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Stories about Australia

6 March 2018

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Honors the First Pride March Marred by Police Violence 40 Years Ago

"Shoutout to the #78ers. Shoutout also to the ’70s LGBT activists who weren’t at the first #MardiGras for whatever reason....We all stand on the shoulders of giants."

26 February 2018

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce Quits As Private Affair Becomes Public Scandal

The Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has resigned after his affair with a staff member turned the spotlight on his political integrity.

22 February 2018

Australian MP George Christensen's Joke Gun Photo Denounced as Threat Against ‘Greenie Punks’

Just days after the Parkland Florida student massacre, an Australian politician posted a photo of himself firing a pistol asking, “You gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky, greenie punks?”

15 February 2018

Hannah Mouncey Becomes First Transgender Player in Australian Women’s State League Football

"I cannot thank the AFL for allowing me to do something that is open to every other Australian and which the science and research has supported all along."

3 February 2018

Top Secret Australian Government Cabinet Files Accidentally Sold Inside Filing Cabinets

"Both the Government and [federal police] want to hoover up all our data whenever they wish, without any proper oversight, but they can't even keep their own shit secure?"

25 January 2018

Rejected by Australia and Condemned to Detention in Indonesia, Refugees Protest Life in Limbo

The Bridge

"Australian NGOs have denounced this 'Indonesian Solution', arguing that their government is paying Jakarta “hundreds of millions of dollars to detain and warehouse asylum seekers."

10 January 2018

Australian Prime Minister Accused of Political Fear-Mongering After Warning of ‘African Gangs’

"The insidious thing about this kind of craven political campaigning is that the details and facts don’t matter."

2 January 2018

‘I Now Feel Free and Can Live My Life.’ Australian Commission Gives Voice to Child Sexual Abuse Survivors

After five years, Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse issued its final recommendations. For many, its real achievement was creating space for survivors to be heard.

14 December 2017

‘We Are One': Same Sex Marriage Becomes Legal Down Under

"Australia legalizing same-sex marriage today should remind us that humanity can only survive when it learns to love one and other."

9 December 2017

Victoria Becomes the First Australian State to Pass Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation

As Victoria becomes the first Australian state to legalise euthanasia, the country remains divided over what is being called a new, progressive trend in Australian politics.

16 November 2017

The Winner Is: Same Sex Marriage Equality in Australia

"First bloody vote result in years that made me feel like reasonable, kind, compassionate people are still the clear majority."

3 November 2017

Local Australian Council Votes to Demolish Lawn Bowls Club Despite Viral Video Campaign

The viral social media campaign "All the Bowling Ladies" was not enough to save the Melbourne lawn bowls club from a hostile local council vote.

10 October 2017

ICAN, Australia's Homegrown Anti-Nuclear Nobel Peace Prize Winner, is a Big Surprise

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize award to ICAN, the anti-nuclear weapons coalition, took many Australians by surprise despite its Melbourne origins in 2007.

5 July 2017

The Internet Presents Opportunities and Challenges for Revitalizing Tasmania's Aboriginal Language

Rising Voices

During British colonization of Tasmania which began in the early 1800s, the Aboriginal people living on the island located to the south of Australia’s mainland not only suffered loss of life, but also loss...

29 June 2017

Cardinal George Pell, Vatican's Third Highest-Ranking Official, Charged With Sexual Assault Offences in Australia

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has indicated that Pell will return to Australia to try to clear his name.

20 June 2017

Offshore Asylum Seeker Detainees Win Historic Compensation in Australia

"The majority of the refugees have been seriously damaged physically and mentally and this money is not even enough to cover the medical expenses..."

19 June 2017

What Next for US-Australian Relations After Malcolm Turnbull Mocks ‘The Donald'?

Audio of Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull mimicking US President Donald Trump in a stand-up at Canberra's midwinter ball has been leaked by political journalist Laurie Oakes.

7 June 2017

A Storytelling Initiative Aims to Preserve Urban Linguistic Diversity

Rising Voices

"What is it like to speak to an audience that is not understanding your language?"

26 May 2017

Aussie Tennis Icon's Star Fades Over Opposition to Marriage Equality

Australian tennis great Margaret Court is at the center of an angry tweetstorm after refusing to fly with Qantas airlines because of its support for same-sex marriage.

18 May 2017

Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients in Australia Raises Discrimination and Privacy Concerns

"The overwhelming Twitter response to the plan to drug test welfare recipients: drug test politicians and their staff too"

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