Australia

A gunman shot a police officer in the north-west Melbourne

A gunman is escaping after shooting a police officer in the north-west Melbourne this morning. The shooting happened after two police officers in a car tried to stop a black car in Moonee Ponds around 3:40am and the driver sped off. After a short chasing, the officers tried to block the car on Robinson Street and then, the driver fired ...

Australia’s terrorists, Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar, killed in Iraq

The Federal Government is working to confirm reports that Australia’s most infamous terrorists, Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar, have been killed while fighting with Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. A person close to one of the men’s families told the ABC’s 7.30 program the pair died in fighting in the city of Mosul. Another source close to the families said ...

Julia Gillard admits she gave Kevin Rudd “false hope” about allowing him as leader

Julia Gillard admits she gave Kevin Rudd “false hope” about allowing him more time as leader at their fateful meeting in 2010. Mr Rudd’s then-deputy confirmed she would stand for the party’s leadership at the meeting in his office, witnessed by Labor stalwart John Faulkner. About two hours into the meeting, Mr Rudd proposed a compromise. “If come the time ...

Australia have paid Indonesian people smugglers at least the past four years

Cash payments have been made to members of Indonesian people-smuggling rings by Australian intelligence officials for at least the past four years – including under the former Labor government, Fairfax Media has learnt. Multiple sources have said that such payments have been part of successive governments’ tactics, though not always as part of boat turnbacks, which were not used by the ...

America’s Patriot Act allowed to expire as Abbott hears demands for tough laws here

AS Tony Abbott’s conservative colleagues today demand harsher anti-terrorism laws, their Republican cousins in the US Congress are allowing tough provisions to disappear. At around 2pm today Canberra time it was midnight in Washington, when contested measures in the post-9/11 Patriot Act were allowed to expire after a tactical battle in the US Senate. An important casualty was the National ...

Tony Abbott; Australians involved in terrorism could lose their citizenship

It is a club where membership is a “privilege that offers enormous rewards”, but Australia is planning to strip membership from alleged terrorists who hold dual nationality. New legislation proposed by Australia’s Coalition government, expected to be introduced within weeks, will enable the government to remove Australian citizenship from dual nationals who take up arms or support militant groups at ...

65 asylum seekers were turned back by Australian customs

Australian customs turned back 65 people, including a pregnant woman, after their boat reached Australian waters last Tuesday, according to an Indonesian police chief. The 65 people from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, who reportedly claimed to be asylum seekers, are in detention on the Indonesian island of Rote. Fishermen spotted two boats floating near an island in the West ...

Sydney mother-of-two abandoned her children to join IS in Syria

Jasmina Milovanov, 26, abandoned her two children, aged five and seven, with a babysitter earlier this month before telling friends she was in “Sham” — Arabic slang for Syria. The Muslim convert or “revert” told the babysitter she was going to pick up a new car when she left her Western Sydney home but she never returned. She sent a ...

Sydney siege gunman inquest revealed his multiple failed attempts

A self-styled sheikh behind a deadly siege at an Australian cafe had “grandiose delusions” and was kicked out of a motorcycle gang because he was deemed too weird, an inquest heard Monday. Man Haron Monis shot and killed 34-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson with a sawn-off shotgun following a 17-hour standoff at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in central Sydney last ...

More Australians move to New Zealand to live and work

For the first time in 24 years more Australians have moved to New Zealand to live and work than the other way around. The latest New Zealand government figures show that last month it had a net inflow of 100 Australian migrants. New Zealanders traditionally flocked to Australia which had a booming economy and offered higher wages. But Australia’s mining-reliant ...