China’s Li Na thrashed Russian champion Maria Sharapova in a convincing straight sets victory in Melbourne, putting the Chinese contender through to the final. Li dominated the match, storming through to win 6-2 6-2.
Searching for gold may not be such a hopeless thing to do, if you know where to look. Apparently a local prospector in Ballarat, Australia knew where to look, as he has found a gold nugget weighing 5.5 kilograms, worth up to half a million dollars.
A heat wave that has already caused devastating fires on the Island state of Tasmania, with 100 people still missing, has now moved to mainland Australia and is reaping havoc in New South Wales, as the heat wave looks to smash records.
An Australian law has come into effect forcing cigarettes to be sold in plain packets to move away from brands’ appealing designs and prevent young people from starting to smoke. Consumers have reported being disturbed by the accompanying images.
Access to private data has increased by 20 per cent by Australia’s law enforcement and government agencies – and with no warrant. Australians are 26 times more prone to be placed under surveillance than people in other countries, local media report.
Thousands of students taking their final high school exam in Australia were dazed and confused when they detected a huge robot helping revolutionaries in the thick of action during the Russian Revolution.
A worldwide day of protests and cyber attacks against governments, banks and security firms has been launched by Hacker collective Anonymous to mark Guy Fawkes Day. Hundreds of people marched in London, while another rally hit Washington, DC.
Julian Assange considers pursuing a defamation case against Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard. He has hired Sydney lawyers to investigate and legally pursue the PM’s comments, which were used to support a financial blockade against WikiLeaks.
The initial stage of unprecedented radio telescope has been officially opened in Australia. The project will explore the universe in search of new galaxies, black holes, planets and even intelligent extraterrestrial life – if there is any.