Tag Archives: Australia

Australia Post boss paid 10 times more than PM

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on the country’s state postal operator to reconsider the pay awarded to its chief executive. It has emerged that Ahmed Fahour earned A$5.6m ($4.3m; £3.4m) last year – more than ten times the PM’s salary. Mr Turnbull said the remuneration was “too high”. Australia Post defended the payout, saying it included… Read More »

Australia Houses Migrants in ‘Degrading’ Offshore Detention Camps

President Donald Trump’s reported rift with Australia’s leader over a deal to resettle refugees has shone a spotlight on the country’s controversial program which sees thousands of migrants kept offshore on detention islands. But these places in the Pacific Ocean are not tropical paradises: Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, along with the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR say… Read More »

Australia predicts dramatic fall in iron ore prices

Shares in Australian mining companies have fallen after the government forecasted a dramatic decline in iron ore prices. The government forecast an iron ore price of $46.70 a tonne by 2018, almost half the current level of $80. The current price is supported by resurgent demand from China. But the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science said that… Read More »

Qantas to fly from London to Australia non-stop

Passengers will be able to fly from London to Australia non-stop when airline Qantas launches its new service from March 2018. Australia’s national carrier says it will connect Perth, in the west of the country, to the UK capital using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The 9,000 mile (14,498km) flight will take 17 hours. Perth will be a hub for… Read More »

Endeavour: Has the ship Captain Cook sailed to Australia been found?

Researchers in the US believe they may be a step closer to locating the ship in which British explorer Captain James Cook sailed to Australia in 1768. The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (Rimap) has known for some time the ship was scuttled in Newport Harbour, off the US coast, in 1778. But they now believe they have… Read More »