November 2005 in Australia and New Zealand

This page deals with current events that take place in or are of interest to Australia, New Zealand, and/or the territories of those countries (such as Norfolk Island and Ross Dependency), and/or current events that involve Australians and/or New Zealanders. __NOTOC__

27 November, 2005 (Sunday)

*Employees at Starbucks and KFC in New Zealand have taken or are planning strike action to improve wages, which are currently at or near the legal minimum wage. Both franchises are owned in New Zealand by Restaurant Brands. [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/search/story.cfm?storyid=0005164E-38AE-1384-84D583027AF1010F (NZ Herald)] [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10357158 (NZ Herald)]
*The All Blacks complete a Grand Slam by defeating England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in a single tour. The last grand slam was by Australia in 1984. [http://www.mg.co.za/articlepage.aspx?area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__sport/&articleid=257820 (Mail & Guardian)]

20 November, 2005 (Sunday)

*New Zealand's last resident World War I veteran, Bob Rudd, dies aged 104 on the West Coast. Rudd lied about his age to join the British Army and emigrated to New Zealand after the war. [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/search/story.cfm?storyid=0004ABB5-A4AE-1381-900383027AF1010E (NZ Herald)]

19 November, 2005 (Saturday)

*Sky Television purchases Prime Television New Zealand for NZ$30 million. Sky will use Prime to advertise its pay content and to show delayed broadcasts of sports events. [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/search/story.cfm?storyid=0001EC56-9C2A-137D-B29F83027AF1010F (NZ Herald)]

18 November, 2005 (Friday)

*Wrongfully deported Australian citizen, Vivian Solon, has returned to Australia after negotiating a confidential compensation package with the Australian Government. [http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1509549.htm (ABC)]
*A Bali court found Australian model Michelle Leslie guilty of possessing psychotropic drugs and sentenced her to three months in prison. Leslie is expected be released shortly with her time in custody accounting for her sentence. [http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1509974.htm (ABC)]
*New Zealand is to host the 2011 Rugby Union World Cup after unexpectedly beating bids by South Africa and Japan. [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10355650 (NZ Herald)]
*Carol Stingal has won leave from the High Court of Australia to pursue legal action against the former chairman of the now-defunct Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, Geoff Clarke, whom she alleges raped her twice in 1971. [http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1509685.htm (ABC)]

16 November, 2005 (Wednesday)

*The Socceroos qualify for the 2006 World Cup after defeating Uruguay 4-2 on penalties in front of 82,000 fans at Stadium Australia in Sydney. [http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1508492.htm (ABC)]
*Major areas of the city of Adelaide have been "locked down" ahead of the arrival of US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for the AUS-MIN meeting. [http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1508405.htm (ABC)]

14 November, 2005 (Monday)

*Queensland authorities shutdown train and bus services in Brisbane as bomb-related security alert is investigated. Premier Peter Beattie has urged Queenslanders to go about their normal business and stated that the authorities were being 'over-cautious' in light of recent terror raids in Sydney and Melbourne. [http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1506297.htm (ABC)]
*A five-day Australian Senate inquiry into the Howard Government's controversial industrial relations changes begins amid accusations that the Government is trying to ram its Bill through Parliament. Representatives of the States and Territories, including most Industrial Relations Ministers, fronted the Inquiry to protest the changes that they allege are "unconstitutional". [http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1505634.htm (ABC)] .
*A researcher for the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination requests permission to visit New Zealand to determine whether the foreshore and seabed law breaches Maori rights. [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/search/story.cfm?storyid=000BFE07-2B46-1377-936483027AF1010E (NZ Herald)]

12 November, 2005 (Saturday)

*The Commonwealth Government believes that a fire at its Baxter Detention Centre, which caused extensive damage and forced an evacuation, was deliberately lit by detainees. [http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1505290.htm (ABC)]

8 November, 2005 (Tuesday)

* Australian police claim to have averted a large scale terrorist attack after arresting 15 people in Melbourne and Sydney. [http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/terror-targets-not-known/2005/11/08/1131212028240.html (Sydney Morning Herald)]

6 November, 2005 (Sunday)

*Rod Donald, co-leader of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, dies overnight. [http://radionz.co.nz/news/bulletins/radionz/200511061445/396d5ef1 (Radio New Zealand)]

5 November, 2005 (Saturday)

*A freight train collided with a car in the South Australian town of Snowtown killing two passengers in the car. ( [http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1498650.htm ABC News] ).

4 November, 2005 (Friday)

*An iconic statue, Pania of the reef, stolen from Napier, New Zealand on 27 October, is recovered and two people are charged with the theft. [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/search/story.cfm?storyid=000A80DE-5851-136B-B00083027AF10310 (NZ Herald)]

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