Poll: Australian government faces backlash in by-election

2015-08-18 10:13

Australia's beleaguered PM faces a political test next month as an opinion poll shows his centre-right party faces a large swing against it in a by-election in the nation's most conservative state.

Australia's war on wind farms threatens biggest renewable project

2015-07-20 08:11

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's hostility to 'visually awful' wind farms has sent a chill through the industry and could jeopardise the country's biggest renewable energy project, a $2bn wind and solar plant.

Australian senator threatens to grab Abbott's testicles

2015-07-07 10:22

An independent Australian senator has threatened to physically intimidate Prime Minister Tony Abbott, using illegal rugby tactics including grabbing his testicles, if he does not limit coal-seam gas exploration.

Gay marriage pressure builds on Australian government

2015-07-02 10:13

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has brushed off mounting pressure for a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage from within his conservative coalition, saying he was more focused on the economy and security.

Australia, Malaysia, Netherlands to mark MH17 anniversary

2015-06-22 10:10

Australia’s PM says the Australian, Malaysian and Dutch governments are set to hold services to mark the first anniversary of the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine with the loss of 298 lives.

Australia ignores Indonesia plea for answers on boat payment claim

2015-06-14 11:29

Australian PM Tony Abbott refused again Sunday to deny allegations an official paid thousands of dollars to turn back a boatload of asylum-seekers, despite calls from Indonesia for answers.

Tony Abbott's 'come to Jesus' moment

2015-06-02 11:20

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given ministers a dressing down over cabinet leaks describing it as a 'come to Jesus moment' for senior officials.

Kids who break terrorism laws will face prosecution - Abbott

2015-05-27 11:43

An Australian boy who was photographed holding the several head of a Syrian soldier could reportedly return to Australia with his mother and siblings, prompting the PM to warn that children as well as adults who break terrorism laws face prosecution.

Abbott: Australia to strip citizenship for terror links

2015-05-26 08:00

Australia has announced it will amend the law to strip dual nationals linked to terrorism of their citizenship for "betraying the country", but insisted no one would be left stateless.

Australia rejects criticism over migrant crisis

2015-05-22 08:17

Australia has hit back at criticism of its response to thousands of migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia, saying it was generous towards refugees in the region.


Australian nurse who aided ISIS heading home

2015-07-24 13:14

An Australian nurse alleged to have given medical assistance to ISIS militants fighting in Syria could face arrest for violating tough new security laws when he lands in Sydney, police and officials say.

Australia PM under fire for ordering fund to stop energy investments

2015-07-13 12:07

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has come under fire from the opposition and investors after ordering the government's Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to stop investing.

Australian political rivals unite for Aboriginal recognition

2015-07-06 10:25

Australia’s political rivals have met Aboriginal leaders in Sydney to work towards “correcting” the constitution by recognising the nation’s first indigenous inhabitants.

Australia set to strip citizenship for terror links

2015-06-23 14:38

Australia says it will introduce new laws this week to strip dual nationals linked to terrorism of their citizenship, but backed away from putting the power in the hands of a single minister.

Australia tells Indonesia to fix its borders

2015-06-15 10:53

Australia has told Indonesia to better secure its borders in a stinging rebuke after Jakarta demanded answers to allegations Canberra paid to turn back a boat of asylum-seekers.

Australia's Abbott warns of global ambitions of ISIS

2015-06-11 13:18

ISIS has 'global ambitions,' Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned at a regional conference.

Australia faces gay marriage pressure

2015-06-01 06:41

Australia's opposition Labour party has introduced a bill into parliament aimed at legalising same-sex marriage, stepping up pressure on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote on the issue.

Tony Abbott promises 'full and frank' debate on gay marriage

2015-05-27 09:41

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised a 'full and frank' debate on gay marriage in response to an opposition-backed push for reform, but says the issue was not a priority for his conservative government.

Australia to bring home bodies of 25 who died in Vietnam War

2015-05-25 12:09

Australia announced that it will repatriate the remains of up to 25 Australian soldiers killed about 50 years ago during the Vietnam War.

Abbott rules out resettling Asian boat migrants

2015-05-21 10:16

Australian PM Tony Abbott has ruled out helping resettle the wave of migrants fleeing to Southeast Asia, saying it would worsen the problem and “encourage people to get on boats”.

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