Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin  said the World Meeting of Families was “the tale of two congresses: there’s what happened on the ground, and then there’s what happened in the media”

The simmering resentment of some Catholic clergy in Ireland over low attendance at events during the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland has finally brok(...)

Daisy Bates lived with Aboriginal communities for forty years, compiling dictionaries of regional dialects, mythology and legends.

Born in Tipperary in 1859 and dying in Australia in 1951, Daisy Bates’ life spanned almost a century of intense social change. Orphaned at a young age(...)

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison (centre)  delivers a formal apology to Australia’s victims of child sex abuse in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday. Photograph: AP

The Australian government has formally apologised to victims of child sexual abuse, after a five-year inquiry found governments, schools, sporting clu(...)

Australia has replaced the 457 visa programme with the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS) with a significantly reduced list of qualifying occupations. Photograph: Getty images

More than 630 Irish people have been deported from Australia over the last two years according to figures released by the Australian Department of Hom(...)

 Strawberry punnets in a supermarket in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Erik Anderson/EPA

The Australian government will introduce new penalties for food contamination in the wake of the strawberry contamination scare, which ministers and p(...)

Strawberry punnets are seen at a supermarket in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Photograph: EPA

Public fears about sewing needles concealed inside strawberries on supermarket shelves have spread across Australia and New Zealand. Growers have st(...)

Australian prime minister Malcom Turnbull: We must do everything in our power to honour the bravery of the thousands of people who came forward. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday he will deliver a national apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse and the(...)

Olivier “Max” Caramin, a 27-year-old Belgian man,  died in Queensland in November after collapsing while picking pumpkins in 35 degree heat. Photograph: Remembering Olivier Max Caramin on Facebook

Martin Hand knew something was wrong as he watched a fellow backpacker stagger down the road in the searing heat of a Queensland summer. Hand, a Brit(...)

The National Lottery has described lotto-betting firms such as Lottoland and Jackpot.com as “parasites”. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

The Government is expected to come under pressure to crack down on so-called “synthetic lotteries” after Australia last week moved to ban third-party (...)

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

The difference between Dynasty and the Australian government is that one features a scandalous affair, an angry, scorned wife, a pregnant younger love(...)

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