Government And Politics

Australian prime minister abandons greenhouse gas target

Aug 20, 2018

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has abandoned plans to legislate to Australia's limit greenhouse gas emissions to head off a revolt by conservative lawmakers

New Zealand politicians plan pay freeze as workers strike

Aug 20, 2018

New Zealand's lawmakers are planning to take a pay freeze at a time that teachers, nurses and other public workers have been going on strike for more money.

Australian's Parliament speech on 'final solution' condemned

Aug 15, 2018

An Australian senator is being condemned for his speech in Parliament advocating reviving a white-only immigration policy and using the term "final solution" in calling for a vote on which migrants to admit

New Zealand bans most foreigners from buying homes

Aug 15, 2018

New Zealand has banned most foreigners who don't live in the country from buying homes as it tries to tackle runaway housing prices

New Zealand to ban plastic shopping bags from next year

Aug 10, 2018

New Zealand plans to ban disposable plastic shopping bags by next July as the nation tries to live up to its clean-and-green image

Australia strips citizenship from 5 Islamic State supporters

Aug 9, 2018

An Australian government minister says five former dual nationals have been stripped of their Australian citizenship due to their involvement with the Islamic State group overseas

Australia's most populous state entirely in drought

Aug 8, 2018

Australia's most populous state has been was declared entirely in drought and struggling farmers have been given new authority to shoot kangaroos that compete with livestock for sparse pasture during the most intense dry spell in more than 50 years

EU foreign policy chief wants quick Australian trade deal

Aug 8, 2018

The European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, says she wants a free trade agreement with Australia as soon as possible as an example against protectionism.

EU says encouraging trade with Iran is crucial to nuke deal

Aug 7, 2018

The European Union says it is encouraging enterprises to increase their business with Iran because that country has been compliant with their nuclear-related commitments

Watchdog says Australia lawmakers increasingly exploit race

Aug 6, 2018

Australia's racism watchdog says the country is experiencing a resurgence in lawmakers exploiting race to advance political agendas and listed ethnic Chinese and Sudanese among minorities who are suffering

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