Australian political advisor Grahame Morris said Australia should not follow Ireland’s example in having a same-sex marriage referendum. Screengrab: Sky News

An Australian political advisor has called the Irish “people who can’t grow potatoes” and said “they’ve got a mutant lawn weed as their national sy(...)

Malcolm Fraser: became increasingly estranged from his party, criticising its hardline stance on asylum seekers and its free-market policies. Photograph: EPA

The Australian politician Malcolm Fraser, who has died aged 84, transformed himself from the patrician Liberal behind the historic dismissal of the(...)

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, (...)

Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were sent back by Australia cover their faces as they wait to enter a magistrate’s court in the southern port district of Galle. Photograph: Reuters

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s campaign for election last year was largely based on three-word slogans such as “Axe the tax” (a promise to(...)

Quentin Bryce inspects the Federation Guard during a ceremony to mark the end of her term as Australia’s governor general, in Canberra last month. Prime minister Tony Abbott subsequently announced that Ms Bryce had been made a dame. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

The walk of shame to the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s offices on Sydney’s Castlereagh Street has in recent years been the almost(...)

Surfers carrying their boards walk past two women sunbathing and a sign warning swimmers of dangerous surf conditions on an autumn day at Sydney’s Manly Beach today. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

After 22 years of unbroken prosperity, Australia now faces “serious economic challenges”, the inaugural Australia Lecture in Dublin heard last nigh(...)

An unidentified man  is bustled  off the stage by security staff after Australia’s conservative leader Tony Abbott poses for pictures with his family after his victory speech   in Sydney. Photograph: Reuters/Rob Griffith

    Australia’s new prime minister Tony Abbott has declared the country ‘‘is under new management and . . . once more open for(...)

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(...)

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott shares a joke with members of Mernda football club in Melbourne while on the election campaign trail today. Photograph: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

Australia’s opposition, tipped to win next month’s general election, promised today to revive tough laws barring thousands of asylum seekers already i(...)

Australian prime minister Kevin Ruddgreets students after visiting the facilities of Macquarie University in Sydney as part of his election campaign. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/Reuters

With three weeks to go before the Australian election, the minority Labor government is fast running out of time to improve its poll standing and reta(...)