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Helped by its massive natural resources, Australia has weathered the global financial crisis better than other Group of 20 economies. In 2012, its economy grew 3.1 per cent, compared with 1.6 per cent in the United States and 1.1 per cent in Canada. 

Australian foreign minister denies Indonesia rift

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has denied a rift with strategic ally Indonesia over spying allegations as she left on Wednesday for the Bali Democracy Forum.

Wednesday, 6 November, 2013, 2:00pm

Pilot dies fighting Australian bushfires

A pilot trying to fight one of several raging Australian wildfires died when his plane crashed, in the second fatality resulting from the fires that have ripped through the nation’s most populous state over the past week.

25 Oct 2013 - 12:58pm

Military exercise sparked big Australian wildfire

Fire officials defended Australia’s defence department on Thursday after investigators revealed a military training exercise ignited the largest of the wildfires that have torn across the nation’s most populous state over the past week.

24 Oct 2013 - 11:36am

Australian authorities fear worsening wildfires

Firefighters battling some of the most destructive wildfires to ever strike Australia’s most populous state were bracing on Saturday for worsening conditions, with higher temperatures and winds expected to intensify the danger in the coming days.

19 Oct 2013 - 6:12pm

Abbott abolishes Australia’s climate watchdog

Australia’s new conservative government on Thursday abolished an independent climate change commission set up by the previous Labor administration, as part of its plans to streamline bureaucracy.

The Climate Commission was set up to provide apolitical and reliable information to the public about the science of climate change, emissions targets and international action being taken.

19 Sep 2013 - 6:27pm

Australia's poll contains message for Hong Kong

After three years of minority rule by a centre-left Labor government marked by infighting, Australians have elected a conservative Liberal-National party coalition led by Tony Abbott by a big majority in the House of Representatives. Barring political disasters, it seems assured of at least two terms of government, normally six years.

9 Sep 2013 - 2:47am 1 comment

Tony Abbott sweeps into power in landslide win in Australian election

Conservative challenger Tony Abbott declared Australia "under new management" after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd conceded defeat in Australia's national election and said he would step down as Labor leader.

8 Sep 2013 - 4:18am

Protesters heckle Australian leaders

Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and conservative rival Tony Abbott were both raucously heckled by refugee advocates on Saturday as Australia voted in a general election.

In south Sydney, a group of protesters tried to block the path of the poll favourite opposition leader, screaming: “Refugees welcome, Abbott is not”.

7 Sep 2013 - 4:14pm

Australian PM Rudd concedes election defeat

<P> <P> Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Saturday conceded election defeat to conservative challenger Tony Abbott, with six years of Labor rule coming to an end as he wished his rival well. <P> “A short time again I telephoned Tony Abbott to concede defeat at this national election,” he said at a party function in Brisbane.

7 Sep 2013 - 8:15pm

Conservative leader Abbott expected to win Australian election as polls open

Australia’s conservative leader Tony Abbott, expected to win national elections on Saturday and end six years of Labor rule, cast his vote at a Sydney surf club, joking he’d rather be enjoying the beach than campaigning.

A confident Abbott, who is often photographed in his swimming costume at his local Manly Beach, was accompanied by his wife and daughters in warm spring sunshine.

7 Sep 2013 - 10:50am