Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (left) and the man he ousted from the past last September, Tony Abbott. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Since becoming Australia’s prime minister last September, by overthrowing Tony Abbott in an internal Liberal party coup, Malcolm Turnbull has been dog(...)

Protesters in Melbourne   urge the Australian government not to send 267 people – including 37 babies born in Australia – back to immigration detention in Nauru, 3,000km away. Photograph: Chris Hopkins/Getty Images

Australia’s ambivalence over asylum seekers is dominating headlines again, with churches, writers and thousands of ordinary citizens calling on the go(...)

It’s a hardy annual of Australian life, like Christmas on the beach with the ‘barbi’ and ritual debates about the use of sun screen. Come Australia Da(...)

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull did not sign the declaration, but is a longstanding republican. Photograph:  Martin Ollman/Getty Images

The push for Australia to become a republic gathered steam on the eve of Australia Day – on Tuesday – with all bar one of the country’s state and terr(...)

Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo: Unlike his predecessor, Turnbull is articulate and doesn’t come as across as permanently spoiling for a fight. Photograph: Adek Berry/ EPA

Two months after his own Liberal Party dumped Tony Abbott as prime minister, Australia is a more relaxed and confident country. In September, just be(...)

Marise Payne, Australia’s new defence minister, at a Cabinet meeting in Canberra, Australia, on Monday, September 21st, 2015.  Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Australia on Monday swore in its first female defence minister, Senator Marise Payne, who will oversee the country’s role in open-ended military engag(...)

Malcolm Turnbull, sworn in as Australia’s sixth PM in eight years, has pledge to revitalise an economy battered by the slowdown in China. Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

When he was 21, Malcolm Bligh Turnbull told friends he wanted to be prime minister one day. It took him another 39 years, but he finally got there on (...)

Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister and leader of the Liberal Party, is sworn in at Government House in Canberra, Australia.  Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

New prime minister Malcolm Turnbull dashed hopes of swift action on progressive issues such as same-sex marriage after he was sworn in as Australia’s (...)

Winston Churchill’s observation to a new MP that, although his opponents sat on the opposition benches, his enemies were sitting behind him, is a trut(...)

New Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) and  Tony Abbott. Photograph: Mark Graham/Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images

Australia has its fourth prime minister in just over two years after Tony Abbott was defeated 54 to 44 by Malcolm Turnbull in an internal Liberal p(...)