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Nasa tracking station in Australia hit by staff strike

The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is one of three Nasa sites globally that provide constant radio contact with more than 30 spacecraft.

About 60 workers will go on strike for an hour, forcing staff at a US station to work overtime.

Nasa said the dispute would not affect operations.

While funded by Nasa, the tracking station is managed by Australia's government science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

'England scared on last Ashes tour'

The off-spinner says Mitchell Johnson's extreme pace in 2013-14 intimidated the tourists so much that they were already "broken" after the first Test.

Johnson took 37 wickets at 13.97 and did most of the damage as England were whitewashed 5-0.

"Seeing Mitchell Johnson scare all the Poms was unbelievable," Lyon said. "Leading into (the third Test at) Perth we knew they were broken; we knew Matt Prior wanted to fly home before the game started."

Kangaroos target Fiji's 'Bill'

The 22-year-old Penrith powerhouse goes by the nickname “Bill” and Kangaroos forward Reagan Campbell-Gillard knows only too well the devastation he can cause after watching  him “terrorising people” in the Intrust Super Premiership this year.

Kikau stands at 195cm and weighs in at 119kg.

Biting allegation mars big Jillaroos win

It was another runaway win by Australia after beating Cook Islands 58-4 on Thursday in the opening pool round. The Jillaroos ran in another eight tries after their 11 on Thursday, with rookie left-side winger Meg ward bagging a double against England.

But the cloud of unsporting behaviour hung over the match.

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Australia votes in favour of same-sex marriage

The postal survey saw 16 million registered voters among Australia's population of 24 million asked for their views on overturning the prohibition.

With a turnout of 79.5%, the vote had a bigger turnout than the Brexit referendum and US presidential election.

As the majority voted in favour, the parliament will vote by December on legislation to lift the prohibition.

     

Misreporting on Manus situation: Australia

The department has released the following as facts.

"In April 2017, the PNG Government confirmed its commitment to close its Manus Regional Processing Centre (RPC),” says the Department.

"For the seven months until October 2017, the Department assisted the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority (ICSA) to gradually decommission the RPC by transitioning services to alternative locations.

Aussies edge England in Cup opener

The Kangaroos scored three tries to one but England showed they were more than capable of matching their old foe.

While the result didn't go England's way their bigger concern will be the fitness of star forward Sam Burgess, who was sidelined in the first half with a knee injury.

Australia urged to consider police help for Manus refugees

Australia holds refugees and asylum seekers arriving by boat on PNG's Manus Island and the Pacific nation of Nauru.

The Manus center is due to close next week. Australia has set up alternative accommodation in a nearby town.

A Human Rights Watch report said asylum seekers risked suffering "unchecked violence" in PNG after the closure.

The group, which visited the island in September, said refugees and asylum seekers had been attacked by local men "sometimes armed with sticks, rocks, knives, or screwdrivers".

Australia to continue services for Manus Island detainees

Fairfax reported the Australian Border Force told the committee the estimated cost of services would be between $AU150 and $AU250 million for 12 months from 1 November.

Australian Border Force deputy commissioner Mandy Newton said Australia was required to maintain services after they were discontinued at the centre.

"What I'm telling the committee is that all services will stop on the 31st of October and all residents of the facility will be expected to live in the alternate facilities where they'll receive all services."