ARTICLES RELATING TO TONY ABBOTT

'Reasonable chance' of finding MH370 in new search

2014-08-20 11:36

A new underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had a 'reasonable chance' of finding the plane, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.

Australia PM appalled at decapitated head photo

2014-08-11 08:56

A shocking image of what is believed to be the young son of an Australian man holding a decapitated head in Syria showed how barbaric the Islamic State "terrorist army" is, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.

Australia holds day of mourning for MH17 victims

2014-08-07 08:07

Flags fly at half mast as Australia holds a national day of mourning for those killed in the MH17 crash in Ukraine, a day after experts suspended the search for body parts.

Australia rules out new sanctions against Russia

2014-07-30 14:20

Australia's PM says that he is not considering sanctions against Russia while his government focuses on retrieving Australian victims from the wreckage of the Malaysian flight MH17.

Australia assures search for MH370 goes on

2014-07-23 12:49

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continues uninterrupted, even as the head of the search co-ordination agency was sent to Ukraine to help with the MH17 tragedy.

Putin agrees to co-operate in MH17 operation

2014-07-21 08:46

Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to co-operate in the retrieval of bodies and investigation into the flight MH17 crash in a call with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

SA widow gets little help from Malaysian authorities

2014-07-20 10:18

Malaysian Airline authorities have failed to co-operate with the family and widow of Cameron Dalziel, the Durban born helicopter pilot who died the ill-fated flight MH17.

Russia reaction to crash 'unsatisfactory' - Abbott

2014-07-18 10:55

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called Russia's response to the downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet over Ukraine "deeply, deeply unsatisfactory".

Assange fumes as Australia tells him to 'man up'

2014-07-17 10:39

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has reacted angrily after Australia's attorney-general said he should be "man enough" to face Swedish sexual assault allegations.

Al Gore joins Aussie tycoon in climate plan

2014-06-25 15:02

Former US vice president Al Gore has hailed recent moves by the US and other nations to confront climate change as 'extraordinary', and encouraged Australia to join global efforts.

Tony Abbott 'sexist', says retiring politician

2014-06-22 07:36

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is "a sexist" rather than a misogynist, a politician from his party has said in an interview.

Fiji leader blasts Australia as 'selfish'

2014-06-19 07:28

Fijian leader Voreqe Bainimarama has accused the global community of abandoning Pacific island nations to 'sink below the waves' instead of tackling climate change, singling out 'selfish' Australia.

Australia PM faces fierce backlash over radio wink

2014-05-22 09:56

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has expressed regret at winking during a testy radio chat with a pensioner who works on a sex phone line, as he battled a fierce backlash.

Australia commits up to $84m to MH370 search

2014-05-13 13:31

Australia has committed up to $84m towards the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 over two years, budget papers show.

Indonesia finds boatpeople 'turned back' by Australia

2014-05-06 08:53

The Indonesian navy has found 19 boatpeople who say they were turned around trying to reach Australia in the latest tow-back of an asylum-seeker vessel under Canberra's hard-line policies.

MH370 search at critical juncture: Malaysia

2014-04-19 17:01

The effort to find missing flight MH370 is at a "very critical juncture", Malaysia's transport minister says as authorities mull whether to reassess a challenging search of the Indian Ocean seabed.

MH370 mini-sub zone search set to end

2014-04-17 09:41

The mini-submarine hunting for flight MH370 will finish scouring its current strip of the Indian Ocean within a week, Australian PM says, adding if unsuccessful the operation will be forced to move into a new phase.

MH370's black box batteries may have died

2014-04-13 14:30

Following four strong underwater signals in the past week, all has gone quiet in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, meaning the batteries in the plane's all-important black boxes may finally have died.

Malaysia PM 'will not rest' on MH370

2014-04-03 14:52

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak vowed "we will not rest" until the fate of flight MH370 is known, as Australia called it "the most difficult search in human history".

UK nuke submarine joins MH370 hunt

2014-04-02 09:47

The protracted search for missing Flight MH370 has been boosted with the arrival of a UK nuclear submarine in the Indian Ocean, ahead of a visit to Australia by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

New account of last words from Flight MH370

2014-04-01 07:32

Malaysia's civil aviation department says the last words spoken by one of pilots of missing Flight MH370 were "Good night Malaysian three seven zero", and not "All right, good night" as originally reported.

Search for jetliner will go on - Australia PM

2014-03-31 07:20

The weekslong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is "an extraordinarily difficult exercise" but it will go on as long as possible, Australia's prime minister says.

Flight MH370 last location far from any landing sites

2014-03-24 17:09

Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak says new satellite analysis showed the last location of Flight MH370 was in a remote location far from any possible landing sites.

Australia spots possible plane debris

2014-03-20 06:58

Australia says two objects possibly related to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been sighted at sea, marking a potential breakthrough in the nearly two-week search for the aircraft.

