‘Hard lockdown’ in Australian state ‘violated human rights’ & was ‘contrary to the law’...

A “hard lockdown” imposed in the Australian state of Victoria over the summer amid a surge in its coronavirus outbreak was “rushed” and deprived citizens of their rights, the state’s ombudsman concluded in a...

Australia storms: Floods spark evacuation warnings for NSW towns

BBC.COM -image copyright NSW SES image caption The deluge has led to rising floodwaters across parts of northern New South Wales Australian authorities have issued evacuation warnings for low-lying towns in northern New South Wales (NSW)...

Australia says China ban on its coal exports would be clear WTO breach

Australia's economy has seen solid growth in recent decades on the back of supplying the raw materials for China's emergence as a modern economy Photo: AFP/File By WILLIAM WEST -  Japan Today SYDNEY Australia on Tuesday decried...

Australian COVID vaccine dropped over false positive HIV result

Development of the vaccine was abandoned over fears it could undermine public confidence Photo: AFP By ERNESTO BENAVIDES -  Japan  Today SYDNEY Development of a COVID-19 vaccine in Australia was abandoned Friday after clinical trials produced a...

Report shows how New Zealand mosque shooter eluded detection

By NICK PERRY -  Japan Today WELLINGTON, New Zealand A comprehensive report into the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings in which 51 Muslim worshippers were slaughtered sheds new light on how the gunman was able to elude...

Melbourne welcomes first international flight in 5 months as COVID curbs ease

By Colin Packham  -  Japan Today SYDNEY Australia's second-largest city welcomed its first international passenger flight in five months on Monday, an arrival that will test the state of Victoria's revamped hotel quarantine system. Australia has since...

Chinese official says Australian PM overreacted to tweet

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison Photo: AP pool CANBERRA, Australia -  Japan Today China’s senior diplomat in Australia said Prime Minister Scott Morrison overreacted to a social media post about alleged war crimes by Australian soldiers...

WeChat deletes Australian PM Morrison’s post on China amid row with Beijing over doctored...

The Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat has taken down a post by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in which he criticized a Beijing diplomat for attacking Australian soldiers. According to Australian media, Morrison’s message was removed...

With virus under control, Australia exits first recession in almost 30 years

Australia has exited its first recession in almost 30 years, after bringing local coronavirus transmission largely under control Photo: AFP/File By DAVID GRAY -  Japan  Today SYDNEY Australia has exited its first recession in almost 30 years,...

White Island volcano: NZ officials charge 13 parties over tragedy

BBC.COM-image copyright Getty Images image caption White Island was a popular tourist spot New Zealand's health and safety authorities have filed charges against 13 parties over last year's deadly White Island disaster. Some 22 people died...

Australia demands China apologise for posting ‘repugnant’ fake image

BBC.COM-image copyright EPA image captionScott Morrison said the post was a "shameful" and "appalling" action Australia has demanded China apologise for posting a fake picture on a government Twitter account that depicted an Australian soldier murdering...

Once Australia’s COVID-19 hotspot, Victoria goes 28 days without an infection

By Colin Packham - Japan Today SYDNEY Australia's second-largest state, Victoria, once the country's COVID-19 hotspot, said on Friday it has gone 28 days without detecting any new infections, a benchmark widely cited as eliminating the...

Australia Welcomes Release Of Academic In Exchange For Three Iranians

https://www.rferl.org Kylie Moore-Gilbert (file photo) Australia has welcomed the release of British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who had been serving a 10-year prison sentence in Iran for spying. "I am extremely pleased and relieved to advise that Dr...

New Zealand couple shuns developers to give 900 hectares of land to nation

Dick and Jillian Jardine said it was ‘the right thing’ to hand beautiful plot in Remarkables to national trust for conservation The family who own the Remarkables station in New Zealand have gifted it to...

Australia’s most populous state eases COVID-19 curbs; urges workers to return to offices

By Colin Packham and Renju Jose - Japan Today SYDNEY Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state will ease social distancing restrictions and remove requirements for companies to allow employees work from home after recording nearly three...

Australian elite soldiers killed Afghan civilians, report finds

BBC.COM- There is "credible evidence" that Australian special forces unlawfully killed 39 people during the Afghan conflict, a long-awaited report has found. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has released findings from a four-year inquiry into...

Kākāpō, the world’s fattest parrot, named New Zealand’s bird of the year for 2020

‘Mighty moss chicken’ brought back from brink of extinction is the first two-time winner Phil Taylor in Auckland -  The  Guardian The kākāpō - a critically endangered green parrot – first won bird of the year...

Australian farm to hold 50,000 crocodiles for luxury Hermès goods questioned by animal welfare...

Farm to supply skins to make handbags and shoes would be one of the biggest in Australia under plan approved by Northern Territory government Graham Readfearn -  The  Guardian A proposal for a farm that would...

New Zealand votes to legalise euthanasia in referendum

Results must be enacted by the new Labour government by November 2021, but second referendum on legalising cannabis fails to find support Eleanor Ainge Roy in Queenstown  -  The Gaurdian Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda...

Covid: Melbourne’s hard-won success after a marathon lockdown

By Phil Mercer-BBC News image copyrightGetty Images image captionMelbourne residents have endured one of the world's longest lockdowns Melbourne's grinding second coronavirus lockdown began in the chill of winter. In early July, the nights were long and...