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“Appalling” abuse: Australia to push miners to set up register of offenders

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Sydney, AustraliaReuters Australia will push its mining industry to set up a register of sexual harassment perpetrators to help rein in abuse, a cabinet minister said, after a state government report detailed cases of “horrifying” and “appalling” behaviour against women. The inquiry by mineral-rich Western Australia, home to the bulk of the country’s iron ore […]

Four-year-old Australian girl missing from campsite found alive after two weeks

Sydney, AustraliaReuters A four-year-old girl who went missing from an Australian outback campsite more than two weeks ago has been found “alive and well” in a locked house, authorities said on Wednesday. Police broke into a house in Carnarvon, a town about 100 kilometres south of the campsite, early on Wednesday morning and found Cleo […]

Cyclone destroys homes, cuts power to 31,500 on Australia’s west coast

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Sydney, AustraliaReuters A tropical cyclone on Australia’s west coast destroyed several homes and cut electricity to tens of thousands of people overnight before weakening on Monday morning.  Officials said around 70 per cent of the structures in the coastal town of Kalbarri, about 500 kilometres north of state capital Perth, had sustained damage when the […]

In Australia, Fortescue pays royalties to Aboriginal group, a year late

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Melbourne, Australia,Reuters Australia’s Fortescue Metals has pledged to pay nearly $A2 million in outstanding royalties to an Aboriginal partner, around a year after they were initially due, a spokesman for the group said on Thursday. The $A1.9 million figure represents full payments for 2019 and comes amid a growing spotlight on miners’ relationships with Indigenous […]