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Australian PM Mocks Donald Trump Over 'Russian Guy' at Media Party
Melbourne: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made fun of U.S. President Donald Trump and alluded to his ties with Russia, according to a leaked tape of an off-the-record media event.

Turnbull, who had a frosty first telephone call with the U.S. president early this year, was recorded mimicking Trump at a media ball at Parliament House in Canberra late on Wednesday, which was strictly off the record.

“The Donald and I … we are winning in the polls. We are! Not the fake polls. We are winning in the real polls. You know, the online polls. They are so easy to win,” Turnbull said in the leaked recording, adding: “I have this Russian guy…”

An Australian journalist later broadcast the recording saying because he had not been at the event, he was not bound by the confidentiality rule.

Turnbull later told the 3AW radio station he was disappointed by the leak, which he said was a breach of protocol.

He said his “affectionately light-hearted” speech was a “good humoured roast” in which he was the butt of his own jokes.

The U.S. embassy in Canberra said it understood that the Mid-Winter Ball was the equivalent of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an annual Washington event at which the media and president traditionally rib each other.

“We take this with the good humour that was intended,” the embassy said.

Turnbull was one of the first foreign leaders Trump spoke to after he took office on Janaury 20.

During their telephone call, the president became irritated about an agreement made by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, to accept as many as 1,250 refugees held in Australian processing centres on remote Pacific islands.

In return, Australia would resettle refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Trump broke off what was supposed to be an hour-long call after 25 minutes and later tweeted that the refugee agreement was “dumb”.

Vice President Mike Pence visited Australia in April and made clear that while Trump was not happy about the refugee agreement, the United States would honour it.

The two leaders were all smiles during their first face to face meeting in New York last month, when they declared that they “get along great”.
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These Teens Crafted A Rainbow Flag Out Of Potatoes To Support Gay Marriage

Well, here’s a new and unique way to support same-sex marriage. Australian students Will Richards, 18, and Daniel Butson, 16, crafted a giant rainbow flag made out of 1,000 potatoes to support same-sex marriage rights in their home country. The pair spent two days spray painting the potatoes in six different colors for the massive project, which cost them $1,500 and was displayed on the lawn of Parliament House in Canberra, according to BuzzFeed.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm from Australia and I was just wondering if you have any views on Australian architecture by any architects such as Harry Seidler or more recently Peter Stuchbury etc? I've not come across any posts on your blog of such relevance (not that I mind) but I was wondering if you know if it has much of a global reach? I've studied both abroad in the US and South America and no students nor teachers seemed to know anything about Australian architecture, maybe because we are so secluded?

At least I can say that we have featured a couple of Peter Stutchbury’s projects (above)! 

It might not seem that way but we have featured projects from Down Under on a regular basis. You can see the ones that included the location on the text (so they can be searched) here

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clarityclaire  asked:

I'm headed to the University of Newcastle in Newcastle, Australia next semester. Any recommendations of buildings to check out in the region? I've got the Sydney Opera House on my list already :)

Wow! Congrats! Long time since I have seen your avatar on my inbox… Australia’s architecture? 

If you are in Australia reading this let us know your favorites!

I am not an expert (and the distances might be prohibitive from Newcastle) but just in case, here go some I remember:

Parliament House Canberra

High Court of Australia and National Gallery of Australia precinct, Parkes

Australia Square, Sydney

Shine Dome, Canberra

Sidney Myer Musical Bowl, Melbourne

Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

Queen Victoria Building

Australian Convict Sites

Sydney Town Hall

& Check out if this project is under construction! University of Newcastle NeW Space

Australia Issues Death Threat to Johnny Depp's Dogs

The Australian government took to the airwaves on Thursday morning to warn the American actor Johnny Depp he had 50 hours to get his pet dogs out of the country or they would be euthanized.

The 51-year-old actor may have “been the sexiest man alive twice,” said Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce at a press conference outside parliament house in Canberra, but his Yorkshire Terriers Boo and Pistol posed a biosecurity threat to the country and the government wouldn’t hesitate to kill them.

Joyce said the dogs appeared to have been snuck into the country on Depp’s private jet when the actor returned to the Gold Coast to continue production on the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. They were not declared for quarantine at customs, a mortal sin in Australia which is one of the most isolated ecosystems in the world and has stringent quarantine laws.

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