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Heat wave leaves thousands of Australian homes without power
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Heat wave leaves thousands of Australian homes without power

More than 10,000 homes in Australias second most populous state were stuck without power on Monday as a surge in demand amid scorching heat overloaded the grid, in the latest blow to the nations stretched power sector. The outages on distribution networks, which hit more than 50,000 homes on Sunday, came less than a year after Australias biggest city, Sydney, was hit by blackouts during a heatw...


Man burned at petrol station

A man is being treated for facial burns after the back of his ute caught fire while he was filling a jerry can at a south Canberra service station. Firefighters were called to the Caltex petrol station in Conder about 9:00am on Monday, but staff at the petrol station were able to extinguish the fire before emergency services arrived. The man, in his mid-30s, suffered facial burns in the flar...


Australia to spend $3.1 billion to increase stake in global arms exports

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Monday Australian military equipment manufacturers will be offered government-backed loans as part of a A$3.8 billion ($3.1 billion) package to become one of the worlds top 10 defense exporters. Australia said in 2016 it would boost defense spending by A$30 billion by 2021, purchasing frigates, armored personnel carriers, strike fighter jets, drones and a...


Child sex offender shot dead in Maroubra after stabbing police officer

An alleged child sex offender who was being searched for by the Police has been shot dead in Maroubra after he attempted to stab a senior police detective to death. The incident happened on Australia Day at 3:15 p.m. in Maroubra Junction Hotels beer garden. Nick Newman, 33, was at the hotel when three officers reached the site to arrest him. The situation escalated when the offender yielded a ...


Sydney train strike called off by Fair Work Commission

The Fair Work Commission has intervened and ruled to suspend Sydney rail workers planned 24 hour strike on Monday. It has said the strike would cause significant damage and risk endangering the community. The strike has been suspended for six weeks, the government and the union have been urged to come into a decision before that. The Fair Work Commission has ruled the union cannot stage any pro...


A statue of Captain James Cook has been vandalised in Melbourne

The statue was found covered in paint on Thursday. Graffiti depicted an Aboriginal flag and the words: We remember genocide. Australia Day, the anniversary of British settlement, causes annual debate over indigenous sensitivities. The Australian government said the vandalism was disgraceful. These vandals are trashing our national heritage and should be prosecuted, tweeted Minister for Ci...


Sydney train strike to go ahead

Sydney commuters will possibly face one of their toughest commute days on Monday - with the Sydney Train workers voting to go ahead with their earlier decision of a 24 hour strike on Monday. In a text poll, less than 6percent of the Rail, Tram and Bus Unions (RTBU) 6000 members in NSW voted in favour of calling off the strike. Industrial action will begin from tomorrow, when workers enact a...


Man shot dead in Bankstown in an execution style, gunman at large

A man has been shot dead in an execution style (close range with no immediate routes of escape, a situation where the victim is in the mercy of the killer) in caf in Bankstown. The man is believed to be a well known lawyer and in his 60s. He was at the Happy Cup Caf in Bankstown around 3:40 p.m. when a man in a green shirt appeared before him with hand gun. He was shot in the pelvis area and did ...


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...


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