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Last-gasp strike spares Socceroos blushes


Australia snatched a last-minute 2-1 win over New Zealand in their World Cup warm-up match on Monday.
The All Whites looked set to spoil Australia’s farewell bash in front of 55,659 fans before substitute Brett Holman scored the winner in the fourth minute of injury time after the Socceroos had trailed for much of the match.

CA seeks fixing details from ICC


Cricket Australia has sought from the ICC the details of its investigation into Pakistan’s tour Down Under but insisted that the series was won fair and square by the hosts.

Move to ban burqa in Australia vetoed

A bill to ban burqa in Australia’s most populous state New South Wales on Thursday fell through as centrist and leftist legislators condemned it as racist.
The bill had been moved by the leader of the rightist Christian Democratic Party Fred Nile, who had called for banning burqa citing security reasons and to what he called “set women free from domination of males.”

‘Indian-hater’ passenger attacks cabbie, 23, in Oz

A 23-year-old Indian student-cum-cabbie was “violently and cowardly” attacked by his passenger who “hated” Indians, leaving him with a fractured skull, nose and cheekbone, an Australian court has heard.

T20 finals should be best of 3: Ponting

Disappointed with Australia’s loss in the summit clash of the Twenty20 Worlds, Test and ODI captain Ricky Ponting said the finals of such tournaments should be a best-of-three affair.

Clarke’s fate hangs in balance


Michael Clarke’s future as Australia’s Twenty20 captain will be decided next week following his dismal performance with the bat during the World T20 championships in the Caribbean.

Bikini-clad maids asked to cover up


Australia’s meter maids are considering a proposal by the Gold Coast tourism to move south, but have been told they need to cover up as their gold bikinis are “inappropriate” for business.

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