Articles by Rod McGuirk

Coronavirus Cluster Found in Crew of Freight Cargo Ship in Australia

A coronavirus cluster was detected Tuesday on a freight ship berthed in the Australian west coast port of Fremantle, raising questions about why local authorities weren’t alerted to the danger. Six of 48 crew members from the Al Kuwait tested …

Australia Wildfires Continue to Rage, Destroying Homes, Forcing Evacuations

Scores of wildfires continued to rage across vast tracts of Australia’s drought-stricken east coast on Wednesday, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes, some for the second time in a week. The most intense fires were concentrated in the …

Fires Continue to Rage in Australia’s Most Populous State, New South Wales

Ferocious wildfires were burning at emergency-level intensity across Australia’s most populous state and into Sydney’s suburbs on Tuesday as authorities warned most people in their paths that there was no longer time to flee. New South Wales state is under …

Australia Sweltered in January Through Hottest Month on Record

Australia sweltered through its hottest month on record in January and the summer of extremes continued with wildfires razing the drought-parched south and flooding in expanses of the tropical north. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology confirmed the January record on Friday …

Australian Court Rules Workers’ Comp Covers Sex Mishap

An Australian court has ruled that a bureaucrat who was injured while having sex on a business trip is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The Full Bench of the Federal Court ruled Dec. 13 in favor of the woman, who …

Pilot Forced to Land after Snake Pops out of Dashboard

An Australian pilot said he was forced to make a harrowing landing reminiscent of a Hollywood thriller after a snake popped out from behind his dashboard and slithered across his leg during a solo cargo flight. Braden Blennerhassett – unsure …

President Obama Insured Against Attack While in Australia

This coverage isn’t the U.S. health care law. When President Barack Obama visits Australia’s Northern Territory today, he will be presented with insurance coverage against attack — crocodile attack. The territory’s chief minister, Paul Henderson, said he will give Obama …

Key Australian Senator Condemns Proposed Pollution Laws

Australia’s ambitious plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions appeared doomed when a crucial senator said Monday he would not vote for the government’s proposed laws. Sen. Steve Fielding is one of two independents in the Senate the government needs this …

Australia Faces Fires, Floods After Hot Summer

Australians battled both fires and some of the worst flooding in decades Monday that stranded residents in several communities after days of intense summer heat and storms. Bureau of Meteorology hydrologist Gordon McKay said some parts of New South Wales, …