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Australia’s Minister for Pacific Visits Tonga Ministry of Police Headquarters

Australia’s aid to Tonga is approximately TOP$30 million per annum, however allocation and implementation of fund is important to ensure that such project is ongoing and sustainable.

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells told Radio and TelevisionTonga News, this initiated her visit to Tonga Police yesterday, inspecting several barracks at Longolongo Headquarter and newly installed solar farm in the premises, rescue boats and others.

British Colonial Co: Outrage in Australia over theme restaurant

British Colonial Co, which opened in July in Brisbane, said it was celebrating the "stylish days" of the British Empire.

It has withdrawn marketing material which said the restaurant had been "inspired by the empirical push into the developing cultures of the world".

The restaurant has said it is "saddened" by the media reports.

"We are very proud of our brand, dining experience and the loyal clientele we have established," it said in a statement.

Australian senator wants 'OzExit' from UN

Senator Malcolm Roberts was elected by Queensland as a member of the anti-immigration One Nation party.

He believes climate change is a global conspiracy created by bankers seeking to establish a worldwide government.

Mr Roberts told the Senate "We need an OzExit" to escape the "unelected swill" of the UN.

"Australia's values and way of life are also at risk from insidious institutions such as the unelected swill that is the United Nations," he said.

Australia wins netball Quad Series

The two sides were level pegging throughout the match with the world number one Australians only pulling away in the last couple of minutes.

Australia led 17-14 at quarter-time, it was level at 30-all at half time and 44-43 to Australia at three quarter time.

Australia shot 88 percent, while Bailey Mes and Ameliaranne Ekenasio shot only 77 percent for New Zealand.

Ekenasio shot 32 goals and Mes 23.

The Ferns had more intercepts and turnovers but were unable to turn that into an advantage on the score board.

US military official urges Australia to take stronger stance against Chinese expansion

With regional tensions rising over China's aggression in the disputed waterway, the Assistant Chief of Staff to the US Army, Tom Hanson, also suggested Australia will need to make a choice between its long-standing alliance with the United States and economic relationship with Beijing.

"It's very difficult to walk this fine line between balancing the alliance with the United States and the economic engagement with China," he told Radio National.

Teens thrilled to meet medal-winning sevens players

RNZ reports Winger Portia Woodman and captain Sarah Goss said the response from fans at an all-girls under-15 sevens tournament in Wellington yesterday was fantastic.

"It's our team's mission to inspire the younger girls. Rugby is an awesome sport and it's a career path now," Woodman said.

Goss said such tournaments were a great way of developing young players.

"If we can inspire girls to pick up rugby and get them playing the game in four years' time hopefully they'll be playing alongside us in Tokyo."

Pumas lose Jeronimo De la Fuente for rugby tour to New Zealand, Australia

De la Fuente, who missed the away defeat and home win against South Africa this month, was included on Monday in the squad that will travel on Friday but has now dropped out.

He is replaced in the 28-man squad by Gabriel Azcarate, who could make his tournament debut if called into action during the away Tests, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) said.

Coach Daniel Hourcade said that De la Fuente had failed a medical before praising the Pumas' form.

Pacific grim: Australia torn between US and China

It's a storyline that's telling about Australia's attitude to Asia's pre-eminent power. On the one hand, China is the country's biggest trading partner, but it also poses a potential regional military threat that's drawing the attention of the US, Australia's closest defence ally.

China, for its part, appears keenly aware of Australia's apparent reluctance to embrace it fully. In recent months, a series of bilateral irritations have sent relations between the two countries plunging to their lowest point for nearly a decade.

Australia to reconsider ODI selection after pitch change

The tourists were expecting to play on the same strip as they did for the third ODI in Dambulla on Sunday, only to be told that the old wicket was being prepared at the Rangiri International Stadium.

Warner, deputising for the rested Steve Smith, revealed that Australia will wait until the day of the game to select their side as they attempt to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

The opening batsman said: "I'd like to give you an answer for the team, but unfortunately rocking up today I thought we were going to play on the other wicket.

Australia Immigration Minister Peter Dutton attacks media

Mr Dutton has accused The Guardian and Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) of "trivialising" allegations relating to treatment of asylum seekers.

The Guardian last week published more than 2,000 leaked reports from the immigration centre on Nauru.

These revealed widespread abuse and trauma among asylum seekers.