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Post Manchester bombing, security beefed up at Sydney’s Vivid fest as millions expected to attend it

2.5 million people are expected to take in more than 90 light and sound installations scattered across Sydney.

Aboriginal Australians meet at sacred Uluru to discuss first chance of recognition

Aboriginal Australian leaders will meet at the sacred landmark of Uluru to decide how the country’s first inhabitants should be recognized in the constitution for the first time.

Australia: Indian-born cab driver beaten in alleged racial attack, ‘You Indian deserve it’, say abusive couple

The female passenger reportedly referred to the driver as “bloody Indian” while the male passenger repeatedly punched and kicked him.

After US and Britain, Australia considers banning laptops from airliner cabins

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed Tuesday that his government was “looking … very closely” at the bans on laptops and tablets on flights from some Middle Eastern countries

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Australian minister calls out for tougher refugee rules to tackle false asylum seekers

Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton last year canceled the protection visas of six Iranians after discovering that they had returned to the homeland where they claimed to fear for their lives

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Australian senator breastfeeds daughter in Parliament, makes history

The move, considered the first of its kind in Australia, was possible due to Australian Parliament’s decision last year to change it rules over breastfeeding in parliament.

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Popular among Indians seeking foreign jobs, Australia abolishes 457 visa policy in its ‘national interest’

The 457 visa programme, reportedly, is popular among the Indians who use it to find employement in Australia.

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Fingerprints, facial recognition to replace passports in Australia

Australia on Sunday announced an overhaul of security at all its international airports, with technology set to replace passports by 2020.

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Australian health minister stands down over expense claims

Cabinet Secretary Arthur Sinodinos will temporarily fulfill Ley’s portfolio responsibilities during the investigation.

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Australia: Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten on country’s first-ever online election debate

The debate to be streamed in real time via Facebook Live on News Corp’s Australian website news.com.au and Facebook on June 17.

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Australia town flooded with large bats, but getting rid of them is no mean task

While thousands of bats have already migrated north, Mayor Brown wants the remainder “nudged” out of town in hopes they won’t return to Batemans Bay next year

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New debris images of missing Malaysia Airlines examined by MH370 search team

So far eight pieces of debris, excluding the most recent finds, have been discovered thousands of kilometres (miles) from the current search zone far off the west Australian coast.

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When my mother left us, we had nowhere to live: Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull

During Australia’s election campaign, Malcolm Turnbull talked about how his father raised him after his mother walked out on their marriage.

Australia: Banking to Internet — normal life disrupted after weekend of wild weather

Everything from Internet to shipping was disrupted by the stormy weather in Australia.

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Adani may withdraw Australian coal mine project due to delays: Reports

Australia’s Queensland state government in April gave Adani permission to mine coal reserves estimated at 11 billion tonnes and to build roads, workshops, power lines and pipelines associated with the mine.