Government And Politics

Pacific nations plan new security pact as Chinese aid grows

Jul 6, 2018

Officials say Australia and New Zealand are set to seal a new security agreement with their Pacific island neighbors as China increases its influence in the region

Kim Dotcom loses latest legal bid to avoid US extradition

Jul 5, 2018

Flamboyant internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues have lost their latest bid to avoid extradition to the U.S. to face criminal charges

Australia bishop appeals conviction for protecting pedophile

Jul 4, 2018

Australia's prime minister has called on an Australian archbishop to resign after becoming the most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse

Nauru criticized for banning Australian state broadcaster

Jul 4, 2018

Nauru has been accused of restricting press freedom by banning an Australian state-owned broadcaster from attending an international forum that the tiny Pacific atoll-nation will host in September

Australia ends direct aid to Palestinian Authority

Jul 2, 2018

Australia has ended direct aid to the Palestinian Authority because it says its donations could increase the self-governing body's capacity to pay Palestinians convicted of politically motivated violence

Australia awards UK's BAE $26 billion navy frigate contract

Jun 29, 2018

The Australian government says British defense company BAE Systems has won the contract to build Australia's fleet of new navy frigates

Australian leader distances government from spy prosecution

Jun 29, 2018

Australia's prime minister has distanced his government from a decision to prosecute a former spy and his lawyer who accuse Australia of illegally bugging the East Timorese Cabinet while negotiating a deal to share oil and gas revenue

Australia bans covert foreign interference in politics

Jun 28, 2018

Australia's Parliament has passed sweeping national security legislation that bans covert foreign interference in domestic politics and makes industrial espionage for a foreign power a crime

Australian spy and lawyer charged over East Timor scandal

Jun 28, 2018

A former spy and his lawyer who accused the Australian government of illegally bugging the East Timorese Cabinet while negotiating a deal to share oil and gas revenue have been charged with conspiring to disclose secret information

Huawei executive warns Australia risks economy with 5G ban

Jun 27, 2018

A Huawei executive says Australia could damage its economic future if it bans the Chinese telecommunication giant from the nation's next-generation mobile network technology

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