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# Australia

June 2023
Driver released on bail after being charged over fatal bus crash killing 10 people in Australia
Brett Button had been in police custody but was released on bail when he appeared in the Cessnock Local Court today.
Driver charged as 10 people killed after bus carrying wedding guests crashes in Australia
Police said they had charged a 58-year-old man with 10 offences relating to dangerous or negligent driving “occasioning death”.
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.
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.
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.
May 2023
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.
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”.
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.
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.
'Banning vaping will just lead to more smokers'
Experts have told The Journal that Ireland should not follow Australia in banning the products.
'Nothing served' by continued incarceration of Julian Assange, says Australian PM
Assange is an Australian citizen and the founder of WikiLeaks.
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.
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.
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 2023
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.
Debunked: An Irish news headline about 'pregnant men at risk from climate change' is fake
The doctored screenshot was shared by an Australian Senator.
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.
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.
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
Bath coach joins Eddie Jones' Wallabies ahead of World Cup
Neal Hatley was part of Jones’ coaching set-up when he was England manager.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tributes paid to Irish woman who died while hiking in western Australia
Fiona Lavelle, a paramedic, was originally from Co Mayo.
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.
Australia to remove images of British monarch from its banknotes
The late Queen Elizabeth II’s image will not be replaced.
Hosts want 'urgent' answers over Saudi sponsorship of Women's World Cup
Visit Saudi is reportedly poised to be named among the sponsors.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Irishman accused of smuggling cocaine to Australia 'internally' in Kinder Surprise capsules
If found guilty he faces a maximum penalty of 25 years’ imprisonment.
British couple among four killed in helicopter collision in Australia
The couple were on holidays in Queensland.
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.
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.