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(...)

Kenneth Hayne’s report recommends that commissions should be largely eliminated from the financial sector, including mortgage broking, financial planning and insurance sales. Photograph:  Mick Tsikas/Reuters

Australia’s royal commission into its banking and finance industries was a long time coming. In 2009, the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group paid(...)

Independent candidate Kerryn Phelps arrives victorious at the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club  in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Cole Bennetts/Getty Images

When you go into a byelection in one of your safest seats in the country with a 17.7 per cent buffer and you still lose, it might be time to stop digg(...)

A drawing of  Howth Castle by W.H.Bartlett, published in circa 1841. The estate has been owned by the St Lawrence family for more than 840 years. It has now been bought by Irish investment group Tetrarch

Some 840 years after setting up home in the coastal village of Howth, the Gaisford-St Lawrence family have agreed to sell the 470-acre estate to Irish(...)

The Judge said there were no aggravating factors, such as sppeding or drink, involved in the case.

A grieving mother told a truck driver who killed her son that she hoped he never experiences the death of one of his own children – before telling him(...)

 Aubrey Lynch, an elder from the Wongatha Aboriginal language group, who participated in a study of a group of Aboriginal Australians which concluded that all humans from non-African populations are descended from a single wave of migrants who left Africa about 72,000 years ago. Photograph: Preben Hjort/Mayday Film/PA Wire

New DNA research from an international team of scientists shows the ancestors of Aboriginal Australians and Papua New Guineans diverged from Eurasian (...)

Elizabeth Dixon, known as Betty, was found murdered in a car at Ashtonfield, a suburb of Maitland, on April 6th, 1982.

A man accused of murdering Northern Irish woman Betty Dixon in Australia 33 years ago has told a court that another man, since deceased, was the kille(...)

Malcolm Turnbull, sworn in as Australia’s sixth PM in eight years, has pledge to revitalise an economy battered by the slowdown in China. Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

When he was 21, Malcolm Bligh Turnbull told friends he wanted to be prime minister one day. It took him another 39 years, but he finally got there on (...)

Nick Kyrgios in Wimbledon;  Dawn Fraser and Bernard Tomic, also in action in Wimbledon. Photographs: Getty, Reuters

Dawn Fraser, who won eight Olympic swimming medals, including four gold, has apologised “unreservedly” after suggesting Australian tennis players Nick(...)

The men first climbed onto roofs and damaged them, and then approached their elderly victims, offering to “fix” them.

Three Irish men in Perth, Western Australia, have been jailed for their part in a roof repair scam which targeted the elderly. John Jason O’Brien (18)(...)

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