Australia's hardline approach to asylum seekers includes turning away refugees arriving by boat and offshore detention. Both measures have been condemned by the UN previously.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's re-election is likely to translate into tougher immigration laws and the repealing of 'Medevac' bill that would ensure seriously ill refugees are flown to mainland Australia for treatment.
Coalition returns to power in a stunning result, after opinion polls and odds-makers tipped the opposition Labor Party to win. The outcome ranks as Australia's biggest election upset since 1993, when Labor prime minister Keating returned to power.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in his victory speech dubs his surprised election win as a "miracle".
Scandals surrounding candidates have become recurring distractions for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten this week as they attempt to sell their policies on the campaign trail ahead of the May 18 poll.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who must call national elections by mid-May, acknowledges voter anger over political infighting in Canberra but says he is determined to stay on even if the coalition becomes a minority government.
The former treasurer in Malcolm Turnbull's government was sworn in as the country's prime minister after he defeated Peter Dutton in a vote to lead the Liberal Party.
Malcolm Turnbull says he will step down if his party calls for a leadership ballot. The crisis caused the Australian government to shut down Parliament early for its two-week haitus.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull clings to leadership despite nine Cabinet ministers voting against him, but he is expected to face a renewed leadership challenge from former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.
Peter Dutton resigned from cabinet after losing a leadership challenge against prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, who had called for the vote after weeks of speculation and falling opinion poll ratings.
An Australian court orders an 11th dual-national lawmaker to leave parliament as it implements a law that bans dual nationals from federal parliament, prompting four other MPs to resign.
After weeks of pressure over his extra-marital affair with his former media secretary, Barnaby Joyce says he will quit his post on Monday.
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