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Australia to make forced marriage illegal

Australia on Wednesday announced plans to make forced marriage and “slavery-like” practices prevalent in the sex industry illegal. Minister for the Status of Women Kate Ellis said the draft legislation was part of the country’s response to combat people-trafficking and slavery. “Every person has a right to choose whether to marry and who to marry,”…

Australia probes Obama security slip

SYDNEY — Australian officials were working Sunday to trace how a top-secret dossier containing detailed plans for US President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Australia came to be found in a gutter. The 125-page booklet, classified “In Confidence” and containing the phone numbers and contact details of senior personnel from…

Ghana 1-1 Australia

How many more of these will I have to post? Kewell blocked a sure goal with his upper arm. As @georgina_turner noted, his bicep was a-wigglin’ as he turned the ball away. Yes, it was close to the shoulder, but there seems to be little argument that there was a…

Das boots

Yeah, this sort of sums it up. Yes, the German feet were ready for a battle today, and I imagine the Aussies at times might have preferred to be trapped in a submarine. The 4-0 rout by the European side was surely painful for Socceroos fans, but you can’t say…

More martyrs

The men who killed a friend of mine were executed yesterday. Maria Kotronakis of Sydney, Australia, whose two sisters were killed [in the Bali bombings], said she was angry that the men never showed remorse, but with the executions, “justice has been served.” By executing them, the Indonesian government has…

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