Social Affairs

Australian sex abuse victim settles with Catholic order

Aug 16, 2018

A 74-year-old man with terminal cancer says he can die happy after reaching a 1 million Australian dollar ($727,000) landmark settlement against a Catholic religious order for sexual abuse he suffered in Australia more than 50 years ago

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

Australia archbishop gets house detention for abuse cover-up

Aug 14, 2018

The most senior Roman Catholic cleric convicted of covering up child sex abuse has been ordered by an Australian court to serve his 1-year sentence in home detention rather than jail

Actress says Geoffrey Rush touched her inappropriately

Aug 9, 2018

Court documents show the actress at the center of Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush's defamation suit against a Sydney newspaper has alleged he touched her breast and lower back during a Shakespeare production three years ago

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

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

FIBA bans players, coaches for basketball brawl in Manila

Jul 19, 2018

Basketball's governing body says 13 players and two coaches have been suspended and fined and sanctions have been imposed on the national federations of the Philippines and Australia after a brawl during an Asian qualifier for next year's World Cup

Australian prime minister calls on pope to fire archbishop

Jul 19, 2018

Australia's prime minister has called on Pope Francis to fire an Australian archbishop who is the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever convicted for covering up child sexual abuse

Australia succeeds in stopping migrants but many in limbo

Jul 18, 2018

Australia drew a line in the sand on July 19, 2013, to stem a rising tide of asylum seekers brought by people smugglers on long and treacherous ocean voyages

Australian rangers trap big crocodile near tourist gorge

Jul 10, 2018

Wildlife rangers say they have trapped a 4.7-meter (15-foot) saltwater crocodile, the largest they have ever caught in the northern Australian Katherine River and in an upstream region popular with tourists that is thought relatively safe

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