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Recent articles by Rod:

Qantas moves up flights as Australia expects tourists soon

Qantas Airways has brought forward its plans to restart international travel from Sydney as Prime Minister Scott Morrison predicted tourists would be welcomed back to Australia this year → Read More

Qantas moves up flights as Australia expects tourists soon

Qantas Airways has brought forward its plans to restart international travel from Sydney as Prime Minister Scott Morrison predicted tourists would be welcomed back to Australia this year → Read More

Australia's Queensland state to open to vaccinated travelers

Australia’s Queensland state plans to open to vaccinated travelers, ending the status it has enjoyed throughout the pandemic of being virtually free of COVID-19 → Read More

Australia fights ruling of duty to prevent climate change

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Monday began its legal challenge to a judge’s landmark decision that the administration has a duty of care to prevent future climate change in a case brought by eight teenagers. → Read More

Australian state to end quarantine for vaccinated travelers

Australia’s most populous state New South Wales says it will end hotel quarantine for vaccinated international travelers as the government accelerates the easing of pandemic restrictions → Read More

Holocaust survivor and 'Happiest Man on Earth,' Eddie Jaku dies at 101 years old

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku, who last year published his best-selling memoir, "The Happiest Man on Earth," has died in Sydney, a Jewish community leader said. He was 101. "Eddie Jaku was a beacon of light and hope for not only our community, but the world," New South Wales state Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive officer Darren Bark said in a statement. → Read More

Sydney opens to vaccinated after 100-plus days of lockdown

Sydney hairdressers, gyms, cafés and bars have reopened to fully vaccinated customers for the first time in more than 100 days after Australia’s largest city achieved a vaccination benchmark → Read More

Australia wants Facebook held liable for anonymous comments

Australia’s prime minister on Thursday described social media as a “coward’s palace” and warned that digital platforms including Facebook should be held liable for defamatory comments posted anonymously. → Read More

Australia wants Facebook held liable for anonymous comments

Prime Minister Scott Morrison called Facebook "a coward's place," saying social media platforms should be held liable for anonymous defamatory comments. → Read More

Australian defamation review to examine Facebook liability

An Australian government minister says a review of defamation laws will likely examine whether platforms such as Facebook should be liable for users’ defamatory posts → Read More

Australia won’t welcome foreign tourists until at least 2022

Foreign tourists won’t be welcomed back to Australia until at least next year, the prime minister said Tuesday as he outlined plans for lifting some of the toughest and longest COVID-19 travel restrictions imposed by any democracy. → Read More

Australia won't welcome international tourists until 2022

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says international tourists won’t be welcomed back to Australia until next year, with the return of skilled migrants and students given higher priority → Read More

New Australian state leader sticks to lockdown timetable

The new government leader of Australia’s most populous state says he will stick with a timetable of starting to reopen New South Wales next week → Read More

Australia won’t welcome foreign tourists until at least 2022

Foreign tourists won't be welcomed back to Australia until at least next year, the prime minister said Tuesday as he outlined plans for lifting some of the toughest and longest COVID-19 travel restrictions imposed by any democracy. → Read More

Australian 'a bit sore' after hand was caught in croc's jaws

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian wildlife tour operator said he was lucky to escape more serious injury or even death when a crocodile lunged from a river and clamped his hand in its jaws. Sean Dearly was attacked on Monday on the Adelaide River which is renowned for its "jumping crocodiles" — large crocodiles that rise vertically from the water to snatch chicken carcasses dangled from… → Read More

Australia to lift 18-month COVID-19 travel ban next month

Australia has outlined plans to lift its pandemic ban on its vaccinated citizens traveling overseas from November → Read More

Australian 'a Bit Sore' After Crocodile Grabs His Arm

"What are we going to do about this? It’s hanging off my arm,” Sean Dearly thought after the 2.2 meter crocodile attacked him Monday. → Read More

Think tank finds Chinese aid to Pacific nations has declined

A think tank says China gave significantly less aid to Pacific island nations in recent years despite Beijing’s diplomatic efforts to increase its influence in the region → Read More

Australia: France's recall of ambassador over subs regretful

Australia is noting with regret France’s recall of its ambassador over the surprise cancellation of a submarine contract in favor of a U.S. deal → Read More

Australia predicts record farm production despite challenges

Australia is forecast to reap record revenue from farming this year despite pandemic challenges, a mouse plague and a trade dispute with China → Read More