A policeman holding a military type shotgun, one of 4,500 guns on display in Sydney in  1997 before being melted down. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

In the continuing debate over how to stop mass killings in the United States, Australia has become a familiar touchstone. President Barack Obama has c(...)

Australia’s new prime minister Tony Abbott . (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

Australia’s new prime minister Tony Abbott spent the last past three years destabilising the Labor administration at every opportunity, saying it was (...)