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Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten raises a beer at Saint John Bar in Launceston, Australia on May 13th. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty

It happens in almost every Australian campaign, and it’s happening again now: Labor’s polling numbers fall as election day gets closer. For almost th(...)

Australian Opposition leader Bill Shorten: Thousands of people used #MyMum on Twitter to recount difficulties their mothers had gone through to raise them. Photograph: Darren England/EPA

The Australian election campaign took a dramatic twist when the leader of Australia’s opposition Labor Party, Bill Shorten, broke down in tears after (...)

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday. Photograph: Mick Tsikas via Reuters

Australians will go to the polls on May 18th after the prime minister, Scott Morrison, visited the governor general – Queen Elizabeth’s representative(...)

Flag bearers carrying the flags of the Commonwealth walk through Westminster Abbey during the Commonwealth day service. Photograph:  Richard Pohle/WPA Pool/Getty Images

I’m struck, as the British parliament moves towards the endgame on Brexit, with the number of times Australia, Canada, New Zealand and India have been(...)

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. (...)

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(...)

‘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(...)

 Linda Burney:  first Aboriginal woman to be elected to Australia’s House of Representatives

The first Aboriginal woman to be elected to Australia’s House of Representatives has said that it must be acknowledged that the Irish were among the c(...)

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  announced that the Migration Act will be amended to ensure that asylum seekers who try to come to Australia by boat are forbidden from  entering the country. Photograph: EPA

The Australian government plans to introduce legislation to ban asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever being allowed into the country. The ban(...)

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