The ‘Hard Yakka’ of Defining Australian English’s Many Quirks

It took a while for Australians to appreciate their linguistic distinctiveness. The editors at the Australian National Dictionary Center work to document it.

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How Australia Became an NBA Point Guard Pipeline

The N.B.A. Global Academy has developed a reputation for training elite young passers, including Josh Giddey, the sixth overall pick in last year’s draft.

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Creating Space Command, Australia Strengthens High-Tech Bond With U.S.

The expanded commitment to space defense reflects the reality of a new, extraterrestrial landscape for war.

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Australian Lawmakers Apologize for Sexual Harassment in Parliament

The move by the prime minister and others acknowledged calls for change after an account of rape inside the defense minister’s office.

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In U.S.-China Competition, Taiwan’s Voice Must Be Heeded

Many outsiders are weighing in on what should be done about and on behalf of Taiwan. Few, though, are listening to what Taiwan is saying.

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Australia’s Costs for Its Harder Line on China

The country is wrestling with the political and economic consequences of its sharp turn in policy and tone — including an erosion of tolerance.

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Earth to Voyager 2: After a Year in the Darkness, We Can Talk to You Again

NASA’s sole means of sending commands to the distant space probe, launched 44 years ago, is being restored on Friday.

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Australia’s Struggle With ‘Bonk Bans’ and ‘Manterruptions’

Prime Minister Scott Morrison came under fire this week for abruptly interrupting a female senior minister who was asked what it’s like to be a woman in Parliament.

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The Return of the Platypuses

Rescued from Australia’s fires, a small fleet of wild platypuses is launched back into their wetland home and into an uncertain future.

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