Over 20 far-right Austrian MPs walk out of Parliament during Zelensky's speech
Austria's "permanent neutrality" has been part of its constitution since 1955. The law states that "Austria will never in the future accede to any military alliances nor permit the establishment of military bases of foreign states on her territory", reports the BBC.
Australia government introduces bill for referendum on Indigenous Voice
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus tabled the bill in the lower house, declaring it is time for a different approach to addressing Indigenous disadvantage, reports Xinhua news agency. The bill, which has the support needed to pass both houses without a hitch, will enable the government to hold a referendum in the second half of 2023 on whether the constitution should be changed to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and set up the Voice.
2 in 5 Australian adults gamble weekly: Government report
The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), an agency within the Department of Social Service, published a survey of 1,765 people on gambling participation and community harm, reports Xinhua news agency. It found that 38 per cent of the adult population gambled at least weekly while three-quarters gambled at least once in the last 12 months.
Australian Defence Force to probe army chopper incident
All 10 personnel on board the army MRH-90 Taipan were rescued from the ocean off the coast of New South Wales (NSW) on Wednesday night and assessed at a nearby naval academy, with two sustaining minor injuries, reports Xinhua news agency. The helicopter was taking part in routine counter-terrorism training when it lost power and ditched into the ocean.
Australian PM reveals question for Indigenous Voice referendum
In a press conference, Albanese announced that the Referendum Working Group has landed on a question for the referendum, which is expected to be held in the second half of 2023, reports Xinhua news agency. Australians will be asked whether they approve of an alteration to the nation's constitution to recognize the "First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice".
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch prepares for 5th marriage at 92
Quoting gossip columnist Cindy Adams, who broke the story in the 'New York Post', 'Variety' says Murdoch's future wife was married to Chester Smith, a country-western singer, as well as a radio and TV executive who died in 2008. Adams reports that the two bonded over their shared knowledge of the media business as well as the fact that she once owned a vineyard and he still does.
Half of all migrant workers in Australia feel unsafe at work: Survey
Published by the Migrant Workers Centre, the survey asked more than 1,000 migrant workers in Australia about their experience in the labour and immigration system, reports Xinhua news agency. It found that half of participants have experienced discrimination, bullying and verbal abuse in Australian workplaces while 58 per cent have been victims of wage theft.
Trade pact with India will unlock potential for future investments: Australian PM Anthony
Addressing the India-Australia CEO forum here, Albanese said the business delegation accompanying him is one of the most serious and high-profile delegations to visit India from Australian shores. He also said that it is a turning point in accelerating economic co-operation and mutual benefits in the relationship between the two countries.
We'll work to strengthen security cooperation, says Australian PM ahead of India visit
"I look forward to travelling to India next week at the invitation of Prime Minister @narendramodi. We will work to strengthen our security cooperation and deepen our economic, sporting and educational ties," said Anthony Albanese on Twitter on Saturday ahead of his visit. He will be accompanied by Senator Don Farrell, Minister for Trade and Tourism.
Another Hindu temple bears brunt of Khalistani hatred in Australia
Temple President Satinder Shukla told The Australia Today: "Priest and devotees called this morning and notified me about the vandalism on the boundary wall of our temple. We have informed the Queensland police officers, and they assured to ensure the safety of Temple and devotees."