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Marise Payne, Australia’s new defence minister, at a Cabinet meeting in Canberra, Australia, on Monday, September 21st, 2015.  Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Australia on Monday swore in its first female defence minister, Senator Marise Payne, who will oversee the country’s role in open-ended military engag(...)

Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister and leader of the Liberal Party, is sworn in at Government House in Canberra, Australia.  Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

New prime minister Malcolm Turnbull dashed hopes of swift action on progressive issues such as same-sex marriage after he was sworn in as Australia’s (...)

A screengrab taken from Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s St Patricks Day video message which has been deemed ‘patronising’. Photograph: YouTube

If Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is aware of the Taoiseach’s displeased response to the former’s St Patrick’s Day message, he has not let i(...)

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott, who says his government has had ‘a year of achievement’ and that repealing the carbon tax is his greatest achievement for women. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

Sometimes a phrase just sticks with a government. Historians will have two great contenders when looking to sum up how last year went for Australia(...)

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott attends the memorial service for Katrina Dawson at Sydney University, Sydney, Australia, 23rd December 2014. Photograph: EPA/Nikki Short

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott says security agencies have reported an increased level of “terrorist chatter” and that “an attack is likely”.S(...)

Labor MP Deborah O’Neill, a former Sydney Rose of Tralee, who faces an uphill battle to hold her seat in next month’s Australian election.  Photograph:   Alan Porritt-Pool/Getty Images

If the Irish Labor candidates don’t retain their seats in the forthcoming Australian election, then Labor is very unlikely to retain power.Wicklow-bor(...)