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China pulls the plug on Australia’s biggest live reef fish exporter

China pulls the plug on Australia’s biggest live reef fish exporter

Queensland’s multi-million-dollar coral trout fishery is in jeopardy after the country’s biggest live-fish exporter failed to have its export licence renewed in China. The lucrative live ‘red fish’ trade is the latest casualty of simmering tensions between the Australian and Chinese governments, which has already claimed wine, barley and rock lobster exports. Australian Reef Fish...

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Brisbane preferred bidder for 2032 Olympics

Brisbane preferred bidder for 2032 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has named Brisbane, Australia as the preferred bidder to host the 2032 Olympic Games. The IOC’s future host commission recommended the body enters “targeted dialogue” with Brisbane bid organisers and the Australian Olympic Committee. Several cities and countries had expressed an interest in hosting the Games, including Indonesia, Budapest, China,...

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Australian media code becomes law

Australian media code becomes law

The Federal Government’s new media code for platforms like Google and Facebook has passed the House of Representatives, making it law. The News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code had passed the Senate after amendments last night. Under the mandatory code of conduct, technology giants Google and Facebook would be required to negotiate with...

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Facebook Reverses News Ban in Australia

Facebook Reverses News Ban in Australia

Facebook has lifted its ban on news content for Australian users after a recent talk with government officials. The tech giant has been imposing a ban on news pages and content in Australia since February 18 following legislation that would force tech platforms like Facebook and Google to pay publishers for news content. Australian Treasurer...

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Gillian Anderson cast as Eleanor Roosevelt on Showtime’s The First Lady

Gillian Anderson cast as Eleanor Roosevelt on Showtime’s The First Lady

Showtime has rounded out its main trio of First Ladies for the upcoming anthology series. After playing Margaret Thatcher on Netflix’s The Crown season 4, Gillian Anderson will now portray First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of 32nd United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, on The First Lady (working title). This begs the question, will we...

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Australia to ramp up COVID-19 vaccination drive as more doses arrive

Australia to ramp up COVID-19 vaccination drive as more doses arrive

Australia will ramp up its COVID-19 immunisation drive with more shots to be rolled out from next week, federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Tuesday, after a second shipment of the vaccine reached the country overnight. About 166,000 doses of the vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and Germany’s BioNtech arrived late Monday, authorities said,...

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Troubled Richmond youngster Sydney Stack reaches out to club captain for help

Troubled Richmond youngster Sydney Stack reaches out to club captain for help

Sydney Stack has reached out to Richmond captain Trent Cotchin as the troubled Tiger attempts to turn his life – and AFL career – around after his latest off-field indiscretion. The young gun spent Christmas behind bars, and in January pleaded guilty to breaching Western Australia’s strict COVID-19 quarantine laws. But with the 20-year-old not...

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Canada’s parliament declares China’s treatment of Uighurs ‘genocide’

Canada’s parliament declares China’s treatment of Uighurs ‘genocide’

Canada’s House of Commons has voted overwhelmingly to declare China’s treatment of its Uighur minority population a genocide. The motion – which passed 266 to 0 – was supported by all opposition parties and a handful of lawmakers from the governing Liberal Party. Prime Minister Justice Trudeau and most members of his cabinet abstained. The...