Australia said Jakarta was free to bring up Canberra's hardline asylum-seeker policy with the United States after the Indonesian foreign minister was reported as saying he would raise the issue with the visiting U.S. Secretary of State.
The Australian navy said Saturday it seized and destroyed 353 kilograms of heroin with an estimated street value of more than AU$700 million (US$627 million) in a mission off the coast of Tanzania.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Saturday welcomed the decision by Indonesia to parole drug trafficker Schapelle Corby and called for her privacy to be respected.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was unmoved by new reports Friday of asylum-seeker abuse and claims a group was turned back to Indonesia in a lifeboat, saying his harsh policies were “working.”
Furious tourism operators on the Great Barrier Reef on Saturday threatened legal action after approval was given to dump of up to 3 million cubic meters of dredge waste in park waters.
Thousands of people rallied across Australia Saturday against a controversial shark culling policy designed to prevent attacks, saying killing the marine animals was the not the answer.
Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on Friday approved the dumping of up to three million cubic meters of dredge waste in park waters in a move blasted by environmentalists.
The United Nations refugee agency said Friday it was examining allegations that asylum-seekers were abused as the Australian navy turned their boats back to Indonesia.
An expedition of 52 scientists and tourists arrived in Australia on Wednesday, setting foot on dry land for the first time since they were rescued from a ship trapped in Antarctic sea ice three weeks ago.
Australia on Saturday vowed there would be no further intrusions into Indonesian waters during its military-led crackdown on people-smuggling boats, after Jakarta demanded operations be suspended following repeated incursions.