Australia-Oceania News

Australia PM, defending slim majority, faces by-election test

Australia PM, defending slim majority, faces by-election test

The poll in the suburban Sydney seat of Bennelong was triggered by a constitutional crisis that has seen eight parliamentarians resign over a once-obscure rule barring dual citizens from federal

Dec 16, 2017, 07:35 AM IST

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull says govt at risk if it loses Sydney by-election

Turnbull`s conservative voter base in the harbourside seat of Bennelong, usually a safe blue-ribbon seat, has collapsed, according to an opinion poll on Tuesday.

Dec 13, 2017, 13:17 PM IST
Man arrested in Australia over alleged terror plot

Man arrested in Australia over alleged terror plot

Australian police have arrested a man they allege was planning to carry out a terror attack during New Year`s Eve celebrations in Melbourne.

Nov 28, 2017, 08:14 AM IST

Ninth Australian lawmaker quits as citizenship crisis widens

A ninth Australian lawmaker quit parliament on Wednesday after discovering she was a dual national, the latest casualty in a widening constitutional crisis that has already cost the government its

Nov 22, 2017, 10:10 AM IST

7.0 magnitude quake off New Caledonia, triggering tsunami warning

New Caledonia is part of the "Ring of Fire", a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific that is subject to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Nov 20, 2017, 06:35 AM IST
New Zealand PM Bill English says poll deadlock may last three weeks

New Zealand PM Bill English says poll deadlock may last three weeks

Peters emerged as the kingmaker in Saturday`s election after English`s conservative National Party and the Jacinda Ardern-led Labour both failed to win an outright majority.

Sep 25, 2017, 07:01 AM IST
New Zealand election stalemate leaves maverick Winston Peters as kingmaker

New Zealand election stalemate leaves maverick Winston Peters as kingmaker

English delivered an unexpectedly strong performance to claim 46 per cent of the vote, while the much-hyped "Jacinda-mania" surrounding Ardern fell short as she finished on 36.

Sep 23, 2017, 20:21 PM IST

Early count puts Bill English ahead in New Zealand election

Early vote counts tonight in New Zealand's general election showed Prime Minister Bill English's National Party ahead but not by enough to form a government without help from other parties.

Sep 23, 2017, 16:34 PM IST

New Zealand party leaders make final bid to woo voters

New Zealand opposition leader Jacinda Ardern conceded she needed more time to win over wavering voters Friday, as parties made their final pitches in what has been a rollercoaster election campaign.

Sep 22, 2017, 11:31 AM IST

Man sets himself on fire outside New Zealand Parliament

A man has reportedly set himself on fire on the grounds of New Zealand`s parliament in Wellington, two days ahead of national elections, police said on Thursday.

Sep 21, 2017, 11:25 AM IST

Key players in the New Zealand election

New Zealand goes to the polls on Saturday to elect a new government. Here are the key players in a closely-fought election.

Sep 21, 2017, 10:47 AM IST

Five key issues in the New Zealand election

Here are five key issues in Saturday`s New Zealand election, which pits Prime Minister Bill English`s centre-right National Party against the opposition Labour Party led by Jacinda Ardern.

Sep 21, 2017, 10:44 AM IST

Media faces Australia shake-up with reforms agreed

Under legislation introduced in the 1980s to protect diversity, media companies are blocked from owning television, radio and newspaper assets in the same city, while metropolitan and regional

Sep 14, 2017, 09:40 AM IST
Australian court dismisses challenge to gay marriage postal vote

Australian court dismisses challenge to gay marriage postal vote

Australia's High Court today threw out two challenges to a planned same-sex marriage postal vote, paving the way for a national survey on whether such unions should be legalised.

Sep 07, 2017, 11:20 AM IST

Tonga's king dissolves parliament, orders new election

Tonga is the Pacific's only monarchy but has attempted to increase democracy in recent years.

Aug 25, 2017, 12:20 PM IST

Strong 6.4 earthquake hits off Fiji: US monitor

A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off Fiji on Saturday, US seismologists said, but it was considerably deep and there were no reports of damage or injury.

Aug 19, 2017, 09:16 AM IST

Sixth Australian MP Fiona Nash in eligibility trouble

Dual citizens are not allowed to run for public office under Australia`s constitution.

Aug 18, 2017, 15:28 PM IST
Australia's Hanson wears burqa to Parliament in bid to ban them

Australia's Hanson wears burqa to Parliament in bid to ban them

Hanson sat in her seat in the assembly for about 20 minutes covered by the black burqa before removing it to call for them to be banned in public for national security reasons.  

Aug 17, 2017, 15:26 PM IST

Australia drops asylum-seeker secrecy laws

The secrecy provisions were introduced in 2015, making it a jailable offence for immigration department workers to speak out about conditions in the centres.

Aug 14, 2017, 13:22 PM IST

Australia Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce caught in dual citizenship crisis

Australia does not allow dual citizens to sit in Parliament, meaning Joyce`s revelation that he possibly holds New Zealand citizenship has major implications for the government.

Aug 14, 2017, 10:43 AM IST