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New tech weapon to help fight natural disasters

New tech weapon to help fight natural disasters | Australia's Global Connections | Scoop.it
Australia will host a "world-first" technology platform aimed at improving disaster management and saving lives.
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World first platform using 3D technology, visualisation and simlation forecasting will put Australia on the map. This will provide a better understanding of natural disasters for not just Australia but assist the rest of the world in the develpoment of this platform.

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Defence prepares for new era as troops come home

Defence prepares for new era as troops come home | Australia's Global Connections | Scoop.it
DEFENCE chiefs are bracing for an exodus of experienced personnel as Australia draws down operations in Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.
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In this article we see how as defence forces return from operations in Afghanistran, East Timor and Solomon Islands that we must prepare ourselves for more training and exercising of regimes to ensure success in further deployment. Hence, our links are evident as we withdraw from helping allies and supporting other nations. 

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The most unfriendly nations for tourists revealed

The most unfriendly nations for tourists revealed | Australia's Global Connections | Scoop.it
FOREIGN tourists feel more welcome in Yemen, Rwanda, the United Arab Emirates and with our Kiwi neighbours than they do in Australia, according to a World Economic Forum report.
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Australia is the 11th most tourism competitive nation in the world! We also ranked as 6.5/7 for having a very welcoming attitude towards tourists. According to this report: "Australia's travel and tourism competitiveness continues to be characterised by a number of clear strengths, including its rich natural resources and the highest number of World Heritage natural sites in the world, benefiting from diverse fauna and a comparatively pristine natural environment.And given the country's distance from other continents and the related importance of domestic air travel to overcome the large distances between major sites, its competitiveness is also buttressed by excellent air transport infrastructure (ranked 4th) as well as good general tourism infrastructure (ranked 20th). In terms of visa requirements, Australia has one of the most advanced visa policies in the world (especially with respect to the electronic visa process) at a time when a number of other countries are moving in the opposite direction." Thus,. we see how our links in tourism are very strong even though we are quite an isolated country.

 

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Bringing aid to a war-torn country

Bringing aid to a war-torn country | Australia's Global Connections | Scoop.it
THIS week in New York, Australia has an opportunity to exert its influence on the UN Security Council by leading discussions about the future of the UN in Afghanistan.
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This article explores Australia's role and influence inside the United Nations regarding their placement in Afghanistan with our American allies. In 2012, Australia promised to increased its aid to Afghanistan to $250 million per annum in the next 2-3 years, and in total over the last decade has supplied almost $1 billion. This article demonstrates that Australia has been a major contributor and supporter of the reformation and plan to secure stable, social and economic development in such a significant country.

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Break out the muffins! The Pope's a Jesuit

Break out the muffins! The Pope's a Jesuit | Australia's Global Connections | Scoop.it
THE bells rang out long and loud at St Ignatius College in Adelaide to welcome the first Jesuit leader of the world's Catholics.
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With the arrival of the first Jesuit Pope Francis, the 5 Jesuit schools within Australia have celebrated with much joy and excitement. With the Pope's reputation for strong promotion of social justice and humility, students not only feel encouraged to act upon their Jesuit mission more actively into their learning and lives, but also gain a deeper connection with the new leader of the Church.

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Will try hard not to lose wickets: Australia - Sport - DNA

Will try hard not to lose wickets: Australia - Sport - DNA | Australia's Global Connections | Scoop.it
At the end of play on the fourth day on Sunday, pacer Peter Siddle told media that the Australian side would take it session by session on Monday.
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Today is the final day of the third test match of Australia vs India cricket. Though Australia is trying as hard as it can to save themselves, they have suffered an appalling loss and know that it is obviously going to be hard to win from here on. This shows our links and involement in sport overseas and how we are competitors on a national scale.

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Australian cultural history and proximity to Asia | East Asia Forum

Australian cultural history and proximity to Asia | East Asia Forum | Australia's Global Connections | Scoop.it
Author: Greg Lockhart, Sydney Australia’s most recent rediscovery of its Asian links, the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper, has been widely
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The article looks at Australia's history in involvement and proximity to Asia, and how our connections have changed and developed over the past century. The article focuses on migration and the establishment of Asian communities and settlement in Australia.

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