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Australians vote in cliffhanger election
Australians flocked to vote in national elections Saturday with conservative leader Malcolm Turnbull appearing to have a slight edge over Labor's Bill Shorten, culminating a marathon race where economic management has become a key issue in the wake of the Brexit vote.
 
Tough border protection and asylum-seeker policies are critical to preserve multiculturalism, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Thursday, pointing to Britain's vote to exit the EU because of "anxiety over immigration."
 
Thirty Vietnamese found illegally fishing in Australian waters were Tuesday handed suspended jail sentences and had their boats destroyed in what authorities said was a strong deterrent message.
 
A piece of debris that washed up on an island off Australia's south coast was not from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, officials said Wednesday as they confirmed there are no plans to extend the underwater search for the plane.
 
A huge cattle station that pours sediment into the Great Barrier Reef was bought Wednesday by the government as efforts are stepped up to help the World Heritage site bounce back from mass bleaching.
 
Teenage recruits into the Australian military were forced to rape each other, often as part of brutal initiation practices, a public inquiry into child sex abuse heard Tuesday.
 
Opposition leader Bill Shorten used his center-left Labor Party's official campaign launch on Sunday to cast July 2 general elections as a referendum on the future of Australia's universal healthcare system.
 
Workers in Vietnamese abattoirs have been filmed using sledgehammers to bludgeon Australian cattle, activists said Thursday, with livestock exporters vowing prompt action over alleged "brutal treatment" in the multi-million dollar industry.
 
Three elderly bystanders were wounded Thursday when Australian police opened fire on a man wielding a large carving knife in a busy Sydney shopping center, authorities said.
 
3 die in floodwaters as strong storm lashes Australia's east
Three people were killed in floodwaters from a strong storm that pounded Australia's east coast over the weekend, with drenching rains and huge ocean swells forcing some coastal residents to flee their homes and sending a swimming pool sliding into the sea.
 
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