Canberra, May 10 (AP/UNB) — Australia's central bank has taken responsibility for typos on 46 million bank notes after a radio station posted an image of the microscopic error on social media.
Triple M radio posted on Instagram on Thursday a magnified photograph of a 50 Australian dollar ($35) note showing the misspelling of "responsibility." The word appears three times on the note and the third "i'' is omitted every time.
The Reserve Bank of Australia said the spelling error will be corrected at the next print run later this year. The latest version of the notes was released in October.
Australia's high-tech polymer notes are among the most difficult in the world to counterfeit due to their extraordinary level of detail. The technology has been exported to other countries.
The AU$50 note is known colloquially as a pineapple because of its yellow hues and bares an image of the first woman elected to an Australian parliament, Edith Cowan.
The misspelling appears in an extract from her first speech to the Western Australia state Parliament in 1921.
Canberra, May 7 (AP/UNB)— Australia's prime minister was hit on the head with an egg and a woman was knocked off her feet Tuesday during a protest ahead of a general election next week.
The egg appeared to strike Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the back of the head then bounce off without breaking as he spoke to voters at a hall in the regional town of Albury.
A female bystander was knocked to the floor as security guards grabbed a 25-year-old woman who is accused of throwing the egg and carried her outside.
Morrison helped the bystander to her feet. He later suggested the protester was part of a militant movement that raids farms that it accuses of cruelty to animals.
"My concern about today's incident in Albury was for the older lady who was knocked off her feet," Morrison tweeted.
"I helped her up and gave her a hug. Our farmers have to put up with these same idiots who are invading their farms and their homes," he added.
Outside the hall, the protester told reporters she did not mean to knock the woman down.
The protester, who did not identify herself, described throwing the egg as "the most harmless thing you can do."
Police later said in a statement the woman had been taken into custody. Police said no injuries had been reported from the incident.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten condemned the protests as "appalling and disgraceful behavior."
"In Australia, we have violence-free elections," Shorten told reporters. "People are allowed to protest peacefully, but anything approaching violence is unacceptable."
Morrison was campaigning in an electorate held by his conservative Liberal Party. The party fears that an independent candidate could win the seat at the election on May 18.
Dhaka, Apr 17 (UNB) - A man was killed while a woman suffered life-threatening injuries by a deer in a rare attack on a rural property in the state of Victoria of southern Australia early Wednesday.
The injured woman was flown to a hospital for treatment, reports BBC citing local police.
A study into deaths caused by animals in Australia between 2000 and 2013 did not record any fatal deer attacks, said author Dr Ronelle Welton.
Police said they had euthanised the deer on the property near Wangaratta, about 250km (155 miles) north-east of Melbourne.
The incident would be investigated, they added.
A state government report last year noted, "Deer sightings and reports of public safety risk are becoming more common."
It said the state's growing deer population, now at around one million, had been responsible for road collisions and infrastructure damage.
However, Dr Welton said that she was not aware of any wild deer attacks in coroner's records in Australia.
Police did not identify the species of deer suspected of killing the man. Sambar, fallow, red and hog deer are all found in Victoria.
Parks Victoria classifies deer - which are not native to Australia - as a threat to vegetation in national parks.
Melbourne, Apr 14 (AP/UNB) — A drive-by shooting outside a popular Melbourne nightclub in Australia early Sunday left one man dead, another critically wounded and two others injured, police said.
Police said shots were fired from a car into a crowd standing outside the two-story Love Machine club, hitting three security guards at the nightclub and one patron.
Police appealed for anyone with video footage or information to come forward. They have made no arrests so far.
Four people were taken to a hospital, two of whom in critical condition. Police later confirmed that one man, 37 years old, had died.
They are investigating whether a black Porsche SUV seen leaving the area is related to the shooting. The car was later found burnt out.
“These things are still incredibly rare and there’s nothing to indicate at the moment that this is part of a broader agenda,” said Andrew Stamper of Victoria state police.
Love Machine host Steve Yousif posted on Facebook: “Overwhelmed with all your calls and texts, nothing but love for you all.”
“What happened last night was uncalled for and devastating. For some of you it was a night out, the rest of the Love Machine family lost a beautiful soul today,” he wrote.
Gun violence is rare in Australia, which strengthened its gun laws following the murders of 35 people by a lone gunman in 1996 in Tasmania. In New Zealand, an Australian white supremacist has been charged with murder over the March 15 mosque attacks that left 50 dead, leading that nation to ban a range of semi-automatic weapons.
Canberra, Apr 11 (AP/UNB) — Australia's prime minister on Thursday called a May 18 election that will be fought on issues including climate change, asylum seekers and economic management.
"We live in the best country in the world," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters after advising the governor-general to authorize the election.
"But to secure your future, the road ahead depends on a strong economy. And that's why there is so much at stake at this election," he added.
Morrison's conservative coalition is seeking a third three-year term. But Morrison is the third prime minister to lead a divided government in that time and only took the helm in late August.
