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The Australian government's woes deepened Wednesday after police said they were investigating claims a senior official broke the law by allegedly offering an inducement for the Human Rights Commission chief to resign.
 

Foreign investors will have to pay new fees to buy Australian real estate, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday, under a proposal which includes a crackdown on illegal purchases.
 

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Tuesday said he has lost confidence in the head of the nation's Human Rights Commission, calling a report criticizing the detention of asylum-seeker children a “political stitch-up.”
Abbot says he has no confidence in rights chief

 

Australia will strengthen its immigration laws and crack down on groups that incite hatred under a raft of counterterrorism measures introduced Monday in a bid to combat the threat from home grown terrorists.
 

Australia Post Monday forecast its first annual loss in more than 30 years and warned it would lose AU$6.6 billion (US$5.2 billion) over the next decade without urgent regulatory reform.
 

Australia stayed silent about human rights abuses in Sri Lanka in exchange for its cooperation in cracking down on people smuggling, Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in an interview published Monday.
 

Two powerful cyclones roared ashore in Australia Friday leaving a trail of destruction with buildings severely damaged, trees uprooted and power lines downed, cutting electricity to thousands of people.
Destruction left behind after 2 massive cyclones hit Australia

 

The transfer of two Australians to an Indonesian island prison for execution will not go ahead this week as planned, the attorney-general's office said Tuesday, as Canberra pressed for their lives to be spared.
 

Australia's greyhound racing industry was in damage control Tuesday after graphic secret footage showed live piglets, rabbits and possums used as bait to train some of the country's most successful dogs.
 

Prime Minister Tony Abbott Saturday pleaded with Indonesia to heed Australia's call for clemency for two death row convicts, and warned that Canberra would make its displeasure known should the executions go ahead.
 

Australian travelers could boycott Indonesia if Jakarta executes two drug smugglers on death row, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Friday as she refused to rule out withdrawing diplomats.
 

Australian tourists could boycott Indonesia if Jakarta executes two drug smugglers on death row, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop warned Friday, refusing to rule out withdrawing diplomats.
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Australians could boycott Indonesia over executions: minister

 

Two men were charged in Australia Wednesday after police thwarted an “imminent” terror attack, seizing an Islamic State flag, a machete and an Arabic-language video detailing the alleged plot during a raid in Sydney.
 

Australia's failure to end the entrenched disadvantage of Aboriginal people was described by Prime Minister Tony Abbott Wednesday as “profoundly disappointing” with key targets missed and employment levels actually worsening.
 
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