet to work against the marsupials movements Volvos told the ABC the troubles had arisen because their cars object detection systems used the ground as a reference point. This meant a kangaroos hopping was making it difficult to judge how […]

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Cardinal George Pell charged with multiple sexual offences

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Pell says he will return to Australia to clear his name after being charged Move against third-ranking official in Vatican sends shockwaves around church Cardinal George Pell, Australias most senior Catholic and the third-ranking official in the Vatican, has been charged with multiple sexual offences by police. The charges were served on Pells legal representatives […]

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Johnny Depp’s dogs: Australia’s deputy PM threatens actor with ‘perjury’ investigation

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Barnaby Joyce says government will examine whether it can take further legal action after saga of dogs Pistol and Boo Australias deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, has said the government will examine whether Johnny Depp committed perjury by smuggling dogs into the country while knowing it was illegal. The saga of Pistol and Boo, the […]

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Great Barrier Reef valued at $56bn as report warns it’s ‘too big to fail’

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Deloitte Access Economics report says reef underpins 64,000 jobs and contributes $6.4bn to economy each year A new report has valued the Great Barrier Reef at $56bn and warns of vast economic consequences for Australia unless more is done to protect it. The Deloitte Access Economics report says Adanis new mega coalmine in Queensland, which […]

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