Australia worries about Rio Tinto verdict

SYDNEY - (AP) Australia's leader said Tuesday that secrecy surrounding China's trial of four Rio Tinto workers for commercial espionage leaves room for doubt about the convictions. Canberra says the jail sentence handed to Australian citizen Stern Hu on bribery charges was harsh, and has criticized...

Australia rejects proposal for limited whale hunts

CANBERRA Australia - (APINTL) Australia rejected an International Whaling Commission proposal that would allow limited commercial whaling for the first time in 25 years, dismissing it Wednesday as a huge step back for whale conservation efforts. There has been a ban on commercial whaling since 1986...

Australia to take Japan to court over whaling

CANBERRA, Australia - (AP) Australia has announced it will take Japan to the International Court of Justice in a bid to prevent it whaling in the Antarctic Ocean. Environment Minister Peter Garrett and Attorney-General Robert McClelland say it underlines the government's "commitment to bring...

Australia sues Japan over controversial whaling

TOKYO - (AP) Japan said Tuesday it would staunchly defend its research hunt that kills hundreds of whales per year, a day after Australia filed an international lawsuit arguing that the cull does not qualify for a scientific exemption to a 1986 ban. Australia Japan's major trading partner filed...

Australia plans to change 'racist' welfare policy

CANBERRA Australia - (APINTL) Australia plans to reform a policy criticized as racist for restricting how Outback Aborigines spend their welfare checks by applying it to recipients regardless of ethnicity, the prime minister said Wednesday. The government introduced so-called "income management"...

Countries paying teen's rescue cost defend sea law

ADELAIDE, Australia - (AP) The first day Abby Sunderland was stranded in the Southern Ocean, Australia's rescue agency chartered a jet to fly over the area where her emergency beacon was activated. The 11-hour flight cost an estimated 110,000 Australian dollars (US $94,500). The second day...

Australia gets its 1st female PM as Rudd ousted

CANBERRA, Australia - (AP) Australia's ruling Labor Party ousted Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Thursday in a sudden, stunning revolt that also delivered the country its first female leader. Rudd's deputy, Julia Gillard, was elected leader in an uncontested vote about 12 hours after she surprised...

ANZ-Pacifica Law Toolbox

Welcome to LexisNexis ANZ-Pacifica Law Toolbox, the law toolbox that brings you LexisNexis content available for Oceania: Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island Nations. You will find below the legal content and analysis that we have for several countries in this vast and beautiful...