Asylum seekers are not legally allowed to work in Australia.
The Great Barrier Reef stretches 2,000 km along Australia`s northeast coast and is the world`s largest living ecosystem.
Australia`s "punitive approach" to boatpeople has tarnished its human rights record, the United Nations said on Friday as it voiced concern that xenophobia and hate speech was on the rise.
New Zealand is on the boundary of the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates, which form part of the so-called "Ring of Fire", and experiences up to 15,000 tremors a year.
In a bid to promote languages other than English, Australia on Monday announced the national rollout of an online programme for pre-schoolers to learn foreign languages, including Hindi, from next year onwards.
There was no apparent motive for the killing of the 29-year-old man named by local media as Manmeet Alisher, a well-known singer in the Indian Punjabi community.
At least four people were killed on Tuesday in an accident at a theme park in Australia`s Gold Coast city, police said.
The Gold Coast Bulletin said the accident was believed to involve the Thunder River Rapids ride, which uses a conveyor belt and six-person circular rafts.
New Zealand PM John Key announced that he had given clearance for the destroyer USS Sampson to visit during celebrations marking the Royal New Zealand Navy's 75th anniversary.
Two 16-year-old Australian boys arrested in Sydney after each bought a knife were charged today with planning a terrorist attack on behalf of the extremist Islamic State group, police said.
Local media said at the time that internal security sources blamed China, charges the Chinese Foreign Ministry dismissed.
Australia`s centre-right coalition government had introduced legislation to Parliament last month to hold a public vote in February 2017 on whether to legalise same-sex unions.
An Australian Muslim woman who wore a burkini to a French beach said she was asked to leave despite a ban on the controversial full-bodied swimsuit recently being overturned.
The Islamic State group has announced the death in Syria of an Australian jihadist convicted over a 2005 plot to bomb the Melbourne Cricket Ground, in a new English-language magazine.
Australia is to start targeting jihadist support and logistics resources in Iraq and Syria, as it broadens the scope of its air war on the Islamic State group, officials said Thursday.
A Frenchman who allegedly stabbed a young British woman backpacker to death while saying "Allahu Akbar" in fact has no sign of radicalisation, the Australian Police said Thursday.
A Sikh candidate, who is running for a place in the city council of Hamilton in New Zealand, has had one of his election billboards defaced with the word 'ISIS' plastered over it in black paint.
Australia has returned home six Sri Lankans which it said were onboard a "people smuggling boat" after intercepting it at sea, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said Wednesday.
A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck about 535 km (330 miles) southeast of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, briefly triggering a local tsunami warning.
MH370 was carrying 239 passengers and crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared on March 8, 2014.
The Australian Police found about 15 swastika symbols drawn on the footpath, bus stops, poles, benches and electrical boxes, the ABC reported.
Australian police arrested a 31-year-old man on Saturday in counter-terror raids in southern Victoria state, saying they believed they had interrupted something "quite serious".
The Melbourne-based street artist was threatened with a council fine after which he responded by covering the provocative painting of Hillary Clinton with a niqab.
Police is investigating how a man`s body lay undiscovered for up to three days in the toilet of an Australian fast-food restaurant, according to media reports.
An 1,800-year-old Buddha statue which was displayed in the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) is being prepared for its return to India, after it was found to have been purchased from an illegal antiquity trafficker, authorities said on Friday.
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