Australia's PM-elect appoints woman foreign minister

CANBERRA, Australia, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Only one woman minister graces Australia's Cabinet as Prime Minister-elect and Liberal National Party leader Tony Abbott announces his 19-member front bench lineup.

Australia to scrap carbon tax for emissions trading

SYDNEY, July 17 (UPI) -- Australia will drop its carbon tax and replace it with an emissions trading scheme sooner than had been planned.
Kevin Rudd sworn in as Australia's prime minister -- again

Kevin Rudd sworn in as Australia's prime minister -- again

CANBERRA, Australia, June 27 (UPI) -- Kevin Rudd was sworn in Thursday as Australia's prime minister, a post he lost to Julia Gillard but regained after he ousted her in a Labor Party vote.

Australia deports more Sri Lankans

CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Australia has deported 332 Sri Lankan asylum seekers back to their country since Canberra reopened controversial offshore processing centers on neighboring island countries.

Australian people smuggler gets 14 years

PERTH, Australia, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A court in Perth handed down a 14-year sentence to a self-confessed people smuggler whose illegal activities cost dozens of lives at sea.

Australia readies to re-open Papua center

CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Australia is set to open its second offshore asylum seekers' detention center, this time in neighboring Papua New Guinea, to hold the burgeoning number of illegal arrivals.

Australia plucks asylum seekers from boat

CANBERRA, Australia, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- An Australian naval vessel and other ships Saturday picked up about 180 asylum seekers from a boat off the coast of Indonesia, authorities said.

People smugglers get rich, Canberra reacts

SINGAPORE, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The kingpins of Asia's people smuggling racket have made millions of dollars smuggling everyone from farmers to terrorists.

Australia heads toward immigration reform

SYDNEY, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Australian lawmakers have advanced legislation aimed at deterring thousands of asylum seekers who try to reach the country each year on overcrowded vessels.

Afghan fears death if forced to go home

CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Australia's government has ordered a failed Afghan asylum-seeker to return home even though he fears he will be killed there.

Court blocks Australian immigration deal

SYDNEY, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Australia's High Court voted 6-1 Wednesday against sending 800 asylum seekers on Christmas Island to Malaysia for processing.

Australia back-tracks on asylum kids

CANBERRA, Australia, June 8 (UPI) -- Australia has back-tracked partially on its hard-line policy of sending children asylum seekers to Malaysia as part of a controversial exchange deal.

Detainees set fire to detention center

SYDNEY, April 21 (UPI) -- Australian authorities said Thursday protesters set fire to several buildings at the Villawood immigration detention center in Sydney overnight.

Australia: Immigrant riot quelled

CANBERRA, Australia, March 18 (UPI) -- Australian Federal Police have retaken control of the Christmas Island immigration detention center after days of rioting, the government said Friday.

Detainees riot for second night

CHRISTMAS ISLAND, Australia, March 15 (UPI) -- Detainees on Christmas Island rioted for a second straight night, protesting delays in processing visa applications, Australian officials said Tuesday.
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