Australian missionaries ordered to pay taxes after judge dismisses claim taxation 'goes against God's will'

The Supreme Court of Tasmania heard the case of Christian missionaries Fanny Alida Beerepoot and Rembertus Cornelis Beerepoot who had failed to pay an income tax and other charges in 2017.

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Man injured in suspected shark attack at Sydney beach

The popular tourist location was closed for several hours.

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Voluntary euthanasia legalised in Australian state

Voluntary euthanasia has become legal in an Australian state, more than 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill.

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Tonga offer Israel Folau international lifeline

Folau’s brother John is set to be named in Tonga’s squad for this year’s World Cup.

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Australian authorities seize crystal meth worth A$1.2bn in country's largest haul

The drugs were hidden inside stereo speakers shipped from Bangkok, the Australian Border Force said.

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Police raid Australian public broadcaster over Afghan leak

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said the police operation raised questions about media freedom in the country.

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Four people killed after shooting in Darwin, Australia

A gunman has been arrested after killing at least four people and wounding several others in the Australian city of Darwin.

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Australian MP 'hopeful' for Irish family facing deportation

Australian MP feels “hopeful” for Irish family facing deportation after speaking with Immigration Minister.

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Australia loosens borrowing rates overnight to fight falling property market

Within hours of the re-election in Australia of the sitting coalition Government led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Saturday, the first in what can be expected as a series of steps is underway to fight the falling property market.

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Morrison thanks Australians for surprise election victory

Mr Morrison became prime minister only last August when a contentious internal party vote dumped Malcolm Turnbull as its leader.

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Opposition confident as counting starts in Australian election

An exit poll found that the Labour Party could win as many as 82 seats in the 151-seat House of Representatives.

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Polls open in Australian election with opposition tipped to win

Bill Shorten, a 52-year-old former union leader, has promised a range of reforms.

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Former prime minister Bob Hawke remembered as ‘great Australian’

The former Australian prime minister has died aged 89.

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Former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke dies aged 89

He served in the role from 1983 to 1991.

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Rivals spar over Christian beliefs as Australia prepares to go to the polls

Opposition leader Bill Shorten tackled prime minister Scott Morrison over his attitude to same-sex marriage.

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University library in Australia evacuates hundreds due to strong-smelling fruit

The library re-opened after a ‘completely safe’ durian fruit was found in one of the bins.

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Australian PM puts personal life at centre of election campaign launch

Scott Morrison aims to keep his Liberal Party in government next Saturday, but faces tough opposition from Labour and its leader Bill Shorten.

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Tributes paid to Irish man killed in Sydney crash

A 53-year-old man has been charged with dangerous driving causing death after an Irish tradesman was killed in a horror crash in Sydney.

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Irishman, 36, killed in 11 car pile-up in Sydney

A 36-year-old Irishman has been killed in a horror 11 car pile-up in Sydney.

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Appeal by Irish couple to stop deportation from Australia because of toddler's illness rejected

An appeal by an Irish couple facing deportation from Australia because their son has Cystic Fibrosis has been rejected.

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Australian PM hit with egg on election campaign trail

Australia's prime minister has been hit on the head with an egg and a 70-year-old woman was knocked off her feet during a protest ahead of a general election next week.

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Two Irishmen arrested in Australia over alleged roof scam spent money on designer goods, police say

Two Irishmen arrested in Melbourne over an “Irish roof scam” spent the cash on high-end Rolex watches and designer clothing, police allege.

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Three-eyed snake found on Australian roadside

Monty Python was found just outside the town of Humpty Doo, near Darwin.

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Man convicted in Australia over plane bomb plot

An Australian jury has convicted a man of plotting to blow up an Etihad Airways airliner on a flight from Sydney to the United Arab Emirates with a bomb hidden in a meat grinder.

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Geoffrey Rush wins defamation case against Australian newspaper publisher

The Oscar winner had sued the publisher of Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph and a journalist.

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Australian prime minister calls May election

Scott Morrison announced that Australia would go to the polls on May 18.

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No charges for ‘egg boy’ or Australian senator after spat

Police have issued an official caution to the 17-year-old.

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Australian court dismisses case brought by man who accused boss of breaking wind

The court upheld a judge’s ruling that even if the allegations were true, flatulence did not necessarily constitute bullying.

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Street entertainer’s didgeridoo prompts gun panic on Australian train

Police attended in Melbourne before realising the suspicious item in question was the indigenous wood instrument.

