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Australia to Send More Troops to Train Iraqi Forces
Offbeat  (tags: Iraq, Military, Australia )

- 10 hours ago -
Australia is to significantly increase its contingent of troops training local forces in Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced.
Shark Washes Up on Shore After Twin Cyclones Hit Australia
Offbeat  (tags: Australia, twin cyclones, 4-foot dusky whaler shark, washes up, beach )

- 10 days ago -
A shark washed up on the shore of a beach on Australia's east coast after Cyclone Marcia smashed the Queensland coast Friday.
Australia's Affection for Eurovision Pays Off
Offbeat  (tags: X Australia, eurovision )

- 12 days ago -
That Australia is a "wildcard" entry to this year's Eurovision Song Contest is an understatement: the one-off invitation is the first time in the competition's 60-year history that Australians have been able to partake.
Smile for the Camera! Bird Called the Tawny Frogmouth Grins for His Close Up From His Perch
Offbeat  (tags: tawny frogmouth, bird, grins, queensland, australia, pictures )

- 16 days ago -
It may not have the sweetest-sounding name - but apparently this Tawny frogmouth still has plenty to smile about.
Ride-Sharing Company Uber Teams Up With Animal Shelters Across Australia to Provide a KITTEN Delivery Service
Offbeat  (tags: Australia, kittens, delivery, cuddles, adorable )

- 26 days ago -
Whatever you have going on between midday and 4pm today - make sure you block out 15 minutes in your diary to cuddle up to an adorably irresistible fluffy kitten.
Stormtrooper Outfit Saves Man From Snakebite
Offbeat  (tags: Australia, fundraising, Star Wars, 501st Legion, costumes )

- 46 days ago -
Scott Loxley, on a 9,320-mile walk around Australia to raise funds for a children's hospital, thought deadly snake was dead when it bit him; armor saved his life.
These Adorable Creatures Will Never Be Seen Again
Offbeat  (tags: Australia, extinct, animals, endangered, offbeat, sad news )

- 47 days ago -
Four frogs, 22 birds and 27 mammals have become extinct since Australian colonisation and now the Bramble Cay melomys can be added to the list.
An Urgent Appeal for Koala Mittens By the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Has Proved a Huge Success Over Recent Day
Offbeat  (tags: australia, koalas, jeremy, bush fires, appeal, mittens )

- 53 days ago -
An urgent appeal for koala mittens by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has proved a huge success over recent days following images showing koalas with burnt paws from bushfires across parts of Australia.
Life Vest Inside - Kindness Boomerang - "One Day" (Awesome Video!)   video
Offbeat  (tags: goodnews, life vest inside, kindness boomerang, Australia, America, kindness, contagious, awesome video )

- 70 days ago -
Watch as the camera tracks an act of kindness as its passed from one individual to the next and manages to boomerang back to the person who set it into motion.
Brutal Police Beating of Model Shocks Australia (VIDEO)
Offbeat  (tags: Australia, Crime, Police, Scandal, Social networks )

- 74 days ago -
A video showing three Sydney police officers brutally beating a young woman has gone viral, with over 750,000 views on Facebook. During the clip, the victim is repeatedly hit with a police baton and appears to be kicked in the head by a male officer.
Australia Eyes Indigenous Recognition Vote
Offbeat  (tags: Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islanders, Indigenous Australians, Australia )

- 78 days ago -
More than a century after its constitution was drafted, Australia is edging closer to formally recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the nation's first people.
Australian Foxes Are Pests Not Pets, NSW Declares
Offbeat  (tags: Pests, Animals, Foxes, New South Wales, Australia )

- 81 days ago -
Foxes have been officially declared a pest in New South Wales but there is concern people are taking them as pets. The NSW government has for the first time announced a pest control order for foxes, which are not native to Australia.
Earth: Australia's Reefs Are in Pink
Offbeat  (tags: Ocean, Reefs, Australia )

- 83 days ago -
Every year, giant pink slicks appear on the ocean around Australia in the sexual spectacular that is mass coral spawning.
Why Australia's Kangaroos Flock to the Fairways
Offbeat  (tags: australia, fairways, kangaroos, golf, greens, lush )

- 91 days ago -
If you're strolling along a fairway in Australia, chances are you'll see a kangaroo -- or hundreds of them. These grass-eating animals thrive at golf courses across the nation because they are drawn to the greens, which are kept lush
NSW Calls for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous People
Offbeat  (tags: indigenous people, constitutional recognition, New South Wales, Australia )

- 92 days ago -
New South Wales has become the first state government to support a referendum to change the constitution to recognise indigenous Australians.

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