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Climate skeptic ex-PM Abbott falls in Australia election

May 18, 2019 - 7:23 PM

Amid a groundswell of activism on climate change among his affluent beachside electorate and a strong challenge from ex-Olympian Zali Steggall, Tony Abbott is unable to hold on

'VOTE ABBOTT OUT.' Photo taken on May 12, 2019 shows a pro-climate change election sign in Sydney featuring climate change skeptic and former prime minister Tony Abbott ahead of the Australian election. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Catholic Church rallies behind Pell after sex charges

Jun 30, 2017 - 11:59 AM

The George Pell I know is a man of integrity in his dealings with others a man of faith and high ideals a thoroughly decent man says Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher

SUPPORT. Australian Cardinal George Pell looks on as he makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican City on June 29, 2017 after being charged with historical sex offenses in a case that has rocked the church. Pell says he will return to Australia to face sex abuse charges. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Australia's opposition party vows fierce fight in election

Jun 19, 2016 - 1:01 PM

The July 2 poll is tipped to be a tight race and could see the ruling Liberal National coalition become the first government in more than 8 decades to be turfed out of office after one term

PEOPLE FIRST. Leader of Australia's Labor Party, Bill Shorten (C), speaks to the audience at the launch of the party's election campaign in Sydney on June 19, 2016. William West/AFP

Australia PM calls election for July 2

May 08, 2016 - 12:37 PM

UPDATED The announcement is the latest chapter in the turbulent world of Australian politics where a revolving door of leaders saw multi millionaire former banker Turnbull become the fourth prime minister in just over two years

READY. In this photo, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looks on as he visits builders working on a site near Brisbane, Australia, April 27, 2016. Photo by Glenn Hunt/EPA

Australian PM eyes 'great future' with Indonesia after Abbot strained ties

Nov 12, 2015 - 8:42 PM

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hope for better relations between his country and Indonesia during his first trip to the key ally since taking power seeking to turn the page after a series of crises

BETTER TIES. Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) and Indonesian President Joko Widodo (R) visit the Tanah Abang retail market in Jakarta on November 12, 2015. AFP

Australia ditches 'out of date' knights and dames

Nov 02, 2015 - 9:01 AM

UPDATED Knights and dames were unexpectedly revived last year by then prime minister and staunch monarchist Tony Abbott – prompting accusations he was in a time warp and out of touch with voters

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Canberra, 15 September 2015. Lukas Coch/EPA

Indonesia arrests migrants headed for Australia

Sep 24, 2015 - 1:26 PM

Indonesian police arrest 18 migrants who were stranded in the waters off Java island after their boat ran out of fuel as they tried to reach Australia

Australians welcome new PM Turnbull, poll shows

Sep 22, 2015 - 11:45 AM

One week after Malcolm Turnbull toppled Tony Abbott as leader in a Liberal Party coup a Newspoll of 1 645 voters found 55 of them rates Turnbull as their preferred prime minister

MALCOLM TURNBULL. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull poses for a picture after a swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Canberra, Australia, 21 September 2015. Lukas Coch/EPA

Australia to Indonesia: Don't be wishy-washy on cattle imports

Sep 21, 2015 - 5:48 PM

Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb says setting an annual quota for cattle imports would be a more stable arrangement instead of deciding on the figure each quarter as Indonesia does now

Women promoted in Australian PM's 'extensive' cabinet reshuffle

Sep 20, 2015 - 4:16 PM

Malcolm Turnbull a 60 year old multimillionaire former banker and businessman who holds socially moderate views within the conservative Liberal Party increased the number of women in cabinet from two to 5

TURNBULL. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, September 20, 2015. Photo by Lukas Coch/EPA

Apa kata mantan mahasiswa Indonesia di Australia soal PM Malcolm Turnbull?

Sep 17, 2015 - 11:39 AM

Apa pendapat mereka soal sosok Turnbull dan efeknya bagi Indonesia?

