Opposition leader Bill Shorten had earlier conceded defeat as the coalition came close to a majority in the 151-seat House of Representatives
Euthanasia laws for terminally ill patients came into effect in Australia's second-most populous state in a “bold change” on Wednesday, the only place in the nation where the practice will be legal.
The wife of an Australian man who has gone missing and is feared detained in North Korea said she had no hint that anything was wrong before his disappearance.
Australia is to fund a $250 million (US$173 million) grants programme for the Solomon Islands, according to reports on Monday, as Canberra confronts a growing Chinese influence in the region.
Australians enjoying a sunny winter morning were surprised by the sight of three Chinese warships steaming into to Sydney Harbour on Monday, forcing the prime minister to reassure jittery residents.
Australian police said on Monday they were scouring bushland for a Belgian teenage tourist missing in a popular surf town for more than a week. Theo Hayez, an 18-year-old backpacker,
Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton will meet Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to discuss Australia's policy of returning boats carrying asylum seekers to their origin point, the minister's spokeswoman said.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he will meet with executives from the national broadcaster on Tuesday as he sought to calm tensions following two police raids
Australian police have seized a record US$840 million worth of the drug “ice” hidden in stereo speakers shipped from Thailand, officials said on Friday. Australian Border Force agents found 1.6 tonnes