Government And Politics

Australia mulls banning some immigrants from biggest cities

Oct 9, 2018

Starting a new life in Australia might not come with views of the Sydney Opera House or surfing at Sydney's Bondi Beach with the government considering a ban on some immigrants from settling in big cities

US Marines leader in Australia replaced over alcohol charge

Oct 8, 2018

The U.S. Marine Corps says the commander of more than 1,500 Marines in northern Australia was relieved of his duties after police caught him driving under the influence of alcohol

Planned racing ad on sails of Sydney Opera House divisive

Oct 8, 2018

A plan to project a horse racing advertisement on the famed sails of the Sydney Opera House is dividing Australians

New Zealand fines travelers who won't unlock secure devices

Oct 4, 2018

Visitors to New Zealand can be fined $3,243 for refusing to provide passwords to unlock electronic devices and allow customs officials to examine them under a new law that a civil liberties group condemned as a grave invasion of privacy

Inquiry's report criticizes Australian banking misbehavior

Sep 28, 2018

Government inquiry's interim report criticizes Australian banking misbehavior

Australian broadcaster's chairman quits over politics claims

Sep 27, 2018

The chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corp. has resigned over allegations he pressured the independent national broadcaster to fire 2 political journalists because the conservative government disliked them

Admired abroad, New Zealand leader faces hurdles at home

Sep 25, 2018

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is visiting New York this week for the U.N. General Assembly and has announced a number of high-profile media interviews she'll be doing

New Zealand celebrates 125 years of women having the vote

Sep 19, 2018

New Zealand became the first nation in the world to allow women to vote 125 years ago, and hundreds of people celebrated the anniversary by turning out to gatherings and speeches

New Zealand to increase annual refugee quota to 1,500

Sep 19, 2018

New Zealand plans to increase the number of refugees it takes each year from 1,000 to 1,500. Liberal Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Wednesday that the new quota will take effect from 2020.

Needle-in-strawberry scare spreads across Australia

Sep 17, 2018

Public fears about sewing needles concealed inside strawberries on supermarket shelves have spread across Australia and New Zealand as growers turn to metal detectors and the Australian government launches an investigation

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