Australia

APEC: PNG offers to play peacemaker at summit amid tensions between Australia and China

Papua New Guinea’s Foreign Minister says the country will do all it can to ensure there are no conflicts between China and Australia during the APEC summit. Australia, China and the United States are all jockeying for position in the region, and several aid and development announcements are expected to be made in coming days. This will likely include an internet ...

New Zealand Rugby edge Australia for 2021 women’s Rugby World Cup hosting rights

Rugby Australia’s annus horribilis has continued after New Zealand were awarded the 2021 Women’s World Cup in Dublin on Wednesday. New Zealand edged out Australia 25-17 despite a late pitch from head of women’s rugby Jilly Collins, CEO Raelene Castle and chairman Cameron Clyne to the 42-member Rugby World council. Rugby Australia were confident of securing the rights to become ...

Bill Shorten says Morrison made Australia ‘look stupid’ with Israel embassy plan – politics live

The replies to this are, well, as you would expect after you forced an already marginalised community to campaign for the same right as heterosexual couples. We are on the downhill slope to Senate question time. For a moment, I thought it was 4pm, but that was just a fanciful whigmaleerie, as my Scottish friend would say. It is the ...

Wales win over Australia would not be monkey off back, says Warren Gatland

Relieved to have started an autumn campaign with a win at last, Warren Gatland dismissed the notion that next Saturday’s assignment against Australia represents an opportunity to shake off another hex. The last time Wales beat Australia was 10 years and 13 matches ago. Eight of those defeats came here in the autumn. “I don’t look at that,” he said. “It is ...

Major oil spill off Australia’s coast would dwarf Deepwater Horizon disaster, documents show

A worst-case oil spill in the Great Australian Bight would be twice the scale of the Gulf of Mexico disaster, and rough seas and a lack of suitable equipment risk delaying the response effort, confidential plans show. Documents released under freedom of information laws reveal the potential dangers involved in drilling for oil in the wild, isolated seas off the ...

Virgin Australia announces US-style plan to honour veterans on every flight

Will Australians travelling on Virgin Australia flights soon be rising in their seats to applaud servicemen on board as they do on most US airlines? A new campaign being driven by News Corp Australia – and which has been backed by the prime minister, Scott Morrison – aims to recognise veterans and their service using newspapers and Foxtel in association with select corporations. Using ...

Scott Morrison is stuck in the permanent present – and Australia’s getting nowhere

It is worth remembering that Peter Dutton was almost prime minister of Australia. Yes, the man who joked about sea levels rising and “Cape York time” while standing underneath a live boom microphone was within a whisker of being the 30th prime minister. It is worth remembering such things because in our current political climate we too often live in the permanent ...

Australia loves Prince Harry and Meghan, but is it time for a republic?

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are spearheading a charm offensive by the British royal family in Australia — and the country can’t get enough of them. Thousands flocked to meet the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they touched down in Sydney on October 16 for a two-week tour. Cementing Australia’s special place in the Commonwealth, the couple announced ...

Trust in government has never been so low, is Australia a divided nation?

Considering what’s gone on in Canberra recently, is it a surprise that Australians are losing faith in the political system? “It’s a system that’s stacked against ordinary, hardworking Australians,” Chris Smith says. As a nation, we’re divided. Institute of Public Affairs research fellow Matthew Lesh is looking closely at the Australian divide in his latest book, Democracy In A Divided Australia. He tells ...

Australia’s spy agency warned government Israel embassy move could provoke violent unrest

Australia’s spy agency warned ministers that Scott Morrison’s proposed shift in Middle East policy to relocate the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may “provoke protest, unrest and possibly some violence in Gaza and the West Bank”. Guardian Australia has obtained an Asio bulletin, marked secret, AUSTEO (Australian eyes only), circulated on 15 October – the day before Morrison’s announcement ...