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Australian former PM Bob Hawke dead

May 16, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Never voted out by the public, which forgave him his faults, Bob Hawke won 4 elections on the run beginning in 1983, and only left office following a party room coup

BOB HAWKE. In this file photo taken on August 31, 2013, former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke and wife Blanche d'Alpuget arrive at the Brisbane Convention Centre in Brisbane. FIle photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

Grim outlook for Aussie right points to another switch of PM

Feb 02, 2019 - 10:57 AM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison may be forced to leave after less than a year on the job

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 22, 2018 shows Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison attending a press conference in Parliament House in Canberra.  Treasurer Scott Morrison was on August 24, 2018 picked as Australia's new prime minister after a Liberal party coup in a stunning upset against key challenger Peter Dutton, broadcasters ABC and Sky News reported. / AFP PHOTO / MARK GRAHAM

Ex-Australian PM seeks probe into man who ousted him

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Malcolm Turnbull says Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton should be referred to the High Court over a potential conflict of interests

BRUTAL POLITICS. Malcolm Turnbull says Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton should be referred to the High Court over a potential conflict of interests. Turnbull file photo by Saeed Khan/AFP; Dutton file photo by Sean Davey/AFP

Deposed Australia PM Turnbull set to quit parliament this week

Aug 28, 2018 - 9:54 AM

His departure will trigger a by-election for his Sydney seat, potentially on October 6

TURNBULL. In this file photo, Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a press conference in Sydney on July 3, 2016. File photo by William West/AFP

Scott Morrison: Australia's latest PM

Aug 24, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The hardline former immigration minister bills himself as a man of faith and family who can get things done

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, file photo by William West / AFP

Scott Morrison sworn in as new Australian PM after bitter coup

Aug 24, 2018 - 10:55 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Morrison, an ally of deposed leader Malcolm Turnbull, wins a party vote 45-40

OATH-TAKING. New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison takes part in an oath-taking ceremony to become the nation's new leader at Government House in Canberra on August 24, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Ministers offer to quit as Australia political crisis deepens

Aug 22, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull narrowly survives a move to unseat him by his populist Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton on Tuesday, August 21

Australians say 'yes' to gay marriage

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:28 AM

(UPDATED) Same-sex couples could be able to marry by Christmas, but first parliament must adopt legislation giving the non-binding vote result the force of law

FOR EQUALITY. Protesters at a pro same-sex marriage rally hold up banners at a protest in Sydney on September 23, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Australian politicians told to prove citizenship

Nov 06, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces a set of measures making it compulsory for MPs formally to declare they are not dual citizens and provide evidence to support it

DUAL CITIZEN. Barnaby Joyce, pictured here during a press conference in Sydney on July 5, 2016 when he was still Deputy Prime Minister, is the highest-profile casualty of the citizenship issue. William West/AFP

Nervous wait for Australia government over citizenship crisis

Aug 24, 2017 - 3:40 PM

There is an obscure constitutional rule in Australia which bars dual citizens from parliament The High Court will hear 5 cases related to this in October

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce addresses a press conference in Sydney on July 5, 2016.  Three days after polls closed the result is still too close to call, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's Liberal/National coalition and the opposition Labor party each short of the 76 seats needed to govern, raising the prospect of a hung parliament. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST

Australia Deputy PM Baa-naby's Kiwi woes create chaos in Canberra

Aug 20, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Australia s top court will this week examine a constitutional crisis threatening to topple the conservative government

In this file photo, Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce addresses a press conference in Sydney on July 5, 2016. William West/AFP

Australia deputy PM caught in dual citizenship crisis

Aug 14, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Barnaby Joyce says he might have New Zealand citizenship by descent but did not quit cabinet or parliament and instead referred his election to the High Court

IN TROUBLE? A file photo taken on July 5, 2016 shows Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce (R) listening to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) during a press conference in Sydney. William West/AFP

Gay marriage postal vote sparks fury, debate in Australia

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Polls indicate popular support in Australia for marriage equality but the issue has dragged on for more than a decade amid political wrangling over the best way to vote on the issue

Supporters of same sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they march in Sydney on August 6, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