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Cyclone lashes remote Australian coast with wind and rain

The Category 4 storm made landfall in the Northern Territory.

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Man’s mobile phone comes to rescue after arrow fired at him

A man has been arrested following the incident in Australia.

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Second ever case of semi-identical twins identified by Australian doctors

The siblings are the second ever reported case of sesquizygotic twins, scientists believe.

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Australian police arrest man found dangling on a fence by his underwear

A man in Adelaide was caught dangling from a six-foot fence by his underwear after he tried to run away from police.

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Church launches canonical probe following abuse conviction of Cardinal Pell in Australia

The move was expected following the conclusion of the criminal case in Australia.

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Last child refugees to leave Nauru camp, Australian PM says

Australia has announced that the last child refugees held on the Pacific atoll of Nauru will soon be sent to the US, ending the banishment of children under the government's harsh asylum seeker policy.

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January officially Australia's hottest month on record

Australia sweltered through its hottest month on record in January and the summer of extremes continued with wildfires razing the drought-parched south and flooding in expanses of the tropical north.

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January officially Australia’s hottest month on record

The mean temperature across the country for the first time exceeded 30C (86F).

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Australia Day or Invasion Day? Country divided by celebrations and protests

While thousands of Australians celebrated by going to the beach and participating in parades, others gathered to protest a in what has become known as the 'Invasion Day Rally'.

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‘Horrifying’: Carpet python with 511 ticks caught in Australia

Australian Tony Harrison said he has never seen anything like it in 26 years of snake catching.

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Donegal men charged with murder in Australia remanded in custody

Police upgraded the charge to murder after the man died in hospital on Monday.

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Australia celebrates Gravy Day in memory of classic song

Paul Kelly’s 1996 hit has everyone looking forward to Christmas down under.

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Irish woman who stabbed fiance to death in Australia sentenced to eight years

An Irish woman who stabbed her fiance to death in Australia has been jailed for eight years.

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Giant red kangaroo dubbed ‘Arnie of Roos’ dies aged 12

Roger stood six feet seven inches tall and weighed nearly 200 pounds in his prime.

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North-east Australia faces unprecedented ‘catastrophic’ wildfire danger

Families have been warned not to go out, to keep together and prepare to leave if necessary.

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Sleeping pilot overflies island destination by 29 miles

A pilot is under investigation after falling asleep in the cockpit of a freight plane and overflying his Australian island destination by 46 kilometres (29 miles).

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‘Bali Nine’ drug smuggler released from Indonesian jail after nearly 14 years

Renae Lawrence was the only woman among nine Australians who were arrested in 2005 for smuggling 8.3 kilograms of heroin from Australia to Bali.

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Three men charged with planning mass killing in Melbourne

Three men allegedly inspired by the Islamic State group have been charged with planning a mass-casualty attack in Melbourne, Australia, police said.

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Melbourne attacker also planned explosion, police say

Officers said barbecue gas cylinders in the back of Hassain Khalif Shire Ali’s pick-up failed to ignite.

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Armistice centenary has brought Australia and UK closer together – minister

Australian minister for veterans Darren Chester has travelled to Belgium to take part in commemorations.

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Surfer uses board to fend off shark attack

It comes two days after a fatal attack on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Australian man jailed for persuading wife to kill herself

Graham Morant was convicted by a Queensland state Jury in October on charges of counselling and aiding his wife to suicide in 2014.

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Australian PM issues formal apology to nation's abuse survivors

Australia's prime minister has delivered a formal apology to the country's victims of child sex abuse, saying the nation must acknowledge their long, painful journey and "say sorry".

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Australian PM rejects calls for early election

Scott Morrison’s Liberal Party conceded defeat on Saturday in a by-election for the former seat of Malcolm Turnbull.

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Needles in strawberries scare spreads across Australia

Public fears about sewing needles concealed inside strawberries on supermarket shelves have spread across Australia and New Zealand.

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Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull quits Parliament

The ex-leader was ousted last week and replaced by his treasurer Scott Morrison.

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The churn Down Under may finally be over

With Scott Morrison the new face in the hotseat, the merry-go-round in the Australian prime minister’s office may finally become a thing of the past, writes Gareth Evans.

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Ousted former Australian prime minister to quit parliament

Malcolm Turnbull told supporters he will resign from parliament, a week after he was forced from office by MPs in his own party.

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