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Australia to aid Japan in Antarctica

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Australia is to lend its best research ship to Japanese scientists to resupply their Antarctic base.
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This shows how Australia links with other countries through aid as we lend a hand to people, who are in need.

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Updates from day one of the Commonwealth Games

Updates from day one of the Commonwealth Games | Aus.'s role in the region | Scoop.it
The swimming competition is underway with Kylie Palmer of Australia swimming in the heats of the women's 200m freestyle. Palmer was a member of the 4x200m gold medal team from the Beijing Olympics. She comfortably won her heat.
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This article displays how Australia has ties with the rest of the world through sport, as it shows how Australia competes in international games

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Stoner to push for changes to 457 visas to simplify system

Stoner to push for changes to 457 visas to simplify system | Aus.'s role in the region | Scoop.it

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said the federal government's attacks on 457 visas had ''not been clever''.

 

''The last thing we want, if we are going to position Sydney as a global talent hub, is for there to be a perception that Australia doesn't welcome the sort of people we want to come here,'' he said.

 

Temporary skilled migration visas - known as 457 visas - allow employer-sponsored workers to stay in Australia for four years.

 

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has cited rapid growth in 457 visa numbers to back her concern that employers were rorting the system and Australian workers were missing out on jobs.

 

Mr Stoner said the state government would campaign to have the system simplified.

 

Local workers alone could not meet the economy's needs.

 

''Even if we had an island, xenophobic view of the world, the world has changed. People's workplaces are not in one city or in one nation. They are around the world,'' he said.

 

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This article shows that Australia links with the rest of the world as states that Australia can not only depend on the local workers, but must rely on the people of the world that migrate to Australia

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Tourism initiative shows there's plenty of value in just saying g'day

Tourism initiative shows there's plenty of value in just saying g'day | Aus.'s role in the region | Scoop.it
FAR from cringing at the Paul Hogan ''throw a shrimp on the barbie'' tourism campaign of 1984, ''Hoges'' will be honoured as an Australian icon at the 10th anniversary G'Day USA gala for his pioneering work introducing Australia as a holiday...
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This article shows that Australia links with the rest of the world through tourism as Australia trys to support its tourism campaign with more money, in order to gain more interest from overseas tourists.

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Run, rabbit, run as city cheers in the Chinese new year

Run, rabbit, run as city cheers in the Chinese new year | Aus.'s role in the region | Scoop.it

BLUSTERY winds and spitting rain couldn't dampen the excitement of thousands of Sydneysiders and tourists who lined city streets last night for the annual Chinese new year twilight parade.

 

Crowds were treated to traditional and distinctly contemporary displays of Asian cultures, from the requisite Chinese dragons to beauty queens, rock bands and martial arts performers.

 

There were elaborate, illuminated dresses that could have come from the set of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Korean drummers and a performer dressed as a terracotta warrior.

 

Several nods were made to the incoming year of the rabbit, including a marching float featuring huge cut-outs of famous rabbit characters from pop culture, such as Bugs Bunny, who made their way along the route from Town Hall to Darling Harbour, surrounded by dancers dressed as carrots.

 

More than 100,000 were expected at the parade though bouts of rain did send some people home midway through. Nevertheless, clear views of the action were difficult, as people lined the streets, sometimes six or seven deep. On the narrow footpaths of Sussex Street the crowd became a crush and several families with young children struggled to find their way out of the melee.

 

But the mood was mostly jubilant.

 

''The rabbit is kind, loving, determined and fun - these attributes are the focus of this year's festival, and in particular our spectacular twilight parade,'' said the City of Sydney creative director and producer of events, Gill Minervini.

 

The event is part of the council's continuing lunar new year celebrations, which are the biggest of their kind outside of Asia. More than 2500 local and international performers took part in the parade on 27 floats, including 250 performers from Hubei province in China.

 

''The city's annual Chinese new year twilight parade has become a major event on Sydney's cultural calendar and is seen by millions of people across Australia and throughout Asia,'' said the lord mayor, Clover Moore, before the parade.

 

There was a strong presence by non-Chinese performers. A large Korean contingent this year displayed traditional costumes, taekwondo and music. Last year the Sydney Korean Business Association requested the festival be renamed ''lunar new year'' in recognition of the diverse national groups that now take part, a suggestion which was met with a cool response from the council.

 

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This article displays the links Australia has to the rest of the world, through culture, as it shows how Australia celebrates it's diverse cultures.

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