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Australian opposition promises deeper emission reductions

Dec. 02, 2021 23:54 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia would set a more ambitious target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 43% by the end of the decade if the government changes hands in elections early next year, the opposition leader said on Friday. Center-left Labor Party...

Australia delays relaxing border, 5th omicron case reported

Nov. 29, 2021 07:24 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian authorities announced on Monday that they would delay plans to relax border restrictions by at least two weeks, as the country reported its fifth case of the omicron COVID-19 variant. New South Wales state authorities reported on...

Solomon Islands violence recedes but not underlying tension

Nov. 27, 2021 01:18 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Violence receded Friday in the capital of the Solomon Islands, but the government showed no signs of addressing the underlying grievances that sparked two days of riots, including concerns about the country's increasing links with China. ...

Solomon Islands leader blames foreign powers for unrest

Nov. 26, 2021 00:21 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Friday blamed foreign interference over his government’s decision to switch alliances from Taiwan to Beijing for anti-government protests, arson and looting that have ravaged the capital Honiara in recent days....

Australia sending troops, police to Solomons amid unrest

Nov. 25, 2021 02:37 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia says it is sending police, troops and diplomats to the Solomon Islands to help after anti-government demonstrators defied lockdown orders and took to the streets for a second day in violent protests. Prime Minister Scott Morrison...

Australia to welcome vaccinated foreign students, workers

Nov. 21, 2021 22:35 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government expects 200,000 vaccinated foreign students and skilled workers will soon return without quarantining when the country further relaxes pandemic restrictions next week. From Dec. 1, students, skilled workers and...

Australia aims to protect, promote critical technologies

Nov. 17, 2021 04:33 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday announced a new plan to protect and promote technologies critical to the national interest, in a challenge to China’s emerging dominance in key strategic fields. The initial focus would...

Former leader says sub deal protects US, not Australia

Nov. 10, 2021 04:23 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s deal to acquire submarines powered by U.S. nuclear technology was aimed at protecting the United States from Chinese nuclear attack and had changed Australia-Sino relations, former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating said on Wednesday. ...

Australia putting $738M into low emissions investment fund

Nov. 09, 2021 19:45 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister on Wednesday launched a billion Australian dollar ($738 million) investment fund to fast-track emerging low emissions technologies including carbon capture and storage as he bolsters his government’s green credentials ahead of...

Australia announces policy to boost electric car sales

Nov. 08, 2021 21:45 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister on Tuesday announced plans to encourage people to buy electric vehicles weeks after his government was accused at a U.N. conference in Scotland of being a laggard in fighting climate change. Prime Minister Scott...