Australia's first gay marriages were celebrated Saturday in the national capital Canberra, despite the prospect of a High Court decision ruling against the unions later this week.
Cutbacks to tuna fishing agreed to at a crucial Pacific regional fisheries conference to prevent over-fishing have fallen short of expectations, the head of the fisheries management body said Saturday.
Australia will not halt collecting intelligence on Indonesia but would work towards becoming its trusted partner, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday in the wake of damaging espionage allegations.
A group of asylum-seekers was found camped on a beach on Australia's remote Christmas Island Thursday, three days after their people-smuggling boat ran aground, reports said.
Australian councils, charities and churches that lost millions of dollars on risky investment products during the global financial crisis have agreed a settlement, the liquidator of Lehman Brothers Australia said Tuesday.
A class action over birth defects linked to the morning sickness drug thalidomide was settled in an Australian court Monday, with the British distributor agreeing to pay victims AU$89 million (US$81 million).
Australia's largest-ever consumer class action lawsuit, in which customers of several banks are fighting for the return of more than AU$240 million (US$220 million) in fees, began in Melbourne on Monday.
Myanmar Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi urged greater openness and compassion in the global struggle against AIDS Sunday as experts warned against complacency despite falling infection rates.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott vowed to be “absolutely candid” with world leaders but sidestepped questions on spying as Australia assumed the leadership of the G-20 for 2014 on Sunday.
Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey has indicated he would resist the government taking a stake in Qantas, in comments reported Saturday, after calling for a debate on the national carrier's future.