Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas

After 11 years based in his native London, Andrew moved to Sydney with his Australian wife tasked with bringing all things Antipodean to Al Jazeera English. Since he started in December 2010, Andrew has covered a long line of natural disasters and the very human responses to each: the Christmas Island asylum boat sinking, the floods in Queensland and Victoria, the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand and the triple-whammy of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan. In London, Andrew worked for Channel 4 News and at the BBC's Newsnight.

Asia Pacific

Australia PM defends coal industry amid bushfire crisis

He says he is protecting jobs, but critics say coal and climate change have contributed to unprecedented bushfires continuing to burn.

Australia PM defends coal industry amid bushfire crisis

Australia

Margaret Court presented with trophy at Australian Open

Tennis Australia came under pressure to ignore the anniversary of Margaret Court’s historic Grand Slam victory year.

Margaret Court presented with trophy at Australian Open

Asia Pacific

Plastic recycling: Australian engineers create a 'micro' solution

A micro-recycling factory in Sydney could revolutionise the way old plastics are turned into new materials.

Plastic recycling: Australian engineers create a 'micro' solution

Asia Pacific

Australia bushfires plane crash: Three crew members killed

A plane being used to water-bomb bushfires in Australia has crashed, killing three crew members.

Australia bushfires plane crash: Three crew members killed

Asia Pacific

Australia fires plane crash: Search under way for air tanker jet

A plane used to water-bomb bushfires in Australia is feared to have crashed in New South Wales.

Australia fires plane crash: Search under way for air tanker jet

Asia Pacific

Heavy rains lash Australia, flooding fire-ravaged areas

Huge dust storm hits parts of New South Wales as thunderstorms are forecast across Australia.

Heavy rains lash Australia, flooding fire-ravaged areas

Asia Pacific

Australian gov't grants drive raft of start-ups for disabled

Funded by taxpayers, $15bn disability scheme allows advocates to use technology to design services and apps needed.

Australian gov't grants drive raft of start-ups for disabled

Asia Pacific

End of the library fine: Australian initiative catching on

Many Australian libraries have decided to scrap the fines, libraries around the world have taken notice.

End of the library fine: Australian initiative catching on

Australia

'Thick, putrid' smog descends over Sydney as Australia bushfires rage

Australia Prime Minster Scott Morrison says there is nothing much that could be done to lessen effect of bushfires.

'Thick, putrid' smog descends over Sydney as Australia bushfires rage

Asia

China short-listed for 94 awards

Chinese projects are shortlisted in virtually every one of 39 categories of prizes at this week's awards.

China short-listed for 94 awards

Asia Pacific

'Every street a hazard': On the road from China's Heihe

China and Russia this week opened a $50bn gas pipeline through Heihe, a notoriously cold part of China.

'Every street a hazard': On the road from China's Heihe

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Film festival rivalry: China targets Taiwan's Golden Horse

The film festival has found itself caught up in the increasingly tense relationship between China and Taiwan.

Film festival rivalry: China targets Taiwan's Golden Horse