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March 9, 2003 | From Reuters
The government has ordered an Iraqi diplomat who it believes is a spy to leave Australia by Wednesday, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Saturday. "We have reason to believe that he's associated with the Iraqi intelligence agency, and he is assessed by our agency as an Iraqi intelligence officer. His activities are incompatible with his status of a diplomat," Downer told reporters in Adelaide.
September 23, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
ChevronTexaco Corp., Royal Dutch/Shell Group and rivals are studying pumping natural gas across Australia through a pipeline costing more than $668 million to tap rising demand in the populous eastern states. Two trans-continental routes were being evaluated to ship gas as far as 2,486 miles from fields off northwestern Australia to cities such as Sydney, said Daniel Smith, a Western Australian government spokesman.
March 17, 2003 | From Associated Press
Participation of this country in a war with Iraq is growing "more likely," Prime Minister John Howard said today after a telephone briefing from President Bush on Sunday's summit in the Azores. At a news conference in Canberra, the capital, Howard said Bush did not make a "formal request" to Australia to participate in military action. "But I would expect ... that that request would be received in the very near future," he added.
June 27, 2003 | From Associated Press
The Australian government Thursday branded multilateral forums such as the United Nations "ineffective and unfocused" and said its foreign policy will increasingly rely on "coalitions of the willing" such as the one that waged war in Iraq. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer also said that in Canberra's view, other nations' sovereignty was "not absolute."
June 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Australia's defense minister sharply criticized Boeing Co., saying he's concerned about a delay as long as 18 months in the production of an early-warning surveillance plane. "We are very disappointed with Boeing's performance on this project," Brendan Nelson said during a Pentagon briefing. Nelson said he intended to make sure that Boeing delivered on its airborne early-warning and control system aircraft, which are based on the 737 frame. The contract is worth more than $2.5 billion.
July 15, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Before there were cuddly koalas, hordes of flesh-eating kangaroos, "demon ducks" and marsupial lions roamed Australia's outback, according to paleontologists' recent fossil discoveries announced Wednesday. A team from the University of New South Wales working in the eastern state of Queensland made the discoveries in three new fossil deposits. Many of the fossils are older than 24 million years; one of the deposits is thought to contain fossils up to 500 million years old.
August 27, 2007
First Lady Laura Bush has a pinched nerve and so has canceled plans to accompany the president on next month's trip to Australia, her office announced. President Bush is to arrive in Sydney on Sept. 4 for a state visit and talks with Australian Prime Minister John Howard before participating in the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders summit. Howard said the president would leave the summit early to return to the U.S. for the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
July 1, 2007 | From Reuters
Australian Prime Minister John Howard is secretly planning to begin withdrawing Australian troops from Iraq by February 2008, Australian media reported today. The Sunday Telegraph, quoting an unnamed senior military source, described Howard's withdrawal plan as "one of the most closely guarded secrets in top levels of the bureaucracy." The newspaper said the drawdown of troops would focus on soldiers based in southern Iraq on security duty with Iraqi soldiers.
March 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Sylvester Stallone faces a stiff fine for allegedly trying to bring vials of a muscle-building hormone into Australia, where it is restricted. Lawyers for Stallone, the 60-year-old star of the "Rocky" and "Rambo" movie franchises, represented him in a Sydney court on Tuesday where he faces one charge of importing a banned substance.
November 26, 2003 | From Associated Press
The Australian government said Tuesday that it is satisfied that its citizens can get fair trials before the military tribunals the United States created for terrorism suspects. After months of negotiations, the U.S. and Australia have agreed to changes in tribunal rules that they believe will provide fair and open trials without compromising national security.
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