A file photo of hostages running towards armed tactical response police for safety after police stormed a cafe under siege at Martin Place in Sydney last December. Photograph: Rob Griffith/AP Photo

The Australian government will create a national strategy to beat violent extremism and appoint a counter-terrorism co-ordinator to tackle what the pr(...)

Australia said it will get tough on terrorism with changes to laws to prevent citizens’ involvement in militant groups and to curb so-called hate preachers. Prime Minister Tony Abbott (above) announced the measures after a government review of terrorism threats. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has announced a national security crackdown that could deny welfare payments to people seen as potential threats(...)

 Australian former convicted terrorist and former detainee at Guantanamo Bay David Hicks speaks at a press conference in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Nikki Short/EPA

An Australian former Guantanamo Bay detainee has claimed after a US military appeals court threw out his conviction on a terrorism charge that he wa(...)

The house where  in western Sydney where police arrested two men on suspicion of plotting an IS terrorist attack in Sydney. Photograph: EPA

Australian counter-terrorism police said on Wednesday they had intercepted an imminent attack linked to Islamic State after arresting two men in Sy(...)

Tony Abbott: before the vote, he said he would “learn from this experience”. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott has survived an internal Liberal Party vote to declare his position vacant by 61 votes to 39.As he walked into (...)

Tina Turner has lived in Switzerland for nearly two decades and gave up her US citizenship in 2013. 2:03

Secret documents reveal that global banking giant HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channeled mortar bombs to child soldiers in (...)

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott:   poll ratings have languished since last May’s budget, which was widely criticised as unfair to the lower and middles classes. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is a very fit man, and is regularly filmed on a pre-dawn cycle around Canberra or his constituency in Sydney.(...)

Party critics of Australian prime minister Tony Abbott have launched a dramatic bid to unseat the conservative leader after less than 18 months in office, but he vowed to fight on. Photograph: Saeed Khansaeed/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Embattled Australian prime minister Tony Abbott will face a vote on his leadership at a party-room meeting next week after disgruntled government lawm(...)

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott reacts as he watches children playing during his visit to the Little Pines Childcare Centre in Sydney, Australia. Abbott announced that the 1.5 per cent levy on the nation’s 34-hundred biggest companies will be invested in child care instead of the dropped parental leave scheme. (Photograph: Paul Miller/EPA)

As her five-year-old son started school last week, Sydney engineering consultant Mary Stewart counted the cost of his four years in childcare -- A$9(...)

The move was partly aimed at offsetting painful price declines for many of Australia’s resource exports which are hurting both company profits and mining investment.

Australia’s central bank has cut its cash rate to an all-time low of 2.25 per cent , breaking an 18-month hiatus on stimulus as it seeks to spur a slu(...)