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The Australian government said Friday that it wants to lift the pension entitlement age to 70 — the highest in the developed world — by the year 2035 to help cope with an ageing population.

UNESCO on Thursday condemned a decision to allow the dumping of dredge waste in Great Barrier Reef waters and recommended the Australian marine park be considered for inclusion on the World Heritage in Danger list.

A man is facing charges after he allegedly attempted to sell a baby wallaby on Facebook, attracting bids as high as AU$10,000 (US$9,291) before he was caught, officials said Thursday.

An Australian and Chinese consortium on Wednesday won a 98-year lease on the world's biggest coal export port for AU$1.75 billion dollars (US$1.62 billion), the New South Wales (NSW) government said.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Wednesday the purchase of 58 more F-35 Joint Strike Fighters costing AU$12.4 billion (US$11.6 billion) in a major defense upgrade to maintain Australia's regional edge.

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate met with the families of Australian soldiers killed in recent conflicts Saturday and took a front-row fighter jet seat as their tour headed north.
Touring royals meet up with Australian military families


An Australian naval captain has been relieved of his command after his vessel was involved in an incursion into Indonesian waters while on border protection duty, the defense ministry said Thursday.

Australia--The leader of Australia's most populous state quit as premier on Wednesday in the face of mounting evidence that he failed to declare a AU$3,000 (US$2,800) bottle of wine that arrived as a gift on his Sydney doorstep.

There was no let-up in the air and sea search for the missing Malaysian airliner off Australia on Saturday as Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned that locating Flight MH370 would still likely take a long time.
Australia sees long road ahead as hunt for MH370 continues


Australia's sparsely populated northern tip was preparing Thursday for the largest cyclone to hit the area since Cyclone Yasi smashed into Queensland in 2011, ripping homes from their foundations and devastating crops.
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