Elon Musk Promises Australian Power Woes Fix in 100 Days

U.S. News

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2016, file photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk listens as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with technology industry leaders at Trump Tower in New York., Musk promised on Twitter March 9, 2017, to solve an energy crisis in Australia or his company's services are free.

Consortium to import Australian hydrogen to Japan

The Japan Times

A consortium, including Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and three other Japanese companies, will launch a pilot project to import liquefied hydrogen to Japan from Australia, the firms said Thursday. The Australian government will provide 100 million Australian dollars in financial assistance to the project. The project is aimed at establishing a supply chain that can deliver massive amounts of hydrogen stably, as demand for the element is projected to grow for use in fuel cell vehicles and electricity generation in line with efforts to realize a carbon-free society. Under the project, said to be valued at 500 million Australian dollars in total, Australian brown coal will be gasified to extract hydrogen, which will be exported to Japan after being liquefied. The use of Australia's large coal reserves will enable procurement of hydrogen in large amounts and at low costs, the consortium said.

Australian State Takes Step Toward Legalizing Euthanasia

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Australia's sparsely populated Northern Territory in 1995 became the first jurisdiction in the world to legalize doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. But the Australian Parliament overturned that law in 1997 after four people had been helped to die. The Australian Parliament does not have the same power to repeal the laws of states such as Victoria.

Radicalised Australians increasingly young, spy chief warns

BBC News

The age of Australians being radicalised by the Islamic State (IS) group is increasingly getting younger, the country's top spy has warned. Data showed a significant rise in young suspected extremists from 2013 to 2015, said Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) chief Duncan Lewis. He said adherents of an extremist interpretation of Sunni Islam posed the greatest terror threat to Australia. But he stressed "99.9% of Australian Muslims" were of no interest to ASIO. Mr Lewis said in 2013, 45% of suspected Sunni Islamic extremists were aged between 25 and 34.

Honest Australian tourism ad looks beyond the beaches to reveal what's really going on


You're likely used to Australian Tourism ads waxing lyrical about the country's beaches with help from the sultry tones of Chris Hemsworth. There is inevitably a flipside to it all, and it's best reflected in an extremely honest ad for Australia produced by The Juice Media (credited as Australian Department of Environmental Irony and Mining Apocalypse). The ad will show you why you should be wary about visiting the land Down Under. Instead, you'll find out that Australia happens to be remarkably bad when it comes to handling climate change and the bleaching of its World Heritage listed coral reefs. The country is also hardly a shining beacon when it comes to handling asylum seekers.