Recycling row: China’s ban stokes trade fears amid concerns councils will follow Ipswich’s lead | Environment

The body representing Australian councils is urging the federal government to take seriously China’s effective ban on accepting shipments of plastic for recycling, warning it should not ignore potential implications for trade between the two countries. The Australian Local Government Association is calling on state governments to stop treating hundreds …

Kelly Slater issues WA shark warning as Margaret River Pro surfing row deepens

Kelly Slater issues WA shark warning as Margaret River Pro surfing row deepens

Updated April 19, 2018 18:17:31 Photo: Kelly Slater says the two WA shark attacks on Monday may be a precurser to a “larger issue”. (Source: WSL/Poullenot) Champion US surfer Kelly Slater has warned about increased shark activity off WA’s South West coast as the state’s Tourism Minister took a swipe …

Row over new MFB boss escalates with union threatening to release ‘promises’ made by Premier

Row over new MFB boss escalates with union threatening to release ‘promises’ made by Premier

Updated April 18, 2018 20:37:13 Photo: Dan Stephens was appointed after an international search. (Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service) Related Story: MFB president resigns as Melbourne’s fire brigade finally strikes deal with union Related Story: Melbourne firefighters told to reject ‘duplicitous’ workplace agreement Unspecified “promises” allegedly made by Victorian Premier …

Turnbull says tension with China has risen since foreign influence row | World news

Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed tension between Australia and China has ramped up after the foreign interference crackdown. But a former Labor foreign affairs minister, Bob Carr, who’s the director of the China-Australia relationships institute at the University of Technology Sydney, said Australia would be wrong to think its legislation was …

Sergei Skripal poisoning: Australians warned to reconsider travel to Russia amid diplomatic row

Sergei Skripal poisoning: Australians warned to reconsider travel to Russia amid diplomatic row

Updated April 02, 2018 10:19:25 Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack is urging Australians to reconsider travelling to Russia, with government officials warning of anti-Western sentiment. Key points: Two Russian spies have left Australia after being expelled as part of an international diplomatic row Two Australian diplomats have been expelled from …

South Africa v Australia: David Warner involved in heated off-field row with Proteas in Durban

South Africa v Australia: David Warner involved in heated off-field row with Proteas in Durban

Updated March 05, 2018 13:50:30 Video: David Warner involved in verbal stoush with Quinton de Kock in Durban (ABC News) Related Story: Proteas show fight but Aussies turn the screws in Durban Test Related Story: Australia made to wait for victory in Durban, as it happened Cricket Australia (CA) is …

Australia captain Steve Smith stands down for rest of Test after cheating row | Sport

Steve Smith has stood down as Australia captain for the remainder of the third Test against South Africa after admitting his team deliberately tampered with the ball, Cricket Australia has announced. The vice captain David Warner has also stood down. Both Smith and Warner will continue to play in the …

NT Labor row erupts over scrutiny of new laws around police patrolling bottle shop

NT Labor row erupts over scrutiny of new laws around police patrolling bottle shop

Posted March 22, 2018 13:18:58 Photo: The NT Government will not refer several pieces of new legislation, including ones allowing police auxiliaries to patrol bottle shops, to a scrutiny committee. (ABC News: Claire Campbell) Related Story: NT to increase bottle shop patrols amid spike in alcohol-fuelled violence Related Story: NT …