Australia’s High Court rejects challenge to postal vote on same-sex marriage

By Sonali Paul Melbourne, Sept 7 : Australia’s High Court rejected two legal challenges on Thursday to the centre-right coalition government’s proposed postal vote on whether to legalise same-sex marriage. Australians will now begin voting in the non-compulsory ballot as early next week, with a result expected in November. Opponents of the vote had argued […]

Australia shares fall on N.Korea tensions; NZ also down

By Chandini Monnappa Undated, Sept 6 : Australian shares fell on Wednesday as tensions over North Korea continued to spook investors. The S&P/ASX 200 index was down 0.4 percent, or 24.53 points, to 5,681.70 by 0223 GMT. A top North Korean diplomat warned on Tuesday that his country is ready to send “more gift packages” […]

Australia economy rebounds in Q2 amid infrastructure bonanza

By Wayne Cole SYDNEY, Sept 6 : Australia’s economy rebounded last quarter as consumers and government spent freely after a weather-beaten start to the year, while a long downturn in mining investment finally loosened its deadening grip on growth. Wednesday’s GDP report showed the economy expanded 0.8 percent in the second quarter, up from 0.3 […]

Australia face nervous wait for World Cup fate after 2-1 win

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Sep 5 : Australia’s hopes of a direct ticket to the World Cup remain alive after a tense 2-1 win over Thailand in Melbourne today but the Socceroos now face a nervous wait for the outcome of the Saudi Arabia qualifier against Japan. Mathew Leckie hammered in a late winner after […]

Australia defends hardline immigration policy as keeping out “undesirables”

By Joseph Hinchliffe Undated, Sep 3 : Australia said on Sunday it is stopping “undesirables” such as terrorists, paedophiles, organised criminals and drug smugglers from boarding flights to the country, defending its hardline immigration policy that has drawn criticism from rights groups. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said that Australian Border Force Airline Liaison Officers were […]