Reuters in Sydney

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott, battling a slide in polls, reshuffled his cabinet on Sunday, throwing out his gaffe-prone defence minister,promoting the overseer of a tough immigration programme and adding another woman to his team

The Australian Senate voted on Thursday to scrap the country’s carbon tax and plans for emissions trading in a major victory for conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott, which leaves uncertainty about how the country will meet its carbon reduction goals

Australian employers shed jobs at the fastest pace in nine months last month while full-time positions suffered their biggest drop since mid-2011, an unexpected blow that hammered the Australian dollar to its lowest level in more than three years.

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans will consider selecting George Smith for the British & Irish Lions series later this year if the 110-cap forward’s eligibility is resolved, the New Zealander said on Wednesday.

Australia’s four-pronged pace attack overcame spirited resistance from Lahiru Thirimanne before dismissing Sri Lanka for 294 on the opening day of the third test.

The Australian Open will hold a regional wildcard play-off for entry to next’s first tennis grand slam in Nanjing in China in October, organisers announced on Monday.