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In Australia, protests continue over the government's plan to return 268 asylum seekers to an off-shore detention camp in the Pacific island nation of Nauru.  Doctors at a hospital in Brisbane refuse to discharge a one year old baby known as Asha until what they call a suitable home environment is identified.  But while most attention has focused on the plight of migrants in Nauru, Australia operates another, even bigger detention camp on a remote island in Papua New Guinea.  More from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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Australia's High Court is considering a challenge to the country's controversial off shore detention camps - all migrants who try to reach Australia by sea are sent to facilities  either on the Pacific Island nation of Nauru or to an atoll in Papua New Guinea. Now an Australian Doctor has challenged the government to prosecute him, for speaking out about conditions in the camps. Details from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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Government and industry officials are considering what energy investments will be required over the next several decades.  It’s a discussion that’s going on in Hawai‘i as regulators consider NextEra’s bid for Hawaiian Electric Industries.  But it’s also a conversation that’s happening right now in Australia.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

730-billion US dollars.

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There’s a real estate sale going on in Australia that involves plots of land roughly the size of the state of Tennessee.  And this week, the federal government announced that Chinese companies interested in buying will not be eligible. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

For a quarter of a billion dollars, you could buy more than 39-thousand square miles of farm and ranchland in Australia.  Unless you happen to be Chinese - or any nationality other than Australian.

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Inmates took over parts of an Australian detention camp for three days this week.  The high security facility on remote Christmas Island houses both asylum seekers and convicted criminals awaiting deportation (this is the Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, not the one that's part of Kiribas).  More from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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Australia continues to be a growth market for travelers to Hawai‘i.  The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority reports visitor arrivals from Australia are up ten-percent compared to a year ago.  So you may be hearing more Australian accents—but some recent discussion about that accent is sparking a bit of controversy back home. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Accents come from various influences.

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In a speech in London this week, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that Europe should respond to its migrant crisis the same way Australia did: turn away the boats and close the borders.  Abbott was forced out of office last month and this is his first major speech since. More from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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October is the peak month for shark attacks in Hawai‘i.  That’s according to figures put together over the past 35 years by the Department of Land and Natural Resources.  The overall numbers remain low, despite the publicity those cases tend to generate.  In Australia, recent attacks have led to a special conference this week in Sydney.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Australia’s political world has been rocked by another change at the top.  As we reported yesterday for the fourth time in the last two years, the country has a new Prime Minister.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on what that may mean in today’s Asia Minute.

The political equilibrium in Australia has shifted a bit toward the center.  Tony Abbott lost the leadership of the Liberal Party, which despite its name, is the more conservative of Australia’s two major parties - the Labor Party carries the banner of the political left.

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was forced out of office Monday after a revolt in his ruling Liberal Party.  The hard line conservative's departure was met with satisfaction by his Pacific Island neighbors after what some call Abbott's last gaffe.  Details from Neal Conan in our Pacific News Minute.

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