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Australian prime minister Tony Abbott says the new vaccine regulation is  a very important measure ‘to keep our children and our families as safe as possible’. Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

The Australian government has announced new measures aimed at curbing the growing number of people who refuse to vaccinate their children. Parents wh(...)

Australia’s Conservative prime minister Tony Abbott won an election last September after campaigning on tough immigration policies, which have been criticised internationally but which polls show remain popular with voters. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA.

Australia will reintroduce a controversial temporary visa system to deal with a huge backlog of asylum seekers, its immigration minister said today, (...)

Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were sent back by Australia cover their faces as they wait to enter a magistrate’s court in the southern port district of Galle. Photograph: Reuters

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s campaign for election last year was largely based on three-word slogans such as “Axe the tax” (a promise to(...)

Sri Lankan asylum seekers sent back by Australia hide their faces as they wait to enter a magistrate’s court in the southern port district of Galle, Sri Lanka, today. The 41 asylum seekers were handed over by Australia on Sunday. Photograph:

The fate of a boatload of Tamil asylum seekers could be undecided for weeks as Australia’s High Court considers a legal challenge to Australia’s at(...)

A handout image released by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship  shows an asylum seeker arriving on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. Photograph: EPA/Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

An asylum seeker was killed and scores were injured when a violent protest ended with a breakout from an immigration detention camp run by Aust(...)

As the Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, prepares for 24 hours of high-level talks in Indonesia, his government has tried to stress the strength(...)

Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison speaks on the new federal government’s Operation Sovereign Borders policy during a press conference in Sydney on Monday. Photograph: Getty

After campaigning in this month’s election on a policy to “Stop the boats”, Australia’s Liberal-National government has been accused of hiding the num(...)

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott shares a joke with members of Mernda football club in Melbourne while on the election campaign trail today. Photograph: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

Australia’s opposition, tipped to win next month’s general election, promised today to revive tough laws barring thousands of asylum seekers already i(...)

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