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Australia launching anti-espionage task force after China spy claims

Dec 02, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the new force would involve all the country's top intelligence agencies 'to disrupt and deter anyone attempting to undermine our national interests'

SCOTT MORRISON. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks at the Lowy Lecture at the Town Hall in Sydney on October 3, 2019. File photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Australian PM denies climate link as smoke chokes Sydney

Nov 21, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's comments come after weeks spent refusing to speak about the link between climate change and deadly fires

ORANGE COLORED SKY. This handout picture taken and released courtesy of Petra Johansson on November 21, 2019 shows the sky turning orange from dust storms caused by bushfires in Mildura in Victoria state. Handout photo courtesy of Petra Johansson/AFP

Australian leader says Trump wanted 'point of contact' for Russia probe

Oct 02, 2019 - 3:51 PM

'Australia would never do anything contrary to our national interest. It would have been, frankly, more surprising had we chosen not to cooperate,' Scott Morrison says

SCOTT MORRISON. Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of Australia, speaks at the 74th United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly on September 25, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Trump asked Australia for help discrediting Russia probe

Oct 01, 2019 - 7:08 AM

(UPDATED) An Australian government spokesperson confirms President Donald Trump asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison to investigate issues raised in Robert Mueller's probe

US Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of the Mueller Report at the Department of Justice April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. - The Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election concluded that neither President Donald Trump nor his campaign cooperated with the Russians, Attorney General Bill Barr announced Thursday. "The special counsel's report states that his investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities," he said. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Australia urges 'sovereignty' as South China Sea tensions rise

Aug 23, 2019 - 2:48 PM

Scott Morrison's comments come after the US slammed China for its 'escalation' in the waterway, a key global shipping route where Beijing is accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels

Fiji PM labels Australia PM 'very insulting' after Pacific standoff

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:31 AM

Leaders of the other 17 nations in the Pacific Island Forum have called on Canberra to do more to cut emissions and curb Australia's lucrative coal industry

'VERY INSULTING.' This handout photo taken on August 14, 2019 and released on August 15 by the Australian Prime Minister's Office shows Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison arriving for the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu. Photo by Adam Taylor/Australian Prime Minister's Office/AFP

Australian student detained in North Korea 'released, safe'

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:50 PM

(UPDATED) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Alek Sigley is 'safe and well'

Australia's conservatives secure majority government – media

May 20, 2019 - 11:29 AM

Australian broadcaster ABC says Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Liberal-National coalition will hold at least 77 seats in the 151-member lower house, one more than needed to govern on its own

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. Australia's tropical north typically experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season, but the recent downpours have flooded highways, towns and turned roads into rivers. Saeed KHAN / AFP

Ecstatic Australian conservatives bask in election glory

May 19, 2019 - 5:16 PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison may yet have to depend on ecologically-minded independents to pass legislation and manage deep divisions within his fractious coalition

Australia's newly elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) arrives to deliver a victory speech with his family after winning the Australia's general election in Sydney on May 18, 2019. - Australia's ruling conservative coalition appeared to secure a shock election win on May 18, with the party predicted to have defied expectations and retained power. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)

Conservatives keep power in 'miracle' Australia election victory

May 18, 2019 - 9:23 PM

(UPDATED) While it remains unclear if PM Scott Morrison's coalition would win enough seats to form a majority government, the leader of the Labor party has conceded defeat

AT THE POLLS. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison meets residents at a polling station during Australia's general election in Sydney on May 18, 2019. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Australian PM slams Erdogan for 'reckless', 'vile' Christchurch comments

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:20 AM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemns 'reckless' and 'highly offensive' comments made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey in the wake of the Christchurch massacre

MAD. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. Australia's tropical north typically experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season, but the recent downpours have flooded highways, towns and turned roads into rivers. Saeed KHAN / AFP

Australia admits 'failing' to improve Aboriginal lives

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Aboriginal Australians make up about 3% of the total national population of 25 million, but remain the country's most disadvantaged community.

SCOTT MORRISON. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. File photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Australia announces reopening of offshore detention center

Feb 13, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison approves the reopening of the facility claiming new laws just passed by parliament would increase the number of people trying to arrive in Australia illegally

SCOTT MORRISON. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Embattled Aussie PM suffers historic defeat over refugees

Feb 12, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is defeated by MPs who insist refugees held in offshore facilities have the right to be transferred to Australia for medical treatment

HISTORIC DEFEAT. In this file photo, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) delivers a speech in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra on October 22, 2018. File photo by Sean Davey/AFP

Grim outlook for Aussie right points to another switch of PM

Feb 02, 2019 - 10:57 AM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison may be forced to leave after less than a year on the job

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 22, 2018 shows Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison attending a press conference in Parliament House in Canberra.  Treasurer Scott Morrison was on August 24, 2018 picked as Australia's new prime minister after a Liberal party coup in a stunning upset against key challenger Peter Dutton, broadcasters ABC and Sky News reported. / AFP PHOTO / MARK GRAHAM

Palestinians slam Australia's move on Jerusalem

Dec 15, 2018 - 7:18 PM

A senior Palestinian official says the Australian decision to open a trade office in the city violated international law

PALESTINE REACTS. In this file photo, Palestine Liberation Organization's Secretary General Saeb Erekat speaks to journalists during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on September 11, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Aussie school kids lead mass coal mine protests

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:13 PM

Protestors called on both the government and the opposition to put a halt to the Adani coal mine project in Queensland state

