Australia

Labor is demanding what work meetings Prime Minster Tony Abbott scheduled in Melbourne

Labor is demanding Prime Minster Tony Abbott detail what work meetings he scheduled in Melbourne on Sunday after revelations he used a taxpayer-funded jet to attend a Liberal Party donor’s birthday party. Mr Abbott began his Sunday in Brisbane then flew to Sydney to attend New South Wales Premier Mike Baird’s election launch, which began at 11am and concluded just ...

Ireland’s Prime Minister disagree with St Patrick’s Day video message from Tony Abbott

Ireland’s Prime Minister has taken offence to a St Patrick’s Day video message from Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told an Irish newspaper he had watched Mr Abbott’s video and rejected the perception that Ireland was synonymous with alcohol. Mr Abbott prompted criticism last week for the video message, in which he awkwardly describes St Patrick’s Day ...

Australia would be excluded from Indonesia’s visa-free list

Indonesia said on Monday that Australia would be excluded from a list of 45 countries to be offered visa-free travel amid heightened tensions between the countries over the imminent execution of two convicted Australian drug traffickers. Tourism Minister Arif Yahya told reporters the government would next month start waiving visas for citizens of several Asian and European countries and then ...

Australia will ban dumping dredge soil in the Great Barrier Reef

Australia detailed on Monday how it will ban dumping of all dredge soil in the Great Barrier Reef as it looks to step up protection of the world’s largest reef and avoid having it listed by UNESCO as “in danger”. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee is due to decide in June whether to put the reef on its “in danger” list ...

The Tony Abbott factor: what western Sydney voters really think about the PM

Incompetent, an international embarrassment and a fool: these are just a selection of the words chosen by western Sydney voters to describe how they feel about Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Focus groups conducted exclusively for Fairfax Media last week reveal the depth of dissatisfaction with Mr Abbott among a key bloc of NSW voters just a fortnight before they go ...

Australian man has been arrested in Lebanon over suspected terror links

An Australian man has reportedly been arrested in Lebanon over suspected terror links. The Lebanese born man arrived in the country a month ago and was arrested on Sunday night by military intelligence in an apartment in the town of Dahr al-Ain, Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper reported. A security source told the newspaper the man was from Tripoli, a hotbed ...

New Zealand defeated Australia by one wicket – 2015 Cricket World Cup

In a battle of the co-hosts of the 2015 Cricket World Cup — and also, along with India, the two most impressive teams thus far — New Zealand defeated Australia by one wicket before more than 40,000 fans in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday night. The match featured some incredible bowling, the cricket equivalent of baseball pitching. To wit: Out of a ...

Armed robbers shot 7-Eleven store in Bankstown

Two men armed with guns held up a 7-Eleven store on Stacey Street, Bankstown, about 1:30am. “Early investigations suggest two men, one armed with a shotgun, the other with a pistol, entered the store wearing hoodies and dark clothing,” a NSW Police statement said. One of the men shot at the front counter as the pair walked into the shop, ...

Tony Abbott speaks at National Press Club

Joanna Heath and Adam Rollason Tony Abbott took to the stage at the National Press Club on Monday to effectively plead the case for him to remain as Prime Minister, as the Coalition reels after the weekend’s shock election result in Queensland. Here’s how the event unfolded. 1.34pm: Meanwhile, Phillip Coorey, who’s at the NPC, notes that Nationals Leader Warren Truss is also ...

Abbott expects ‘strong and constructive’ party room meeting despite Pyne fuelling spill rumours

Education minister and Leader of the House Christopher Pyne has been unable to confirm Prime Minister Tony Abbott has the numbers to retain the Liberal leadership if the party goes to a ballot on Tuesday. Mr Pyne appeared on TODAY this morning to address reports of a possible leadership spill following Mr Abbott’s plunging popularity in the polls but only ...