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N. Korea 'agent' charged with WMD sale plot in Australia

A Sydney-based “loyal agent of North Korea” has been charged with trying to sell missile parts and technology on the black market to raise money for …

North Korea

MP's off-colour joke about the disabled - with PM standing next to him

Australia's Turnbull government retained its one-seat majority after former tennis star John Alexander won back the Sydney seat of Bennelong.But …

Disability

John Alexander apologises for disabled parking joke in Bennelong victory speech

John Alexander apologises for causing offence in his victory speech after joking about refusing a disabled parking permit because he still had pride.

Malcolm Turnbull

Why the Bennelong result was exactly what Australia needed

Courtesy of a strong(ish) result in Bennelong, Malcolm Turnbull's Christmas just went from nervous to relaxed.<p>That's good for his family but, believe …

Malcolm Turnbull

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

John Alexander apologises after bizarre joke mars Bennelong victory speech

Liberal MP John Alexander has apologised for a bizarre anecdote he relayed while claiming victory in the Bennelong byelection, which drew fire from …

Malcolm Turnbull

After Bennelong, breathing space for Malcolm Turnbull

It was a test Malcolm Turnbull didn't want and his government didn't need. But perversely, a credible result in the Bennelong byelection has given …

Malcolm Turnbull

Bennelong result re-energises Turnbull - and Labor

John Alexander has won the Bennelong by-election, keeping Malcolm Turnbull's parliamentary majority intact and giving the prime minister a new lease …

Kristina Keneally

Tony Burke says Dastyari controversy hurt Labor in Bennelong

Coalition says Labor played ‘the race card’ by accusing Malcolm Turnbull of being ‘China-phobic’<p>The controversy surrounding Sam Dastyari’s links with Chinese donors hurt Labor during the Bennelong byelection and the result shows Labor has more policy work to do, according to the manager of …

Kristina Keneally

MYEFO: Scott Morrison to give budget update showing debt down by $23 billion

The mid-year budget update will show Australia's gross debt will be $23 billion lower by the end of the decade, compared to the forecasts in the May …

Scott Morrison

Are Australian home owners at risk of losing some of their tax perks?

Australian home owners must be feeling a shiver of apprehension as they watch US politicians axe some of the tax breaks long enjoyed by their …

Bill Shorten

AP News in Brief at 12:04 a.m. EST

Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set 'to rock'<p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President …

North Korea

First 30 Central American refugees arrive in Australia after fleeing gang violence

Thirty men, woman and children fleeing gang violence in El Salvador have been granted asylum in Australia by the Turnbull government.<p>The seven …

Refugees

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 …

Kristina Keneally

Detained asylum-seekers win right to sue PNG government for compensation

Conditions in the camp, and another on the tiny Pacific island of Nauru, have been widely criticised by the United Nations and human rights …

Refugees

A year of courage and raw storytelling draws to a close - and we'll be the better for it

It is only natural, at this time of year, to be struck by an intense bout of introspection.<p>Jammed between endless Christmas drinks and last-minute …

Pauline Hanson

One step too far: the trigger that makes women walk out on abusive husbands

What a difference it makes when we listen. Actually listen. Thousands of heart-rending, vile stories have been aired at the Royal Commission into …

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 …

Religion

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

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

'I am what I am': the (non) reinvention of George Brandis

When I ring Brisbane's Jellyfish restaurant to book this lunch, I let them know a photographer will be there to take some pictures of my guest. "Are …

George Brandis

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 …

China

Taxing times for churches

No regrets: Former Hunter Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox at home. He had no regrets about a media interview that led to a special commission of …

Bill Shorten

Australian government restores grip on power in by-election

The Australian government on Saturday won a crucial by-election that restores its tenuous grip on power that was threatened by a constitutional ban …

Kristina Keneally

Australia's first same-sex couples say 'I do'

A same-sex couple in Sydney has become the first to wed under Australia's new same-sex marriage laws on Saturday.

Equality

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

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. …

China

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

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 …

Business

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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