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The government of Australia relocated to a remote island in the Torres Strait this week, as Prime Minster Tony Abbott made good on his promise to spend a week every year in an indigenous community to learn more about the issues faced by Aboriginals and Torres Straits Islanders...more from Neal Conan, in the Pacific News Minute.

Prime Minister Abbott made an important gesture to Australia's indigenous peoples, when he laid a wreath at the grave of Eddie Koiki Mabo, whom he called a "warrior".

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Naval Surface Warriors / Flickr

As the United States continues its strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific, important regional allies continue their shift toward the U.S.  We reported last month on Japanese purchases of U.S. Warplanes...now, as we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute, Australia has confirmed an upgrade to its latest American weapons deal.

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Alexander Whillas / Flickr

The National Association of Realtors reports the median price of a house in the United States has risen to an all-time high. Housing prices remain steep across Hawai‘i, and they’ve also just passed a milestone in Australia’s largest city. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikimedia Commons

It’s been nearly a week since the U-S Supreme Court ruled that same sex couples have “a fundamental right to marry.” But in many countries, the issue remains unsettled. And in Australia it will get a broader hearing this summer. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

For more than a decade, Australia’s federal government has defined marriage as an act between a man and a woman.

Several states allow domestic partnerships….with varying degrees of rights attached to that phrasing.

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Bob Hall / Flickr

As of tomorrow, tiny Norfolk Island loses the political autonomy it's enjoyed since 1979. Despite a referendum that appealed to Australia to allow the islanders some say in their political future, self-government will be replaced by a local council. Details from Neal Conan, in the latest Pacific News Minute.

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Takver / Flickr

Last week, we reported on controversies surrounding Australia's tough policies on boat people; now, there's a new one.  Passengers who paid a crew of smugglers to take them to New Zealand say their boat was stopped by an Australian Naval vessel, and each crew member received five thousand dollars cash to take them back to Indonesia.  Details, from Neal Conan, in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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Will / Flickr

Hawai‘i’s state budget is one of the key elements the legislature needs to agree on before wrapping up the current session later this week. While the money negotiations are always difficult, the situation is even tougher for a much larger budget across the Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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catherinecronin / Flickr

The company that owns the rights to the movie “The Dallas Buyers Club” has been fighting illegal downloads of the film. And now that battle has stretched to the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Paul Arps / Flickr

Across Hawai‘i, many residents wonder whether development and conservation can successfully co-exist. That’s a question in many places, including Australia where a proposal for industrial expansion near the Great Barrier Reef is drawing resistance. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Jan Smith / Flickr

Fifty years ago this month, there was a protest in Australia. At the time, it led to national news, and eventually, a change in the law. But it started out relatively quietly. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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yeahnah.tv Via Creative Commons

  This political story may sound familiar. A new leader sweeps to power, based on voter discontent with the previous party in charge. But the popularity of the new leader plummets, and some question the extent of his political influence. It’s a situation that’s now playing out in Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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www.migrationheritage.nsw.gov.au

  

Congress returns to work in the nation’s capital this week and immigration policy may be one of the topics on the agenda. In Australia, recent immigration trends have shown a surprising trend: a big gain from one particular European country. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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lessonbucket.com

  The world of public broadcasting is coming under new budget pressures. Not here in the United States, but in Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

    Doctors in Australia are reporting a breakthrough when it comes to heart surgery. Specifically, the news is about heart transplants and it could change the way the operations are performed. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  If you want to move to Australia and become a permanent resident, the steps are fairly easy, and they’re getting easier. The only catch is you need to be wealthy. Very wealthy. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

  A fatal shark attack in Australia last week has rekindled debate about whether authorities should take any steps in response. But one tactic that’s been used in the past won’t be part of the strategy going forward. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

  Earlier this week, Hawaiian Electric announced its latest plans to make broader use of renewable energy. Policies to deal with this developing sector are also under review in Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on that in today’s Asia Minute.

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  According to the latest tourism figures, about 25,000 visitors came to Hawai‘i from Australia in June. While Hawai‘i remains a popular destination for Australians, some of their travel choices may soon face restrictions. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

  Electronic cigarettes have become very popular here in the islands. There’s still a debate going on about how to regulate them, but some countries have put severe restrictions on them, including Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The nature of retirement has changed over the years in Hawaii. These days it often involves an active lifestyle, volunteer work, even part time jobs or second careers. In Australia, retirement is changing in a different way. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Spring arrives a week from Thursday. And while this winter has seen fairly typical weather in Hawaii, that’s not the case everywhere. Many parts of the mainland have had a severe winter, and in Southeast Asia, there’s still a lingering drought. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

  Hawaii is a popular destination not just for tourism, but also for real estate investment. And some of that money is coming from China. But it’s nothing like the amount of Chinese investment that’s flowing to Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A dispute over Genetically Modified crops in Australia is heading to a high court there. The argument involves an organic farmer who says he wound up paying a high price for his neighbor’s decision to plant GMO crops. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Hugo90

  

  A tradition of nearly 70 years is coming to a close in Australia. Because of shifting economics, the country will stop producing cars. HPR’s bill dorman has more in today’s asia minute.

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Flickr Commons

 

 While temperatures remain generally pleasant across the state this week, that’s certainly not the case in Australia. Parts of that country are sweltering under a heat wave that’s led to brush fires, electricity outages and safety warnings. And researchers there are blaming climate change. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / David Jackmanson

 

It’s been nearly two weeks since same sex marriage ceremonies began taking place in Hawaii. But across Asia, it’s been a difficult week for gay activists. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / pedrosimoes7

 

   It’s been a strong autumn for auto sales…both here in Hawaii and across the country. But the recent auto news from Australia has been disappointing to locals there. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia minute.

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Flickr / laverrue

When former Hawaii resident Edwin Snowden releases government documents, the headlines generally focus on U-S intelligence operations. But his activities are also causing ripples elsewhere—including Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on the latest twists in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / John Starnes

Every week seems to bring new revelations about U-S eavesdropping and surveillance…all sparked by releases from former Hawaii resident Edward Snowden. Some of the latest allegations concern U-S interests in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / saracino

A large democracy split by an argument about raising the debt ceiling. Last week, that was the case in the United States. This week, it’s a description of Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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