Australia said it will get tough on terrorism with changes to laws to prevent citizens’ involvement in militant groups and to curb so-called hate preachers. Prime Minister Tony Abbott (above) announced the measures after a government review of terrorism threats. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has announced a national security crackdown that could deny welfare payments to people seen as potential threats(...)

Tony Abbott, Australia’s prime minister, said he was “worried and concerned” by ABC’s reporting of leaks concerning Australia from US whistleblower Edward Snowden. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Australia’s conservative prime minister Tony Abbott was a journalist in the 1980s, but that hasn’t stopped him getting very close to calling for news (...)

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announces “hardline decision” on asylum seekers.  Photograph: Leigh Turner/Getty Images)

Refugee advocates expressed outrage yesterday after Australia’s prime minister Kevin Rudd announced that asylum seekers who arrive by boat will be sen(...)