YANG TERBARU. Perdana Menteri Australia terbaru, Malcolm Turnbull, menggantikan Tony Abbott pada 14 September 2015. Foto oleh Sam Mooy/EPA

Menanti titik balik hubungan RI-Australia di era Malcolm Turnbull

Sep 15, 2015 - 7:14 PM

Hubungan kedua negara sempat mencapai titik terendah di era pendahulu Turnbull Tony Abbott

YANG TERBARU. Perdana Menteri Australia terbaru, Malcolm Turnbull, menggantikan Tony Abbott pada 14 September 2015. Foto oleh Sam Mooy/EPA

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Sep 15, 2015 - 12:39 PM

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PROFIL: Perdana menteri baru Australia, Malcolm Turnbull

Sep 15, 2015 - 9:33 AM

Mantan pengacara jurnalis dan bankir investasi

YANG TERBARU. Perdana Menteri Australia terbaru, Malcolm Turnbull, menggantikan Tony Abbott pada 14 September 2015. Foto oleh Sam Mooy/EPA

Australia swears in new prime minister Turnbull

Sep 15, 2015 - 8:44 AM

UPDATED Turnbull is the country s 29th prime minister in just over two years a recent Australian political tradition the deposed Abbott slammed as a revolving door that was not good for the country

TURNBULL. Australian Federal Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, September 14, 2015. Photo by Lukas Coch/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Haze emergency, Abbott out

Sep 15, 2015 - 7:00 AM

An Indonesian province declares a state of emergency due to the haze Uber defends itself from authorities and other top news in Indonesia and around the world

File photo of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott by Will Oliver/EPA.

Missteps and backlash: Tony Abbott's 2 years as Australian PM

Sep 14, 2015 - 9:24 PM

Here is a timeline of incidents since Abbott won the federal election in September 2013

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 21 December 2014. File photo by Lukas Coch/EPA

Turnbull topples Australian premier Abbott

Sep 14, 2015 - 8:24 PM

Former communications minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to replace Abbott as the 29th Prime Minister of Australia

File photo of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott by Will Oliver/EPA.

PM Australia Tony Abbott dilengserkan

Sep 14, 2015 - 8:07 PM

Malcolm Turnbull akan jadi perdana menteri Australia ke 29

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Australian PM Abbott faces leadership challenge

Sep 14, 2015 - 2:39 PM

UPDATED A millionaire former barrister from an upmarket Sydney electorate Malcolm Turnbull is long seen as the main challenger to Abbott

ABBOTT. Australian prime minister Tony Abbott speaks at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, May 25, 2015. File Photo by Lukas Coch/EPA

Australian minister apologizes for Pacific 'lapping waves' quip

Sep 13, 2015 - 12:40 PM

I made a mistake I apologize to anyone who has taken offense

In this file photo, Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton speaks to the media at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 06 May 2015. Photo by M.A. Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Pacific leaders agree to disagree on climate change

Sep 11, 2015 - 12:34 PM

It s not the best outcome that we would have liked says Kiribati President Anote Tong at the end of the Pacific Islands Forum leaders retreat

'AGREE TO DISAGREE.' A meeting of South Pacific nations has failed to reach an agreement on tackling climate change. File photo by Mick Tsikas/EPA

Australia boosts refugee intake, extends air strikes to Syria

Sep 09, 2015 - 12:24 PM

The prime minister says Australia s involvement in strikes against ISIS which already take place in Iraq could extend to Syria

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott speaks at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, May 25, 2015. File Photo by Lukas Coch/EPA

Australia firm on refugee quota, but will admit more Syrians

Sep 06, 2015 - 4:17 PM

Australian leader Tony Abbott says the government would welcome a higher portion of Syrian refugees amid Europe s humanitarian crisis but would not increase its annual refugee intake

ABBOTT. Australian prime minister Tony Abbott speaks at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, May 25, 2015. File Photo by Lukas Coch

Drowned Syrian boy shows need to stop boats – Australian PM

Sep 04, 2015 - 2:13 PM

Under Australia s immigration policy asylum seekers that arrive are sent to the Pacific islands of Nauru and Papua New Guinea to be processed and denied resettlement in Australia even if they are found to be refugees

