‘Fortress Australia’: Why calls to open up borders are meeting resistance

By Frances Mao-BBC News, Sydney https://www.bbc.com-image copyright Getty Images image captionAustralia plans to keep its borders closed against Covid for another year at least Australia has been one of the world's Covid success stories, where infection rates...

New Zealand man threatened with prosecution over penis pothole drawings

Geoff Upson says he has drawn about 100 penises around potholes in a bid to force his local council to fix them In order to draw attention to a number of potholes on Kahikatea Flat...

Australia to resume India repatriation flights after backlash

https://www.bbc.com-image copyright Getty Images image caption About 9,000 Australians are stranded in India Australia will resume repatriation flights for citizens in India after a controversial ban on arrivals from the country ends on 15 May. Prime Minister...

Australia’s India ban criticised as ‘racist’ rights breach

https://www.bbc.com-image copyright Getty Images image caption Australia has imposed a temporary ban on citizens in India returning home Australia's threat to jail citizens returning home from India has sparked condemnation, with critics labelling the Covid measure...

New Zealand’s Ardern says differences with China becoming harder to reconcile

Reuters Praveen Menon New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (R) and China's Premier Li Keqiang attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/ Differences between...

Richard Pusey: Australian jailed for filming dying officers

https://www.bbc.com-image copyright EPA image caption Melbourne man Richard Pusey has admitted to taunting dying police officers An Australian man has received a 10-month jail sentence for filming and mocking police officers as they lay dying at...

Sydney and Melbourne Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks to protest as PM Scott Morrison falls...

https://en.armradio.am-Siranush Ghazanchyan Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has once again fallen short of calling the Ottoman Empire’s mass murders of the Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks as genocide, as descendants of the communities prepare to March...

Australian political leaders to join live stream national commemoration of the Armenian Genocide

https://en.armradio.am-Siranush Ghazanchyan The Australian National Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, which will be premiered live on Facebook and YouTube this Friday 23rd April 2021, will feature over 20 political leaders, including Federal Minister for Communications,...

Australia provokes China anger over scrapped deals

https://www.bbc.com-image copyright Reuters image caption Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne Australia has scrapped agreements tied to China's Belt and Road initiative, prompting anger from Beijing and adding further strain to tense relations between the countries. The...

Australian sex education campaign branded ‘concerning’ by activists

https://www.bbc.com-image copyright The Good Society image caption A video showing a young woman smearing milkshake on a man's face is used as an example of requiring consent The Australian government has been criticised for a new...

Australia opens travel bubble with New Zealand

https://www.bbc.com/-image caption Air New Zealand is expecting to carry more than 5,200 passengers on Monday Australian and New Zealand residents can travel freely between the two countries for the first time in more than year,...

St Vincent volcano: Power cuts after another ‘explosive event’

https://www.bbc.com-image copyright Reuters image caption Dust and ash has covered roads and buildings around the island There has been another "explosive event" at a volcano on the Caribbean island of St Vincent, with power outages and...

Cyclone Seroja: Storm makes landfall in Western Australia

https://www.bbc.com/-image copyright BEN DOWNIE image caption The storm destroyed homes across Western Australia Tropical cyclone Seroja has ripped across a 1,000km (621 miles) stretch of Western Australia, leaving a trail of damage. The category three storm made...

Covid: Australia falls 85% short of vaccine delivery goal

https://www.bbc.com/-image copyright EPA image caption Australia has only administered about 600,000 vaccine doses so far Australia has fallen 3.4 million doses short of its target of delivering four million Covid vaccinations by 31 March, prompting criticism...

Andrew Laming: Australian MP apologises over comments to women

https://www.bbc.com-image copyright AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT image caption Government MP Andrew Laming apologised for his comments to two women Another Australian government MP is under scrutiny for his actions towards women after he was accused of repeatedly harassing...

Miscarriages and stillbirths: New Zealand to allow bereavement leave

https://www.bbc.com/-image copyright Getty Images Couples in New Zealand who have a miscarriage or stillbirth will be eligible for paid bereavement leave under a new law approved by parliament. MP Ginny Andersen, who put forward the bill,...

‘Unless you’re wealthy, don’t come back’: dismay over new rules for returning to NZ

Charge of $3,100 will have to be paid if a returnee leaves again within six months, instead of the previous three months An Air New Zealand flight arrives in Wellington Photograph: Dave Lintott/REX/Shutterstock The Guardian-Tess McClure...

Widespread floods have devastated many parts of eastern Australia

Photo: AFP SYDNEY - Japan Today Flood-stricken residents along Australia's east coast began a massive clean up effort on Thursday as waters receded, revealing damaged homes, piles of debris and mud-caked roads. The region has been devastated...

Australia begins long clean-up as floodwaters recede

Widespread floods have devastated many parts of eastern Australia Photo: AFP SYDNEY - Japan Today Flood-stricken residents along Australia's east coast began a massive clean up effort on Thursday as waters receded, revealing damaged homes, piles...

Australia’s PM urges parliament to ‘get this house in order’ as female staffers stage...

Australian parliament staffers have staged a protest after imagery was leaked that allegedly showed their male colleagues engaging in workplace sex acts. They decried the building as a “disgusting” place for women to work. The...