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 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

The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull tried to play it down, but there was really no spinning the fact his Liberal-National government won n(...)

Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern: voter numbers were a disappointing for Labour who were relying on young voters to push them into government. Photograph:  Hannah Peters/Getty Images

New Zealand’s major political parties are scrambling to woo the support of the smaller New Zealand First party to form a government after a stalemate (...)

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

Australia’s deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, has reacted angrily to people who refer to Australia Day as “invasion day” or who want the date cha(...)

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

Counting in the Australian election resumed on Tuesday and saw the ruling Liberal-National coalition pull ahead of the Labor opposition. The coalitio(...)

Australian prime  minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday, as he announced parliament would be recalled from its seven-week recess to sit on April 18th, setting the wheels in motion for an election on  July 2nd. Photograph: Adrian Muscat/EPA

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull set the stage for an early election on July 2nd, despite signs his personal popularity is sagging, by recal(...)

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

The push for Australia to become a republic gathered steam on the eve of Australia Day – on Tuesday – with all bar one of the country’s state and terr(...)

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

Australia’s capital Canberra has had its first snow of the year, the city is waking up to sub-zero temperatures and parliament is in its last sitting (...)