Australia Day

Woman dies in Australia Day lamington-eating contest

The woman, aged 60, is reported to have had a seizure during the event at a hotel in Hervey Bay, Queensland, to mark Australia Day on Sunday.

Contestants had earlier been filmed speed-eating the lamingtons, a traditional sponge cake covered in chocolate and desiccated coconut.

She was given CPR at the scene and taken to hospital but later died.

Witnesses said the woman had crammed one of the cakes into her mouth when she appeared to get into difficulties.

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 Sir Michael presents last budget to Treasury

Sir Michael Somare who will retire from politics as the East Sepik Governor gave his last provincial budget to Treasury Minister Patrick Pruaitch on Wednesday in Port Moresby.


Why some Australians want to move their controversial national day

While many see it as a day to celebrate the Australian lifestyle, for others it's a painful reminder of death, disease, and cultures now lost forever.

There’s a barbie for ‘Staiya dai’ mate

That’s how a true Australian will say it.

And what better way to celebrate Australia Day today, January 26, then to throw a few snags on the barbie mate.

Meat Haus in Port Moresby has decided to do this Aussie favour, selling K4 snags (sausage) between 11am to 2:30pm, at its space at the corner of Waigani Drive and Cameron Rd in Port Moresby.

Australia Day: City shifts celebrations to 'inclusive alternative'

The Australia Day public holiday marks the arrival of Britain's First Fleet on 26 January 1788.

Celebrations are held around the country, but many Indigenous Australians refer to it as "invasion day".

Fremantle council said it would hold a "culturally inclusive alternative" on 28 January instead.

The celebrations would include citizenship ceremonies that have previously happened on Australia Day.

PM extends greetings to Aussies

PM O'Neill said Papua New Guinea-Australia relations are in the best shape now than at any time in the 40 years of the relationship.

"I extend to all Australians, and especially to Australians living in Papua New Guinea, my best wishes, and those of the government, and all of our people, best wishes for Australia Day 2016," the Prime Minister said.

"The relationship continues to mature, constantly evolving and diversifying, in a way that is mutually beneficial to the peoples of both nations.