People celebrate after the announcement of the same-sex marriage postal survey result in Melbourne. Photograph: Luis Enrique Ascui/EPA

Plenty of political horse-trading ahead before same-sex marriage becomes legal

Aboriginal women performing a traditional dance at a cultural event near Uluru, in the Northern Territory, Australia. Photograph: EPA/Dan Peled

Sydney Letter: Pádraig Collins explains why decades of Aboriginal hurt will end when climbing on a sacred landmark is finally outl(...)

Barnaby Joyce  in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/Reuters

Barnaby Joyce’s position was thrown into doubt earlier this year over dual citizenship

Supporters of a yes vote at Sydney’s Tamarama Beach. Australians have been asked to take part in a non-binding postal poll to gauge whether voters want  same-sex marriage. Photograph: Steven Saphore/Reuters

Early results from postal survey suggest Yes side would win in vote on same-sex marriage

A view of a street in San Bartolo Actopan, Mexico. Photograph: Google Street View

Carlos Munoz Portal killed while searching for places to film popular Netflix series

New Zealand’s new opposition Labour party leader, Jacinda Ardern. Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

She might have ‘the worst job in politics’, but the popular leader has made light work of it

That’ll be 900 Dollarydoos, mate: The Simpsons go down under

I was not quite prepared for the assault on my senses the Australian accent would bring

Supporters of same-sex marriage  at a protest march in Sydney on August 6th. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Former prime minister Tony Abbott says he will vote no ‘to help stop political correctness’

Louise Kennedy has worked as an equine vet on a skilled worker visa in Australia for the past two years. Photograph: Louise Kennedy

Louise Kennedy, a native English speaker, says there is a problem with the technology

Australian resources minister Matt Canavan. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

Minister to take court case on basis he did not know his mother signed him up for Italian citizenship

Mariam Nawaz Sharif is under supreme court investigation after the 2016 Panama Papers leak tied her to a purchase of high-end London property acquired through offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands

Court finds that Nawaz Sharif’s daughter in 2006 disclosed link to firm named in Panama Papers, but disclosure was typed in font n(...)

A crane unloads containers from a ship at the Port Botany Container terminal in Sydney. Photograph: Reuters

Why the ‘lucky country’s’ record-breaking period of growth might not last

New Jersey governor Chris Christie at a 2014 press conference. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters/File Photo

New Jersey politician denies getting any sun after shutting non-essential services

Cardinal George Pell denies allegations of sexual assault. Photograph: Paul Miller/EPA

Police and others pursuing Pell story accused of anti-Catholicism in Australian media

Australian Taxation Office deputy commissioner Michael Cranston: It is alleged that his  son Adam, who was arrested and later released on   bail of AU$300,000, asked him to access   information.  Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP/Reuters

Swoop involving 300 federal officers seizes 25 cars, 18 houses and AU$1m in cash

Australia’s opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten’s ad  about its “Australians first” jobs policy caused uproar as almost all of the actors portraying the “ordinary workers” are  white.

Sydney Letter: Multiple missteps leaves centre-left leader Bill Shorten vulnerable

A man is detained by security after throwing a pie at Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce during a speech in Perth, Australia. Photograph: Gregory Roberts/Reuters

Alan Joyce was addressing a business breakfast in Perth when attacked

Mike Cleary: “What I care about is building great companies and great teams.”

‘I’m a big believer in doing something you care about with people you care about’

There have been at least four linked offences, including a serious assault, reported to police in the last week. Photograph: Getty Images

Men allegedly claim to be road workers but fail to complete job and threaten for payment

Imran Masood from Castleknock in Dublin moved to Sydney, Australia, where he works with digital advertising company Sizmek: “If the opportunity arises you need to take it. If you deliberate on a decision, you can lose that opportunity.”

Ballyfermot college TV production course led to opportunity in Sydney for Imran Masood

The couple plan to stay in Sydney for the moment, while their yacht is retrieved. Photograph: Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Nick Dwyer and partner saved after yacht capsized in ‘waves the size of buildings’

 Francis Sullivan, chief executive  of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council speaking  at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse into the Catholic Church authorities in Sydney. Photograph: AFP

Inquiry told children reporting abuse were often ignored and documents destroyed

Malcolm Turnbull: The Australian prime minister’s phone conversation with Donald Trump at the weekend was  “the worst call” of the day, the US president reportedly told Turnbull. Photograph: AAP/Lukas Coch/via Reuters

Turnbull denies rift over phone call: ‘I’ve enjoyed my dealings with President Trump’

Protesters in Adelaide on Thursday object to Australia Day, held annually on January 26th to mark the arrival in 1788 of the first fleet of British ships. Photograph: Tim Dornin/EPA

Protests take place on celebration day in Australia some find offensive to Aboriginals

