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(...)