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Australian PM Moves to Allow Uranium Sales to India

Posted November 15th, 2011 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she wants her government to lift a ban on exporting uranium to India. Ms. Gillard told reporters in Canberra Tuesday exporting uranium to India makes economic sense and will strengthen relations between the two countries. Australia holds 40 percent of the world’s known uranium reserves. It exports the nuclear […]

Australian PM Moves to Allow Uranium Sales to India

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 9:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she wants her government to lift a ban on exporting uranium to India. Ms. Gillard wrote in an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper on Tuesday that she wants her Labor Party to change its policy towards India. Australia exports uranium to several countries including the United […]

Reports Say US to Station Troops in Australia

Posted November 11th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Australian and U.S. media are reporting that U.S. President Barack Obama will use a visit to Australia next week to announce that Washington will station troops at a base in Darwin. The Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday that Mr. Obama is scheduled to make the announcement with Prime Minister Julia Gillard when they visit Darwin […]

Australia Advances Cigarette Bill, Defying Threats From Big Tobacco

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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Australia’s parliament moved forward Thursday on a landmark scheme to remove trademarks and advertising from cigarette packages, defying threats of a multi-billion-dollar legal challenge from tobacco companies. The upper house approved the bill and sent it back to the lower chamber for routine approval of several minor amendments. The law, which mandates that cigarettes be […]

Australia Passes Historic Carbon Price Laws

Posted November 8th, 2011 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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The Australian Senate passed a controversial plan Tuesday that imposes a carbon emissions tax on the nation’s biggest polluters. Cheers erupted in the upper house of parliament as the package of 18 laws was approved by a vote of 36-32, nearly a month after the lower house passed the legislation. Effective July 1, Australia’s 500 […]

Australia’s Qantas Airways Returning to Normal After Labor Dispute

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Australia’s national airline says its operations are rapidly returning to normal after a government labor board ordered it to end a dispute with its unions. Qantas Airways officials say they hope to have all scheduled flights operating by Tuesday afternoon, little more than a day after the board issued its order. The brief shutdown stranded […]

Qantas Returns to Air After Labor Tribunal’s Order

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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Australia’s national airline is back in the air after a labor tribunal ordered worker’s unions to end a job action that shut down the airline and to return to the negotiating table. Qantas Airways’ first flight took off early Monday afternoon, about 12 hours after the tribunal’s back-to-work order. Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said […]

Commonwealth Summit Ends with Modest Human Rights Gains

Posted October 30th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Dozens of nations once linked to the former British empire have failed to find consensus on several human rights concerns. The three-day Commonwealth Summit wrapped up Sunday in Perth, Australia. Leaders said they had made modest progress on implementing reforms, but the steps fell short of what some member countries had said they were hoping […]

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Australia Panel Orders End to Qantas Strike

Posted October 30th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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An Australian labor tribunal mediating a strike by Qantas Airways employees has ordered worker’s unions to end their job action and return to the negotiating table. The order came early Monday, less than two days after a walkout over pay and working conditions prompted the airline to ground its fleet, stranding tens of thousands of […]

Qantas Grounded for Second Day

Posted October 30th, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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Australia’s Qantas Airways’ fleet worldwide remained grounded for a second day Sunday, stranding tens of thousands of passengers across the globe. Qantas officials and unions representing workers, as well as government and business leaders have appeared before a labor tribunal, but have not yet reached a resolution to the labor dispute. Australian Prime Minister Julia […]

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