Aussie emissions target criticised by climate body

2014-02-27 10:22

The Australian government's climate change agency has warned that Canberra's 5% emissions reduction target was "not credible" compared with other states and called for it to be tripled.

 

Australia to join humanitarian airdrops in Iraq

2014-08-13 15:39

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed Australian planes will join humanitarian airdrops in Iraq and did not rule out the possibility of greater military involvement.

Australian PM dubs Russia 'a bully'

2014-08-08 12:45

Australia's prime minister has dubbed Russia 'a bully' and threatened stronger sanctions against the country following Russia's ban on most Western food imports.

Australia berates Israel over 'shocking' attacks

2014-08-05 08:39
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Australia's government has made its strongest criticism yet of its staunch ally Israel over the month long war in Gaza, with the foreign minister calling the shelling of UN schools "indefensible".

MH17 armed mission 'unrealistic' - Netherlands

2014-07-28 08:06

The Netherlands has scrapped plans to send an international armed mission to secure the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17, fearing a deployment risked being dragged into the conflict in east Ukraine.

UN set to vote on crash resolution

2014-07-21 11:21

The UN Security Council is set to vote on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area.

Bodies from downed jet piled in boxcars in Ukraine

2014-07-21 07:46

Rebels have piled nearly 200 bodies from the downed Malaysian jetliner into four refrigerated boxcars in eastern Ukraine, and cranes at the crash scene moved big chunks of the Boeing 777.

Australia PM says MH17 crash site 'chaotic'

2014-07-20 08:23

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is "absolutely chaotic", and he feared interference with the evidence would continue.

Australia abolishes divisive carbon tax

2014-07-17 18:58

Australia has axed a divisive carbon tax after years of vexed political debate, in a move slammed as backward and out of step with the rest of the world.

Australia gay marriage support hits record-high - poll

2014-07-15 09:47

Support for same-sex marriage has reached a record high in Australia, a poll has showed, as pressure mounts on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote on the issue.

Australia marks six months with no boatpeople

2014-06-19 10:45

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he is "very satisfied" as Australia marked six months since the last asylum-seeker boat arrival, but warned it was not yet "mission accomplished".

Climate change on agenda as Abbott visits US

2014-06-12 14:28

The US has few closer allies than Australia but climate change could prove a touchy issue when Australia's conservative prime minister makes his first White House visit.

Sex line gran berates Aussie PM over budget

2014-05-21 11:46

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was involved in heated exchanges with radio callers over his tough budget, including a pensioner who works on a sex phone line to pay the bills.

SA, Australia sign adoption agreement

2014-05-10 11:23

South Africa's nearly four million orphans stand a better chance of being adopted now that the government has signed an agreement with Australia, the Saturday Star reports.

Australian minister resigns over corruption inquiry

2014-05-02 12:55

An Australia police minister has resigned after being linked to a plot to illegally funnel political donations from a property development group owned by an embattled Australian tycoon.

Malaysia warns of 'huge' cost in MH370 search

2014-04-17 12:55

Malaysia has warned that the cost of the search for flight MH370's wreckage in the Indian Ocean will be "huge", the latest sobering assessment by authorities involved in the effort.

Aus state premier quits over wine 'memory fail'

2014-04-16 11:20

A leading Australian politician has resigned after admitting to a "massive memory fail" when he told a corruption inquiry he never received a bottle of wine worth Aus$3 000.

Australia PM warns of lengthy search for MH370

2014-04-12 07:54

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will likely continue for "a long time", Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned, a day after voicing confidence that signals from the black box had been detected.

Malaysian PM arrives in Australia

2014-04-03 09:10

Malaysia's prime minister has arrived at the Australian air force base serving as a hub for the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Jet mystery may never be solved - Malaysia police

2014-04-02 08:23

The investigation into what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may take a long time and may never determine the cause of the tragedy, Malaysia's national police chief has warned.

Search for jetliner will go on - Australia PM

2014-03-31 10:46

The weekslong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is "an extraordinarily difficult exercise" but it will go on as long as possible, Australia's prime minister says.

Australia PM under fire over monarchist moves

2014-03-26 08:44

Monarchist Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been accused of sending Australia into a "time warp" by reintroducing knights and dames to the country's honours list.

Australia spots 2 objects in jet search

2014-03-24 13:35

Two new objects have been spotted in the search for Malaysia’s missing jet, Australia says, with a ship steaming to the scene and expected to be in the area “within hours”.

Queensland in 'biggest ever drought'

2014-03-07 12:52

The Australian state of Queensland is in the grip of its most widespread drought ever, with close to 80% of its territory parched after a failed wet season, officials say.

N Korea detainee carried Christian pamphlets

2014-02-20 08:30

Australia's prime minister has urged citizens abroad to obey the laws of foreign countries after an Australian missionary who carried Christian pamphlets was detained in North Korea.

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