TONY ABBOTT. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a visit to a conservation volunteering project in Queanbeyan near Canberra, Australia, August 12, 2015. File Photo by Lukas Koch/EPA

Australian PM dismisses Treasurer's republican push

Aug 27, 2015 - 1:32 PM

Tony Abbott insists that efforts to resurrect a push for Australia to become a republic are doomed despite his treasurer s new role as a bipartisan torchbearer for the movement

In this file photo, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, August 11, 2015. EPA

Same-sex marriage bill introduced to Australian parliament

Aug 17, 2015 - 11:10 AM

Australia is seen as lagging behind a growing number of countries on marriage reform and support for change is rising

RALLY FOR LOVE. Activists march in the street during a rally in support of Same-Sex Marriage in Sydney, Australia, August 9, 2015. Carol Cho/EPA

Australia PM Abbott defends emissions target

Aug 15, 2015 - 4:00 PM

The government announces plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 of 2005 levels by 2030 well below the recommendation by the independent Climate Change Authority

ABBOTT ON EMISSIONS. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 11 August 2015

Australian PM Abbott stymies gay marriage push, for now

Aug 12, 2015 - 10:25 AM

Tony Abbott reveals a 6 hour meeting of his Liberal National coalition has come out against allowing MPs a free vote on gay marriage

'LOVE IS LOVE' Supporters of same-sex marriage take part in a rally in Sydney on August 9, 2015. Peter Parks/AFP

Australia pledges 26% emissions cut by 2030

Aug 11, 2015 - 1:23 PM

Environmentalists say the target fall well short of what is needed to tackle global warming

CARBON EMITTER. A general view of Hazelwood Power Station and cooling pond in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria, Australia, July 15, 2014. David Crosling/EPA

Australian refugee groups demand answers on asylum-seeker boat

Jul 21, 2015 - 1:54 PM

Australian refugee groups demand the government provide answers about a boatload of asylum seekers thought to be from Vietnam seen off the country s west coast

Australian senator threatens to grab PM's testicles

Jul 07, 2015 - 4:14 PM

An independent Australian senator Tuesday July 7 threatens to physically intimidate Prime Minister Tony Abbott if he does not limit coal seam gas exploration

Senator Glenn Lazarus of the Palmer United Party (PUP) listens during a press conference, in Sydney on October 10, 2013. William West/File/AFP

Australian political rivals unite for Aboriginal recognition

Jul 06, 2015 - 11:49 AM

Australia s political rivals meet Aboriginal leaders in Sydney to work towards correcting the constitution by recognizing the nation s first indigenous inhabitants

In this file photo, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott holds his fighting boomerang while talking to an Aboriginal performer at the opening of the 44th Parliament in Canberra on November 12, 2013. Mark Graham/AFP

Australia set to strip citizenship for terror links

Jun 23, 2015 - 3:33 PM

Australia says it will introduce new laws this week to strip dual nationals linked to terrorism of their citizenship but backed away from putting the power in the hands of a single minister

In this file photo, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media during a national security statement at the Australian Federal Police (AFP) headquarters in Canberra, Australia, 23 February 2015. Lukas Coch/EPA

The problem with Australia's secrecy on asylum seeker boat payments

Jun 17, 2015 - 10:28 AM

Boats secrecy leads to bad policy without democratic accountability writes Alex Reilly

SECRETS. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (center) and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with fellow Liberal MPs in Canberra, Australia. File photo by EPA

Abbott brushes off Indonesia people-smuggling bribery claims

Jun 16, 2015 - 9:36 AM

Australian authorities work within the law to stop asylum seeker boats Prime Minister Tony Abbott insists

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks at the Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebration at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 15 June 2015. Mick Tsikas/EPA

Australia tells Indonesia to fix its borders

Jun 15, 2015 - 11:20 AM

UPDATED Foreign Minister Julie Bishop suggests in an interview that Indonesia is to blame for failing to properly manage its borders

