Not white enough for Oz

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Sunday said he made “absolutely no apology” for his hardline new policy on asylum-seekers under which they are sent to Papua New Guinea.

Rudd quickly moved to announce a radically reshaped immigration plan under … Read the rest

Australian minister apologises for premature announcement of Mandela’s death

An Australian politician has apologized to South Africa’s high commissioner for incorrectly announcing that Nelson Mandela had died.

Resources Minister Gary Gray issued a statement Thursday saying he was “deeply sorry” for wrongly telling guests at a Minerals Council of … Read the rest

‘Intersex’ included on Australia’s new gender guidelines


The Australian government has announced new guidelines on gender recognition which state that individuals should be given the option of selecting “male”, “female” or “intersex” on their personal documents.

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said the new guidelines, which come into … Read the rest

Google must pay Australian $200 000 for defamation

Google was ordered to pay Aus$200,000 (US$208,000) in damages to an Australian Monday after a jury found the Internet giant defamed him by publishing material linking him to mobsters.

Milorad Trkulja, an entertainment promoter who is now 62, was shot … Read the rest

Oz lauds ‘Asian Century’

Julia Gillard has committed to 25 far-reaching goals over the next 13 years designed to tighten links with Asia and ensure that Australians are able to exploit the region’s “staggering” growth.

The measures, outlined in a report by a government-appointed

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After win over Australia, Heyneke Meyer still cautious

Coach Heyneke Meyer says South Africa must become more clinical finishers if they hope to beat New Zealand in Soweto next weekend.

The Springboks and the All Blacks square up at the 90,000-capacity Soccer City stadium where late tries by … Read the rest

Australia to deal with its boatpeople this week

Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen on Monday said he hoped to begin sending asylum-seekers who arrive by boat to the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru later this week.

With Australia facing a record influx of asylum-seekers arriving by sea, Canberra … Read the rest

Racism threatens Australia’s ‘brand’

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australia’s race discrimination commissioner says the nation’s ‘‘brand’’ has at times been maligned by outbreaks of of racism and there is a poor understanding of the problem in the wider community.

Helen Szoke has … Read the rest

Australian parliament to apologise to ‘Black Power’ sprinter

An Australian athlete who supported the famous Black Power salute of two black Americans at the 1968 Mexico Olympics was Monday to be the subject of a parliamentary motion that he be given an apology for how he was treated.… Read the rest