Australia said on Sunday it was simplifying the process of adopting children from overseas, setting up a single body to manage applications while working on new arrangements with the United States, Poland and Vietnam.
Australia has ordered a ban on dumping dredge waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef, the environment minister said Saturday, as part of a push to stop the U.N. declaring the site in danger.
The families of two Australian drug convicts facing execution in Indonesia pleaded for their lives in an emotional interview Saturday, and said they would not give up on them.
The case of an Australian father who is facing prison for allegedly giving his cancer-stricken 2-year-old daughter cannabis to relieve her pain has triggered a groundswell of momentum for a campaign to legalize marijuana for medical purposes in the country.1 Comment
A four-year-old Australian boy has been fitted with an artificial pancreas in what researchers said was a world first treatment for managing type 1 diabetes.
Australia on Tuesday raised the terrorism threat level against the police force to high for the first time, saying there were small but growing numbers of citizens involved with jihadist groups and intent on attacks.
Australia and Papua New Guinea Saturday denied reports that protests at an asylum-seeker camp in the Pacific nation had turned violent, officials and reports said, as hundreds of detainees continued a hunger strike.
Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said Friday he was worried about the “volatile situation” at a Papua New Guinea asylum-seeker camp after reports that detainees were swallowing razor blades and washing powder.
A fatal Sydney cafe siege last month was Thursday officially declared a terrorist incident by the government so businesses can make insurance claims.
Coastal developments in northeast Asia are threatening the survival of Australian migratory shorebirds, a study has found, with some species experiencing population declines of up to 75 percent over the last two decades.
Australia experienced its third-hottest year on record in 2014, paving the way for an early start to the bushfire season, scientists said Tuesday as hundreds of firefighters battled blazes in three states.
Australia is in talks with Japan and others on the design and production of its new submarines, the defense department said Tuesday, but did not confirm reports the two nations would jointly build the fleet.
Firefighters raced Monday to contain a major blaze before the forecast return of strong winds and a heat wave, following the loss of 26 homes in the worst bushfire conditions in South Australia for three decades.
More than 30 homes are feared destroyed as firefighters battle the worst bushfire in South Australia for three decades, with officials warning of a threat to lives even as weather conditions improve.