Asia Pacific

Australia gives drought-stricken farms billion-dollar aid package

Australia's national and state governments are supporting drought-stricken communities by subsidising transport costs, offering low-interest loans and giving cash payments to farmers.

Asia Pacific

Protests against Sydney Opera House promoting horse race

Opera House was promoting the world’s richest horse race, opponents said racing encourages animal cruelty and gambling.

Cambodia

Australian filmmaker flies home after Cambodia pardon

James Ricketson, who was sentenced to six years for spying last year, was granted a pardon from the Cambodian king.

Filmmaker James Ricketson back in Australia after Cambodia pardon

Asia Pacific

Australia cracks down after needles found in strawberries

Country’s $100m strawberry industry in crisis as government introduces laws to prosecute people contaminating fruits.

Racism

Herald Sun doubles down on Serena Williams cartoon

Editor of Australia's Herald Sun tabloid newspaper says cartoon 'rightly mocks poor behaviour by a tennis legend'.

Herald Sun reprints Serena cartoon: 'Welcome to the PC world'

Racism

Outcry over 'repugnant' Serena Williams cartoon

Cartoon in an Australian newspaper is called 'racist' for the way it depicted Serena Williams during US Open final.

Twitter users slam 'repugnant, racist' cartoon of Serena Williams

Asia Pacific

Pacific islands forum overshadowed by Nauru refugee crisis

Forum begins with row over lack of media access to event in Nauru, one of two islands where Australia has imprisoned asylum seekers.

Usain Bolt

Bolt makes professional football debut in Australia

Former sprint king Bolt turned out for Central Coast Mariners in a pre-season friendly.

Usain Bolt makes professional football debut in Australia

Australia

Former PM Malcolm Turnbull resigns from Australian parliament

Former PM's resignation costs conservative government its majority less than a year before an election is due.

Former PM Malcolm Turnbull resigns from Australian parliament

Australia

Australian Catholic Church rejects compulsory abuse reporting

Authorities in Australia want to force priests to report abuse but Church says seal of confession should not be broken.

Australian Catholic Church rejects compulsory abuse reporting

Weather

Western Australia has its wettest, and driest, winter in years

Australia has an historic drought and some record-breaking cereal-growing weather, at the same time.

Western Australia has its wettest, and driest, winter in years

Australia

Overthrown Australian PM Turnbull set to quit parliament

Turnbull's move could lose Australian government the one-seat majority in parliament.

Overthrown Australian PM Turnbull set to quit parliament

Asia Pacific

Scott Morrison in as new prime minister of Australia

Exiting PM Malcolm Turnbull did not run in the internal Liberal Party election called by rival Peter Dutton, who was defeated in the poll by Scott Morrison.

Australia

Australia ruling party chooses Scott Morrison as next PM

Malcolm Turnbull becomes fourth prime minister dumped by his or her own party before serving a full term since 2010.

Australia ruling party chooses Scott Morrison as next PM

Australia

Beleaguered Australian PM Turnbull clings to power

Malcolm Turnbull says leadership crisis is an 'internal insurgency' to move the Liberal party to the far right.