Australian prisoner gave birth alone in ‘degrading’ cell incident

Image copyright Getty Images A woman in Australia was forced to give birth alone in a locked prison cell in a “degrading and high risk” incident, a report has found. The woman, identified only as Amy, had told staff two hours earlier that she believed she might be in labour. The incident in March happened…

Australian Government Passes Contentious Encryption Law

CANBERRA, Australia — The Australian Parliament passed a contentious encryption bill on Thursday to require technology companies to provide law enforcement and security agencies with access to encrypted communications. Privacy advocates, technology companies and other businesses had strongly opposed the bill, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government said it was needed to thwart criminals and…

Chris Dawson: Arrest in podcast-highlighted Australian mystery

Image copyright SUPPLIED Image caption Lynette Dawson’s disappearance has been given wider attention by a popular podcast Australian police have arrested the husband of a Sydney woman whose disappearance in 1982 has been the subject of a popular crime podcast. Chris Dawson, 70, is to be charged with murdering Lynette Dawson, New South Wales (NSW)…

Australian defence lawyer named as police informant

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The lawyer represented high-profile organised crime figures, such as Tony Mokbel (pictured) The convictions of some of Australia’s most high-profile criminals have been cast into doubt after a lawyer was revealed to be a police informant. The defence barrister, who represented notorious organised crime figures, gave information to Victoria…

‘Kiwi’ nickname not discriminatory, Australian tribunal finds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The term “Kiwi” is derived from the name of a New Zealand bird A New Zealand woman has unsuccessfully argued that she was a victim of racial discrimination after being labelled a “Kiwi” by her colleagues in Australia. Julie Savage said she was disrespected when her boss and co-workers…

Climate change: Australian school children stage strike in protest

Organizers estimated around 15,000 left their classrooms in 30 locations across the country, including Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, carrying signs reading “procrastinating is our job not yours” and “I’ve seen smarter Cabinets at Ikea”. Friday’s protests followed similar protests in Canberra and Hobart earlier this week. As the children prepared for three days of protest,…

Australian Students Stage School Strikes Over Climate Change Inaction

MELBOURNE, Australia — As wildfires raged across the country, a heat wave again threatened the Great Barrier Reef and a mining giant announced it would push ahead with a huge coal project, thousands of students across Australia quit school for the day on Friday to protest government inaction on climate change. The students — ranging…

Climate change: Australian students skip school for mass protest

Image caption Students protest in central Sydney on Friday School students across Australia have gathered for a high-profile protest to urge greater action on climate change. Thousands of students were expected to skip school on Friday to highlight what they say are inadequate policies by the Australian government. On Monday, Australian PM Scott Morrison rebuked…

As U.S.-China Trade War Rages, Some Australian Farmers See an Opportunity

[Sign up for the Australia Letter to get news, conversation starters and local recommendations in your inbox each week.] YARRAGON, Australia — There are some 2,000 goats at the Gippy Goat Cafe farm in Yarragon, two hours east of Melbourne and deep into the hinterland of the state of Victoria. The hills gleam a deep…

Adani to Proceed With Scaled-Back Version of Contentious Australian Coal Mine

HOBART, Australia — After months of protests over whether Australia should subsidize one of the world’s largest coal mines, the Indian mining giant Adani announced on Thursday that it would scale the project back and finance it itself. The Carmichael mine had been projected to produce 60 million tons a year from the coal-rich Galilee…