The race to house Canberra’s booming population is putting pressure on the ‘bush capital’ | ABC News

The bush capital is getting bigger and some are wondering if that growth threatens the Canberra way of life. One hundred thousand new homes will need to be built in Canberra over the next 20 years. City planners want most of them to fall in existing urban areas, rather than release vast amounts of new … Read more The race to house Canberra’s booming population is putting pressure on the ‘bush capital’ | ABC News

South China Sea issue: Is Australia following the U.S.?

Tensions escalate over the South China Sea, as #Australia appears to back the #UnitedStates in declaring #China’s maritime claims unlawful. Is Canberra changing course? And in a recent speech, #Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte advocated diplomacy, not war, to solve his country’s South China Sea dispute with China. What does that mean in concrete terms? Subscribe … Read more South China Sea issue: Is Australia following the U.S.?

Topic: Australia doesn’t border the South China Sea, what are its interests in the area?

Australia joins the U.S. in opposing China’s “control” of the South China Sea. In a filing to the United Nations last week, Canberra said there was no “legal basis” for Beijing’s claims. The filing appears to reverse Australia’s policy of encouraging claimants to settle disputes under international law. So what’s behind this sudden change of … Read more Topic: Australia doesn’t border the South China Sea, what are its interests in the area?

Soldiers suffering from PTSD are being taught ancient skills at bladesmithing school | ABC News

At a historic homestead south of Canberra, soldiers suffering from PTSD are being taught an ancient skill, to help them forge out a new direction in life. Read more here: https://ab.co/30NZ1Z9 For more from ABC News, click here: https://ab.co/2kxYCZY You can watch more ABC News content on iview: https://ab.co/2OB7Mk1 Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ab.co/1svxLVE … Read more Soldiers suffering from PTSD are being taught ancient skills at bladesmithing school | ABC News

Ultra-runners brave Canberra’s weather to run 24 hours non-stop | ABC News

Heading out for a run in a Canberra winter can be a bit character building. Now imagine running non-stop for a full 24 hours. A brave handful of ultra-runners from around Australia and the world have tried to do just that, and it wasn’t just cold but very wet. For more from ABC News, click … Read more Ultra-runners brave Canberra’s weather to run 24 hours non-stop | ABC News

Australia Extends JobKeeper and JobSeeker Programs, Unleashes $14 Billion Jobs Support

Australia’s government will pump a further A$20 billion ($14 billion) into supporting the jobs market as a surge in coronavirus infections threatens to prolong the nation’s first recession in almost three decades. The government’s signature wage JobKeeper subsidy program, which is currently supporting about 3.5 million workers, will be extended by six months until the … Read more Australia Extends JobKeeper and JobSeeker Programs, Unleashes $14 Billion Jobs Support

What Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin replaced — cows, racecourses and Springbank Homestead | ABC News

It is hard to imagine Canberra without the sparkling centrepiece of Lake Burley Griffin. But have you ever wondered what was there before the lake? Considering excavation of Lake Burley Griffin did not begin until 1960, the area has a rich history — dating back, of course, 25,000 years through the Molonglo Valley’s First Nations … Read more What Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin replaced — cows, racecourses and Springbank Homestead | ABC News

Proposed Australian War Memorial development slammed as ‘wasteful’ and ‘arrogant’ | ABC News

A $500m expansion of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra has been clammed by academics at a public hearing. A federal parliamentary committee is examining the controversial plans, which include the demolition of Anzac Hall. The War Memorial says the expansion will allow it to recognise veterans and peacekeepers from more recent conflicts. Peta Doherty … Read more Proposed Australian War Memorial development slammed as ‘wasteful’ and ‘arrogant’ | ABC News

Australia’s cyber security watch room is monitoring threats 24/7. What’s it like inside? | ABC News

For a dedicated few, keeping Australia safe online starts in the early hours of the morning. That’s when the day shift starts for analysts in the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s 24/7 watch room. Their Canberra headquarters looks like any other nondescript government building but, a few steps inside the lobby, a lattice made up of … Read more Australia’s cyber security watch room is monitoring threats 24/7. What’s it like inside? | ABC News

Joy as Canberra disco for people with disabilities returns after coronavirus shutdown | ABC news

Their regular disco night was a highlight for Daz and Gaz, housemates who live with intellectual disability, but coronavirus forced it to stop. Now, they’re overjoyed it’s starting up again. Read more here: https://ab.co/38Hoc38 For more from ABC News, click here: https://ab.co/2kxYCZY You can watch more ABC News content on iview: https://ab.co/2OB7Mk1 Subscribe to us … Read more Joy as Canberra disco for people with disabilities returns after coronavirus shutdown | ABC news

Australia steps up Hong Kong action in wake of China security law

Diplomatic tensions between Australia and China are escalating after Canberra suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong. The decision comes in the wake of Beijing imposing a controversial new security law on the territory. Australia is also extending visas for Hong Kong students and workers – a move that has angered its biggest trade partner. … Read more Australia steps up Hong Kong action in wake of China security law

Atlassian’s Cannon-Brookes says clean energy ‘best opportunity’ for COVID-19 rebound | The Business

Tech billionaire and climate warrior Mike Cannon-Brookes says there has never been a more compelling time for Australia to adopt clean energy and he believes Canberra is starting to listen. Read more here: https://ab.co/3iGMBKO For more from ABC News, click here: https://ab.co/2kxYCZY You can watch more ABC News content on iview: https://ab.co/2OB7Mk1 Subscribe to us … Read more Atlassian’s Cannon-Brookes says clean energy ‘best opportunity’ for COVID-19 rebound | The Business

Australia Suspends Extradition Deal With Hong Kong

Jul.09 — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the government is suspending its extradition agreement with Hong Kong and will give skilled migrants from the city five-year visas with a pathway to permanent residence after China imposed sweeping national security legislation on the financial hub. He speaks at a briefing in Canberra. (Excerpt)

Australia Warns Citizens They Risk ‘Arbitrary’ Arrest in China

Australia’s government warned citizens they risk “arbitrary” arrest in China following the detention of foreigners there on security grounds. Any Australian in China who wants to come back should return as soon as possible, the department of foreign affairs and trade said in an updated travel advisory notice Tuesday. “Authorities have detained foreigners because they’re … Read more Australia Warns Citizens They Risk ‘Arbitrary’ Arrest in China

Australia Suspends Extradition Agreement With Hong Kong, Offers Visa Extensions

Australia is suspending its extradition agreement with Hong Kong and will give skilled migrants from the city five-year visas with a pathway to permanent residence, after China imposed sweeping national security legislation on the financial hub. “Our decision to suspend the extradition agreement with Hong Kong represents an acknowledgment of the fundamental change of circumstances … Read more Australia Suspends Extradition Agreement With Hong Kong, Offers Visa Extensions