Tiny fruit fly sours Australia’s big ambitions in agriculture

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, Mar 27 : A tiny fruit fly is undermining Australia’s efforts to grow its $3 billion fruit and vegetable exports, despite the country reaching a series of free trade agreements with its largest trading partners in Asia. Australia sealed trade agreements with China, Japan and Korea last year – deals that […]

Donations scandal another headache for Australian PM Turnbull

By Tom Westbrook SYDNEY, Mar 26 : Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ruling Liberal Party is embroiled in a financial scandal, an unwanted additional challenge for the Australian leader as he takes the major political gamble of calling an early federal election. Turnbull, who has already sacked three ministers over misdemeanours in the past few months, […]

Australian PM uses “meaningless” slogan from US political satire Veep

By Byron Kaye SYDNEY, March 23 : – Australia’s looming election campaign entered the world of the hit US political satire “Veep” when the country’s prime minister was caught using a meaningless slogan from the television show. A day after setting the stage for a possible election on July 2, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday […]

Australia arrests two suspected of Islamic State financing – police

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY, Mar 22 : Australian police said today they had arrested two people, including a 16-year-old girl, on suspicion of raising funds to support operations of the Islamic State militant group. The arrests in a Sydney suburb yesterday of the schoolgirl and a man, aged 20, were part of counter-terrorism operations aimed […]

China state firms seen boosting green energy investment in Australia

By Melanie Burton MELBOURNE, Mar 22 : Chinese state-owned companies are expected to boost their investment in Australia’s expanding renewable energy sector, attracted by a national leadership that is more favourable to the industry than its forerunner. With six to eight state-owned enterprises already involved in or looking closely at Australian energy assets, Melbourne-based financial […]

Australia strikes threatening to choke Easter weekend air travel

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY, Mar 22 : Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection today joined other public sector workers in a growing strike that threatens to paralyse air travel at the nation’s biggest international airports ahead of a holiday weekend. Any significant disruptions could play into the hands of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as […]