Embattled Australian leader has long history of gaffes

Sep 14, 2015

Embattled Australian leader has long history of gaffes

Australia’s embattled prime minister is facing the second challenge to his position this year, as his 2-year-old conservative coalition government struggles in opinion polls. Tony Abbott has a history of gaffes that have done little to improve his standing with the public and have ...

Australia boosts refugee intake, extends airstrikes to Syria

Sep 9, 2015

Australia boosts refugee intake, extends airstrikes to Syria

Australia will take an extra 12,000 refugees in response to the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday, confirming Canberra will also join coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria. Under growing pressure to take more refugees, ...

Australia pledges 26% emissions cut by 2030

Aug 11, 2015

Australia pledges 26% emissions cut by 2030

Australia plans to reduce carbon emissions by at least 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Tuesday, but environmentalists said the target fell well short of what was needed to tackle global warming. Abbott said his conservative government’s target ...

Aug 10, 2015

Fed-up Aussie dad asks MPs to fund family holiday

An Australian father outraged by taxpayer-funded travel perks for politicians and their families has turned the tables by asking members of parliament to help fund his own vacation with his children. Australian politics has been consumed with stories about the “entitlements” elected representatives are ...