Melbourne is pushing to become one of the first cities in the world to introduce a total ban on smoking in public spaces, officials said Thursday, with anyone wanting a cigarette required to use a designated shelter.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott defended his harsh first budget Wednesday which saw cuts to health, education and welfare payments in a bid to slash the country's massive budget deficit.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised to share the pain in his conservative government's first annual budget aimed at reducing national debt.
Dozens of Australian agencies and hundreds of public service jobs face the axe in Tuesday's budget, with Finance Minister Mathias Cormann saying government was too big, wasteful, and needed streamlining.
Australia on Friday announced a new frontline border protection agency merging operations from the customs and immigration departments to build on its success in stopping boatpeople and tackle the growing menace of transnational crime.
More than 170 sharks were caught during a controversial cull policy in Western Australia following a spate of fatal attacks, figures showed Wednesday, with 50 of the biggest ones destroyed.
Allegations that 220 child sailors at an Australian navy training base were raped or brutalized in the 1980s are so serious they will be raised in a paper to parliament, a report said Monday.
The Australian budget later this month will involve “tough decisions” to put the economy back on track, a senior minister said Sunday as a poll revealed a voter backlash against any new tax to cut debt.
A landmark challenge to Australia's plain-packaging law for cigarettes and cigars at the WTO could have vast implications for how governments square the rules of trade with radical public health measures.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Saturday cancelled a trip to Indonesia amid reports that an asylum seeker turn-back operation was underway that could renew tensions between the neighbors.