An 18-month-old girl was among the children allegedly sexually abused by an Australian man arrested in the Philippines last month, government investigators said Monday.
Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced method of tracking aircraft over remote oceans to allow planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has contradicted Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's claim that the president gave him an indication that he might soften his stance on the planned executions of 11 prisoners, including two Australian drug smugglers.
A parliamentary committee on Friday recommended a major rewrite of draft laws that would force Australian telcos and Internet providers to store customers' personal data for the convenience of law enforcement agencies. A key recommendation is that the law specifies exactly what personal data is to be retained.
The Australian government's woes deepened Wednesday after police said they were investigating claims a senior official broke the law by allegedly offering an inducement for the Human Rights Commission chief to resign.
Foreign investors will have to pay new fees to buy Australian real estate, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday, under a proposal which includes a crackdown on illegal purchases.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Tuesday said he has lost confidence in the head of the nation's Human Rights Commission, calling a report criticizing the detention of asylum-seeker children a "political stitch-up."
Australia will strengthen its immigration laws and crack down on groups that incite hatred under a raft of counterterrorism measures introduced Monday in a bid to combat the threat from home grown terrorists.
Australia Post Monday forecast its first annual loss in more than 30 years and warned it would lose AU$6.6 billion (US$5.2 billion) over the next decade without urgent regulatory reform.
Australia stayed silent about human rights abuses in Sri Lanka in exchange for its cooperation in cracking down on people smuggling, Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in an interview published Monday.
Two powerful cyclones roared ashore in Australia Friday leaving a trail of destruction with buildings severely damaged, trees uprooted and power lines downed, cutting electricity to thousands of people.
The transfer of two Australians to an Indonesian island prison for execution will not go ahead this week as planned, the attorney-general's office said Tuesday, as Canberra pressed for their lives to be spared.
Australia's greyhound racing industry was in damage control Tuesday after graphic secret footage showed live piglets, rabbits and possums used as bait to train some of the country's most successful dogs.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott Saturday pleaded with Indonesia to heed Australia's call for clemency for two death row convicts, and warned that Canberra would make its displeasure known should the executions go ahead.