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Julie Bishop hits back at Trump over Brigitte Macron remark but says refugee deal intact

Australias foreign affairs minister says she would be taken aback if US president made comment to her The foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, has assured voters that the refugee swap agreement between Australia and the United States is still intact, Australia struck its one-off refugee swap deal with the former US president Barack Obama last year to provide refuge to up to 1,250 asylum seekers but it ran into trouble earlier this year Brigitte Macron, the wife of the French president, when he was standing with her in the marbled…

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Great Barrier Reef: Australia must act urgently on water quality, says Unesco

Draft decision says Australia would not, at this rate, meet interim or long-term targets in the Reef 2050 report Unesco has expressed serious concern about the impact of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef and warned Australia it will not meet the targets of the Reef 2050 report without considerable work to improve water quality. The criticism was contained in back-to-back coral bleaching events affecting about two-thirds of the reef and the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan] in its current form, notably in relation to the most urgently needed…

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The great divide: what will $1m buy you in Australia’s property market?

From inner-city apartments to suburban cottages or a few acres in the rainforest, the answer depends on where youre buying With talk of the Sydney and Melbourne housing markets racing away from prices in other cities and regions, we decided to ask: what can you buy in Australia for a cool million dollars? From inner-city apartments to suburban cottages or a few acres in the rainforest, the answer depends on where youre buying. Housing affordability is set to be a big issue in the coming budget and one of the…

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