Former prime minister attacks new policy as ‘an abdication of our basic humanity’
In an extraordinary turnaround in political fortunes, Australia's former prime minister, Kevin Rudd, wrestled the top job back today from Julia Gillard, who ousted him nearly three years ago to the day.
Julia Gillard remains Australia's prime minister after she threw her job open to a leadership ballot but no one was willing to run against her.
The election is more than six months away, but both leaders are already trying to look female friendly as they chase critical votes
About 40,000 years after Aboriginal people settled in Australia, a referendum is to be held on whether to amend the constitution to recognise them as the country's original inhabitants. The move, announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, follows her predecessor Kevin Rudd's apology to the "Stolen Generations" of Aboriginal children forcibly removed from their families. It comes nearly 223 years after the First Fleet arrived in Sydney, heralding the colonisation of Australia by European settlers.
The Australian opposition leader, Tony Abbott, is a keen triathlete who rarely shuns a physical challenge. Yesterday he set himself a new endurance test: to campaign for 36 hours straight in a last-ditch attempt to win government in tomorrow's federal election.
With both major parties talking tough on refugees, who will its settlers support in this week's election?
In one corner, the Welsh-born Australian Prime Minister. In the other, her challenger: the London-born leader of the opposition. The touchstone topic in the country's only televised leadership debate: immigration. And they were both in favour of cutting it.
Australia is poised to introduce some of the most severe internet restrictions in the democratic world – and the hackers don’t like it.
Nations stunned by tactics of world's largest polluter. Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor in Copenhagen, and Jonathan Owen in London report
A former member threatens to disclose the inner workings of the organisation to which he was 'persuaded to give substantial sums'
Manchester United chief executive David Gill has defended the club's decision to organise a match in Indonesia as part of this summer's Far East tour.
Authorities charged a man today with 'arson causing death' after a week of devasting fires that killed a total of more than 180 people in Australia, and whisked him into protective custody to guard him from public fury.
Weary firefighters and rescuers pulled the remains of dozens of people from charred buildings today as the toll from Australia's deadliest bushfires rose to 171.
Today's tour of the aeons before the appearance of the human species on Earth begins with a rare and most important piece of evolutionary evidence provided by the fossils of a creature called Tiktaalik which were discovered on Ellesmere Island, Canada, in 2004.
For years, Britain has envied the efficiency with which the Australian sporting structure turns out elite athletes who excel on the international stage. Now, following Britain's historic success at the Beijing Olympics, the boot is, so to speak, on the other foot.