Legislature

Cyclone destroys Parliament House, homes on Tonga, Fiji next

Feb 13, 2018

The Pacific nation of Tonga is cleaning up damage from a cyclone that destroyed its Parliament House, as well as homes and churches, and was intensifying as it headed toward nearby Fiji

New Zealand lawmaker Bill English quits after election loss

Feb 13, 2018

New Zealand's opposition leader Bill English is leaving Parliament after losing last year's election

Australian lawmakers debate banning sex with staff members

Feb 9, 2018

The prime minister has talked down the need in Australia for a U.S.-style ban on legislators having sex with staff, but declined to say whether he had intervened in his deputy's relationship with a press secretary

Gays marry in midnight wedding ceremonies across Australia

Jan 9, 2018

Same-sex couples married in midnight ceremonies across Australia after the country's last legal impediment to gay marriage expired

Australian government restores grip on power in by-election

Dec 16, 2017

The Australian government has won a crucial by-election that restores its tenuous grip on power

Australian lawmaker quits over Chinese political links

Dec 12, 2017

An influential Australian opposition lawmaker under fire over his close links to wealthy Chinese political donors has announced he is quitting the Senate for the good of his party as the government moves against foreign interference in politics

Gay marriage becomes law in Australia; weddings start in Jan

Dec 8, 2017

Gay marriage in Australia has become a law as the prime minister gained a final signature on a bill hours after it was overwhelming endorsed by Parliament, and the nation started planning weddings that can take place in a month.

Australian prime minister rushes gay marriage into law

Dec 8, 2017

Australia's prime minister rushed gay marriage into law by gaining a final signature on the bill overwhelming endorsed by Parliament and as the nation started planning weddings that can take place in a month.

The Latest: Final signature makes gay marriage legal on Sat.

Dec 8, 2017

The final signature has been obtained to make same-sex marriage legal in Australia starting Saturday

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriage across nation, 1st weddings expected in February

Dec 7, 2017

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriage across nation, 1st weddings expected in February

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