The Guardian has quietly launched its Australian edition.
Australian-based visitors to the site are now being automatically redirected to the home page of the British publication’s new Australian edition.
The move does not yet appear to signal a full launch for the site. Most content is bylined to Alison Rourke, a Sydney-based journalist who has written for The Guardian since 2010.
The paper confirmed its launch of an Australian edition a fortnight ago with backing from entrepreneur Grame Wood. Katharine Viner, who is leading the project, said in the announcement that it would be launching later this year.
The ABC’s outgoing director of editorial policies Paul Chadwick is to be a director of The Guardian Australia. This week The Australian reported that three other journalists will be hired.
The Australian edition is the third version of The Guardian’s website. Along with its main UK version there is also a US edition. Guardian America launched in 2007.