David Barniville: new chairman of the Bar Council, which represents barristers and runs the Law Library. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

These are uncertain times for the Law Library. The economic collapse has meant that an increasing number of barristers are in competition for a smalle(...)

Australian cricketer Sean Abbott arrives at the funeral of  Phillip Hughes in Macksville. Abbott was the bowler who delivered the ball which struck Hughes during a first class cricket match on November 25th. Photograph: Jason Reed / Reuters

Sean Abbott alone will decide whether he wants to return to first class cricket at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday, two weeks after his short-pit(...)

The Australian outdoorsy lifestyle revolves around the guaranteed good weather.

It might be expensive and rather far away, but Australia compensates for all that with the quality of life it offers. It sits right at the top of t(...)

James Marriott surveys the damage to his apartment in the inner city suburb of Toowong in Brisbane after a severe thunderstorm swept through the city. Photograph: Dan Peled/EPA. 1:34

The worst storm in decades has lashed Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city, with wind, rain and hail cutting power lines, flooding streets and inj(...)

 Minister for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan: “The funding will support frontline welfare organisations to help members of the Irish community, particularly those who are elderly or vulnerable.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sixteen organisations providing welfare services and support to Irish emigrants in Australia will receive a total of almost €415,000 this year, Minis(...)

Listen up: Australian coach Michael Cheika lays down the law. Photo: Xavier Laine/Getty Images

“You don’t got to love me but you will respect me.” Tony Soprano to Christopher Moltisanti, in the doctor’s surgery after Jackie Jnr shot Furio in the(...)

Brisbane riverfront: vigorous local government and foreign investments have transformed Australia’s third-biggest metropolis with inspired architecture, sleek design and hip new hotels

The choice of Brisbane for November’s G20 summit shows just how far the Queensland capital has come from sleepy town to pulsing Asia-Pacific hub.Up to(...)

New Wallabies coach Michael Cheika issues instructions to his squad  at a training session ahead of the Barbarians match, at Dulwich College  in London, England. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Australia have reunited Quade Cooper and Will Genia at half-back for Saturday’s non-cap international against the Barbarians at Twickenham. It will be(...)

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, his wife Chirlane McCray and New York Health commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett (L-R) have lunch at The Meatball Shop in New York yesterday. Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer ate at the restaurant earlier this week and de Blasio wanted to reassure New Yorkers it was safe to eat there. Photograph: Reuters

An 18-year-old West African woman is being tested for Ebola after emigrating to Australia from Guinea with eight other family members 11 days ago, st(...)

 Unhelpful welcome: refugees on the roof  of  Port Hedland   detention centre in Western Australia in the 1990s

Governments and communities trying to deal with the problem of refugees and asylum seekers should focus less on the minutiae of international laws an(...)