February 16, 1991
The success of the anti-Scud Patriot missiles in the Mideast is prompting replication of sorts at home. A Colorado toy rocket manufacturer reports it is backlogged with orders for an upcoming 21-inch WORKING MODEL of the Patriot missile. Meanwhile, in Australia, officials warned that toy Patriot missiles could endanger aircraft.
December 19, 1989 |
This country is introducing tough new immigration laws today that will raise educational and professional requirements and deal harshly with people who overstay their visas. The laws "substantially tightens our management of the immigration program," Immigration Minister Robert Ray said Monday. The rate of emigration to Australia has been rising steadily over the last few years. The number in 1989-90 will be limited to 140,000, the same as in the previous year.
January 31, 1990 |
Licking toads will not give you warts or produce a fairy prince, but it might get you high. It isn't exactly an epidemic, but the Drug Enforcement Administration says toad licking is the latest way to hallucinate. "It sounds like a fairy tale gone wrong, doesn't it?" said Robert K. Sager, chief of the DEA's laboratory in San Francisco. "Now, I don't think this is going to be a great problem because people don't go around licking toads as a habit." The culprit: the Cane toad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1988 |
Residents of New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, surrendered 600 guns Friday in compliance with laws passed after two mass murders last year. Gun owners in the state have until Jan. 29 to hand over their weapons. After that, they face a $700 fine. Only farmers and licensed members of shooting clubs may keep guns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2001
Re "G'Way, Mate," editorial, Sept. 7: Australia is one of only nine countries in the world operating a dedicated offshore humanitarian resettlement program. We take in 12,000 people a year, which on a per capita basis is second only to Canada. We are proud of our record. Your claim that a Norwegian freighter "made for the nearest port . . . Christmas Island" (an Australian territory) is wrong. The ship originally proceeded toward the Indonesian port of Merak--the nearest port at the time--with its prospective unauthorized arrivals, after responding to a distress call to aid a fishing vessel in Indonesian waters.