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FROM AUSTRALIA - NEWS IN BRIEF

Plan to transform Western Sydney into a 'greater economic powerhouse' in 20 years unveiled

Poll predicts landslide Coalition defeat

Recycling in Australia is in crisis. Can it be fixed?

One charge dropped against Cardinal Pell as accuser dies

Australia-rejected refugees settled in US

Julie Bishop defends omission of boyfriend from parliamentary records

Will the Australian dollar get crushed as US interest rates storm higher?

Millions of Australians ordered to have deadly airbags removed from their cars

Michaelia Cash’s menacing threat to expose young female Labor staffers is only the latest of the outspoken Senator’s outbursts.




Plan to transform Western Sydney into a 'greater economic powerhouse' in 20 years unveiled

5/3/2018

(Translation appears in Arabic section)

Sydney - M. E. Times: A "historic" deal to transform Western Sydney into "an even greater economic powerhouse", complete with an airport city, an aerospace institute and a North-South rail link, has been unveiled.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said The Western Sydney City Deal, made in partnership with the State Government, would see a trial of 5G mobile technology, rapid bus services introduced and 200,000 jobs created.

Mr Turnbull, along with New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian, announced the 20-year plan, which has been made by three levels of government.

"This city deal is a historic change for the better for Western Sydney.

"When people stand in Parramatta, they won't be looking East for the best jobs, they'll be looking West for the best jobs," Ms Berejiklian said.

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Poll predicts landslide Coalition defeat

Canberra: According to the latest exclusive Sky News/ ReachTEL poll, the government is facing a landslide defeat to Labor at the next election, trailing the opposition 46-54 on a two party preferred basis.

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Recycling in Australia is in crisis. Can it be fixed?

Sydney: China's import ban pulled the rug out from under recycling industries worldwide.

Australians take recycling seriously.

We recycled 60 per cent of the total waste we produced in 2014-15, according to the latest national waste report.

For most of us, recycling means we put our waste in the yellow-top bin. That is then picked up, taken to a recycling facility and turned back into its basic material — plastic, glass, aluminium, paper.

But it turns out recycling is not so simple, and there are major problems in the Australian industry, as found significant amounts of recyclable materials are being dumped in landfill.

And when China stopped taking Australia's recyclable plastics at the beginning of this year, it became apparent just how dependent our industry was on shipping our waste overseas.

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One charge dropped against Cardinal Pell as accuser dies

Melbourne: ONE of the historical sexual offence charges against Cardinal George Pell has been withdrawn because the accuser has died.

Crown Prosecutor Mark Gibson SC today told Melbourne Magistrates Court one charge was being withdrawn.

Cardinal Pell, 76, will face a four-week hearing beginning on Monday to determine if he stands trial on historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complainants.

Details of Cardinal Pell’s alleged offending, and the number of charges, is not yet known.

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Australia-rejected refugees settled in US

Canberra: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Australia will not consider options for resettling refugees languishing on Pacific islands until the United States fulfils its promise to take up to 1250 of them.

More than a year after President Donald Trump reluctantly agreed to honour an Obama administration deal by resettling hundreds of refugees rejected by Australia, Turnbull told reporters that around 200 had so far found new homes in the US.

Australia has a policy of not allowing any refugees who try to arrive by boat to settle in the country.

It pays neighboring Papua New Guinea and the tiny atoll nation of Nauru to hold around 2000 asylum seekers from Africa, the Middle East and Asia who have attempted to reach Australian shores since 2013.

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Julie Bishop defends omission of boyfriend from parliamentary records

Canberra: Julie Bishop has claimed $32,000 in taxpayer-funded family travel for her long-term boyfriend but says she is not obliged to disclose his financial interests on the parliamentary register because he is not her "spouse" or de facto partner.

In a case that highlights how a couple who is not married or living together can avoid being classified as a spouse under the parliamentary rules, the Foreign Minister has avoided listing property developer David Panton on her parliamentary register of interests because they do not live together.

Because Mr Panton is not listed as a spouse, Ms Bishop has never declared any complimentary travel, hospitality or flight upgrades he may have received while accompanying her around Australia or on missions abroad.

It also means details of his business interests and property holdings are not disclosed.

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Will the Australian dollar get crushed as US interest rates storm higher?

Sydney: As global financial markets mulled over the implications of new Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell firming-up an extra rate hike this year, the NAB popped out a change on its forecast for RBA rates bluntly illustrating the divergent paths the economies are taking.

Mr Powell's maiden testimony to the House Financial Services committee focussed on developments that may lead to a faster pace of rate increases and the potential for the US economy overheating, while the NAB capitulated on its two-rate hikes in Australia theory, now suggesting one-and-done is the go this year.

Having listened to Mr Powell's testimony, RBC chief US economist Tom Porcelli has as good as booked an extra hike from the Fed in, possibly as early as next month.

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Millions of Australians ordered to have deadly airbags removed from their cars

Sydney: The Federal Government today announced a new, compulsory recall of 2.7 million cars affected by the defective Takata airbags.

The airbags have been associated with 20 deaths globally, including one death in Australia last year.

The faulty Takata airbags' inflators contain a defect that can cause them to explode and propel shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

The shards have been known to puncture eyes, faces, necks and chests.

Cars on the compulsory recall list include various models that have already been subject to a voluntary recall — Toyota, Mazda, Honda, BMW, Chrysler, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and several others.

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Michaelia Cash’s menacing threat to expose young female Labor staffers

Canberra: Michaelia Cash’s apparent attempt to hold to ransom the reputations of Labor’s women staff members is the latest episode of her OTT style. And it might be the last.

The West Australian senator has previously been able to pass off ratty behaviour as demonstrations she can play politics as hard as the men.

But this time she showed she could be as much a trader in gossip and sexual sneer aimed at belittling women as any male colleague.

The Employment Minister today with angry tones and facial expressions made an extraordinary threat aimed at advisers to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

She told a Senate committee she would “name every young woman in Mr Shorten’s office of which rumours in this place abound”.

“You want me to start naming them? You want me to start naming them for Mr Shorten to come out deny any of the rumours that are circulating in this building now for many, many years?” she said to Labor’s Doug Cameron.

Senator Cash later suggested her threat was only hypothetical, and it did mesh with a day of Government attacks on “two faced” Mr Shorten himself.

Senator Cash withdrew the unspecific claims of misconduct among staffers with the always-unconvincing rider, “If I’ve offended anyone.”

Well, she has offended many, as senior Labor women Penny Wong and Tanya Plibersek made clear.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott said he had no idea what Senator Cash was thinking.

He told Sydney radio 2GB he could only assume Senator Cash had a "brain snap".

"I gather she's apologised, she certainly should and let's hear no more of it," Mr Abbott said.


 












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