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US marines arrive in Australia


April 4th, 2012 - 4:35 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, April 4 (IANS) The first batch of about 200 US marines have arrived in Australia's Darwin city as part of a defence deal, Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith announced ... Read more...

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Bob Carr is Australia’s new foreign minister


March 2nd, 2012 - 2:04 pm ICT by IANS
Canberra, March 2 (IANS) Former New South Wales Premier Bob Carr will join the Senate and become Australia's new foreign affairs minister, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said here Friday.This ... Read more...

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Intel-powered smartphone, tablet to enter market in 2012


December 22nd, 2011 - 1:32 pm ICT by IANS
San Francisco, Dec 22 (IANS) Smartphones and tablets running Intel's chips will enter the mobile market early next year, posing a challenge to the dominance of Apple's iPhone and iPad, ... Read more...

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India wants only bilateral defence ties with Australia


December 7th, 2011 - 9:09 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) Days after snubbing Australia over its proposal for a trilateral military pact with US, India Wednesday welcomed Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith but strongly communicated ... Read more...

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Oz minister backs India uranium deal, says no to Pakistan


December 6th, 2011 - 6:39 pm ICT by IANS
Melbourne/New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) Backing the ruling Labour Party's decision to export uranium to India, Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith Tuesday rejected a similar deal for Pakistan and ... Read more...

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Australian ruling party votes for uranium sale to India


December 4th, 2011 - 11:26 am ICT by IANS
Sydney/Melbourne, Dec 4 (IANS) Australia's ruling Labor Party representatives have passed a motion to remove a ban on uranium exports to India after a passionate debate on the issue that ... Read more...

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Australia lifts ban on women in military combat


September 28th, 2011 - 1:44 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 28 (IANS) Australia has lifted all restrictions on the roles, including front-line combat, that women can carry out in its armed forces."Suitably-qualified" women soldiers will be able ... Read more...

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Selectors have committed atrocity against Katich: Minister


June 13th, 2011 - 6:47 pm ICT by IANS
Melbourne, June 13 (IANS) Australian defence minister Stephen Smith has backed beleaguered Simon Katich saying the opening batsman was the victim of an "extraordinary" blunder by the country's selectors, who ... Read more...

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Oz to allow women to fight on frontline


April 12th, 2011 - 2:46 pm ICT by ANI
Canberra, Apr 12 (ANI): The Australian Government has said it would lift the ban on female soldiers by allowing them to fight on the frontline.Former soldiers and defence groups have welcomed the ... Read more...

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Oz defence sexgate: Minister may order judicial inquiry


April 11th, 2011 - 8:16 am ICT by ANI
Canberra (Australia), Apr.11 (ANI): Australia's Defence Minister Stephen Smith is considering an independent judicial inquiry into abuse and bastardisation at the Australian Defence Force Academy.Several serving senior military officers, whose names are ... Read more...

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Oz Air force chief terms filming of two cadets having sex as “absolutely abhorrent”


April 7th, 2011 - 3:21 pm ICT by ANI
Canberra, Apr.7 (ANI): Australia's Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston has described the "so-called Skype incident" broadcasting a female cadet having sex with a fellow cadet as "absolutely abhorrent".Houston said ... Read more...

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Sex scandals harming Australia’s national security: Defense Minister


April 6th, 2011 - 3:28 pm ICT by ANI
Canberra, Apr 6 (ANI): Australia's Defense Minister Stephen Smith has said the nation's security is being harmed by "betrayal of trust" in sex scandals that have hit the defense services.Australia's defense force ... Read more...

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Suspect Chinese spies hack Oz PM Gillard’s emails


March 29th, 2011 - 2:21 pm ICT by ANI
Canberra (Australia), Mar. 29 (ANI): Suspect Chinese spies have reportedly hacked the parliamentary computers of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, Defence Minister Stephen Smith and at least ... Read more...

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HMAS Success engineers blamed for sexual misconduct


February 22nd, 2011 - 3:55 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Feb 22 (ANI): A report on the sexual misbehaviour aboard the Royal Australian Navy supply ship HMAS Success has blamed a small group of sailors in the engineering department.Defence Minister Stephen ... Read more...

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Melbourne should axe Grand Prix, says lawmaker


February 21st, 2011 - 2:48 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Feb.21 (ANI): A Labor lawmaker has told the Australian Parliament that most of the people in Melbourne are in favour of axing the Australian Grand Prix because it's too expensive.Labor Member ... Read more...

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HMAS Success sexual misconduct report raises concerns about Navy culture


January 25th, 2011 - 5:28 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Jan 25 (ANI): The inquiry into the sexual misconduct aboard HMAS Success has raised serious concerns about Navy culture according to Defence Force chief Angus Houston.Air Chief Marshal Houston said he ... Read more...

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Faulty luxury planes ferrying Oz VIP’s living only on hope and prayer


January 22nd, 2011 - 4:50 pm ICT by ANI
Canberra, Jan 22 (ANI): The fleet of luxury planes that fly Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and other VIPs in the country and abroad, has been reportedly facing mechanical faults, resulting ... Read more...

