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September, 29, 2016

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Australia's treasurer on Friday formally blocked Chinese bidders from leasing a Sydney electricity grid, saying the deal would not have been in the nation's best interest.
 
Australia has agreed to close an immigration camp housing hundreds of asylum seekers on Papua New Guinea, the Pacific island nation said Wednesday, but gave no timeline.
 
Indigenous peoples look to preserve environment
Amelia Telford remembers the moment huge slabs of her country were swallowed by the sea.
 
Australia gov't halts online census after cyberattack attempt
Australia's first attempt to conduct a census online was in disarray after several cyberattacks and a hardware failure led to the website being shut down, officials said Wednesday.
 
MH370 plunged into the ocean at high speed -- up to 20,000 feet (6096 meters) per minute -- reinforcing analysis that the missing Malaysia Airlines jet crashed in the current search zone, a report said Tuesday.
 
Australia's largest banks will have to face a parliamentary committee for an annual grilling to "drive cultural change," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Thursday as he addressed public disquiet about their behavior.
 
Australia criticized over asylum seeker 'abuse'
Australia is deliberately failing to combat the abuse of asylum seekers on the Pacific island of Nauru to deter others from arriving by boat, two global human rights groups said Wednesday.
 
Atheist foundation urges Australians to quit identifying themselves as 'Jedi' on nat'l census
Atheists are urging Australians not to describe themselves as "Jedi" in the upcoming census, warning that doing so in homage to "Star Wars" makes the country appear more religious than it really is.
 
An Australian aboriginal leader was Monday appointed to investigate the abuse of teenagers at a detention center after the judge named to lead the inquiry resigned, saying he lacked the confidence of the indigenous community.
 
Australia's razor-close election could end up in court, with the re-elected government on Monday holding out hope of extending its single-seat majority.
 
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