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Australian lawmaker knocked for remark on party mate’s ‘sex appeal’

Australia’s opposition leader, accused last year of misogyny in a blistering speech by then-prime minister Julia Gillard, was under fire Tuesday after touting the “sex appeal” of an election candidate. Tony Abbott, currently the frontrunner to become next prime minister in September 7 polls, made the remark while campaigning with…

John Oliver: You do not pair a penis with red wine

Monday night on The Daily Show, host John Oliver proved that Australia’s presidential elections were just as much of a gaffe-filled fun-fest as America’s presidential elections. Why venture into Australian politics? Oliver hoped the demonstration would make Americans cut down the current election season from four years to one month.…

Australian far-right candidate is even dumber than a tea partier

While the United States may have some truly awe-inspiringly stupid elected officials and wanna-be elected officials — from Rep. Louis “Don’t Cast Aspersions on my Asparagus” Gohmert (R-TX) to Christine “I’m Not a Witch” O’Donnell to Congressional Republicans who have voted three times to de-fund ACORN, an aid organization that…

Australia opens ‘world’s smartest’ aquarium

A major research aquarium able to simulate ocean warming and carry out key studies on the deadly crown-of-thorns starfish devastating the Great Barrier Reef opened in Australia on Thursday. The Aus$35 million (US$31.4 million) National Sea Simulator, or SeaSim, was unveiled in the northern city of Townsville by Industry Minister…

Boat carrying 150 asylum-seekers capsizes off coast of Australia

A boat carrying some 150 asylum-seekers capsized off Christmas Island Tuesday but the Australian navy saved most of them, rescuers said. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said two navy ships were at the scene 70 nautical miles off the island, which is northwest of the Australian mainland. “There were around…

Climate shift killed Australia’s giant beasts: study

Gigantic animals which once roamed Australia were mostly extinct by the time humans arrived, according to a new study Tuesday which suggests climate change played the key role in their demise. For decades, debate has centred on what wiped out megafauna such as the rhinoceros-sized, wombat-like Diprotodon, the largest known…

Australian climate on ‘steroids’ after hottest summer

Australia’s weather went “on steroids” over a summer that saw an unprecedented heatwave, bushfires and floods, the climate chief said Monday, warning that global warming would only make things worse. The Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed the three summer months ending February 28 were the hottest season ever recorded in…

Australia to withdraw troops from Afghanistan early

Australia said Tuesday it will bring its troops home fromAfghanistan a year earlier than planned with most soldiers withdrawn in 2013 after significant security gains over the past 18 months. Canberra, a key coalition ally of the United States, has repeatedly said it intends to remain in the war-wracked nation until 2014…

Gay men kiss as Muslims protest atheist convention in Australia

A kiss between two gay men angered Muslims who were protesting outside the Global Atheist Convention in Australia over the weekend. Gregory Storer and his partner, Michael Barnett, were attending the convention in Melbourne when they were confronted by a group of Muslim protesters holding signs that that said, “Atheism…

U.S. Marines deployed to Darwin, Australia for new mission

The first batch of 2,500 US Marines to be deployed in Australia began work Wednesday as Washington bolsters its presence in the strategically vital Asia-Pacific, to the irritation of China. Some 200 Marines touched down in tropical Darwin overnight as part of an enhanced defence cooperation outlined during a visit…

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