In this file photo, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop speaks during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, 18 October 2014. Ali Abbas/EPA

Australia ignores Indonesia plea for answers on boat payment claim

Jun 14, 2015 - 4:04 PM

Australian PM Tony Abbott simply says his government is prepared to do what s necessary to stop people smugglers from transporting asylum seekers by boat to Australia

Australian envoy's return to Indonesia shows his recall was futile

Jun 12, 2015 - 12:11 PM

Recalling Grigson was not only futile but further damaged already fragile ties with Indonesia writes Rebecca Strating

Australian PM refuses to deny people-smugglers were paid to turn back boat

Jun 12, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Indonesian authorities sare investigating allegations told to local police that the captain and crew of a boat carrying asylum seekers are each paid US 5 000 by an Australian immigration official to return to Indonesia

ABBOTT. Australian prime minister Tony Abbott speaks at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, May 25, 2015. File Photo by Lukas Coch

Australia opens regional summit to fight jihadists

Jun 11, 2015 - 10:07 AM

Abbott tells the conference that it is crucial to find methods to tackle the ideology of extremist groups that has drawn thousands of foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria

SPEAKING VS TERROR. In this file photo, Australian prime minister Tony Abbott speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 25 May 2015. Lukas Coch/EPA

Australia defends Jakarta envoy's return after executions

Jun 10, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Australia s ambassador to Indonesia has resumed his post after a 6 week absence

FOREIGN AFFAIRS. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (R) meets Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson in Perth, Australia, after Grigson was recalled from Jakarta over the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Photo by EPA

Australia PM's 'come to Jesus' moment

Jun 02, 2015 - 2:31 PM

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given ministers a dressing down over cabinet leaks describing it as a come to Jesus moment for senior officials reports say

In this file photo, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media at the Australian Federal Police (AFP) headquarters in Canberra, Australia, February 23, 2015. Lukas Coch/EPA

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May 29, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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12 Australian women have tried to join ISIS – police

May 29, 2015 - 3:40 PM

Victoria Police assistant commissioner Tracy Linford says those attracted to ISIS were mostly young isolated people swayed by slick social media propaganda

Australia to strip citizenship for terror links – PM

May 26, 2015 - 1:18 PM

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the new powers will apply to dual nationals who fight with or support jihadists or so called lone wolves who pose a threat on home soil

FIGHTING TERROR. Australian prime minister Tony Abbott speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 25 May 2015. Photo by Lukas Coch/EPA

Australia to introduce counter-terrorism citizenship changes

May 24, 2015 - 5:04 PM

The government is considering introducing a jihadi watch program in schools which would keep tabs on pupils whose behavior suggests they might have been radicalized

An Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer (R) stands alongside a member of the public at residential premises as part of anti-terrorism raids in Seabrook in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 30 September 2014. Photo by Julian Smith/EPA

Australia rejects criticism over migrant crisis

May 22, 2015 - 4:22 PM

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says Australia s hardline policy which includes refusing to resettle asylum seekers who arrive on boats and turning back vessels had helped stop people risking their lives at sea

CRISIS. Migrants line up for their meal at a temporary shelter in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, Indonesia, 17 May 2015. Indonesian fishing boats and marine police rescued nearly 800 migrants from a sinking vessel at sea on May 15, military officials said, as South-East Asia's migrant crisis continues to unfold. File photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Australia backs boat turnarounds in Asian migrant crisis

May 19, 2015 - 12:27 PM

Abbott: The most compassionate thing we can do to end the deaths is to stop the boats

Stopping people smuggling key to ending migrant crisis – Australia

May 17, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Abbott: As long as the people smugglers put those in search of a better life into leaky boats and send them out into the open sea you will have deaths

MIGRANTS. Ethnic Muslim Rohingya migrants, believed to have come from Myanmar and Bangladesh (L), receive food, water and other aid supplies from a Thai fishing boat (R) in the Andaman Sea close to Malaysia, southern Thailand, 14 May 2015. Photo by EPA.