Messages from Macron to Morrison leaked amid submarine deal row

Messages from Macron to Morrison leaked amid submarine deal row

Australian media on Tuesday published messages between French President Emmanuel Macron and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, as Canberra seeks to push back against allegations it lied to Paris about a multibillion-dollar submarine contract.

Australia to ease 18-month-old border closure 'within weeks' Sydney

Australia to ease 18-month-old border closure 'within weeks' Sydney

Australia will begin to reopen its borders next month, the country's prime minister said Friday, 18 months after citizens were banned from travelling overseas without permission.

Australia's political opposition to support Facebook, Google legislation

Australia's political opposition to support Facebook, Google legislation

Australia's political opposition will support proposed legislation that would force Alphabet's Google and Facebook to pay publishers and broadcasters for content, two sources briefed on the matter said.

Australia PM cancels parliament sitting amid Covid-19 spike

Australia PM cancels parliament sitting amid Covid-19 spike

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has cancelled the next planned sitting of the federal parliament in Canberra due to the growing spread of Covid-19 cases, especially in the country's two largest cities of Melbourne

Australia PM pushes jobs, Victoria to resume tourism as virus eases

Australia PM pushes jobs, Victoria to resume tourism as virus eases

Australia's prime minister stressed the need to create jobs as a way to minimise government welfare spending, while the country's second-most populous state Victoria set out measures to resume tourism to regions ravaged by bushfires and virus-linked curbs.

Virus drives surge in Australia domestic violence cases

Virus drives surge in Australia domestic violence cases

Australia on Sunday announced a nearly US$100 million boost in funding to tackle domestic violence after support services reported a spike in coronavirus-related family abuse.

Australia bars entry to foreign nationals travelling from mainland China

Australia bars entry to foreign nationals travelling from mainland China

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia will deny entry to all foreign nationals travelling from mainland China from Saturday due to the increasing threat from the coronavirus epimedic.

Australia announces reopening of offshore detention centre

Australia announces reopening of offshore detention centre

A controversial offshore migrant detention centre on Christmas Island is to reopen, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Wednesday, as he doubled down on hardline policies after a historic legislative defeat.

Australian government set for crushing election defeat - poll

Australian government set for crushing election defeat - poll

Australia's conservative government is facing a huge electoral defeat as it heads into the final sitting of parliament ahead of a national election expected in May, a widely watched poll found on Monday.

Australian government seeks to block bid to relax tough law on migrants

Australian government seeks to block bid to relax tough law on migrants

Australia's prime minister and top colleagues campaigned over the weekend to block a bid to allow asylum seekers in offshore camps to come to Australia for medical treatment, saying tough rules on migrants should not be eased.

Australian voters like new PM, poll shows

Australian voters like new PM, poll shows

The Fairfax-Ipsos poll published on Monday showed Scott Morrison well ahead of his centre-left Labor opponent Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister.

Australian foreign minister Bishop resigns from cabinet

Australian foreign minister Bishop resigns from cabinet

Julie Bishop announced she would move to the backbench and had not yet decided whether to contest the next election, which is due by May 2019.