Australia to ban convicted paedophiles from travelling abroad ‘World-first’ measure aims to tackle problem of sex offe

14 hours ago 56 Click to follow The Independent Online Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Jason Reed/Reuters Australia plans to ban convicted paedophiles from travelling overseas in what the government said is a world-first move to protect vulnerable children in South East Asia from exploitation. Australian paedophiles are notorious for taking inexpensive vacations to nearby South East Asian and Pacific island countries to abuse children there. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she would cancel the passports of around 20,000 paedophiles on the national child sex offender register under legislation that will…

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Despite closer strategic ties, Australia advisory discourages travel to India

Australia may be considering India a priority country in its international relationship as the two nations move towards closer strategic and security cooperation following Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s just-concluded visit to India, but in its official travel advisory Australia continues to flag India as a travel destination that warrants a “high degree of caution” . In fact, an intending Australian traveller to India may be well discouraged from planning a visit to the country — or even cancelling a planned visit — if he or she were to read all…

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Australia Study Cairns celebrates 20th anniversary

The organisation, which manages destination marketing for education providers within the regional city of Cairns in far north Queensland, shared the milestone with agents and educators attending the annual event. Study Cairns president Carol Doyle said the success of the organisation highlighted the level of understanding within the city for the importance of international education to the local economy, as well as the opportunity it provides to students and the community. “International education really connects students with the community” “Cairns is recognised as being Queensland’s leading tourism destination. Tourism is…

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The Top Foods That Visitors to Australia Will Absolutely Love Trying

There are many fabulous reasons for visiting Australia but did you know that the cuisine is one one of them? In the past, this country perhaps didn’t have a stellar reputation in terms of its food. However, these days there are plenty of tasty treats waiting for you Down Under. The Classic Treats There are some classic foods that are commonly associated with Australia that you definitely have to try at some point. You simply can’t travel to this country and not try things like vegemite, meat pies and chiko…

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World’s largest privately owned yacht is headed for Australia

IT HAS a full-size tennis court, a resident sommelier and rooms going for $15 million — and now the world’s biggest privately-owned cruise ship is headed to Australia’s humble shores. Just shy of 200m long, the mammoth residential yacht, called The World, is in the midst of a non-stop journey around the globe. The ship is home to about 130 families who generally only spend between three and six months on board. Since launching in 2002, The World has taken its residents to more than 900 ports across 140 different…

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Westin brand expands in Australia

Starwood lodges & accommodations has signed an agreement with Sekisui house Australia to plot and perform The Westin Coolum motel & Spa in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Slated to open in 2021, the resort might be part of a proposed blended use development offering retail stores and boutiques, plus luxurious apartments. located on Yaroomba seaside, The Westin Coolum inn & Spa can be one of only a few across the world branded beachfront lodges in Australia. Starwood will paintings intently with Sekisui house Australia all through the making plans and design…

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Depp’s wife Amber Heard avoids Australia dog-smuggling conviction

Actress Amber Heard has avoided a conviction for illegally taking her dogs into Australia. Ms Heard, married to actor Johnny Depp, had pleaded guilty in court to making a false statement on her immigration card about the couple’s Yorkshire terriers. But the Queensland judge gave her a one-month good behaviour bond with no conviction recorded. If she breaks the bond she must pay A$1,000 ($770; £540). The authorities also released an unusual video apology from the couple. In the video, which was shown in court and made public by the…

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Australia PM Turnbull gets his early election trigger

Opposition leader Bill Shorten speaks while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looks on in Australia’s lower house on Monday Australia will likely head to the polls on 2 July after the federal upper house voted down legislation aimed at policing construction industry unions. The Australian Building Commission and Construction Commission (ABCC) bill was defeated by 36 votes to 34. The Senate has voted down the ABCC bill twice, giving the government the trigger for calling an early election. An election may benefit Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who needs a clear mandate…

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Australia seizes meth-filled bra inserts in major drugs bust

Australian police have seized more than Aus$1 billion (US$712 million) in methamphetamine, or ice, some concealed in inserts for bras in one of the country’s biggest drug busts, authorities said on Monday. Three Hong Kongers and a Chinese national were arrested during the joint operation with China which Justice Minister Michael Keenan described as the largest seizure of liquid methamphetamine in Australian history. “This has resulted in 3.6 million individual hits of ice being taken off our streets with a street value of Aus$1.26 billion,” he said. “This largest seizure…

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