Australia ditches 'out of date' knights, dames

2015-11-02 08:38

Australia has removed knights and dames from the national honours system, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced, dismissing the ancient titles as “not appropriate” in 2015.

Bitter Abbott slams party for dumping him as leader

2015-09-29 09:16

Tony Abbott has slammed his party colleagues for dumping him as Australian prime minister two weeks ago, declaring he could have won the next election.

New Australian PM doesn't plan constitutional change

2015-09-21 09:46

Australia’s new prime minister, Malcom Turnbull, has flagged that he is in no hurry to sever the nation’s constitutional links to Britain by appointing an Australian president as head of state.

Australia drops first bombs on Syria

2015-09-16 08:50

Australian warplanes have carried out their first air strike against Islamic State targets inside Syria, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews says.

Australia's new PM a silver-tongued millionaire

2015-09-15 10:14

Australia's new PM Malcolm Turnbull, whose glittering career ranged from the law to investment banking and tech start-ups before entering public life, has a compelling way with words but a reputation for arrogance.

Outgoing Australian PM Abbott says to make leadership change easy

2015-09-15 07:16

Outgoing Australian PM Tony Abbott has pledged to make the change of leadership as easy as possible after losing a party room vote to rival Malcolm Turnbull.

Australia to get new PM as Abbott loses out to rival Turnbull

2015-09-14 14:06

Australia will get its fifth PM in eight years after the ruling Liberal Party voted out Tony Abbott in favour of long-time rival Malcolm Turnbull following months of speculation and crumbling support from voters.

Australia to take in 12 000 Syrian refugees

2015-09-09 05:43

Australia will accept 12 000 refugees from Syria on top of its current humanitarian intake programme, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.

Australian premier agrees to accept refugees

2015-09-06 15:48

After pressure from within his own party, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says that Australia is prepared to take more refugees from war-torn Syria.

Islamic State worse than Nazis, says Abbott

2015-09-03 07:59

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Islamic State is worse than the Nazis were during World War 2 because they had “sufficient sense of shame to try and hide” their terrible evil.


Former Australia PM to pay for broken table after 'wild party'

2015-10-20 07:50

Former Australian leader Tony Abbott says he will pay for a marble table damaged during a reported "wild party" in parliament after he was deposed as prime minister.

Australians welcome new PM Turnbull, poll shows

2015-09-22 10:52

New Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull received a clear tick of approval from voters, with a poll suggesting he is the nation's most popular leader in more than five years.

New Australian PM Turnbull to promote women in cabinet

2015-09-16 10:12

Australia’s new PM, Malcolm Turnbull, has hinted that he would end the lack of women in ministerial positions, as he held discussions over his new government.

New Aus PM Turnbull says public will vote on same sex marriage

2015-09-15 12:22

New Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull says the status of same sex marriage will be decided by a public vote after a federal election next year, sticking to a timeline determined by former leader Tony Abbott.

Turnbull sworn in, addresses parliament as Australia's new premier

2015-09-15 08:29

Malcolm Turnbull has been sworn in as prime minister and is set to take his first Question Time parliamentary session, a day after the Liberal Party ousted Tony Abbott in a leadership ballot.

Tony Abbott's two years in power

2015-09-14 14:43

Australian PM Tony Abbott has been ousted after a surprise challenge from his Liberal party's former leader Malcolm Turnbull. Read some of the highlights of Abbott's two years in power.

Australian politician declares challenge to PM Abbot

2015-09-14 09:13

Australian politician Malcolm Turnbull has announced he would challenge Prime Minister Tony Abbott for the leadership of the Liberal Party, saying the premier could not win the next election.

New Zealand opens door for 750 Syrian refugees

2015-09-07 14:33

New Zealand has announced it will take 750 Syrian refugees over the next three years after coming under intense pressure to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Europe.

Stop the migrant boats, Australia tells Europe

2015-09-04 06:42

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott says if Europe wants to prevent more drownings it should adopt similar tactics to Australia and stop refugee boats from making the dangerous journey to its shores.

Islamic State worse than Nazis, says Abbott

2015-09-03 06:23

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Islamic State is worse than the Nazis were during World War II because they act like "medieval barbarians" and "boast about their evil".

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