Swire Shipping hauls anchor in Tasmania, with forestry looking to northern export solution

The operator of southern Tasmania's only direct freight service has announced it is pulling out of the state in two weeks, forcing customers to transport goods to northern ports by road or rail. Singapore-based company Swire Shipping has been operating out of Hobart every nine days since 2015, but are stopping the service due to … Continue reading Swire Shipping hauls anchor in Tasmania, with forestry looking to northern export solution

Conservative netball dad who pursued tough immigration policies is Australia’s new PM

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s next prime minister is a career public servant from Sydney’s southern suburbs who rose to prominence by stopping asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat and has steered the country’s fiscal direction for the past three years. Morrison, who has served as the country’s treasurer since 2015, represents the predominantly Anglo-Saxon … Continue reading Conservative netball dad who pursued tough immigration policies is Australia’s new PM

‘Trump-esque’ former cop Dutton eyes Australia PM role

By Jonathan Barrett, Erin Cooper SYDNEY (Reuters) - Peter Dutton, who has launched a challenge to become Australia’s prime minister, is a polarizing former police officer who forged a hard-line reputation enforcing tough immigration policies and making unpopular cuts to the health budget. Dutton has emerged in recent months as the leader of the Liberal … Continue reading ‘Trump-esque’ former cop Dutton eyes Australia PM role

Australia’s opposition Labor sitting pretty as PM’s leadership appears doomed

By John Mair, Erin Cooper SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s opposition Labor Party looks to be in the envious position of having to do little to ensure victory in the next election after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull survived a damaging leadership challenge on Tuesday. Polling and growing dissatisfaction with Turnbull’s fractured center-right government, led by his … Continue reading Australia’s opposition Labor sitting pretty as PM’s leadership appears doomed

Australian PM waters down energy bill to dampen leadership pressure

By Erin Cooper SYDNEY, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday averted a possible leadership challenge by dropping targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions to appease his critics, say local media, as a poll showed his government losing voter support. Conservatives in his coalition were reportedly sounding out colleagues for a … Continue reading Australian PM waters down energy bill to dampen leadership pressure

Australia waters down commitment to climate accord amid domestic political fight

By Colin Packham and Erin Cooper SYDNEY, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday stripped requirements for reducing greenhouse emissions from his centrepiece energy policy in the face of political opposition, although the country remains a signatory to the Paris Agreement. The National Energy Guarantee had mandated that greenhouse emissions from … Continue reading Australia waters down commitment to climate accord amid domestic political fight

Waterbomber pilot killed fighting Australian wildfires

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A helicopter pilot died on Friday when his aircraft crashed while waterbombing rare winter bushfires in Australia that have swept across its drought-stricken southeast, police said. About 75 fires are burning across New South Wales state, fanned by dry conditions that prompted authorities to declare a drought across the state last week. … Continue reading Waterbomber pilot killed fighting Australian wildfires

No relief in sight as Australian drought fuels bushfires

SYDNEY, Aug 16 (Reuters) - The drought sweeping through large tracts of Australia is set to intensify over the next three months and is fuelling unseasonal winter bushfires, the leading meteorological agency and a fire official said on Thursday. The Bureau of Meteorology forecast of more warm, dry weather suggests hopes for a reprieve from … Continue reading No relief in sight as Australian drought fuels bushfires

Australia plans law for tech firms to hand over encrypted private data

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia on Tuesday proposed a new law requiring technology firms such as Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook and Apple to give police access to private encrypted data linked to suspected illegal activities. The measure, which targets platforms the Australian government says could be used for criminal activities or to plan a terror attack, … Continue reading Australia plans law for tech firms to hand over encrypted private data

Winds ease in Tasmania after damaging property, disrupting flights

Wild winds which had lashed Tasmania causing some property damage and delaying Hobart flights have eased. An airport spokesman said the velocity of the winds made it unsafe for workers to handle baggage and for passengers to walk across the tarmac. Passengers had reported being kept on the tarmac on at least one flight after … Continue reading Winds ease in Tasmania after damaging property, disrupting flights