STUDENT PROTESTS. In this photo taken on November 30, 2018, students from different schools raise placards during a protest rally for climate change awareness at Martin Place in Sydney. Thousands of students around the country skipped school to protest and demand their politicians act urgently to stop further dangerous climate change and the Adani coal mine. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Australia proposes stripping native-born extremists of citizenship

Nov 22, 2018 - 8:13 PM

'People who commit acts of terrorism have rejected absolutely everything that this country stands for,' says Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks at the Australian Financial Review (AFR) India Business Summit in Sydney on November 22, 2018.  Saeed KHAN / POOL / AFP

Australia apologizes to child sex abuse victims

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Decrying abuse, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison declares a new national credo in the face of allegations: 'We believe you'

APOLOGY. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) delivers a national apology to child sex abuse victims in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra on October 22, 2018. Photo by Sean Davey/AFP)

Australia hesitates as Jerusalem embassy move draws fire

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:41 AM

(UPDATED) Hours after first floating the idea, Scott Morrison says he will 'canvass views' from regional leaders about the decision to follow US President Donald Trump's lead

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on July 25, 2014William West/AFP

Ex-Australian PM seeks probe into man who ousted him

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Malcolm Turnbull says Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton should be referred to the High Court over a potential conflict of interests

BRUTAL POLITICS. Malcolm Turnbull says Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton should be referred to the High Court over a potential conflict of interests. Turnbull file photo by Saeed Khan/AFP; Dutton file photo by Sean Davey/AFP

Deposed Australia PM Turnbull set to quit parliament this week

Aug 28, 2018 - 9:54 AM

His departure will trigger a by-election for his Sydney seat, potentially on October 6

TURNBULL. In this file photo, Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a press conference in Sydney on July 3, 2016. File photo by William West/AFP

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Scott Morrison: Australia's latest PM

Aug 24, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The hardline former immigration minister bills himself as a man of faith and family who can get things done

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, file photo by William West / AFP

Australia readies key election budget

May 01, 2016 - 12:15 PM

The budget is seen as a key test for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ahead of the polls which are widely expected in July

The Australian national flag flies over Parliament House in Canberra on June 20, 2011. Torsten Blackwood/File/AFP

Australia toughens up immigration but lets in more refugees

Dec 05, 2014 - 8:58 AM

The amendments to the Migration Act which see a return to controversial temporary protection visas passes through the lower house

This handout picture released by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and taken by the MV Bison shortly after arriving on the scene on June 27, 2012, shows a boat carrying asylum seekers off the north coast of Australia, prior to it capsizing 107 nautical miles north of Christmas Island. MV Bison/Australian Maritime Safety Authority/File/AFP

Australia suspends immigration from Ebola-hit nations

Oct 27, 2014 - 4:41 PM

People with visas granted on humanitarian grounds would be able to travel to Australia but would be subject to 3 separate health checks before departure as well as screening on arrival

Australia confirms refugee deal with Cambodia

Sep 25, 2014 - 11:23 AM

The deal could see some asylum seekers currently held in offshore detention camps by Australia transferred to the Southeast Asian nation

This handout picture released by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and taken by the MV Bison shortly after arriving on the scene on June 27, 2012, shows a boat carrying asylum seekers off the north coast of Australia, prior to it capsizing 107 nautical miles north of Christmas Island. MV Bison/Australian Maritime Safety Authority/File/AFP

Australia hails 'extraordinary' success halting boatpeople

Sep 10, 2014 - 1:51 PM

This comes just days after the United Nations new human rights chief said Australia s treatment of asylum seekers was leading to a chain of human rights violations

This handout picture released by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and taken by the MV Bison shortly after arriving on the scene on June 27, 2012, shows a boat carrying asylum seekers off the north coast of Australia, prior to it capsizing 107 nautical miles north of Christmas Island. MV Bison/Australian Maritime Safety Authority/File/AFP

Australia to free some detained asylum-seeker children

Aug 19, 2014 - 12:06 PM

A large number of the children and their families would be given bridging visas allowing them to live in the community

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, file photo by William West / AFP

Asylum-seekers held at sea likely economic migrants – Australia

Jul 28, 2014 - 10:55 AM

Immigration Minister: If we can t take people back to India what is next? New Zealand?

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on July 25, 2014William West/AFP

Australia vows no more intrusions in Indonesian waters

Jan 18, 2014 - 2:02 PM

Australia s new conservative government has re introduced a policy of turning back asylum seeker boats when it is safe to do so

INTRUSIONS. Agus Barnas (C), spokesman of coordinating ministry for political, legal and security affairs delivers a press conference in Jakarta on January 17, 2014. Photo by Oscar Siagian/AFP

Australia sorry for Indonesia intrusion but vows to stop boats

Jan 17, 2014 - 8:01 AM

The Australian government received information Wednesday that its authorities had inadvertently entered Indonesian waters several times

APOLOGIES. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on September 30, 2013. Photo by William West/AFP

Australia turns back asylum-seeker boat – report

Jan 07, 2014 - 10:27 AM

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation says a vessel carrying about 47 people mostly from Sudan and Somalia was forced back to Indonesian waters in mid December and later ran out of fuel

HOT. Noting the warmest year ever in recorded Australian history, scientists say this should be of concern.

Australia ends asylum boat stand-off with Indonesia

Nov 09, 2013 - 11:16 AM

Australia to take asylum seekers to Christmas Island

ASYLUM SOLUTION. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on September 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO/William WEST

Australia boat arrivals slow as Indonesia arrests smugglers

Oct 11, 2013 - 2:58 PM

Under Operation Sovereign Borders a sharp reduction in Australian bound asylum seeking boat interceptions looks to have occurred

STOP THE BOATS. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his policies to stop people-smuggling into Australia are working. AFP / Saeed Khan