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# Australia

This week
4th June 2023 - 9th June 2023
# great barrier reef
UNESCO welcomes €2.75 billion Australian pledge to protect the Great Barrier Reef
The UN agency has threatened to put the world’s largest coral system on a list of ‘in danger’ global heritage sites.
# New South Wales
Australian woman who spent 20 years in prison for killing four children is pardoned and released
Fresh scientific evidence suggests Kathleen Folbigg’s children died from natural causes.
Last week
28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# Australia
Famed Australian soldier loses war crimes defamation case
Three newspapers alleged that the man was involved in the murder of six unarmed prisoners in Afghanistan.
Last month
May 2023
# Australia
Top Australian broadcaster quits show over online racism
A news director for Australia’s national broadcaster issued a statement backing Grant, saying he had faced ‘grotesque racial abuse, including threats to his safety’ online.
# New South Wales
95-year-old woman left in 'critical condition' after being tasered by Australian police
Officers were deployed to the residence on Wednesday after being alerted that the woman was “armed with a knife”.
# Australia
Former rugby league star and NFL player Jarryd Hayne jailed for sexual assault
He was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in 2018.
# Confidence
Jones: Australia good enough to launch 'smash and grab' for World Cup
The new Wallabies coach believes his side are good enough to upset the competition later this year.
# counterproductive
'Banning vaping will just lead to more smokers'
Experts have told The Journal that Ireland should not follow Australia in banning the products.
# Julian Assange
'Nothing served' by continued incarceration of Julian Assange, says Australian PM
Assange is an Australian citizen and the founder of WikiLeaks.
# Queensland
Remains of missing Australian man found inside two crocodiles
The 65-year-old victim had gone fishing on Saturday in the far north of Queensland in crocodile-infested waters.
# Gianni Infantino
Fifa threatens European TV blackout of Women's World Cup - but RTÉ won't be affected
The Fifa president said broadcasters had offered ’100 times less’ to screen the Women’s World Cup compared to the men’s tournament.
# vaping
Australian retail stores to be banned from selling vapes
The country’s tobacco tax will also be increased by billions of dollars in a smoking crackdown, the health minister said.
April
April 2023
# Montevideo Maru
Wreck of Japanese WWII ship on which 1,000 Australians died found
The ship was sunk on 1 July, 1942, by a US submarine unaware it was carrying prisoners of war.
# factcheck
Debunked: An Irish news headline about 'pregnant men at risk from climate change' is fake
The doctored screenshot was shared by an Australian Senator.
# Matildas
Ireland's World Cup group rivals Australia end England’s 30-game unbeaten streak
Chelsea star Sam Kerr scored against the European champions in Brentford.
# Australia
Australian man jailed for 13 years for kidnapping 4-year-old Cleo Smith
Police found Cleo Smith alone in Terence Kelly’s house 18 days after she went missing in October 2021.
# Data Protection
TikTok fined £12.7 million in UK after it ‘did not do enough’ to keep under-13s off platform
This comes after Australia earlier today said it will ban TikTok on government devices.
This year
2023
# Land down under
Bath coach joins Eddie Jones' Wallabies ahead of World Cup
Neal Hatley was part of Jones’ coaching set-up when he was England manager.
# Extreme Weather
Millions of dead fish wash up in Australian river after flooding and heatwave
Experts said the extreme weather had put stress on the ecology of Menindee, New South Wales.
# Down Under
Australian submarines deal with US could have 'deadly' consequences, former Prime Minister warns
The deal is part of a plan to bulk up Western muscle across the Asia-Pacific in the face of a rising China.
# Down Under
China warns UK, US and Australia treading 'path of error and danger' with submarine deal
The deal is part of a plan to bulk up Western muscle across the Asia-Pacific in the face of a rising China.
# shaping up
Eddie Jones lures England assistant Hodgson to Wallabies
Hodgson, who becomes the first member of Jones’ coaching staff, will assume the role of defence coach.
# Fiona Lavelle
Tributes paid to Irish woman who died while hiking in western Australia
Fiona Lavelle, a paramedic, was originally from Co Mayo.
# Australia
Australia to legalise MDMA and magic mushrooms for medical use
The psychedelic substances will soon be used in the treatment of depression and post-traumatic stress.
# heading off
Australia to remove images of British monarch from its banknotes
The late Queen Elizabeth II’s image will not be replaced.
# Australia
Hosts want 'urgent' answers over Saudi sponsorship of Women's World Cup
Visit Saudi is reportedly poised to be named among the sponsors.
# Perth
Mining company 'sorry' for losing radioactive capsule in Western Australia
The solid, silver-coloured cylinder is smaller than a human fingernail but authorities say it could cause acute radiation sickness.
# Tennis
Ominous Sabalenka advances to Australian Open semi-final, Paul ends Shelton's fairytale run
Fifth-seeded Sabalenka is the highest remaining seed left in the women’s draw.
# crikey
'Toadzilla': Record-breaking cane toad found in Australia believed to be largest of its kind
Cane toads were introduced in Queensland in 1935 to control the cane beetle, with devastating consequences for other wildlife.
# RIP
Irish man dies attempting to save daughter from drowning at Australian beach
The man swam out to rescue his 11-year-old daughter who eventually reached the shore safely.
# factcheck
Debunked: Misleading graph used to argue that non-vaccinated people achieved ‘Zero Covid’
Unvaccinated people appear not to be affected by the disease — until you count deaths
# Australia
Cardinal Pell, whose abuse convictions were overturned, dies aged 81
Vatican news agency EWTN reported that his death on Tuesday was due to complications from hip replacement surgery.
# aussie aussie aussie
Wallabies coach Rennie rules out working with Eddie Jones at World Cup
Speculation has been mounting about the future of the sought-after Australian Jones.
# Syria
Former 'ISIS bride' faces up to ten years in Australian prison
Raad has been charged with travelling to parts of Syria that were controlled by IS – a crime under Australian law.
# Kinder Surprise
Irishman accused of smuggling cocaine to Australia 'internally' in Kinder Surprise capsules
If found guilty he faces a maximum penalty of 25 years’ imprisonment.
# Australia
British couple among four killed in helicopter collision in Australia
The couple were on holidays in Queensland.
# Wizard of Oz
Djokovic romps in first singles clash in Australia since deportation
The Serbian crushed Constant Lestienne at the Adelaide International to kickstart his bid for another Grand Slam title.
# Gold Coast
Four passengers killed as helicopters collide over Australian beach
The collision happened near the Sea World theme park at Main Beach, a northern beach on the Gold Coast.
# Covid-19
Canada and Australia impose Covid rules on travellers from China
China is battling a nationwide outbreak of coronavirus after abruptly easing restrictions that had been in place for much of the pandemic.
Last year
2022
# Queensland
Australian police investigate extremist views of Queensland killers
A series of posts expressing radical sentiments have been found online under the name of one of the shooters.