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Australia's largest banks will have to face a parliamentary committee for an annual grilling to "drive cultural change," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Thursday as he addressed public disquiet about their behavior.
Australia criticized over asylum seeker 'abuse'
Australia is deliberately failing to combat the abuse of asylum seekers on the Pacific island of Nauru to deter others from arriving by boat, two global human rights groups said Wednesday.
Atheist foundation urges Australians to quit identifying themselves as 'Jedi' on nat'l census
Atheists are urging Australians not to describe themselves as "Jedi" in the upcoming census, warning that doing so in homage to "Star Wars" makes the country appear more religious than it really is.
An Australian aboriginal leader was Monday appointed to investigate the abuse of teenagers at a detention center after the judge named to lead the inquiry resigned, saying he lacked the confidence of the indigenous community.
Australia's razor-close election could end up in court, with the re-elected government on Monday holding out hope of extending its single-seat majority.
Australia will adjust its latitude and longitude, a government science body says, to put the vast country into alignment with global navigation satellite systems.
Australia's government rejected a request by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Friday that it back his late bid for the top United Nations job, effectively crushing the former diplomat's hopes of nabbing the post after he spent months lobbying for government support.
Australian officials confirmed on Thursday that data recovered from a home flight simulator owned by the captain of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 showed that someone had used the device to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean, where the missing jet is believed to have crashed.
A teenage boy shown hooded and shackled in images from a juvenile detention center that shocked Australia has apologized for his crimes as anger mounted over the scandal Wednesday.
Looks like that ship has sailed
The tall ship Tenacious passes the Harbour Bridge as she sails into Sydney Harbour after an epic nine-month voyage from the United Kingdom in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, July 27. Tenacious, built in 2000 by 1,500 volunteers, many living with disabilities, is the largest operating wooden ship in the world at 65 meters and with a mast height of 39 meters.
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