New South Wales Tactical Police on Phillip Street close to the Lindt Chocolate cafe in Martin Place, Sydney. Photograph: EPA

The ongoing hostage crisis in Sydney shows the Australian government was not overreaching when in September it raised its terror threat level from ‘me(...)

Kay Moloney Caball in the Kerry County Library in Tralee. ‘I had never heard of the Earl Grey Scheme until a few years ago.’ Photograph: Domnick Walsh

What is your first reaction in hearing that 4,000 girls and young women were sent from workhouses all over Ireland to Australia in the post-Famine (...)

The Ebola epidemic
  • Health
  • November 3, 2014, 01:00

With the latest figures showing a total of 13,703 cases in eight countries and a reported death toll approaching 5,000, the Ebola epidemic continues t(...)

Fairfax Media’s “Sydney Morning Herald” and “Financial Review” newspapers. The newspaper chain is united with its rival News Corp in opposing legislation that could see journalists jailed for up to 10 years for disclosing information on covert intelligence operations. Photograph: Bloomberg

The Code, a television drama currently showing in Australia – and in Britain and Ireland on BBC Four – is about fear and loathing between journalism, (...)

The cartoon by Dean Alston appeared in The West Australian newspaper on August 11th.

A cartoon in the West Australian newspaper depicting Irish nurses and a leprechaun doing a jig at the bedside of two hospital patients caused a bit of(...)

Last year was Australia’s hottest on record, and wildfires raged in New South Wales and Tasmania. Photograph: John Donegan-ABC/Reuters

Australia’s bushfire season officially started last week, and after a warm, dry winter authorities are preparing for the worst. The national maximu(...)

A nun told the North’s Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry in Banbridge, Co Down today that the Sisters of Nazareth were involved in sending about 111 children to Australia

The Sisters of Nazareth have accepted that there was a “grave injustice” done to some 130 children who were sent to Australia from care homes in North(...)

Johnny Depp with Keira Knightly in Pirates Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Don’t worry, Timmy. Screenwriter isn’t dead. It’s being sent to a nice farm in the country where it can play with the horses, roll in the sun and chew(...)

Billionaire Clive Palmer accused the “communist Chinese government” of trying to steal Australia’s natural resources. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

One of the more lively verbal spats in the region last week was sparked by the Australian legislator and mining magnate, Clive Palmer, who went on tel(...)

A clip from the 60 Minutes programme on Australia’s Nine Network in which David and Wendy Farnell said they wanted both babies but the surrogate mother threatened to involve the police and they feared she would keep both children.

The Australian biological parents of twins caught up in a surrogacy scandal in Thailand wanted both babies but the surrogate mother threatened to inv(...)