Australia’s then health minister Sussan Ley pictured in August with prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. Ms Ley, who added the third “s” to her name to, in her words, make her life more exciting, resigned on Friday amid controversy over her expenses. Photograph: David Moir/EPA

Political intrigue: Revelations on health minister Sussan Ley ultimately force resignation

Annie Dunne pictured on the mycause.com.au fundraising page which generated almost €25,000 at the time of the accident in 2015

Australian company fined for injury caused by fruit-packing conveyor belt

Australians celebrate Australia Day in Sydney on January 26th, 2016. Photograph:  Steve Christo/Corbis via Getty Images

January 26th’s ‘defining moment’ seen as airbrushing Aboriginals out of Oz history

Dave McSorley: “I’d definitely like to take part of the business back home to Ireland, as well as to Australia”

Wild Geese: After noticing a gap in the market for managed labour, Dave McSorley, now based in Christchurch, New Zealand, was soon(...)

Coronation Drive in Darwin, Australia. Photograph: Google Street View

French man in critical condition after being punched in city of Darwin, court hears

Australia’s immigration minister Peter Dutton (left) and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.  Labor leader Bill Shorten called on Mr Dutton to apologise for comments he made  on immigrants. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

Immigration minister Dutton says 1970s government wrong to resettle Lebanese refugees

Dialling Donald Trump? Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photograph: AAP/Lukas Coch/Reuters

Sydney Letter: Post-Trump, what happens next for deal cut with Obama is uncertain

Police in the state of Victoria want to charge him with abusing students at Geelong Grammar school between the late 1960s and 1980. Photograph: Getty Images/File photo

Man (74) sent home despite Victoria police intending to charge him over new allegations

 Aubrey Lynch, an elder from the Wongatha Aboriginal language group, who participated in a study of a group of Aboriginal Australians which concluded that all humans from non-African populations are descended from a single wave of migrants who left Africa about 72,000 years ago. Photograph: Preben Hjort/Mayday Film/PA Wire

Findings support the idea that humans left Africa in single event about 72,000 years ago

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks  in the house of representatives at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP via Reuters

After talk of bipartisanship, first week back illustrated Turnbull’s precarious position

Antoinette Carroll, from Dublin, a youth justice advocate in Alice Springs, Australia.

Antoinette Carroll campaigned for Dylan Voller and now she wants system overhauled

File photograph dated September 2012   of Leonard Cohen who sent a touching final letter to his dying muse Marianne Ihlen, the subject of his song So Long Marianne. Photograph: PA Wire

‘Our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon,’ performer writes

Protesters in Sydney, Australia, with pamphlets of One Nation leader Pauline Hanson during a rally organised to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the US. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Like Trump in the US, party leader Pauline Hanson wants end to Muslim immigration

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull  poses for a selfie during a street walk in Melbourne on Friday. Photograph: AAP/David Crosling/AAP/ Reuters

Support for Malcolm Turnbull of three crossbenchers might not yet be needed

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull at a press conference today after he rejected calls for him to resign over poor election result. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Rumblings of discontent can be heard in the Liberal Party about PM Malcolm Turnbull

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday, a day after the election. Turnbull is looking to independents and smaller parties for support. Pphotograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Ruling coalition may just stay in power, but hung parliament more likely outcome

Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, takes selfies with locals during an election campaign street walk in the Sydney suburb of Hurstville. Photograph: Lukus Coch/EPA

Labor looks unlikely to beat the ruling coalition in Saturday’s election

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull: Brexit vote “a sharp reminder of the volatility of the global economy”. Photograph: Lukas Coch-Pool/Getty Images

Malcolm Turnbull insists coalition will be able to offer vital stability

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull: “We will win on July 2nd . . . Australians will return us to government.” Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

Up to 40 per cent of electorate expected to vote early

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull: criticised by  Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia for appropriating military terms to score political points. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

Labour closes gap on coalition at half-way stage in campaign

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull (centre) and his inflammatory deputy, agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce (right), visit a sweet potato farm in Queensland. Photograph: EPA/Tracey Nearmy

From economic figures to Johnny Depp’s psyche, notions of truth and accuracy are proving flexible

The community of Aurukun is 2,500km from the Queensland state capital, Brisbane. The Queensland Teachers Union said the extra police had not been able to prevent teachers from fearing for their safety.

