Australian prime minister Scott Morrison: ‘This is a watershed moment in Australian law enforcement history.’ Photograph: Dean Lewins/EPA

Criminals believed phones were secure, but police were reading all messages in real time

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

Government spectacularly misreads the mood and is forced to back-track furiously

Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison. Photograph: Steven Saphore/AFP via Getty

Sydney Letter: Prime minister Scott Morrison’s approval with women has plummeted

The latest vaccines update is many Australians will not be fully vaccinated until next year

Country put all it eggs in AstraZeneca basket

Big Ben: campaigners want its bell to chime for the first time since restoration work began in 2017 to mark Britain’s departure from the EU on January 31st. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Eurosceptic campaigners seeking to meet £500,000 cost of getting clock to chime on January 31st

Australia’s newly elected prime minister Scott Morrison: the Liberal-National coalition has been returned to power with 78 MPs.  Photograph: Saeed Khan

Liberal-National coalition remains in power as opinion polls get predictions very wrong

Voters stand in line outside a polling station during a federal election in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday, May 18th, 2019. Photograph: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

Opposition leader concedes defeat as Liberal Party-led coalition came close to majority

Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten raises a beer at Saint John Bar in Launceston, Australia on May 13th. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty

News Corporation journalists speaking out about perceived bias ahead of election

Australian Opposition leader Bill Shorten: Thousands of people used #MyMum on Twitter to recount difficulties their mothers had gone through to raise them. Photograph: Darren England/EPA

News Corporation attacks on Labor leader Bill Shorten widely condemned ahead of election

Federal elections are on May 18th but early-voting polls show Labor is slightly ahead

Australia’s opposition Labor leader, Bill Shorten, whom sections of the press are attempting to demonise. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

With the government trailing in polls for the past three years, it has decided to go in hard

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday. Photograph: Mick Tsikas via Reuters

Both major parties call for ‘fair go’ for voters, with ruling coalition trailing in polls

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison:  In 2012 he  warned that asylum seekers might cause a typhoid outbreak. Photograph:  James Gourley/Getty Images

Sydney Letter: Prime minister rails against a ‘retreat to tribalism’ despite earlier comments about asylum seekers

The sails of Sydney Opera House with the design of New Zealand’s silver fern in a show of solidarity with victims of the Christchurch  attacks

Australian politicians call on social media companies to do more to prevent violent content after live stream of attack went viral

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media in Sydney, after  a gunman opened fire in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photograph: EPA

Key suspect is Australian but was not known to authorities in his homeland

Carl Walsh with his wife Brenda and son Matthew in Melbourne

Wild Geese: Carl Walsh, Melbourne

Kenneth Hayne’s report recommends that commissions should be largely eliminated from the financial sector, including mortgage broking, financial planning and insurance sales. Photograph:  Mick Tsikas/Reuters

Report excoriates a sales culture that resulted in poor outcomes for clients

 Australian prime minister Scott Morrison (left) with  2019 Young Australian of the Year winner, Indigenous  artist Danzal Baker,  at the 2019 Australian of the Year Awards at the National Arboretum in Canberra, on Friday. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPA

January 26th marks start of European settlement, but many find it offensive to Aboriginals

Usain Bolt has given up on his dream to play professional football. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Former Olympic champion 100m sprinter has said that ‘the sports life is over’ for him

A shop window displaying tins of baby milk formula in Sydney. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Police allege family behind theft and export of $1m in formula to lucrative Chinese market

Australia-based pension specialist Stephanie Lyons

Pension specialist in Sydney won top Irish Australian business award

Compared with their 2017 peak, house prices in Sydney  have now dropped 11.1 per cent. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPA

OECD issues warning as Sydney house prices record biggest monthly fall for 14 years

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison says Australia will meet its Paris Agreement target of a 28 per cent reduction in emissions on 2005 levels by 2030. Photograph: EPA/ Joel Carrett

With 0.3% of the world’s population, Australia produces 1.8% of the world’s greenhouse gases

Australian former minister Andrew Broad resigned on December 17th over allegations that he used a ‘sugar babies’ website to meet a young Irish woman in Hong Kong, China last month. Photograph: EPA

Australian government’s women problem goes from bad to ‘g’day mate’

Andrew Harte with his wife Denise and their daughter at the offices of his   company   Eire Workforce Solutions in Australia

Wild Geese: Roscommon man Andrew Harte runs four firms in Australia

Ned Kelly holds a gun in Melbourne, Australia. Photograph: State Library of Victoria/AP Photo

Doug Morrissey tackles the Kelly legend from a socio-economic angle

Demonstrators march during a protest in Sydney to demand humane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

The public mood has shifted over refugee children on Nauru island. Politics will follow

