Tag Archives: Australia

Local advocates for greater awareness about Guide dog access laws

For Salma Abdo, who is vision impaired, her Guide Dog, Clare, gives her the independence to get to where she needs to go safely and independently, but sometimes her ability to do this is hampered by those who are not aware of access laws. Since she was matched with Clare about seven years ago, Ms Abdo, who has an Arabic-speaking ...

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Teens pose security threat: government

Children as young as 14 could pose a significant threat to Australia’s national security, Attorney-General George Brandis has told parliament as he introduced a fifth tranche of anti-terrorism legislation. Senator Brandis said it was important that law enforcement was well equipped to stop terror attacks. “This is the case even where the threats are posed by people under the age ...

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Bieber asks fans for some respect

Justin Bieber has posted a heartfelt message to fans wanting to meet him during his time in Australia, begging them to respect his boundaries. Bieber arrived at Melbourne airport on Sunday morning and was immediately surrounded by about 100 screaming fans and paparazzi. “I want to enjoy the moment just as you’re enjoying the moment but I can’t enjoy it if I ...

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Loving Australia, Bieber tells fans

Justin Bieber has thanked Australia for its warm welcome hours after jetting into Melbourne. “Loving Australia. I’ve missed this place. Thanks for the welcome,” he tweeted on Sunday. A smiling Bieber landed in Melbourne at about 9am on Sunday. Dressed in a beige hoodie, grey trackie pants and red trainers, the Canadian heart-throb touched a handful of the 100 or so screaming fans ...

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Brown visa decision after 28 days: Dutton

US rapper Chris Brown has 28 days to show why he should be allowed into Australia. The 26-year-old singer, who is due to arrive for a series of concerts in December, has been issued with a formal notice from Australian officials stating they intend to refuse his visa on character grounds. The R&B star was convicted in 2009 of assaulting ...

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The Adam Goodes saga – a timeline

NOT PRODUCING THE GOODES – HOW RACISM HURT AN AFL CHAMPION * May 24, 2013: Goodes stops playing and points out a young Collingwood supporter in the crowd who called him an ape during Sydney’s clash with the Magpies at the MCG – the opening game of Indigenous Round. The 13-year-old girl later apologises to Goodes, saying she didn’t understand ...

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Depp threatens Joyce with ‘assault’

Johnny Depp has threatened drastic action against Barnaby Joyce if his wife is sentenced to any jail time in Australia over the unauthorised entry of their pet dog. In his first US TV interview since the drama unfolded in May, Depp has told Jimmy Kimmel Live he and Amber Heard were left stunned when the agriculture minister held a news ...

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Australia to take 12,000 Syrians

Australia will boost its refugee and humanitarian intake by 12,000 permanent places and provide more than $40 million for United Nations efforts to deal with the Syrian crisis. It’s also understood the green light has been given to RAAF bombers entering Syrian airspace to hit Islamic State targets. Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to announce the cabinet decision, endorsed ...

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Depp jokes about Australian dog drama

Johnny Depp has poked fun at the immigration furore surrounding his dogs’ recent visit to Australia, after a government official threatened to have the pets put down for violating quarantine regulations. The actor and his wife Amber Heard came under fire from authorities Down Under in May when it was discovered they had taken two Yorkshire terriers, named Pistol and ...

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Baird promises push to help refugees

Australia must do more to help refugees and NSW is ready to do its bit, Premier Mike Baird says. Mr Baird has posted a message on Facebook on Saturday in which he says the image of three-year-old asylum-seeker Aylan Kurdi lying dead on a Turkish beach made him feel “sick with overwhelming sorrow”. He says he will hold talks with ...

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