Legislature

New Zealand lawmakers pass initial vote for new gun controls

Apr 3, 2019

New Zealand lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly in favor of new gun controls during the first stage of a bill they hope to rush into law by the end of next week

Australian senator slammed over mosque shooting comments

Apr 2, 2019

The Australian senator whose comments about the New Zealand mosque shootings led to him having an egg cracked on his head by a teenage boy has faced a stinging attack in the first sitting of Australia's Parliament since last month's attacks

New Zealand initiates bill to ban guns used in mosque attack

Apr 1, 2019

New Zealand's government has introduced a bill it plans to rush into law that would ban the weapons a gunman used to kill 50 people at two mosques

Australian party accused of asking US gun lobby for money

Mar 27, 2019

Australia's prime minister has accused an influential minor political party of trying to "sell Australia's gun laws to the highest bidders" by asking the U.S. gun lobby for donations

Teen eggs Australian senator who blames Muslims for attack

Mar 16, 2019

An Australian senator had a raw egg cracked over his head and faces censure from his fellow lawmakers after sparking outrage by blaming Muslim immigration for the New Zealand mosque shootings

Australia to send refugee medical transfers to remote island

Mar 6, 2019

Australia's prime minister says asylum seekers who are allowed to leave Pacific migrant camps for medical treatment will be sent to a prison-like facility on Christmas Island

Chinese-Australian billionaire wins media defamation suit

Feb 22, 2019

Judge rules Chinese-Australian billionaire Chau Chak Wing was defamed by a media report that insinuated he bribed a former United Nations general assembly president

Australia blames 'state actor' for hacking political parties

Feb 18, 2019

Australia's prime minister says a "sophisticated state actor" is behind a cyberattack on Parliament's computing network that affected the networks used by major political parties

Refugee footballer thanks Australian leader for freedom

Feb 14, 2019

A refugee soccer player who was detained in Thailand for three months under threat of extradition to Bahrain shook hands with Australia's prime minister whom he credits with securing his freedom.

Australia to reopen island detention camp after refugee bill

Feb 13, 2019

Australia to reopen a mothballed island detention camp in anticipation of new migrant smuggling attempts after Parliament bill gives sick asylum seekers easier access to mainland hospitals

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