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Stories about Australia

5 January 2016

Was Caribbean Cricketer Chris Gayle's Come-On Sexist or Silly?

West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle has landed himself in a firestorm of criticism after he hit on Australian sports reporter Melanie McLaughlin during a live television interview.

30 December 2015

South Australians Queue for the Pungent Corpse Flower

Thousands of people have queued to see and smell a corpse flower in bloom at South Australia's Mount Lofty Botanic Garden.

17 December 2015

Worldwide ‘Paddle Outs’ Pay Tribute to Australian Surfers Murdered in Mexico

Mexican authorities say Adam Coleman and Dean Lucas were killed in a robbery gone wrong. Their bodies were discovered in their burnt-out van.

2 December 2015

‘Cloud’ Jokes Aplenty After China Blamed for Australian Meteorology Bureau Hack

Accusations that China has hacked Australia's Bureau of Meteorology have brought swift online responses down under.

27 November 2015

Australians Unite to Tackle Family Violence on White Ribbon Day 2015

"More than needing sympathy, those experiencing family violence need well funded services, decent housing, strong social welfare"

13 November 2015

Calls to Sack New Zealand House Speaker Over Sexual Assaults Fiasco

"Trivalising rape is easy, coming forward is hundreds times harder #SackTheSpeaker #HoldKeyAccountable"

3 November 2015

Australia's Michelle Payne Becomes First Female Jockey to Win Melbourne Cup

"But I gave it everything I got. I want to say to everyone else get stuffed, they think women aren't strong enough but we just beat the world."

27 October 2015

Fans Step Up After Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Hits Brick Wall With Lego

"No Lego on my Christmas-Burthday shopping list @LEGO_Group. Not supporting Ai Wei Wei @aiww is very disappointing"

26 August 2015

Australian National TV Airs Lewd Twitter Handle About Prime Minister

The handle, "AbbottLovesAnal," was broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Q&A program.

12 August 2015

Australian Parliamentarians Denied Free Vote on Same Sex Marriage Law

Many Australians were angered by a decision of the government parties to deny a free vote to their parliamentarians on a bill to legalise same sex marriage.

27 July 2015

Learn 40 Aboriginal Hand Signs Used to Communicate Across Western Australia’s Desert

Rising Voices

A participatory video project in Western Australia's Great Sandy Desert is teaching about hand signs used by Aboriginal women elders while teaching the Kukatja language.

22 July 2015

Aussie Rock Icon Jimmy Barnes Reclaims Songs From Anti-Islam Protestors

"I only want to say the Australia I belong to and love is a tolerant Australia. A place that is open and giving."

Singing Lullabies to Preserve the Butchulla Language

Rising Voices

The Butchulla language, spoken by the people native to Fraser Island in Australia, faced extinction in the 20th century. It is now being revitalized thanks to the Butchulla Language Program.

19 July 2015

Australia's Archibald Art Prize: ‘Who Says Crime Doesn't Pay?’

An armed robbery links the artist and his subject in the winning entry for Australia's 2015 Archibald Prize for portraiture.

14 July 2015

Australian Artist Jailed in UAE For Posting “Bad Words” on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

An Australian artist found herself thrown into an Abu Dhabi prison and deported for posting a photograph of a car blocking a disabled parking spot.

23 June 2015

Matildas’ Awesome Advance to Women's World Cup Quarter Finals: Australia 1 Brazil 0

Australia's Matildas gave a stunning performance against Brazil (1-0) to reach the quarter finals of football's Women's World Cup in Canada.

19 June 2015

‘The Outsiders': Hungarian Photographer Tamas Paczai Captures Football Fever at Kyrgyzstan vs Australia World Cup Qualifier

Some fans perched on light towers, others scaled fences. An estimated 10,000 more fans crowded outside the gates. Then there was the mob on the rooftop of an adjacent building.

17 June 2015

Australia's Matildas Waltz Into the Women's World Cup Knockout Round

"I can see #AUS going far in this World Cup. They're playing some of their best ball and I love it. "

12 June 2015

Australia's Prime Minister Is No Fan of ‘Ugly, Noisy’ Wind Farms

Remarks by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott that wind farms are visually awful and noisy have brought a swift response on social media.

27 April 2015

TV Reporter Sacked Over Less-Than-Rosy Tweets About Australia’s War Memorial Day

Scott McIntyre tweeted about the "execution, widespread rape and theft committed by these ‘brave’ Anzacs." "We've gone from #JeSuisCharlie to #SackScottMcIntyre in 4 short months." one observer remarked.

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