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- Dean Bilton
Live: England face rivals Wales looking to book ticket to World Cup second round

England need a result against rivals Wales while Iran play the USA at the same time, with Group B still very much up in the air with a game to… [...]

Qatar create unwanted history at their own World Cup

The Netherlands and African champions Senegal advance from Group A but it's the performance of host nation Qatar that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. [...]

- Melissa Maddison
Talented North Queensland rugby league players now have more chances to further their career goals closer to home

The Mackay Cutters will replace the North Queensland Gold Stars in the QRLW Premiership series, with the Cowboys-aligned team to focus its attention on the NRLW. [...]

- Rosemary Bolger
Scenes of Melbourne football fans have gone viral, but in Sydney there's no central public place to watch the Socceroos

A petition has been launched calling for Thursday's early morning game to be screened in the city.  [...]

Captain Cummins goes into bat for Australian cricket team as public pressure grows

Pat Cummins emphatically declares there are no cowards in the Australian cricket team, admitting his disappointment over the Justin Langer podcast saga that is overshadowing the start of the Test summer. [...]

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Australasian Jewish Communities

Australian Jews, or Jewish Australians, are Jews who are Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia. In the 2016 census, there were 21,175 Australians who identified as Jewish by ancestry, a decrease from 25,716 in the 2011 census, and 91,016 Australians who identified as adherents of Judaism, which is a 6% decrease on 97,355 adherents of Judaism in the 2011 census. The actual number is almost certainly higher, because an answer to the religion question on the census was optional and because Holocaust survivors, Haredi Jews or many non-practising Jews are believed to prefer not to disclose religion in the census. By comparison, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz estimated a Jewish-Australian population of 120,000-150,000 (not limited to adherents of Judaism. Based on the census data, Jewish citizens make up about 0.4% of the Australian population. The Jewish community of Australia is composed mostly of Ashkenazi Jews, though there are Jews in Australia from many other traditions and levels of religious observance and participation in the Jewish community.

The first Jewish settlers in New Zealand were Anglo-Jewish traders. Small numbers of Anglo-Jewish immigrants followed, some subsidized by a Jewish charity in London which had a mission of caring for the poor and orphaned young people in the community. These “subsidised” Jewish immigrants were also intended by their benefactors to be devout members of the fledgling Jewish community in Wellington, to which the respected English business leader Abraham Hort, Senior, was sent from London to organize along London religious lines.

Following news of gold rushes, Jewish immigrants poured in from new lands such as Germany, and then moved on when the boom was over. These immigrants, and others from Eastern Europe faced an increasingly stringent immigration policy throughout the end of the 19th and mid 20th century, but Jewish New Zealanders and their descendants have continued to contribute in business, medicine, politics, and other areas of New Zealand life, at the highest levels, and the spectrum of Jewish religious observance continues in communities throughout the country.