Australia’s Conservative prime minister Tony Abbott won an election last September after campaigning on tough immigration policies, which have been criticised internationally but which polls show remain popular with voters. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA.

Australia will reintroduce a controversial temporary visa system to deal with a huge backlog of asylum seekers, its immigration minister said today, (...)

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(...)

 Darren Clarke:  plays in the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island GC in Georgia and feels  “it’s almost like starting over”.

Former Open champion Darren Clarke makes his comeback as a full-time member of the PGA Tour this week after a seven-year absence, admitting it almost (...)

Australian prime minister-elect Tony Abbott is surrounded by his family after acknowledging his victory in the election today. Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams-Pool/Getty Images

Australia’s conservative leader Tony Abbott has swept into office today in a landslide election as voters punished the outgoing Labor government for s(...)

An electoral officer at the Balmoral polling station puts together ballot boxes and voting booths at a small hall in Sydney today. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Millions of Australians voters will take to the polls on Saturday morning in an election which is expected to remove the Labor Party from power after (...)

Opposition leader Tony Abbott addresses the media as his daughter Francis Abbott looks on at the Rosella factory yesterday in Dandenong, Australia. Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

The Liberal-National coalition, which looks set to win a landslide victory in tomorrow’s Australian election, has been sharply criticised by the Unite(...)