Recent rains have brought the number of fires burning across Australia's east and south coast to under 100 for the first time in weeks, easing a disaster that has scorched an area roughly one-third the size of Germany.
David William McBride appears in court on charges relating to the leaking of classified documents about Australian Special Air Service involvement in Afghanistan to ABC journalists.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison presented Australian of the Year Award 2019 trophies to anesthetist Richard Harris and his dive buddy Craig Challen for their efforts to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand last year.
Critics have argued that reforms allowing Australian intelligence officers operating abroad to be able to "use reasonable force" well beyond situations of self-defence amounted to a licence for spies to operate like paramilitary special forces.
Public pressure mounts on Canberra to shift refugee children detained on the Pacific island of Nauru to New Zealand, even as PM Scott Morrison says such transfers could cause new arrivals.
Trump’s Muslim ban complicates the recently signed Australia-US refugee deal – and Australia complicates it further by denying journalists and rights activists entry to the contentious Manus Island detention centre.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says Canberra is considering fast-tracking visas for white farmers so they can flee their "horrific circumstances". South Africa dismiss Dutton's out of hand comments.
The Australian government needs to be held to account for its shameful treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. The government's policies fly in the face of the core values that underpin Australian society and history.
The Category 4 storm hit in middle of night causing widespread damage but there were no confirmed reports of deaths.
Sold at a discount price, two filing cabinets containing state secrets have become a major embarrassment for the Australian government.
The 24-day protest by refugees on Manus Island symbolises solidarity against oppression as they demand the freedom that Australia continues to deny.
"The finding opens the way to a major compensation and also for consequential orders against both the PNG and Australian governments," says Refugee Action Coalition spokesman.
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