Economy

Australian PM: Tony Abbott was once too drunk for Parliament

Aug 25, 2017

Australia's prime minister confirms predecessor and intra-party rival Tony Abbott had once been too drunk to vote in Parliament, an incident that's been a poorly kept secret in political circles for eight years

New Zealand lawmaker says good chance of Pacific trade deal

Aug 17, 2017

New Zealand's trade minister says he believes there's an odds-on chance that a group of 11 Pacific nations including Japan and Australia will sign a free trade deal, despite the U.S. pulling out

Boris Johnson lends support to Australia-UK free trade deal

Jul 27, 2017

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he supports a proposed free trade agreement between the United Kingdom and Australia, as his country looks to strengthen relationships before Britain leaves EU

US admiral stands ready to obey a Trump nuclear strike order

Jul 27, 2017

The U.S. Pacific Fleet commander says he would launch a nuclear strike against China next week if Trump ordered it and warned against the military ever shifting its allegiance from its commander in chief

In New Zealand, Johnson parries queries on British politics

Jul 25, 2017

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson brushed aside questions in New Zealand about infighting in his Conservative Party and speculation about him making a leadership bid

Priorities of coral and coal clash in Aussie Sunshine State

May 31, 2017

Unease and environmental concerns surround coal mine planned near Australia's Great Barrier Reef

McCain urges Australia to stick by US despite Trump jitters

May 30, 2017

U.S. Sen. John McCain has urged Australia not to abandon its alliance with America despite jitters over President Donald Trump, saying the U.S. needs its allies more than ever to remind it of its principles

New Zealand to spend budget windfall on roads and cut taxes

May 25, 2017

New Zealand's conservative government is planning to reduce taxes and spend more money on building roads and railways as it looks to cash in on a thriving economy

Australia and Peru to begin negotiating free trade agreement

May 23, 2017

Australia plans to start negotiating a free trade deal with Peru as part of a new Australian push to open Latin American markets for beef, wheat and wine exports

Tonga withdraws from hosting 2019 Pacific Games

May 17, 2017

Tonga withdraws from hosting 2019 Pacific Games, citing economic factors

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