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Wallaby captured after hopping across Sydney Harbour Bridge

The unusual sight of a wallaby bounding across the Sydney Harbour Bridge has surprised early-morning motorists.Drivers spotted the "wayward" marsupial on the iconic bridge just before 05:00 local time on Tuesday (18:00 Monday GMT), police said.Authorities monitored the wallaby as it crossed lanes, traversed the 1,150m-long (3,700ft) landmark and turned on to an expressway in the city centr ....

Australian father's instinct helps find trapped son

An Australian teenager has been found alive in a car wreck after his father made an intuitive decision to search for him in a helicopter.Samuel Lethbridge, 17, was trapped for 30 hours after his car left a New South Wales highway on Sunday, police said.His family had become concerned and alerted police when he failed to arrive at a friend's house that day.Tony Lethbridge then decided to hire a ....

Craig McLachlan: Actor denies sexual misconduct allegations

Australian actor Craig McLachlan has denied allegations of sexual misconduct made against him by three women.The accusations against McLachlan, 52, concern his time performing in a 2014 production of the Rocky Horror Show.Three cast members accused the former Neighbours actor of inappropriate touching and harassment.McLachlan stepped down from the Rocky Horror Show's current Australian run on ....

Australia to end air strikes against IS in Iraq and Syria

Australia has said it will stop conducting air strikes against so-called Islamic State (IS) group targets in Iraq and Syria.Six hornet jets will be recalled, although refuelling and surveillance aircraft will remain at Iraq's request.Australia has been conducting strikes as part of an international coalition for more than two years.Defence Minister Marise Payne said the announcement followed Iraq' ....

Australia methamphetamine seizure 'worth a record A$1bn'

Australian police have arrested eight men over the nation's largest ever seizure of the drug methamphetamine.The haul, estimated to have a street value of A$1bn (£600m; $800m), was uncovered when police raided a dock in Western Australia, authorities said.Police have charged the men, each of whom faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.Crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice, has been ....

Australian WW1-era naval submarine HMAS AE-1 found

The wreck of Australia's first naval submarine has been found after a 103-year search.The HMAS AE-1 was the first Allied submarine lost in World War One, vanishing off Rabaul, Papua New Guinea with 35 Australian and British crewmates onboard on 14 September 1914.The 13th search mission for the vessel found it in waters off the Duke of York islands in Papua New Guinea.The discovery solves Aus ....

Tragedy and resistance: Australia’s refugee story

The Manus Island tragedy is the latest in a series of systemic human rights abuses by successive Australian governments in recent decades. But there is another story: one of courageous resistance in some of the most hostile situations imaginable — a resistance led by several hundred people on Manus Island who are still protesting, still demanding “freedom, nothing less than freedom” ....

Adelaide man charged after beach brawl following teen's death

A man has been charged with disorderly behaviour after a brawl at Australian beach following the death by drowning of a 15-year-old boy.Eliase Nimbona, originally from Burundi, was pulled unconscious from the water at Adelaide's Glenelg Beach on Monday.Video posted on social media appears to show the man yelling racial slurs at a group of his friends shortly after.He calls them "dogs" and "wea ....

Vandals damage ancient dinosaur footprint in Australia

Vandals have partially destroyed a 115-million-year-old dinosaur footprint in a national park in Australia.Palaeontologists first discovered the imprint of the theropod dinosaur in a tidal rock platform in Flat Rocks, Victoria in 2006.The area is a well-known dinosaur fossil area and one of the few Ice Age-era dinosaur sites around the world.Authorities believe the vandals used a hammer to chip aw ....

Australia's escalating addiction to gambling

They are the machines that anti-gambling campaigners in Australia say have the addictive "force of cocaine" that are fuelling an avalanche of debt, divorce and misery. Gambling losses in Australia are at a record high after punters frittered away almost A$24bn (£14bn; $18bn) in a year, according to data compiled by the Queensland state government this month. More than half was lost on ....

Australia police Periscope 'plans to arrest N Korean agent'

Australian police are conducting a security review after an office conversation, reportedly about plans to arrest a suspected North Korean agent, were broadcast live online.The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have not commented on the content of the conversation, which was streamed live on Periscope. But the West Australian newspaper said it was clearly about the operation to arrest Chan H ....

Acting on Australia's landmark abuse inquiry

There are few countries in the world that have confronted the issue of child abuse as comprehensively as Australia. On Friday, a royal commission inquiry submitted its final report after almost five years of investigations.Churches, charities, sports clubs, schools and children's homes - all have come under its microscope, and all have been found wanting. Victims who were raped, bullied and ....

Australia child abuse inquiry finds 'serious failings'

A five-year inquiry into sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, saying institutions had "seriously failed" to protect children.The royal commission, Australia's highest form of public inquiry, heard more than 8,000 testimonies from victims of abuse.The accusations covered churches, schools and sports clubs over decades.Among more than 400 recommendations, the report calls on ....

Huang Xiangmo: Federal Liberals defend dealings with Chinese businessman at centre of Dastyari's downfall

Federal Liberals insist it is not as politically damaging for them to have received donations from Chinese businessman Huang Xiangmo as it is for Labor's Sam Dastyari.
Senator Dastyari resigned on Tuesday because of continued pressure over his links to China, including to businessman Huang Xiangmo.Federal Labor stopped taking foreign donations last year but the Liberal Party has not adopted ....

Sam Dastyari: Australian senator to quit after China scrutiny

An Australian senator has pledged to resign following politically damaging revelations about his dealings with a Chinese businessman.Sam Dastyari has been at the centre of several claims in recent days - a year after he first became embroiled in a donation scandal.The resignation comes amid mounting concern about China's influence over Australian politics.Last week, China denied it was see ....

Melbourne installs security warning system across city

Authorities in Melbourne, Australia, have installed loudspeakers that are designed to warn the public in the event of an emergency.The speakers are part of a security upgrade after six people died in January when a man allegedly struck them deliberately with a car.Police will use the speakers - to be deployed in more than 90 locations - to direct the public in an emergency.Messages would advis ....

Australian state legalises assisted dying in national first

The Australian state of Victoria has become the nation's first to legalise assisted dying.The landmark legislation was approved after more than 100 hours of gruelling debate - including two all-night sittings.The law means terminally ill patients in Australia's second-most populous state will have the right to request a lethal drug from mid-2019.They must be aged at least 18 and have less than ....

Australia same-sex marriage bill passes Senate hurdle

Australia is a step closer to legalising same-sex marriage after lawmakers passed a bill in the Senate. The bill, which originated in the upper house, will now be debated in the House of Representatives. If approved there, it will become law.The legislation was introduced after a national vote showed decisive support for legalising same-sex marriage.Senators passed the bill 43-12 on Wednesday, ....