Members of the Australian Police inspect Clarkes Beach, at Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia, after a died following a shark attack while swimming at Clarkes Beach earlier this week. Photograph: Dave Hunt /EPA

Western Australia will halt a shark cull introduced after seven fatalities in three years as the state’s environmental agency said there was a lack of(...)

Senior counsel to the Historical Institution Abuse Inquiry, Christine Smith QC, speaking during the opening of the second module of the inquiry yesterday. Photograph: BBC

A former child migrant from Northern Ireland to Australia has told a public inquiry he was transferred with no idea where he was going and faced more (...)

Maria and Tony McDonnell in Perth with their children Isabella, Eva and Billy

Maria McDonnell’s husband Tony was still employed as a quantity surveyor in Dublin when the couple decided to move to Perth, Western Australia, in Jun(...)

Billionaire Clive Palmer accused the “communist Chinese government” of trying to steal Australia’s natural resources. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

One of the more lively verbal spats in the region last week was sparked by the Australian legislator and mining magnate, Clive Palmer, who went on tel(...)

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott in May introduced the toughest budget in almost two decades, warning that the economic situation was an “emergency”. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/EPA

After 23 years of continuous growth, and being the only developed country to avoid recession in that time, there is a feeling in some corners that (...)

An Irish woman charged with concealing the death of a newborn in outback Australia has been allowed to return to Ireland until her court case begins in October.  Photograph: Reuters

An Irish woman charged with concealing the death of a newborn in outback Australia has been allowed to return to Ireland until her court case begins i(...)

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry, chaired by Sir Anthony Hart (centre) and assisted by panel members Geraldine Doherty and David Lane, commenced its public hearings last January. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The transport of children to Australia will be the focus of the Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry when it resumes its public hea(...)

The comic appeared in The West Australian newspaper yesterday. Photograph: Irish People Living In Australia

A group claiming to speak on behalf of some Irish people living in Australia is preparing an official complaint over a cartoon in an Australian new(...)

Western Australia’s major crime squad was called in to investigate the death and charged the woman. Concealing the birth of a child carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail. Photograph: Reuters

An Irish woman travelling in outback Australia has been charged with hiding the body of her newborn.The backpacker (25), was charged with “concealing (...)

Gammy, a baby born with Down’s Syndrome, is fed by his surrogate mother Pattaramon Janbua at a hospital in Chonburi province August 3rd, 2014. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters 1:42

The Australian couple who allegedly abandoned a baby boy with Down syndrome in Thailand have gone missing in Western Australia, along with the boy’s t(...)