Saudi teenager caught in Thailand granted Asylum In Canada

By Helene Fung Canada has granted Rahaf Alqunun asylum following the Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) officially given the high-profile teenage asylum seeker refugee status. Eighteen-year-old Saudi Arabian Rahaf Alqunun fled her country last week, claiming that she was abused by her family, and would be killed if she returned because she has renounced Islam. She…

2018 Recorded as Australia’s Third Warmest Year

Australia has experienced its third warmest year on record, according to a new Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) report. BOM released its annual climate statement on Thursday, revealing the nation’s average temperature was 1.14 degrees Celsius above the average for 1961-1990, which made 2018 slightly warmer than 2017, with only 2005 and 2013 warmer. Individual states…

WA Tourism Struggle Continues As International Tourists Spend Less

International tourists to WA have spent less time and money in the state, despite tourism figures revealing holiday makers spending $113.4 billion throughout the country. The latest tourism figures released on Wednesday have revealed WA’s tourism industry is struggling to convince international visitors to stay longer and spend more with low growth in international visitors…

Health Insurance Premiums Set to Rise

Australians will be paying more for their health insurance premiums, with the federal government getting the green light to hike up its premium costs. 13 million Australians will see their health insurance costs increase by 3.25 per cent from April 1 next year, despite Health Minister Greg Hunt’s claims that is the lowest since 2001.…

ANALYSIS: What’s the arrest of the Huawei executive got to do with you?

By: Dr Ian Cook, Murdoch University Senior Lecturer In Global Politics & Policies. Canada’s arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at the request of the US government is part of a fight between the US and China that will shape international economics, politics and telecommunications for decades. And it’s a fight that Australia can’t avoid.…

New Laws to Give Police, Security Agencies Access to Encrypted Messages in Serious Crime

Police and intelligence agencies will be empowered to access encrypted messages under new laws that will help fight terrorism and serious crimes. The laws, which are expected to pass parliament this week, will give police access to messages on encrypted social media applications including WhatsApp, used in criminal activity. The Federal Government made a deal…

Federal Government Improves Firefighting With $26 million Boost

Australia’s firefighting systems will be overhauled to better equip firefighters to face dangerous and unpredictable fires. Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed the plan on Wednesday to inject $26 million in a funding boost to improve current firefighting measures across the country. The improvements will include $5.85 million to update of the ageing national fire danger…

WA’s Unemployment Rate Falls in October Amidst Steady National Rate

Western Australia’s unemployment has reached its lowest level for the year, following a growth in jobs. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 per cent for the month of October from 6 per cent in September. October’s unemployment rate is the lowest level it has been since September…

5.4 magnitude earthquake shakes the South West

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake has struck the South West this morning, hitting the Lake Muir area, about 330 kilometres from Perth. The earthquake struck just after 5:00am, with people reporting to have felt it as far away as Albany and Perth. This is the second largest earthquake in the Lake Muir area, after a 5.7…