'Escalating crisis' as Pacific refugee camp closure looms – UN

Aug 08, 2017 - 2:14 PM

The death on Manus Island of a 28 year old Iranian refugee highlights the precarious situation for vulnerable people there the UN Refugee Agency says

Asylum seekers stand behind a fence in Oscar compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, March 21, 2014.  Eoin Blackwell/AAP/MINDS via AFP

Refugee fears over Australia-U.S. resettlement plan

Jul 16, 2017 - 1:28 PM

The abrupt departure of American officials from an Australian Pacific island refugee camp fans fears among asylum seekers that plans to resettle them in the US may not go ahead

This file undated photo obtained from the Refugee Action Coalition on February 18, 2014 shows a man walking between tents at Australia's regional processing centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/AFP

Australia, Indonesia restore full military ties

Feb 26, 2017 - 12:45 PM

On his first visit as head of state to Australia Jokowi told reporters the two neighbors had also agreed to seal a major economic partnership deal

Indonesia President Joko Widodo (L) and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (R) hold a press briefing at Kirribilli House in Sydney on February 26, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Australia trying to recruit top Indonesian soldiers?

Jan 05, 2017 - 10:23 AM

UPDATED This comes after the two neighbors revealed military cooperation had been put on ice last month after teaching materials deemed offensive to Jakarta were found at an Australian army base

In this file photo, Indonesian soldiers stand in a formation during a rehearsal for their upcoming anniversary ceremony in Jakarta, October 3, 2007. Ahmad Zamroni/AFP

Aboriginal woman goes from 'non-citizen' to Australian parliament

Sep 03, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Former teacher Linda Burney made history in July when she was voted into the House of Representatives joining only a handful of other indigenous lawmakers in Australia s national parliament

MAKING HISTORY. A handout photo taken on August 31, 2016 and obtained on September 2 shows the first indigenous woman elected to Australia's House of Representatives Linda Burney, holding up her cloak as she gives her first speech in the national parliament in Canberra. David Foote/Auspic/AFP

Malcolm Turnbull sworn in as Australia's PM

Jul 19, 2016 - 9:21 AM

The multi millionaire former banker s Liberal National coalition clung to power in closely fought July 2 polls

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declares victory for the ruling conservatives at a press conference in Sydney on July 10, 2016. Peter Parks/AFP

Australian PM inches ahead in poll count

Jul 06, 2016 - 10:49 AM

Turnbull s ruling Liberal National coalition will hold at least 73 seats in the 150 seat House of Representatives

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Australia PM takes 'full responsibility' for poll debacle

Jul 05, 2016 - 1:32 PM

UPDATED Malcolm Turnbull rejects calls for him to resign after the weekend s disastrous election as senior government figures plead against infighting

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks a press conference in Sydney on July 3, 2016, a day after the country's general election was held. William West/Pool/AFP

Political uncertainty to weigh on Australian economy

Jul 04, 2016 - 2:01 PM

Economists warn a hung parliament risks Australia s coveted AAA credit rating with the inconclusive result of weekend elections seen as bad news for the economy and investment markets

A man plays a song on a guitar on the Sydney Harbour in front of iconic Opera House on May 11, 2016. Saeed Khan/AFP

Australian conservatives edge ahead in Brexit shadow

Jun 27, 2016 - 10:38 AM

Australia s ruling party used the Brexit vote to warn against voting for Labor in upcoming elections

People hand out how-to-vote pamphlets outside a polling station in Sydney's central business district on June 27, 2016, which is open to voters who will be absent on election day. William West/AFP

Australia PM vows stability to counter Brexit chaos

Jun 26, 2016 - 1:37 PM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urges voters to re elect his coalition government on July 2

PROMISE. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts after addressing party members at the Coalition Campaign Launch in Sydney on June 26, 2016. Lukas Coch/Pool/AFP

Australia PM vows gay marriage vote despite homophobia fears

Jun 20, 2016 - 10:05 AM

Australia s prime minister insists a referendum on legalizing same sex marriage will be held this year if his government is re elected despite the Labor opposition calling it a taxpayer funded platform for homophobia

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a press conference calling the next federal election at Parliament House in Canberra, Sunday May 8, 2016. Mark Graham/AFP

