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More asylum-seekers to leave remote Australian camps for U.S. resettlement

Another 58 asylum-seekers held in an Australian-run detention center on Papua New Guinea (PNG) will leave on Tuesday for resettlement in the United States under a controversial refugee swap deal, a source familiar with the plan told Reuters. The asylum-seekers are the third and largest group to be given U.S. resettlement, ending a three-month hiatus in a transfer program that had been described...


Richmond train crash: 16 injured as train hits a buffer, no casualties

Just before 10 a.m. on a Monday morning, a Sydney Train crashed at Richmond Station. The train, although intending to stop, overshot the platform and hit a buffer at the end zone. Awaiting passengers in the platform watched in horror the train crash, jump a few inches and back on its rail, and the dust settling down. Passengers in the train were thrown about causing multiple injuries, thankfull...


Expert Visa and Education Services Fair 2018 an opportunity for students to avail free and professional guidance

Expert Education and Visa Services, Brisbane is organizing an Education and Visa Fair 2018 on Monday, 22nd of January. The fair will be held in their office at 97 Creek Street, Brisbane. 25 plus educational institutions have decided to be a part of the fair. Students, prospective or current, will have an opportunity to consult with any of the 25 educational institutions/universities; enquire a...


Feeling the heat Australia? Southeast Australia being hit with another heatwave

The Bureau of Meteorology Australia has issued another alert: SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE: Third update for hot weather and #fire danger in SA, southeastern states. Update at 1.30pm AEDT Fri 19 Jan., says the tweet. Adelaide is currently at a scorching 41 Celsius, Melbourne at 39 Celsius. Melbourne has had no respite since last night, temperatures hovering at the 30s even at night. Some hope of ...


British backpacker Amelia Blake found dead in Newtown with Nepali chef Brazil Gurung in Newtown apartment,murder-suicide suspected
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British backpacker Amelia Blake found dead in Newtown with Nepali chef Brazil Gurung in Newtown apartment,murder-suicide suspected

The bodies of 22 year old British backpacker Amelia Blake and a Nepali man Brazil Gurung (33) has been found in a Newtown apartment on Friday. The police are treating the incident as a murder-suicide case. Gurung, a 33 year old Nepali man had met Blake when they worked together at Fogo Brazilia Churasco, Newtown. A post-mortem has been carried out but police do not have all the results The ...


Sydney and NSW train workers announce strike

Train workers in New South Wales will strike for 24 hours later in the month, potentially plunging the struggling Sydney rail network into further chaos. Transport workers across the state network and in Greater Sydney would stop work for 24 hours from 12:01am on Monday, January 29, the union announced. The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) said the industrial action was the result of a refusa...


ATO to dig into taxation history of international students, visa holders, and migration agents
Source: Inputs from SBS and The Courier Mail

ATO to dig into taxation history of international students, visa holders, and migration agents

According to a report in The Courier Mail, the Australian Taxation Office has decided to audit visa holders, international students working in Australia and migration agents who aid people in their migration process. Over 20 million migrants records shall be checked to ensure they have paid taxes and enforce superannuation requirement. The audit shall also scrutinize migration agents to check frau...


Wallaby bounding across the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Drivers spotted the wayward marsupial on the iconic bridge just before 05:00 local time on Tuesday (18:00 Monday GMT), police said. Authorities monitored the wallaby as it crossed lanes, traversed the 1,150m-long (3,700ft) landmark and turned on to an expressway in the city centre. Police eventually caught up with it near a music school. The animal appeared startled and was taken to a nea...


Australia expecting another heatwave, Sydney to hit 40s again this weekend

The summers are far from being over for Sydney and areas along the southern coast. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a warning regarding the temperature rise Sydney and surrounding areas could face this weekend. A broad trough will bring direct heat from the Red Centre, pushing temperatures in western Sydney potentially close to, or exceeding, 40 degrees for five days in a row fro...


Australia's plans for cannabis market dominance are more smoke than fire
Source: Reuters

Australia's plans for cannabis market dominance are more smoke than fire

When Australia said this month it would allow exports of medicinal cannabis in a bid to dominate a global market set to be worth $55 billion by 2025, investors scrambled to buy shares in marijuana companies - pushing several of them, and the sector as a whole, to record highs. But convoluted and restrictive licensing demands, substantial finance requirements and a guarded medical profession mea...


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