School to be closed for six weeks in Aurukun, Queensland due to safety fears

Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (left) and Labor leader Bill Shorten at their first televised debate in Sydney, on May 13th. Most observers thought Shorten won. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP via Reuters

Government may regret anti-immigration words while Labor woes mostly self-inflicted

Converts: Labor Party leader Bill Shorten (previously Catholic, now Anglican) and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (previously Presbyterian, now Catholic). Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPA

Marathon eight-week contest gives scope for plenty of unforeseen gotcha moments

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) and opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten: Mr Turnbull  stuck mainly to economic matters in launching  campaign  while Mr Shorten also spoke about education, health and climate change. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Ruling Liberal-National coalition highlights economy and Labor cites fairness and climate

Martin Bryant, the 28-year-old who pleaded guilty to the mass shooting of 34 people at Port Arthur on the Australian island state of Tasmania on April 28th, 1996. Photograph: Reuters

Deaths of 35 people in Martin Bryant killing spree led to radical change in gun laws

Keith Collins died after he was stabbed in a restaurant in Sydney.

Keith Collins (53) on a date with woman whose ex-partner has been charged with murder

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

The Australian prime minister promised change and then sat back: until defeat loomed

Bridie Jabour: “I think it’s a fair system. It’s essentially interest-free”

An expert group is likely to back a student loan scheme for third level. Let’s see how it has worked out in Australia

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

Tens of thousands throughout Australia attend rallies in support of 267 asylum seekers

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

Debate resumes in constitutional monarchy ahead of national holiday

Police and volunteers involved in the search for Niall Quinn in the Murray River. Photograph: ABC News

Niall Quinn from Northern Ireland fell from a houseboat into the Murray River

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

The change in Liberal leader has led to a sharp increase in consumer confidence

Elizabeth Dixon was found dead in her car in 1982. Photograph: New South Wales police

Rodney Lawrence held over killing of Elizabeth Dixon found stabbed to death in her car

Visitors observe the massive sandstone monolith Uluru, formerly known as Ayres Rock, in Australia’s Northern Territory. Last Sunday Aboriginals marked 30 years since the return of ownership of Uluru  from the Australian federal government. Photograph: Dan Peled/EPA

Man known as ‘John’ used bolt cutters on safety chain that allows tourists climb rock

Kenyon Meyler’s mother, Melanie, said her son “ brought joy to everyone he met and Kenny had a wisdom about him – an old soul”.

Vincent Crowe killed Kenny Meyler while high on drugs in 2013

Kevin Wall on Swan River in Perth, Western Australia.

Examination gets international exposure after the case of Tipperary champion rower Kevin Wall

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

The new prime minister will have to compromise on his beliefs to win over his party

Malcolm Turnbull is sworn in by Australia’s governor-general Peter Cosgrove (seated) as Australia’s 29th prime minister at Government House in Canberra. Photograph: Reuters

Problems mount as deficit at AU$48bn, resources boom over and unemployment rising

Three of the four ‘Irish Boys’ alleged fraud gang will appear in a Queensland court on Wednesday seeking to change their bail conditions

Alleged that gang defrauded millions from over 150 victims in trading software scam

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

Malcolm Turnbull to become Australia’s fourth prime minister in two years

CCTV footage  captured  Jill Meagher being approached as she walked home from a night out with work colleagues in Melbourne on September 22nd, 2012.

Australian Adrian Bayley sought to overturn convictions over two further violent rapes

Jason Cierans (29) was allegedly attacked by two men outside a bar in the eastern suburb of Bondi Junction nine days ago.

Jason Cierans (29) allegedly attacked by men outside bar on Bondi Junction nine days ago

Three of the four men who were arrested in a series of raids on Monday were been granted bail at the Southport magistrates court on the Gold Coast.

Three of four members of so-called ‘shamrock shysters’ granted bail

Australian rules football star Adam Goodes, who is contemplating retirement from the game because of continuing racial abuse. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Adam Goodes could retire over abuse that exposes ambivalent attitudes to racism

Nick Kyrgios in Wimbledon;  Dawn Fraser and Bernard Tomic, also in action in Wimbledon. Photographs: Getty, Reuters

Australian Nick Kyrgios calls Fraser a ‘blatant racist’ after comments

Australia’s treasurer Joe Hockey said fuel excise would not affect the poor because they “don’t have cars or actually drive very far”. Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Same-sex marriage and housing are among the thorns in the coalition’s side

The men first climbed onto roofs and damaged them, and then approached their elderly victims, offering to “fix” them.

The men tricked people, some aged in their 90s, into believing their roofs needed repair

Body of Comrie Cullen (39), from Bangor, Co Down, was found in January 2014

Adrian Bayley is seen after his sentencing in June 2013. Judge Sue Pullen set a new non-parole period for Bayley of 43 years  after he was found guilty of raping  three women. Photograph: Fairfax Media via Getty Images

Adrian Bayley will be in jail until 2058 before being eligible for parole

 A gravestone in the cemetery of the brutal penal colony on Norfolk Island. Photograph: Lawrence Bartlett/AFP/Getty Images

Irish got it worse than others on notorious island

Adrian Bayley (43), is serving a life sentence, with a non-parole period of 35 years, for the rape and murder of Jill Meagher as she walked home from a night out with work colleagues in September 2012.

