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(...)

Marshall Islands foreign minister Tony de Brum (centre) at the Pacific Islands Forum in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  Photograph: Ness Kerton/AFP/Getty Images

Pacific leaders have hit out at the insensitivity of an Australian minister’s apparent joke at the expense of low-lying nations struggling against ris(...)

Migrants walk on a dirt road after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija, Macedonia. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Australia will accept more refugees from camps bordering Syria and Iraq and “is open” to providing more financial assistance, prime minister Tony Abbo(...)

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

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.(...)