Opinion polls suggest his reign will become one of the shortest in the 118-year history of Australian prime ministers on election day. The polls suggest center-left opposition leader Bill Shorten will become the eighth prime minister since the country plunged into an extraordinary period of political instability in 2007.
The election pits Shorten, a former labor union leader who has presented himself as the alternative prime minister for the past six years, and Morrison, a leader who the Australian public is still getting to know.
Shorten said in his first news conference since the election was called that his government will take "real action on climate change" and reduce inequality in Australian society if his Labor Party wins power.
"Australians face a real and vital choice at this election. Do you want Labor's energy, versus the government's tiredness? Labor's focus on the future, versus being stuck in the past?" Shorten said.
Morrison is seen as the architect of Australia's tough refugee policy that has all but stopped the people-smuggling traffic of boats from Southeast Asian ports since 2014. The policy has been condemned by human rights groups as an abrogation of Australia's responsibilities as a signatory to the United Nations Refugee Convention.
Morrison's first job in Prime Minister Tony Abbott's newly elected coalition government in 2013 was as minister for immigration and border protection. He oversaw the secretive military-run Operation Sovereign Borders.
Asylum seekers from the Middle East, Africa and Asia would typically disable or sink their boats when intercepted by patrol ships in waters north of Australia so that the Australian crews would have to rescue them rather than turn the boats away. Under the new regime, the asylum seekers were placed in motorized life boats that were towed back to Indonesia. The life boats had just enough fuel to reach the Indonesian coast. The Indonesian government complained the policy was an affront to Indonesian sovereignty.
The government has also maintained a policy adopted in the final months of a Labor government in 2013 of sending boat arrivals to camps on the Pacific island nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Those who attempt to reach Australia by boat are told they will never be allowed to settle there.
Morrison remains proud of virtually stopping people-smuggler boat traffic. He has a trophy shaped like a people-smuggler's boat in his office inscribed with "I Stopped These."
Labor has promised to maintain the policy of banishing boat arrivals to the islands. But Labor says it would give priority to finding permanent homes for the asylum seekers who have languished in island camps for years.
The conservative coalition argues that the boats would start coming again because a Labor government would soften the regime. The government introduced temporary protection visas for boat arrivals so that refugees face potential deportation every three years if the circumstances that they fled in their homelands improve. Labor would give refugees permanent visas so that they have the certainty to plan their lives.
Climate change policy is a political battlefield in a country that is the world's largest exporter of coal and liquefied natural gas and has been one of the world's worst greenhouse gas emitters on a per capita basis because of its heavily reliance on coal-fired power generation.
Disagreement over energy policy has been a factor in the last six changes of prime minister.
Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard introduced a carbon tax in 2012. Conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott scrapped it two years later.
The coalition is torn between lawmakers who want polluters to pay for their greenhouse gas emissions and those who reject any measures that would increase household power bills.
The government aims to reduce Australian greenhouse gas emissions by 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2030.
Labor has promised a more ambitious target of a 45% reduction in the same time frame.
Action on climate change was a major priority for votes when conservative Prime Minister John Howard's reign ended after more than 11 years at an election in 2007.
Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd immediately signed up to the U.N.'s 1997 Kyoto Protocol on reducing emissions. Australia and the United States had been the only industrialized countries to hold out.
Climate change dropped down the list of Australian priorities after the global financial crisis hit.
But after Australians sweltered through a record hot summer and grappled with devastating drought, global warming has become a high-priority issue for voters again.
The government warns that Labor's emissions reduction plan would wreck the economy.
The coalition also argues that Labor would further damage the economy with its policy of reducing tax breaks for landlords as real estate prices fall in Australia's largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne.
Morrison boasts that the conservative administration Prime Minister Howard led delivered 10 annual surplus budgets and paid off all federal government debt before the government changed at the 2007 election.
Rudd had planned a budget surplus in his government's first fiscal year, but the global financial crisis struck.
Many economists congratulate Rudd for keeping the Australian economy out of recession through stimulus spending. The coalition has accused Labor of spending too much and sinking Australia too deep in debt,
But debt has continued to mount since the conservatives regained the reins in 2013. But opinion polls suggest voters consider the conservatives to be better economic managers.
The government brought forward its annual budget blueprint by a month to April 2 and revealed a plan to balance Australia's books in the next fiscal year for the first time in 12 years.
Labor also promised to deliver a surplus budget in the year starting July 1, but it has yet to detail how it will achieve this goal.
Labor has also promised to spend an additional AU$2.3 billion ($1.6 billion) over four years on covering treatment costs of cancer patients. It's an attractive offer with half Australia's population expected to be diagnosed with some form of the disease in their lifetimes.
The conservatives have largely taken credit for Australia's remarkable run of 28 years of economic growth since its last recession under Labor's rule.
Morrison hopes that voters will look to him to deliver a sequel to the Howard years when a mining boom delivered ever-increasing budget surpluses.