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2009-11-10 08:07:00

CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin Australia of Canberra and Acacia Research, Ltd. of Adelaide are teaming to pursue the combat system integrator role for the Royal Australian Navy's Future Submarine project, SEA 1000. Under this Department of Defence project, 12 next-generation submarines are envisioned to replace Australia's six existing Collins-class boats. SEA 1000 is expected to be the Australian government's largest-ever single defence project. Under...

2009-10-10 06:12:00

CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ - Mentalympians(TM) announced today, on this World Mental Health Day, its inaugural Advisory Group, consisting of twelve advisors based in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Scotland and the United States of America. Profiles of the advisors are found on www.mentalympians.org. Mentalympians has been created to develop an online community channel, to be operated through a network of mental health consumer groups. This world-first initiative will establish...

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2006-08-23 00:50:00

By James Grubel CANBERRA -- Kangaroos around Australia's national capital will soon be fed a contraceptive pill by authorities trying to control their booming population. The move has been welcomed by Canberra animal rights advocates, who said feeding contraceptives to kangaroos was better than culling the animals. "It's definitely a lot better than shooting kangaroos," Animal Liberation spokeswoman Simone Gray told Reuters on Wednesday. "In our nation's capital, it certainly isn't...

2006-08-14 00:21:24

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia abandoned on Monday plans for tougher new asylum laws, designed to ease Indonesian concerns, after a revolt by government lawmakers ensured Prime Minister John Howard could not pass the legislation. The revolt handed Howard the biggest parliamentary defeat in his conservative government's 10 years in office, and forced him to withdraw the changes ahead of a vote. "The whole bill is out," Howard told reporters, adding he accepted that he did not have the...

2006-06-12 23:31:44

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's conservative national government has overruled same sex marriage laws in the nation's capital, Canberra, Attorney General Philip Ruddock said on Tuesday. He said federal law made it clear that marriage was only between men and women and that the new laws by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government to allow same-sex unions would be invalid from midnight (9 a.m. EDT) Tuesday. "From then, there will be no legal basis for the formation of civil...

2006-05-23 06:30:29

By Lirio da Fonseca DILI (Reuters) - A gunbattle between rebel military policemen and government troops killed one person and wounded six others in East Timor on Tuesday, officials said, the latest violence that has prompted concern in neighboring Australia. Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said parts of East Timor appeared to be descending into violence and pledged to send military help if needed. A group led by rebel Major Alfredo Reinaldo triggered the latest incident...

2006-04-18 21:07:25

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will send up to 110 troops to the Solomon Islands on Wednesday to help restore calm after the election of a new prime minister in the South Pacific nation sparked rioting, a government official said. Rioters set fire to shops in Chinatown, razing many buildings in protest at the election of Snyder Rini on Tuesday, claiming his new government would be heavily influenced by local Chinese businessmen and the Taiwan government. Canberra said 17 Australian...

2006-04-10 23:58:35

CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian review of how it grants visas to asylum seekers could undermine the integrity and credibility of its refugee process, human rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Friday that the system was under review after a recent Immigration Department decision to grant asylum to 42 boat people from Indonesia's Papua province strained ties between Canberra and Jakarta. The government is considering...

2006-04-07 01:52:02

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will review how it grants visas to asylum seekers, Prime Minister John Howard said on Friday, after Indonesia complained it was not consulted over Canberra's decision to give 42 Papuans protection visas. Australia's Immigration Department recognized the 42 boat people from Indonesia's troubled Papua province as refugees last month after they sailed from their homeland in a traditional outrigger with a banner accusing Indonesia of genocide. Jakarta...

2006-04-04 18:16:07

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia is investigating reports on Wednesday that a second boatload of asylum seekers from Indonesia's troubled Papua province had landed in northern Australia. Ties between Australia and Indonesia became strained last month after Canberra granted asylum to 42 Papuan refugees, who arrived in late January after sailing for five days in a traditional outrigger. A spokesman for Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone confirmed there were reports another group of...