Australia's opposition party vows fierce fight in election

Jun 19, 2016 - 1:01 PM

The July 2 poll is tipped to be a tight race and could see the ruling Liberal National coalition become the first government in more than 8 decades to be turfed out of office after one term

PEOPLE FIRST. Leader of Australia's Labor Party, Bill Shorten (C), speaks to the audience at the launch of the party's election campaign in Sydney on June 19, 2016. William West/AFP

Australia readies key election budget

May 01, 2016 - 12:15 PM

The budget is seen as a key test for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ahead of the polls which are widely expected in July

The Australian national flag flies over Parliament House in Canberra on June 20, 2011. Torsten Blackwood/File/AFP

Turnbull topples Australian premier Abbott

Sep 14, 2015 - 8:24 PM

Former communications minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to replace Abbott as the 29th Prime Minister of Australia

File photo of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott by Will Oliver/EPA.

Australians rally in support of same-sex marriage

Aug 09, 2015 - 4:27 PM

A backbencher from the ruling Liberal Party is set to introduce a marriage equality bill as parliament resumes this week

'LOVE IS LOVE' Supporters of same-sex marriage take part in a rally in Sydney on August 9, 2015. Peter Parks/AFP

Australian parliamentary speaker resigns over expenses scandal

Aug 02, 2015 - 4:44 PM

Bishop a member of Tony Abbott s Liberal Party had been under fire for more than 3 weeks as media reports emerged of her use of taxpayers money for trips

RESIGNED. A file photograph showing Australian Speaker of the House of Representatives Bronwyn Bishop during the signing of the MH17 condolence book at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, July 22, 2014. Alan Porritt/EPA

Australia backs turning Northern Territory into 7th state

Jul 23, 2015 - 2:07 PM

The push for the Northern Territory to be a state was initiated by Chief Minister Adam Giles who said it should not be a second class citizen in Australia

ICONIC. This file photo taken on October 11, 2013 shows Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, a large sandstone rock formation and the world's largest monolith situated in the southern part of the Northern Territory of Australia. Greg Wood/File/AFP

Australian refugee groups demand answers on asylum-seeker boat

Jul 21, 2015 - 1:54 PM

Australian refugee groups demand the government provide answers about a boatload of asylum seekers thought to be from Vietnam seen off the country s west coast

Australian senator threatens to grab PM's testicles

Jul 07, 2015 - 4:14 PM

An independent Australian senator Tuesday July 7 threatens to physically intimidate Prime Minister Tony Abbott if he does not limit coal seam gas exploration

Senator Glenn Lazarus of the Palmer United Party (PUP) listens during a press conference, in Sydney on October 10, 2013. William West/File/AFP

Australian foreign aid cuts to hurt most vulnerable – NGOs

May 13, 2015 - 11:20 AM

Australia s slashing of foreign aid by almost Aus 1 0 billion US 800 million will hurt the most vulnerable people in Asia and Africa and damage the country s reputation aid groups say

A handout picture made available by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on 30 April 2015 shows Warrant Officer Jamie Auld loading Australian Aid for delivery to Nepal, at RAAF Base Amberley in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, April 28, 2015. Ben Dempster/Royal Australian Air Force/EPA

Australia unveils budget to counter hit from commodities

May 13, 2015 - 7:57 AM

The budget shifts away from a focus on reining in a huge deficit after harsh cuts to welfare education and health sparked a voter backlash last year and triggered a challenge to Prime Minister Tony Abbott s leadership

Treasurer Joe Hockey speaks to the media during the 2015 Budget Lockup press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, May 12, 2015. Lukas Coch/EPA

Australia knew of child sex abuse at Nauru camp – workers

Apr 08, 2015 - 2:09 PM

But Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says his predecessor was only made aware of the allegations in late 2014 and had then ordered a review

A handout image released by the Nauru government shows the first asylum seekers, wishing to be granted asylum in Australia, arrive in Nauru from Christmas Island, 14 September 2012. Rod Henshaw/Handout/EPA

Australian held on return from fighting ISIS – report

Apr 05, 2015 - 2:23 PM

Matthew Gardiner a former trade unionist and ex president of the Northern Territory branch of the opposition Labor Party reportedly left Australia early this year to join a Kurdish militia fighting ISIS

