Australia

5:08am

Sun May 13, 2012
The Salt

Bring On The 'Yabbies': Australia Ditches The Bad British Food

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 5:35 am

A fishmonger prepares her wares at the Sydney Fish Market.
Brendon Thorne Getty Images

Travel often brings the unexpected. But I was unprepared to find some of the best food I've ever eaten in Australia.

On a recent trip, we stopped at a café for lunch. An Australian woman we had seen earlier at a sheep dairy ran over and recommended the marron salad. "What is marron?" I asked.

"Well," she said, "you know what yabbies are."

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5:45am

Mon April 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Australian Billionaire Says He's Building 'Titanic II;' Would You Go Aboard?

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 6:35 am

April 4, 1912: The Titanic leaves Southampton, England, on her ill-fated first voyage.
Southampton City Council AFP/Getty Images

Saying that "of course it will sink if you put a hole in it," Australia's wealthiest business executive today announced he has contracted with a Chinese shipbuilder to construct a replica of the Titanic.

Mining magnate Clive Palmer also, as The Sydney Morning Herald reports, said he's planning to run for a seat in Australia's parliament.

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5:23am

Mon April 30, 2012
Asia

Wealthy Australian To Build 21st Century Titanic

Clive Palmer says he wants to build Titanic II to sale from London to New York. Like the builder of the original, Palmer says, "It is going to be designed so it won't sink."

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6:00am

Sat April 7, 2012
World

U.S. Marines In Australia: What's The Message?

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News, I'm Scott Simon.

This week, U.S. Marines landed in northern Australia. Just a couple hundred Marines, but they are the first wave of a deployment that will eventually increase to 2,500.

The Chinese military has expressed disapproval. Last fall, an official with the Chinese Defense Ministry said the U.S. military build-up in the region reflected a Cold War mentality.

We're joined now from Canberra, by the U.S. Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich.

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4:19pm

Fri April 6, 2012
Media

News Corp. Coverage: A Climate Change Case Study

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 5:27 pm

News Limited is the Australian arm of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire.
Tim Winborne Reuters /Landov

Part 4 of four

Some weeks ago, I paid a visit to an eggshell-blue house in Newtown, a neighborhood on the west side of Sydney, to Wendy Bacon and her husband, Chris Nash.

As we sat on the porch of their book-lined home, they pointed with pride to the Australasian trees and blooms defining their interior courtyard.

And then Bacon delved into her own harvest: the results of a case study about how the country's newspapers handled a pressing and contentious issue.

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