Latest Australia government News

The Latest: Australia expands vaccinations to 50 and older

May. 03, 2021 02:46 AM EDT

SYDNEY — Australia has expanded its coronavirus vaccine eligibility to include all people 50 and older. Until Monday, eligibility had been limited, in most cases, to people 70 and older, as well as those with frontline jobs or medical conditions. ...

Australians mark 25 years since massacre changed gun laws

Apr. 28, 2021 03:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia marked the 25th anniversary on Wednesday of a lone gunman killing 35 people in Tasmania state in a massacre that galvanized the nation to drastically tighten gun laws. A service was held at the Port Arthur tourist town where the...

Australian Olympians to be given COVID-19 vaccine priority

Apr. 27, 2021 21:57 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian athletes and support staff preparing for the Tokyo Olympics will be given priority for vaccines. The Australian government announced after a special National Cabinet meeting that Olympic participants would be vaccinated under a priority group...

Australia security official warns staff of 'drums of war'

Apr. 27, 2021 02:51 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A senior Australian security bureaucrat warned his staff that free nations “again hear the beating drums” of war, as military tensions rise in the Asia-Pacific region. Department of Home Affairs Secretary Mike Pezzullo’s message to all...

Australia and New Zealand commemorate war dead on Anzac Day

Apr. 24, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians and New Zealanders paid tribute to their war dead Sunday as both nations prepared to withdraw from their longest war in Afghanistan. The neighboring countries commemorate Anzac Day every April 25, the date in 1915 when the...

Indonesia looking for submarine that may be too deep to help

Apr. 22, 2021 08:27 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian navy ships searched Thursday for a submarine that likely sank too deep to retrieve, making survival chances for the 53 people on board slim. Authorities said oxygen in the submarine would run out by early Saturday. The...

Australia ends China deals on national interest grounds

Apr. 22, 2021 05:39 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s cancellation of two infrastructure deals with China prompted Beijing on Thursday to accuse its leaders of a “Cold War mentality” and threaten a possible response. The clash adds to strains in relations that are at a...

New Zealand says Five Eyes security alliance remains strong

Apr. 22, 2021 02:30 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand said Thursday it continues to have a close and productive relationship with the U.S. and other security allies, despite resisting speaking out in unison with them against China on certain human rights issues. New Zealand...

Australia plans to spend $417M on hydrogen, carbon capture

Apr. 21, 2021 05:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister has proposed spending an extra 539 million Australian dollars ($417 million) on hydrogen and carbon sequestration projects, seeking to burnish his government’s green credentials ahead of a climate summit to be hosted by President Joe...

Australia reverses decision to withhold medals from veterans

Apr. 19, 2021 05:04 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s government on Monday reversed a decision to strip soldiers of unit citations due to war crime allegations in Afghanistan and announced an inquiry into suicides among veterans and serving members of the military. Australian...