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

In 2013, after two terms in power, Australia’s Labor government was riven by internecine disputes, had twice torn down prime ministers in internal cou(...)

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern: her best chance to reform arms ownership laws is to move fast before the gun lobby retaliates. Photograph: David Lintott/AFP

The last attempt to introduce tougher gun laws in New Zealand ended, as such attempts often do, in a balancing act. On the one hand, Paula Bennett, th(...)

 Cardinal George Pell makes his way on Wednesday to  Melbourne County Court, where he was remanded in custody pending sentencing for  sexually abusing two choir boys in Australia two decades ago. Photograph: Con Chronis/AFP/Getty Images

Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell is spending his first night behind bars on Wednesday after he was remanded into custody pending sentenci(...)

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

As Ireland moves towards a mandatory pension scheme to address the large number of workers who face retirement on nothing but the State pension, the G(...)

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

If the main reason for changing your party’s leader is to make the party more popular, last week’s ritual bloodletting in Australia was an epic fail. (...)

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

For decades, Australian opposition to immigration was almost the sole preserve of the far right. The only exceptions were a small minority on the left(...)

‘Fight between aborigines and mounted whites’, by Samuel Calvert (1828-1913). Image: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales/Wikimedia

After I arrived in Melbourne back in the 1980s, it wasn’t uncommon to hear crude Aboriginal jokes. Needless to say, these “jokes” were unbelievably of(...)

  Australians  voted for  laws to be changed to allow same-sex marriage. Photograph: James Alcock/Getty Images

The outcome of the plebiscite on same-sex marriage was almost identical in Ireland and Australia, the yes side winning by 62 per cent to 38 per cent. (...)

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(...)

Arts archive: Carmel O’Sullivan of UCD Library; Prof Andrew Deeks, UCD president; and Brendan Flynn, founder of the Clifden Arts Festival.  Photograph: Jason Clarke.

Extensive film and audio recordings of poets Seamus Heaney, Paula Meehan and Moya Cannon and musicians Christy Moore and Bill Whelan form part of a C(...)

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