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Ric Charlesworth, the best man to coach Aussie cricketers: Roebuck


January 21st, 2011 - 2:37 pm ICT by ANI
Sydney, Jan.21 (ANI): Dr Richard Charlesworth is the best candidate to coach the Australian cricket team, feels cricket columnist Peter Roebuck.Describing as a man of many parts, sporting and otherwise, Roebuck ... Read more...

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Australian floods death toll rises to 15


January 13th, 2011 - 12:25 pm ICT by ANI
Sydney, Jan 13(ANI): Another person has fallen victim to the devastating floods in Australia, with the toll now standing at 15.According to the Daily Telegraph, the body of a male was found ... Read more...

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Australia investigating whether WikiLeaks ‘cablegate’ broke national criminal laws


November 29th, 2010 - 4:58 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Nov 29(ANI): Australian Federal Police are investigating whether the leaking of a cache of confidential U.S. diplomatic cables made public by WikiLeaks broke Australian law, Attorney General of Australia has said. ... Read more...

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Oz govt. in dock for stonewalling “US requests for additional troops in Afghanistan”


November 19th, 2010 - 2:21 pm ICT by ANI
Sydney, Nov 19 (ANI): Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard must respond immediately to the allegations that the country has turned down repeated US requests to send more troops to Afghanistan, as being ... Read more...

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Plants that reproduce asexually prone to earlier extinction


November 9th, 2010 - 5:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 9 (ANI): A new study claimed that plants that can pollinate themselves are vulnerable to extinction.The research believes that short-term perks of being able reproduce alone comes with a long-term ... Read more...

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Hillary Clinton, Gates to visit Australia in November


October 23rd, 2010 - 12:56 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Oct. 23 (ANI): U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates will visit Australia in November as part of a two-week tour of the Asia-Pacific region.The US ... Read more...

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Oz issues fresh alert of “high risk of terrorist attack” during Delhi CWG


September 29th, 2010 - 12:29 pm ICT by ANI
Canberra, Sept 29 (ANI): The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs has released a fresh alert saying there is a "high risk of terrorist attack" at the Delhi Common Wealth Games, which are ... Read more...

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Real James Bond ’sneaked into communist Russia in school uniform’


September 27th, 2010 - 3:46 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sept 27 (ANI): Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan may have blown up enemy tanks and carried out covert operations while playing James Bond, but the real 007 spy was no less ... Read more...

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Julia Gillard sworn in as Australia’s PM (Lead)


September 14th, 2010 - 4:28 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 14 (IANS) Australia's incumbent Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is the first woman to hold the position, was Tuesday sworn in along with her 19 cabinet ministers in Canberra. Gillard, ... Read more...

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Gillard sworn in as Australia’s PM


September 14th, 2010 - 3:35 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 14 (IANS) Australia's first elected female Prime Minister Julia Gillard was Tuesday sworn in along with her 19 cabinet ministers in Canberra. Gillard, who was accompanied by her partner Tim ... Read more...

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Gillard assures Rudd won’t dominate Oz foreign policy initiatives


September 12th, 2010 - 3:31 pm ICT by ANI
Canberra, Sept.12 (ANI): Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has indicated that her predecessor Kevin Rudd will not dominate the country's foreign policy initiatives as foreign minister."Obviously it will be run ... Read more...

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Oz opposition leader says Rudd wrong choice for foreign minister


September 11th, 2010 - 4:33 pm ICT by ANI
Perth, Sept.11 (ANI): Australia's Deputy Opposition Leader, Julie Bishop, has said that Prime Minister Julia Gillard's decision to appoint Kevin Rudd as foreign minister could put the country's relations with the ... Read more...

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Former Oz PM Rudd appointed foreign affairs minister in Gillard’s new cabinet


September 11th, 2010 - 12:06 pm ICT by ANI
Canberra, Sept 11 (ANI): Former Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has been appointed as the Foreign Affairs Minister in Julia Gillard's new cabinet.Rudd, who was Labor foreign affairs spokesman while ... Read more...

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Former Australian premier Rudd to be foreign minister


September 11th, 2010 - 9:31 am ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 11 (IANS) Former Australian premier Kevin Rudd was Saturday confirmed as the foreign affairs minister in Julia Gillard's new cabinet, a media report said. An official for Prime Minister ... Read more...

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Pak’s request to interrogate Oz asylum seekers to curb human smuggling on hold


July 21st, 2010 - 5:19 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, July 21 (ANI): Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith has refused to comment on demands of Pakistani officials to allow them to interrogate people seeking asylum on Christmas Island.Pakistan's Federal Investigation ... Read more...

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Oz Govt. reconsidering Rudd’s concept of ‘Asia-Pacific community’


July 11th, 2010 - 1:29 pm ICT by ANI
Canberra, July 11 (ANI): Australian Government is making progress in the proposal made by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to create a new Asia-Pacific community, which aimed to bring together the ... Read more...

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Rudd to address Australian American Leadership Dialogue in US


July 9th, 2010 - 5:07 pm ICT by ANI
Canverra, July 9 (ANI): Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will leave for the United States on Saturday to chair part of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.According to The Age, during ... Read more...

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No room for Rudd in Gillard’s new cabinet


June 28th, 2010 - 6:52 pm ICT by ANI
Canberra, June 28 (ANI): Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has missed out on a Cabinet position in a limited reshuffle by his successor Julia Gillard.The new cabinet announced by ... Read more...

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