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Turnbull Government Reclaims Majority With Sydney Election Win

Australia’s government won a key election in Sydney on Saturday, regaining its parliamentary majority in a boost for Prime Minister Malcolm …


Malcolm Turnbull savours Bennelong moment, but there's little room for hubris

Both parties took some comfort from the byelection, but neither has any cause for triumphalism unless they can reconnect with voters in the new year<p>The Liberals had been reasonably confident they would hold Bennelong despite the bruising on-ground onslaught over the past month or so, but the relief …

Malcolm Turnbull

Kristina Keneally jubilant in defeat as Bennelong voters please both sides

Labor lost, but you would never have guessed it from the body language. And at the Liberal party, Malcolm Turnbull was giddy with relief<p>It was possibly the happiest concession speech ever delivered.<p>As Kristina Keneally stood triumphantly hands aloft with opposition leader Bill Shorten in a sea of …

Bill Shorten

Have Bennelong voters lost their appetite this by-election?

"Two Bennelong Bruisers, please."<p>That was the prime minister at Gladesville Public School's by-election barbecue this morning, ordering a couple of …

Malcolm Turnbull

If Alexander loses Bennelong, Turnbull will slide into survival mode

The consensus going into the byelection is for a Liberal win – and for the PM the alternative doesn’t bear thinking about<p>It’s fair to say that the voters of Bennelong, having been bombarded solidly for a month, will be relieved to see the back of the byelection circus. Right now, it’s hard to …

Malcolm Turnbull

Australia govt. scrapes through byelection test

Australia’s government avoided losing its slim majority in Parliament on Saturday, voting showed, as it claimed victory in a bitterly fought …

Malcolm Turnbull

Where white-collar crime meets a wet lettuce leaf

"It was not a momentary lapse of judgment. It involved 18 clients and it breached his employer's trust and the clients' trust."<p>These were Magistrate …

Malcolm Turnbull

Turnbull in a China shop: Can Beijing bogeyman sway an Australian election? | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

It is an unlikely setting for a pivotal moment in the rise of the “Asian Century”. Indeed, until recently even the most prescient of political …


Memorial unveiled for Sydney Lindt Cafe siege victims

The families of the victims of the Lindt Cafe siege have returned to Sydney's Martin Place for the unveiling of a memorial.

Gladys Berejiklian

Turnbull takes credit for jobs surge, but groundwork was laid years ago

Much of the acceleration in employment is due to the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme introduced by Labor<p>Economists say it has been a stellar year for Australia’s labour market, with a near-record 383,000 jobs created.<p>Malcolm Turnbull has taken credit for the job surge, saying …


Child sexual abuse: States yet to opt in to national redress scheme for survivors

The Prime Minister promised child sexual abuse survivors a national redress scheme, but no state governments, churches or other institutions have …

Bill Shorten

The Year of Being Completely Overwhelmed by Trump

Though he probably doesn't realize it, Trump benefits from doing so many ridiculous things that his crises steal attention from each other<p>Hey, …

Donald Trump

What should Australia rule out on North Korea?

In place of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's ambiguous commitment to support US military action against North Korea, Hugh White wants a clear …

North Korea

Even a win might not save Turnbull’s skin

Malcolm Turnbull is on a hiding to nothing at today’s Bennelong by-election.<p>His grip on power goes on the line in an election he didn’t want, his …

Malcolm Turnbull

Church fate

When the royal commission sat for the final time, the church was not there. Senior figures were not present. It fell to a layperson to attend, to …


Sister of anti-gay former PM Tony Abbott is finally getting married after years of waiting

Christine Forster, the sister of former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is getting married now that she is finally able to.<p>Forster and her …


Joe Hockey thinks Donald Trump is making the US great

Donald Trump has the highest disapproval ratings of any US president in modern history. His legislative program is in danger of failing. Serious …

Donald Trump

Alexander denies he breached rules by not declaring income from Moss Vale mansion

John Alexander, who is campaigning to win back his seat of Bennelong at Saturday's by-election, has denied breaching parliamentary rules by not …

Malcolm Turnbull

Attacking unions harms the economy, but the government doesn't seem to care

We have some of the most restrictive anti-union laws internationally, but the attempt to hobble workers rights continues, to the detriment of our economy<p>Last week, the numbers gathered for the community picket at Melbourne’s Webb Dock swelled to over 1,000. They were protesting the Victorian …


Tony Abbott explains why he didn’t vote on same-sex marriage plebiscite he invented

Australia's former Prime Minister has had many strange opinions on same-sex marriage.


Political missteps over China

Malcolm Turnbull’s carpet-bombing of Labor’s Sam Dastyari was always desperate politics and it has not served Australia’s national interest well. …


Reality bites: Five of the biggest myths about sharks

As summer holidays and the beach beckon, the perennial debate of sharks – and what if anything to do about them – inevitably surfaces.


Bennelong byelection: the end of Malcolm Turnbull, or start of something new?

For Bill Shorten the stakes are also higher than some imagine. The Opposition Leader's handpicked candidate was an inspired choice because in this …

Malcolm Turnbull

Bennelong by-election: Protesters who ambushed Turnbull's press conference linked to Victorian Labor

A small group of protesters, some of whom work for Victorian Labor, ambushed a press conference by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Bennelong today.<p>…

Malcolm Turnbull

Up to 200 refugees to leave Manus Island and Nauru for United States in January

Papua New Guinea police moves into the shuttered Australian refugee camp on the country's Manus Island.<p>Close to 200 refugees on Manus Island and …


The force is strong in Innaloo at Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere

THOUSANDS of Star Wars fans stayed up well past midnight Wednesday to be the first to see <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i>.<p>Event Cinemas Innaloo played the …

Star Wars

Turnbull Government Faces Vital Sydney Vote

December 15th, 2017, 1:54 AM UTC<p>The fate of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s government could be determined at a special election in …


Humanitarian assistance to Indonesia

The Australian Government will provide humanitarian support for communities affected by volcanic activity in Bali, Indonesia.<p>Indonesian authorities …

Julie Bishop

Sri Lankan asylum seekers returned

Australian Border Force officials have returned 29 Sri Lankan asylum seekers by plane after their unseaworthy boat was detected off the West …


Asia in 3 minutes: No civilian rule in Mindanao, no condom ads in India and 7,000 noes to a Chinese dog circus in Singapore | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

Duterte gets landslide legislative victory to extend martial law<p>Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte won another year of martial law for Mindanao …

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