Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Tuesday said substantial progress had been made in securing free trade agreements with its three largest export markets and a pact with Japan should be finalized within weeks.
Australia moved Tuesday to water down its race discrimination laws, saying hurt feelings were inevitable during robust debate and the government would not legislate to protect them.
Children held in immigration detention in Australia have described conditions as “hell” with a human rights inquiry Monday detailing many banging their heads, biting themselves and wetting their beds.
A Chinese plane on Monday spotted two white, square-shaped objects in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing Malaysian airliner, while the United States separately prepared to send a specialized device that can locate black boxes.
A light aircraft used for skydiving crashed in an airfield in eastern Australia on Saturday and burst into flames, killing all five people on board, police said.
Six Australian planes took off Saturday for a third day of scouring the desolate southern Indian Ocean for possible parts of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, now lost for two full weeks.
Surveillance aircraft scoured a remote and stormy section of the Indian Ocean on Thursday for a pair of floating objects that Australia and Malaysia guardedly called a “credible” lead in the 12-day-old hunt for a missing passenger jet.
Australia has no plans to change its flag, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said, adding there is little public appetite for removing the British Union Jack from the national symbol.
The cameraman who witnessed the death of Australian “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin on Monday revealed a stingray stabbed at him “hundreds of times” and his final words were “I'm dying.”
Australia has endured another “angry summer” with more than 150 temperature records smashed, a new report said Monday, with a warning that heatwaves and sweltering conditions will only get worse.