Family says reports they are joining case against Victoria are false

A government jail gang in Sydney in 1830 by Augustus Earle.National Library of Australia

The final voyage of the ‘Hive’

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott speaking to Aboriginal performers. Mr Abbott has been criticised for saying Aborigines living in remote settlements are making a “lifestyle choice”. File photograph: Mark Graham/AFP/Getty Images

Row over withdrawal of government services from remote indigenous settlements

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott, who says his government has had ‘a year of achievement’ and that repealing the carbon tax is his greatest achievement for women. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

‘Barnacle-clearing’ leader believes he can turn government’s fortunes around

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott attends the memorial service for Katrina Dawson at Sydney University, Sydney, Australia, 23rd December 2014. Photograph: EPA/Nikki Short

Australia’s prime minister urges public to remain alert over festive season

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

Australia letter: prime minister has dismissed climate-change science as ‘crap’

Ellen Tremaye from Kilkenny, who, as Edward de Lacy Evans, became Australia’s first transgender person. Photograph: Aaron Flegletaub, circa 1870.  Copyright:   La Trobe Picture Collection;   State Library of Victoria

A journey across continents and genders

Islamic State fighters on a military vehicle with anti-aircraft guns in Raqqa, Syria. Photograph: AP/Raqqa Media Centre

Sydney Letter: cancelling papers of would-be jihadists may have backfired

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott at a press conference in Canberra. He said the crash made for  ‘a grim day for Australia’, and looked more like a crime than an accident. Photograph: Alan Porritt/ EPA

‘Reckless indifference to human life should have no place in our world,’ says Australian prime minister Tony Abbott

Lola Montez, or Maria Dolores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert as she was christened. Painting (detail) by Joseph Karl Stieler. Schönheitengalerie, Munich. “In the Australian gold mining town of Ballarat she invited miners to shower nuggets at her feet as she danced. After the Ballarat Times attacked her notoriety, Montez publicly horsewhipped the editor.”

Limerick beauty whose lovers included Franz Liszt, Alexandre Dumas and King Ludwig of Bavaria

Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were sent back by Australia cover their faces as they wait to enter a magistrate’s court in the southern port district of Galle. Photograph: Reuters

Human rights fears surround return of boatload of people to Sri Lanka

Australia’s then foreign minister Bob Carr talking to reporters after a news conference in Jakarta on April 3rd, 2013. In his just-launched book, “Diary of a Foreign Minister”, Carr says he had “more energy than 16 gladiators”. Photograph: Reuters

Carr’s diaries carry ‘real risk of damaging Australia’s standing’

Quentin Bryce inspects the Federation Guard during a ceremony to mark the end of her term as Australia’s governor general, in Canberra last month. Prime minister Tony Abbott subsequently announced that Ms Bryce had been made a dame. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Sydney Letter: reintroduction of knight and dame honours takes heat off corruption inquiry

Australia’s prime minister, Tony Abbott, backed a comment by attorney general George Brandis that people have “a right to be bigots”. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/ EPA

People have right to say offensive, insulting or bigoted things, says attorney general

Tony Abbott, Australia’s prime minister, said he was “worried and concerned” by ABC’s reporting of leaks concerning Australia from US whistleblower Edward Snowden. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

With censorship at back of his mind, Tony Abbott has ABC in his sights

Alcohol has been a factor in three-quarters of the deaths from unexpected one-punch assaults to the head, commonly called “king hits”,  in Australia since 2000.

Sudden one-punch assaults have killed more than 90 people in Australia since 2000

Protesters burn pictures of Australian prime minister Tony Abbott during an anti-spying protest outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. Recent evidence that the Australian government has used phone tapping mechanisms to spy on the Indonesian president and first lady, has caused a rift between the two countries. Photograph: Oscar Siagian/Getty Images

Australian PM Tony Abbot hopes attention is turning to cricket, Christmas and the beach

Firefighters spray foam on smouldering bush to help reduce re-flash fires after a blaze swept through Faulcombridge, 85km west of Sydney. Photograph: Rob Griffith/AP

Environment minister says fires ‘just a function of life Australia’

Opposition leader Tony Abbott addresses the media as his daughter Francis Abbott looks on at the Rosella factory yesterday in Dandenong, Australia. Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

The economy has been the central focus of the five-week campaign

Australian prime minister Kevin Ruddgreets students after visiting the facilities of Macquarie University in Sydney as part of his election campaign. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/Reuters

Polls indicate prime minister’s Labor party will lose eight seats in general election

Rupert Murdoch,  who controls 70% of metropolitan press daily sales in Australia. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

This is not about one election, it is about billions of dollars and the future of broadcasting

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