David Walsh, CIM Environmental Group, Sydney, Australia: ‘What we’ve essentially done is build an MRI scanner for buildings.’ Photograph: Alan Place

Wild Geese: David Walsh, owner of CIM Enviro

Independent candidate Kerryn Phelps arrives victorious at the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club  in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Cole Bennetts/Getty Images

Sydney Letter: Liberals’ Wentworth byelection disaster caps a series of missteps

Australia’s home affairs minister, Peter Dutton,  said earlier this year that people in Melbourne were ‘scared to go out to restaurants’ because of ‘African gang violence’. Photograph: Stefan Postles/ Getty Images

Labor Party, the Greens and crossbenchers combine to vote down the statement

Dubliner Sinéad Connolly: “I hadn’t really been involved in the Irish community until a year ago, and it was my mum told me I should do so.”

Sinéad Connolly is a director and founder of Sydney-based Lotus People

 Peter Dutton:  the minister intervened in the cases of three European women and their visas were reinstated. Photograph: EPA/Mick Tsikas

The future of Australia’s home affairs minister is in doubt as it emerges that he intervened in the cases of three women held in d(...)

AMP: the company repeatedly lied to the Australian regulator and interfered in the drafting of an independent report. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Ireland can learn from the good and bad points of Australia’s so-called Super

Newly installed Australian prime minister Scott Morrison speaks during a cabinet meeting at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

Sydney Letter: Public tired of PMs changing via party processes, rather than by voters

Scott Morrison, Australia’s new prime minister, in Canberra: “Paul Hewson, better known as Bono, said: ‘There is a continent, Africa, being consumed by flames’,” he said. Photograph:  Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Scott Morrison is an Evangelical Christian with a tough line on asylum seekers

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison after being sworn in at Government House in Canberra. “We are on your side,” he said. Photograph:  Martin Ollman/Getty Images

Turnbull blames ‘insurgency’ in Liberal Party ‘backed by powerful voices in the media’

Helen Waldron: “What they look upon as my skill is mercurial, the ability to walk into a room, engage and interact, and that’s absolutely based on being Irish and female.”

Wild Geese: Sydney-based ‘business connector’ Helen Waldron

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull: played hardball with his challengers, but seemingly in vain.  Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPA

Malcolm Turnbull faces likely ousting on Friday after caving in too often to conservatives

Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull  takes part in a press conference in Canberra on Tuesday. Photograph: Sean Davey/AFP/Getty Images

Malcolm Turnbull sees off attempted coup by Peter Dutton but could face another vote soon

 Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and Labor candidate for Longman Susan Lamb at a polling station at the Caboolture State High School in Moray, north of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPA

Super Saturday byelections in Australia result in gains for opposition parties

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, South Australian premier Steven Marshall, left, and Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer. Photograph: David Mariuz/EPA

The results in four upcoming by-elections could change the course of politics

 Tony Abbott:   “My issue is not immigration, it’s the rate of immigration.” Photograph:  Michael Masters/Getty Images

Sydney Letter: Much of the growing concern is from coming from people wondering how their children are ever going to be able to af(...)

A placard outside the royal commission set up in February to investigate misconduct in Australia’s banking sector. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Alleged abuses include bribery ring using forged documents

Cardinal George Pell (76) leaves Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday. The cardinal had always denied the allegations against him, but today was the first time he had been required to enter a formal plea. Photograph: Joe Castro/EPA

Cardinal is most senior Catholic official to be tried on such allegations

Australian minister Peter Dutton: In 2016 he composed a text message describing a female journalist as a “mad f**king witch”, but inadvertently sent it to her. Photograph: Rick Rycroft/Pool via Reuters

Sydney Letter: What so upset Peter Dutton was coverage of his new-found concern for white South African farmers

Barnaby Joyce has resigned as deputy prime minister and leader of the Nationals. Photograph:  AAP/Lukas Coch/via Reuters

An extramarital affair and its fallout have put the ruling Liberal-National coalition under pressure – and gripped the nation

Australian deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, February  16th. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

Sexual harrassment complaint ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’, says Barnaby Joyce

Barnaby Joyce: he had to resign in October from parliament when it emerged he was entitled to New Zealand citizenship through his father. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP/via Reuters

Vikki Campion got a major promotion, giving her a salary of €122,000

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull hugs Liberal MP Warren Entsch   after the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill earlier in December. Photograph: Lukas Coch

Sydney Letter: A year of Liberal-National infighting is sweetened with recovery in polls

Neil O’Sullivan in Bondi, Sydney

Neil O’Sullivan: ‘I didn’t come here to do the Irish thing for two years and then just go home’

Liberal MP Warren Entsch (centre) hugs Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (left) after the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra. Photograph: Lukas Coach/EPA

Celebrations as country joins 25 other nations that recognise marriage equality

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 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

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