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Scott Morrison, a Pragmatic Conservative, Will Be Australia’s New Prime Minister

A relative moderate in Australia’s conservative party and an ally of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is poised to succeed him after a vote on Friday that capped days of chaos in the capital and underscored just how turbulent Australian politics Read more…


Australian Prime Minister Dealt Death Blow as Own Party Withdraws Support

CANBERRA, Australia — Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia lost the support of his own party on Thursday, setting up a race between two challengers — one a conservative rival, the other a moderate ally — to take the reins Read more…


For These Australian Prisoners, a 14-Month Wait Without Being Sentenced

SYDNEY, Australia — When Alyson Colquitt was arrested in 2015 for selling cocaine, she expected jail time. What she did not expect was to spend more than a year in custody waiting to be sentenced, without access to drug rehabilitation Read more…


Australia Wilts From Climate Change. Why Can’t Its Politicians Act?

SYDNEY, Australia — Mile after mile of the Great Barrier Reef is dying amid rising ocean temperatures. Hundreds of bush fires are blazing across Australia’s center, in winter, partly because of a record-breaking drought. The global scientific consensus is clear: Read more…


Malcolm Turnbull, Australian Prime Minister, Survives Leadership Challenge. For Now.

SYDNEY, Australia — Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister, survived a challenge to his leadership Tuesday, narrowly fending off a more conservative rival after growing speculation that he had lost the support of his party. Mr. Turnbull called for a vote Read more…


Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young Sues Fellow Lawmaker After Sexist Remark

SYDNEY, Australia — An Australian senator filed a defamation suit on Wednesday against a fellow lawmaker who she says made a sexist remark to her on the Senate floor during a debate about violence against women. Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, a Read more…


China’s Plan to Win Friends and Influence Includes Ski Slopes and Spas

HONG KONG — In Thailand, a theater rigged with hydraulic seats will give moviegoers the sensation of flight. In Australia, an indoor ski slope is going up near the beaches of the Gold Coast. In the Czech Republic, a spa Read more…


Pope Accepts Resignation of Australian Archbishop for Covering Up Sex Abuse

ROME — For the second time in three days, Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of a powerful prelate — this time, an Australian archbishop — in a sexual abuse scandal, as the pontiff tries to send the message Read more…


Delay in Sydney Jail Death Inquest Prolongs Family’s ‘Agonizing Wait’

SYDNEY, Australia — For almost three years, the family of an Indigenous Australian man who died in a Sydney prison complex after being pinned down by correctional officers has waited for answers. Their wait will continue. On Friday, an inquest Read more…


From Manus to Trump’s America

The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau chief, who’s just returned to Sydney after a trip in New York. Sign up to get it by email. ______ Imran Mohammad survived on Manus Island through sheer discipline. Read more…