The Queen Victoria Building in Sydney, a city where the average house price is 882,000 Australian dollars (€586,000). Photograph: Getty Images

Two years ago, anyone looking at an Australian political or business story online was regularly greeted with a banner advertisement about “the comi(...)

 Activists march in the street during a rally in support of same-sex marriage in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Carol Cho/EPA 1:11

Australia’s government has all but destroyed legislation that would allow gay marriage by refusing to allow its MPs a free vote on the divisive issue.(...)

The sun is seen through emissions coming from funnels of the brown coal Loy Yang Power Station in the Latrobe Valley near Melbourne in this file photograph. Conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced cuts to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/Reuters

Conservative Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced cuts to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions that were immediately criticised by envi(...)

A Malaysian expert (centre) looks for debris from the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on a beach in Saint-Andre de la Reunion in the Indian Ocean. Photograph: Richard Bouhet/AFP/Getty Images

The Australian-led search for the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will continue scanning the seabed 2,000km west of the Western Austral(...)

Australia’s speaker  Bronwyn Bishop:  her resignation was “overdue and unrepentant”, according to Labor party leader Bill Shorten. Photograph:  Mick Tsikas/EPA

The speaker of the Australian parliament, Bronwyn Bishop, has resigned after almost three weeks of revelations about her spending on helicopters, pla(...)

Above, Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim. ‘Halawa has been receiving important consular support from the Irish Embassy in Cairo. But it is not enough.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Today an Irish teenager lies abandoned to his fate in a Cairo prison, cut off from the world. Ibrahim Halawa was arrested in August 2013 near Cairo’s (...)

Officers carry debris from an unidentified aircraft apparently washed ashore in Saint-Andre de la Reunion, eastern La Reunion island. Photograph: EPA 0:50

Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviatio(...)

Protesters demonstrate during a Reclaim Australia Rally at Martin Place in Sydney, Australia, on July 19th.  Photograph: EPA

After the anti-Islam rally in Melbourne on July 18th turned violent, with clashes between rival groups and arrests, the police in Sydney were taking n(...)

Adam Brookman (39) was arrested after arriving in Sydney from Syria overnight. Stock photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

An Australian nurse accused of giving medical assistance to the Islamic State militant group fighting in Syria appeared in a Sydney court on Saturday (...)

Islamic State militants are seen with an Islamic State flag. Photograph: AP

An Australian nurse alleged to have given medical assistance to Islamic State militants fighting in Syria could face arrest for violating new securit(...)