Australia
Australian wildfires Australian wildfires raised global heat and broadened ozone hole, says study

The study published in Scientific Reports on August 25 says that the plumes of smoke from the Australian wildfires in 2019-2020 led to a 3 degrees Celsius temperature rise over Australia, along with a global rise of 0.7 degrees Celsius

Mammal extinction in Australia Australia lost more mammals than any other continent in last two centuries: report

A report found that since 2016, over 200 animal and plant species have been threatened, including the koala and the gang-gang cockatoo. The largest increase in the threatened list is of invertebrates and frogs

Australia workers strike Thousands of Australian public service workers go on day-long strike

The conservative coalition government in Australia’s largest State, New South Wales, has faced massive resistance from trade unions and workers across sectors for over a year

Teaching staff at University of Sydney walks off the job demanding better working conditions

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) issued the call for this strike demanding secure jobs for the staff and better working conditions.

Australian aged-care workers prepare for walkout during election season

Thousands of aged-care workers in three Australian States will be staging a walkout just weeks ahead of the federal parliamentary election. Unions have blamed the Scott Morrison government for the crisis that has been afflicting aged-care centers

The many trials of Australian whistleblower David McBride

Whistleblower David McBride, who revealed details of possible war crimes by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan, faces a trial in September. He talks about the legal campaign against him

Aboriginal teen killing Australia Evidence in aboriginal teen’s murder in Australia shows cop had history of violence

The publication of previously suppressed additional evidence showed that police officer Zachary Rolfe had a history of conducting violent arrests and falsifying reports. Rolfe, accused of killing an Indigenous teenager, was found not guilty of murder

Covid antibodies in children Children show low levels of antibodies against COVID-19, new study suggests

The results of the study were astounding—while 76% of the adult group had antibodies against the coronavirus, only 37% of the children had the antibodies. Interestingly, participants from both groups had similar viral loads

Aboriginal teenager death Australia Death of Indigenous teenager in Australia raises questions

16-year-old Jai Wright died on Saturday following a crash with an unmarked police car. His family members have raised questions over “inconsistent information” regarding his death given by the police

Hamas banned by Australia Australia to list Hamas as a terrorist organization

The right-wing, pro-Israel government in Australia had last year issued a similar ban on Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah 

Australia health workers strike Nurses in Australia’s New South Wales strike over wages, staff shortage

Thousands of nurses and midwives went on a day-long strike in Australia’s most populous New South Wales State to protest stagnating wages and unsafe staffing conditions

Australia religious discrimination bill Morrison’s religious discrimination bill exposes political fault lines close to elections

With just a handful of months to go for the Australian general elections, prime minister Scott Morrison’s aborted attempt to push through his religious discrimination bill exposes major weaknesses in his government