‘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...

‘Catastrophe’ declared in parts of New South Wales as torrential rains batter Australia, sparking...

Australia’s insurance industry has declared a “catastrophe” for areas in New South Wales after days of intense downpours led to severe floods across the country, prompting evacuation orders as humans and animals alike seek...

‘Today’s the day’: the miracle wedding NSW flood waters couldn’t stop

Kate Fotheringham and Wayne Bell on Gloucester Road in Wingham, NSW on Monday. ‘It took three months to plan the wedding, 12 hours for it go to hell and six hours for it come...

“Absolutely Shameful” Parliament Sex Acts Shake Australia’s Government

The prime minister -- already under pressure for his handling of sexual assault allegations including that a female government adviser was raped by a colleague -- called the behaviour "disgraceful" and "absolutely shameful". WorldAgence France-Presse Protesters...

18,000 evacuated and 38 parts of New South Wales declared ‘natural disaster area’ as...

Ten million Australians have been placed under a weather warning as the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) says the extreme rainfall that caused disastrous flooding in New South Wales will continue. Speaking on Monday, Australian Prime...

Australia floods: Thousands evacuated as downpours worsen

https://www.bbc.com/-image copyright Reuters image caption Towns on the New South Wales coast like Port Macquarie have been badly affected About 18,000 Australians have been evacuated from flooding across New South Wales (NSW) as heavy rain continues...

Australia: Sex consent app proposal sparks backlash

https://www.bbc.com-image copyright Getty Images image caption Police have proposed the idea of an app to mark mutual sexual consent Australians have derided a suggestion by the News South Wales (NSW) police commissioner that an app could...

Australia to send Papua New Guinea vaccines as cases surge

https://www.bbc.com-image copyright Reuters image captionPapua New Guinea's health system is under immense pressure from the virus Australia is to provide 8,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Papua New Guinea as the island nation struggles with an outbreak...

US Won’t ‘Leave Australia Alone’ in Canberra’s Trade War With China, Biden’s ‘Asia Tsar’...

by Oleg Burunov Relations between China and Australia soured last year, when Beijing imposed 80 percent tariffs on Australian barley imports in retaliation for Canberra's demand for an international inquiry into the origins of COVID-19. The US...

Facebook to pay News Corp for content in Australia

https://www.bbc.com-image copyright Getty Images image captionRupert Murdoch's News Corporation has secured payments from Facebook in Australia Facebook has agreed to pay Rupert Murdoch's News Corp Australia for journalism from its local mastheads. The deal has been secured...

Thousands protest violence against women in Australia as PM Morrison’s government rocked by rape...

Thousands have taken to the streets across Australia, protesting violence against women amid allegations that a defense minister sought to silence a rape claim and accusations of sexual assault against an attorney general. Hundreds of...

Thousands rally at Australia’s parliament to demand justice for sexual assault victims

Protesters rally in response to the treatment of women in politics following several sexual assault allegations, as part of the Women's March 4 Justice rally in Canberra, Australia, on Monday. Photo: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas...

‘Lights Out’ in Australia as Foraging Megabats With One-Metre Wingspan Wreak Havoc on Power...

by Svetlana Ekimenko While the number of protected grey-headed flying foxes – a member of the megabat family - has tended to decline in recent years in Australia due to searing heatwaves, the population in Adelaide...

Kathleen Folbigg: Could science free Australian jailed for killing babies?

By Quentin McDermott-Sydney https://www.bbc.com-image copyright Fairfax Media/Getty Images image caption Kathleen Folbigg, pictured after a court hearing in 2004 Imagine for a moment what it must feel like if, as a mother, you give birth to four...

Richard Pusey: Australian admits filming taunts of dying policewoman

https://www.bbc.com-image copyright EPA image captionMelbourne man Richard Pusey has admitted to taunting dying police officers An Australian man has pleaded guilty to filming and mocking police officers as they lay dying at a crash scene. Richard Pusey,...

Mass Evacuations In New Zealand As Powerful Quakes Spark Tsunami Alert

Warning sirens sounded across Noumea as authorities ordered evacuations amid fears that waves of up three metres (10 feet) were headed towards the French territory. WorldAgence France-Presse The Tsunami waves were observed following a cluster of...

New Zealand earthquakes: Tsunami warnings lifted after evacuations

https://www.bbc.com-image copyright Getty Images image captionLarge parts of the North Island's east coast were under threat of a tsunami Three powerful earthquakes struck off the coast of New Zealand on Friday, triggering tsunami warnings that were...