JAMES ROYCE WRITES — Indonesia has long been the premier year-round vacation destination for millions of traveling Australians, especially among those looking to escape high-alcohol prices and expensive party lifestyles in their native home country. From Sydney Airport, a flight from from Sydney Airport to Ngurah Rai International Airport in…Full Article AUSTRALIA: A DRY SPELL FOR AUSTRALIAN TRAVELERS?
JAMES ROYCE WRITES — Chinese state-run media has recently gone out of its way to label Australia as “an ideal target for China to warn and strike,” if it ventures into the continually-contested South China Sea. The Global Times, known for its hardline nationalist stance, blasted Canberra early last month…Full Article AUSTRALIA: CHINESE MEDIA TARGETS AUSTRALIA OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA
JAMES ROYCE WRITES — After one of the longest election campaigns in national history, fittingly concluded with a week-long results-counting cliff hanger, Australia is welcoming back Malcolm Turnbull as its 29th prime minister. Despite running both a widely criticized and altogether lackluster campaign, Turnbull and his Coalition successfully scraped back…Full Article AUSTRALIA: Welcome Back Malcolm, Now Get To Work.
JAMES ROYCE WRITES —You’d think Australia — a rich, resourceful, forward-thinking country surrounded by Asian neighbors — would have broadband speeds comparable to or better than most. Sadly you’d think wrong. It wasn’t quite enough of an issue to push the ruling coalition out of power in Australia’s recent federal…Full Article AUSTRALIA: WOE IS OUR WEB SPEED
JAMES ROYCE WRITES — Unless you have spent the last couple months under a rock, you’ve been keeping up with, or at least have heard about, the wild presidential election currently going on within the United States. And although Australia’s capital of Canberra is located more than 16,000 kilometers away…Full Article AUSTRALIA: Friendly Reminder From Aussie Media to US – Elections are ‘Not a Game Show’
JAMES ROYCE WRITES — A bad day of surfing might be better than a good day of working, but Australian surf wear brand Rip Curl is experiencing neither of these pleasures after admitting to using factories in North Korea, where work conditions are reminiscent of slave labor, to create the…Full Article AUSTRALIA: The High Price of Cheap Labor
JAMES ROYCE WRITES — Cracking open a cold one is a beloved tradition down under, but one U.S. man is calling into question the Aussie integrity of Foster’s lager. Leif Nelson, a self-proclaimed New York City beer aficionado, has filed a lawsuit against Miller Brewing Co. in U.S. District Court.…Full Article AUSTRALIA: Big Brewhaha Over Foster’s Beer
JAMES ROYCE WRITES – Cities like Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul have long fought to attract technology funders, firms and talent. But there’s a new kid on the block, and it woos with an Aussie accent. Melbourne, Australia used to be internationally recognized solely for being the most ‘livable’ city in…Full Article AUSTRALIA: To Find Asia’s Newest Tech Hub, Just Look Down Under
JAMES ROYCE WRITES — Piracy rates in Australia have dropped in recent months, and the introduction of Netflix this March might be the culprit. The video streaming giant sees itself as a key competitor to the many pirate sites and services that offer video content illegally around the world. By…Full Article AUSTRALIA: Online Piracy Starting to Feel the “Netflix Effect”
JAMES ROYCE WRITES – Australian Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste may have been freed from Egyptian prison last February, but his name was not present on a list of 100 pardons released by Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi earlier this week. The decision made by President Sisi came a day…Full Article AUSTRALIA: Greste Prepares for “Left Off”…of Pardon List