Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday said he was confident his government could work with Indonesia despite a senior Jakarta official calling his controversial asylum-seeker policy “offensive.”
Tony Abbott was sworn in as Australia's new prime minister on Wednesday and immediately ordered the scrapping of the nation's carbon tax and the halting of asylum-seeker boats.
Australia's new Prime Minister Tony Abbott unveiled his incoming cabinet Monday, attracting immediate criticism for including only one woman.
An Australian inquiry into church and institutional child abuse began public hearings Monday, with warnings that widespread and “shocking” allegations would be heard against places of worship, orphanages, community groups and schools.
Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott said Friday the time to savor victory was over, telling his party they had won the trust of Australia and their job now was to keep it.
Australia's former education minister Bill Shorten announced his candidacy for the Labor leadership Thursday, vowing to rebuild the party after years of infighting saw it toppled from power last week.
Australian premier-elect Tony Abbott began the transition to government Monday, but despite a convincing election victory faced early hurdles including an unruly upper house that could stall reforms, and the first asylum-seeker boat arrivals under his watch.
International credit agencies Standard & Poor's, Moody's and Fitch on Monday reaffirmed Australia's AAA sovereign rating after the conservatives won power, saying they expected little change to the fiscal framework.
Former Olympian Nova Peris has become the first Aboriginal woman elected to Australia's national parliament, a welcome achievement for the center-left Labor Party which lost power in the polls.
Conservative challenger Tony Abbott declared Australia “under new management” Saturday after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd conceded election defeat and said he will step down as Labor leader.