Social Affairs

Pell's appeal pitted word of former choirboy against priest

Aug 20, 2019

Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his convictions for child molestation was largely a question of whom the jury should have believed, his accuser or a senior priest whose church role was likened to Pell's bodyguard

Alleged Christchurch gunman sends letter from prison cell

Aug 14, 2019

New Zealand officials have admitted they made a big mistake by allowing the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques to send a hand-written letter from his prison cell

Australia proposes new laws to keep extremists in prison

Aug 1, 2019

The Australian government has introduced legislation to Parliament that would give authorities more power to keep extremists behind bars after they have served prison sentences if they are still considered dangerous

Hundreds of refugees protest outside Australian Parliament

Jul 30, 2019

Hundreds of protesters have rallied outside Parliament House highlighting the uncertain futures of many refugees since Australia replaced permanent protection visas with temporary visas

3 Sunni Muslims imprisoned for firebombing Australian mosque

Jul 24, 2019

Three Sunni Muslim men have been sentenced to prison terms of 16 and 22 years on convictions including engaging in a terror act by burning down a Shiite mosque in the Australian city of Melbourne three years ago

New Zealand gun owners turn over their weapons for money

Jul 13, 2019

Dozens of Christchurch gun owners handed over their weapons in exchange for cash in the first of more than 250 planned buyback events around New Zealand after the government outlawed many types of semi-automatics

China's largesse in Tonga threatens future of Pacific nation

Jul 10, 2019

China's largesse in Tonga threatens the future of the far-flung South Pacific kingdom

More than 20 reportedly killed in Papua New Guinea violence

Jul 10, 2019

More than 20 people including pregnant women and children have been killed in tribal violence in Papua New Guinea

China's largesse in Tonga threatens future of Pacific nation

Jul 10, 2019

China's largesse in Tonga threatens the future of the far-flung South Pacific kingdom

Detained Australian leaves North Korea, arrives in China

Jul 4, 2019

An Australian student has been released after a week in detention in North Korea and flew to Beijing, where he described his condition to reporters as "very good."

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