In this file photo, passengers check in at Sydney International Airport on 27 November 2010. Sergio Dionisio/EPA

Australia's rights chief claims gov't wanted her to resign

Feb 25, 2015 - 12:37 PM

Australia s Human Rights Commission chief claims the government sought her resignation before a damning report criticizing the detention of asylum seeker children was released

Professor Gillian Triggs, president of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), during an event in Sydney. Image courtesy AHRC

Abbott criticizes report on abuse of asylum-seeker children

Feb 12, 2015 - 11:04 AM

An angry Abbott says his policies to stop the boats had cut the numbers in detention and questioned why the report was not launched when Labor was in power

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 09 February 2015. Lukas Coch/EPA

Australian PM Abbott survives bid to unseat him

Feb 09, 2015 - 8:26 AM

UPDATED Abbott: We want to end the disunity and the uncertainty which destroyed two Labor governments and give you the good government that you deserve

SURVIVOR. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and fellow Liberal MPs arrive for a special Liberal party room meeting at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 09 February 2015. Lukas Coch/EPA

Defiant Tony Abbott brings forward leadership challenge

Feb 08, 2015 - 10:37 AM

Abbott has been fighting for his job after poor poll ratings and a series of policy backflips spurred his own conservative Liberal Party MPs to openly attack him

STORM CLOUDS? In this file photo, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during the Australia Day celebrations in Canberra, Australia, January 26, 2015. Wayne King/EPA

Australia's Abbott 'very confident' he will not be toppled

Feb 05, 2015 - 9:49 AM

He urges the government to end the speculation and focus on the Australian people

POSITION IN DANGER? In this file photo, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks to the media in Sydney, Australia, 23 December 2014.

Australia's Abbott defiant as MPs call for leadership vote

Feb 04, 2015 - 10:24 AM

Pressure has mounted on Abbott following a controversial decision to make Britain s Prince Philip a knight

REFLECTION. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott waits to speak at The National Press Club in Canberra, Australia, 02 February 2015. Mick Tsikas/EPA

Tony Abbott: I won't resign as Australia PM

Feb 02, 2015 - 1:58 PM

UPDATED He says he believes he is the right person to lead the government after reports that some of his colleagues were under pressure to challenge him following his controversial decision to make Britain s Prince Philip a knight

REFLECTION. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott waits to speak at The National Press Club in Canberra, Australia, 02 February 2015. Mick Tsikas/EPA

Tony Abbott faces backlash over royal 'knightmare'

Jan 27, 2015 - 10:01 AM

Knighting Britain s Prince Philip prompts ridicule and questions about Tony Abbott s leadership even from conservative supporters

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during the Australia Day celebrations in Canberra, Australia, 26 January 2015. Wayne King/EPA

Australia's Abbott denies government in crisis

Dec 22, 2014 - 12:02 PM

Abbott hit the airwaves to sell the reshuffle as a reset and refocus for the new year batting away suggestions that it was damage control

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 21 December 2014. Lukas Coch/EPA

Immigration minister promoted in Australia cabinet reshuffle

Dec 21, 2014 - 5:12 PM

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the reshuffle will reset and refocus his government for 2015 following a challenging year that has seen it lose support in opinion polls amid community disquiet over a tough cost cutting budget

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on July 25, 2014. William West/AFP

Australia failed to protect asylum-seekers – inquiry

Dec 11, 2014 - 3:56 PM

The Australian government failed in its duty to protect asylum seekers at a camp in Papua New Guinea where a February riot left one dead and 69 injured a parliamentary report says

Australian PM admits 'rough patch' as voters flee

Dec 08, 2014 - 1:35 PM

Critics have slammed some of Abbott s budget measures which include slashing health and education spending while tightening welfare benefits as broken pre election promises and too harsh

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives at the Cabinet Office, central London, Britain, 12 August 2014. Will Oliver/EPA

State election a 'wake up call' for Australia's ruling coalition

Nov 30, 2014 - 2:39 PM

Opinion polls have also shown a sharp drop in support for the Abbott government

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Mumbai on September 4, 2014. Indranil Mukherjee/AFP