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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

Australia became the 26th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage after a Bill to do so was passed almost unanimously through parliament ju(...)

   The comedian Magda Szubanski,  who revealed she was gay in 2012, has become emotional in TV interviews during the campaign, talking about a lesbian friend who was forced to “stand outside and listen to the screams” of her terminally ill partner because they were not legally married.

One of Australia’s best-known TV personalities, comedian Magda Szubanski, thought Ireland would serve as a template for passing same-sex marriage ther(...)

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

Australia is more than halfway through an eight-week postal survey to gauge public support for legalising same-sex marriage, and all polling suggests (...)

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

Same-sex marriage could be legal in Australia by Christmas, after a postal vote on the issue followed by debate in parliament. But a postal plebiscit(...)

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

A hundred years ago, unionists derided the desire for an Irish free state by saying home rule was Rome rule. A century on, the possibility of Rome rul(...)

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

Australia has now gone 103 consecutive quarters without a recession, beating the record of 102 quarters of growth set by the Netherlands in the 26 yea(...)

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull may face a backlash as a result of his proposed immigration reforms. Photograph: Getty Images

The announcement that a new maternity hospital in Dublin may be managed by a religious order is generating much disquiet in Ireland; but here in secul(...)

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

There are some certainties about January in Australia. It will be very hot, cricket will dominate television - and there will be political intrigue. (...)

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

Australia Day on January 26th occupies a conflicted place in Australian society. For children, it marks the end of their summer holidays with firework(...)

‘Few media pundits in Australia ever imagined Trump’s campaign would ever end in victory.’ Photograph:  Daniel Munoz/Getty Images

Donald Trump securing his tenure at the White House has sent shock waves across Australia. The long and at times torturous phenomenon that is the US e(...)

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