Philip Lynch: ‘Many Australians are being forced to do a double-take and to question their age-old stereotypes of the Irish.’ Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The news that Ireland has voted for same-sex marriage is being greeted with barely concealed awe and astonishment here in Australia. Perhaps this r(...)

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott said questions of marriage were the preserve of the federal government but it was for the supporters of same-sex marriage to bring the matter before parliament. Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has all but ruled out a referendum on same-sex marriage because referendums are only required for a proposal to (...)

Officers wearing bomb suits raid a home in north Melbourne last week.Photograph: Tracey Neartmy/EFP

A 17-year-old boy arrested after police foiled a suspected bomb plot in Australia’s second-largest city has appeared in court charged with terror offe(...)

Acting on a tip-off from the national security phone line, police and security agencies began investigating 17-year-old teenage boy and later raided his home in Greenvale, 20 km north of Melbourne. Photograph: Tracey Nearmy/EPA

Australian police said on Saturday they had thwarted an imminent terror attack after discovering explosives at a Melbourne home and arresting a 17-yea(...)

 Under Tony Abbott’s leadership, Australia has been reluctant to engage in global climate change politics, unsuccessfully attempting to keep the issue off the agenda of the Group of 20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane last year. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s chief business adviser has accused the United Nations of using debunked climate change science to lead a new w(...)

An ambulance carrying the coffin of a death row prisoner arrives at Wijayapura port after returning from the prison island of Nusakambangan in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia. An Indonesian firing squad executed eight convicted drug-traffickers from several countries on Wednesday, prompting Australia to recall its envoy to Jakarta and bringing an angry reaction from Brazil. Photograph: Beawiharta/Reuters 1:37

Australia will withdraw its ambassador from Indonesia in protest at the execution of two of its citizens for drug smuggling.Prime minister Tony Abbott(...)

Brintha Sukumaran, a sister of Australian death row prisoner Myuran Sukumaran’s screams as she arrives at Wijaya Pura port to visit her brother at Nusakambangan prison ahead of the executions of the Bali Nine. Photograph:  Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images 2:10

Nine drug traffickers have held emotional farewell meetings with their families after the Indonesian government rejected last-ditch pleas from around (...)

Union and women’s rights activists picketed the Indonesian in the Philippines, to appeal for Jakarta to spare a Filipino mother of two scheduled to be executed by firing squad. The activists vowed to stay outside the embassy until Indonesia stops the execution of Mary Jane Veloso or a second appeal filed by her lawyers is granted. Photograph: Francis R Malasig/EPA 0:37

International condemnation of Indonesia’s plan to execute convicted drug smugglers by firing squad as early as Tuesday is increasing, with Australia (...)

 President Michael D Higgins prepares to lay a wreath during a Spirit of Place Ceremony and Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site in Turkey to mark the 100th anniversary of the  Gallipoli campaign. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

More than 10,000 Australians and New Zealanders have attended the 100th anniversary dawn service of remembrance at Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Pennins(...)

Australian federal police deputy commissioner Michael Phelan (l) speaks to the media with Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott in Sydney. Five teenagers have been arrested in Melbourne for allegedly plotting a terrorist attack on the Anzac Day ceremony. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Five Australian teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of plotting an Islamaic State-inspired terrorist attack at a veterans’ day ceremony that wo(...)