Australia

Floral ... one of the designs in the Akira show which wrapped up RAFW / Charlie Brewer

AKIRA has closed Australian Fashion Week in spectacular style, with an exotic and ethereal collection.

Fashion Week considered a success

Australian Fashion Week founder Simon Lock has hailed this year's event one of the best ever, despite controversies over the weight and age of its models.


Sydney sets sights on being fifth fashion capital

Belinda Goldsmith Reuters 03.05.2008
Sydney sets sights on being fifth fashion capital

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Holding a fashion week in the land of speedos and thong sandals was an idea greeted with laughter when Australian Fashion Week was proposed in the 1990s but now Sydney is set on becoming the world's fifth fashion capital.

Chinese paramilitary officers - the so-called Olympic torch attendants - make their presence felt during protests in London earlier this month. Photo: AP

Chinese paramilitary officers will be arrested if they "laid a hand" on anybody during the Canberra leg of the Olympic torch relay, organisers say. The officers' only responsibility will be to re-light the torch if it is extinguished at any stage ...


Australian MP proposes cane toad-killing day

Nick Squires Telegraph 03.04.2008
Scientists are trying to develop a virus which will kill cane toads without harming other wildlife

Australian families have been urged to roll up their sleeves and embark on a slaughter of "the most disgusting creature known to man" - the cane toad - in a national day of amphibian pest control. Queensland MP Shane Knuth called for a cane toad e...

Pedophile goes nuts at reporter on Australian News

AnaDyan: "This is Geoffrey Leonard, he is a pedofile. He is really insane! This report is one of the most bizzare things ever seen on television."


Inside Canberra's humane prison

The Canberra Times 03.03.2008
Image: News.com.au

ARCHITECT-DESIGNED self-contained cottages with roomy kitchens, lounge rooms complete with flat-screen LCD televisions and mountain views through floor to ceiling windows. Welcome to the Alexander Maconochie Centre, the ACT's first prison, where t...

Queen Elizabeth must die or abdicate for Australian republic

SYDNEY - Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Australia's head-of-state, must die or abdicate before Australia can become a republic, said one of the country's leading politicians and former head of the republican movement.


NO CHEER: A study says children as young as 10 were being treated for alcohol abuse.

Melbourne: Alcoholism is so rampant among Australian youngsters that girls as young as 11 get into prostitution just for a couple of cans of beer, a report by Sydney's Odyssey House revealed.

Aussie child rape sentence 'pathetic'

Tony Koch and Padraic Murphy The Australian 10.12.2007
Photo: Illustration

THE Queensland opposition has called for an immediate inquiry into the sentencing procedure behind the gang-rape case of a 10-year-old girl whose nine attackers escaped jail time.


Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd faces the media as he arrives to vote in the electorate of Griffith in Brisbane, Australia. (Carla Gottgens / Bloomberg News)

SYDNEY, Australia — Australia’s prime minister, John Howard, one of President Bush’s staunchest allies in Asia, suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of the electorate on Saturday, as his Liberal Party-led coalition lost its majority in Par...

Opposition leader promises a new Australia

CANBERRA - Australian Labor opposition leader Kevin Rudd appealed to voters on Wednesday to throw their support behind his election campaign by promising a new, younger leadership and a new Australia if he wins office on Saturday.


Men of Oz are losing their families

Australian men's groups are calling for mandatory paternity testing of all newborns as it emerges a record number of men are finding they are not the fathers of children they believed to be theirs.

New polls show voters deserting Australian PM

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister John Howard will lose Saturday's election to Labor leader Kevin Rudd, according to two new opinion polls which predict voters will revolt against the government.


PC gone made ... Santas are rebelling against attempts to ban their traditional greeting of 'ho, ho, ho' in favour of 'ha, ha, ha'

HE is an unlikely revolutionary but this Christmas, Santa is a rebel with a claus. He is having the last laugh on political correctness - and it's a great big fat belly laugh. Santas across Sydney are rebelling against attempts to ban their tradi...

John Howard (Photo: AFP)

CANBERRA - Australia's opposition Labor Party matched government promises to cut income taxes on Friday, to stem a surge in voter support back to the government ahead of elections in November.


Mr Potato Head toy

SYDNEY — Customs officals in Australia said Thursday that they had discovered a large amount of ecstasy inside a Mr. Potato Head children's toy mailed to Sydney from Ireland. Customs said the toy was intercepted in a parcel at Sydney's internation...

Australia Defends Controversial Citizenship Tests

SYDNEY - Australian refugee groups have criticized tests that require people to answer questions about the nation's history and culture to qualify to become a citizen. Critics believe the new measures will discriminate against migrants from non-En...


HIV sufferer jailed for unprotected sex

ADELAIDE - An HIV-positive man who insisted that there was no clear evidence that the virus caused Aids was sentenced to nine years in prison for having unprotected sex with three women.

Aussie policeman accused of milk bar robbery

MELBOURNE - A VICTORIAN policeman already suspended from the force allegedly tried to rob a milk bar with a fake gun. Ethical Standards detectives are investigating after the 35-year-old officer was arrested last night in Melbourne's east. Police ...



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