Government And Politics

Australia working through 'difficult issues' with China

Mar 1, 2018

A top diplomat says Australia's relationship with China is going through "complex and difficult issues" but rejects a report of a diplomatic deep freeze

Australian amnesty nets 57,000 firearms and rocket launcher

Mar 1, 2018

More than 57,000 illegal firearms including a rocket launcher and machine guns were handed in during Australia's recent amnesty in which gun owners were able to surrender such weapons without penalty

Takata air bag recall made compulsory for Australia vehicles

Feb 28, 2018

Australia issues a compulsory recall for all 2.7 million cars fitted with defective Takata air bags in an effort to lift the mixed efforts to fix the fault blamed for at least 23 deaths around the world

New Zealand political party turns to indigenous Maori leader

Feb 27, 2018

Lawmakers from New Zealand's main conservative party have chosen an indigenous Maori leader as they regroup after an election loss

Australian police official quits over racist, obscene posts

Feb 27, 2018

A senior Australian police officer has resigned over racist and obscene comments he posted online under a fake name

New Aussie deputy prime minister elected after resignation

Feb 26, 2018

A new Australian deputy prime minister has been appointed after his predecessor quit over a sexual harassment allegation

Australia deputy leader quits Cabinet over harassment claim

Feb 23, 2018

Australia's beleaguered deputy prime minister has resigned from Cabinet over an allegation that he sexually harassed a woman

Australian leader off to US for talks with Trump, governors

Feb 21, 2018

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is heading to the United States, accompanied by the largest Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the U.S.

New Zealand says Pacific trade deal will boost GDP 1 percent

Feb 21, 2018

New Zealand estimates a Pacific trade deal would boost its economy by up to 1 percent as exporters would face reduced tariffs on goods like kiwifruit, wine and beef

Australia resettles Cambodian activist's family as refugees

Feb 21, 2018

A government minister says Australia continues to work effectively with Cambodia since news that a murdered Cambodian political activist's family had been accepted as refugees

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