Australia’s Prime Minister ‘Surprised’ by State’s Secret Deal With China

Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, said it was not “cooperative or helpful” for the state of Victoria to sign an agreement with China without his government’s knowledge. CreditCreditMichael Chambers/EPA, via Shutterstock SYDNEY, Australia — Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia was blindsided by reports that a state government had quietly sidestepped federal regulators and signed […]

Australian Woman Accused of Spiking Strawberries With Needles

The strawberry contamination scare led Australian supermarkets to post warning notices like the one above in the town of Mudgee in September. Some markets stopped stocking the fruit entirely.CreditCreditDavid Gray/Reuters SYDNEY, Australia — The Queensland police have arrested a former strawberry industry worker for spiking strawberries with needles, a crime that fueled a nationwide scare […]

Melbourne Stabbing Spree Leaves One Dead

One person was killed after a man began attacking pedestrians on a busy street in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday.CreditCreditWilliam West/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images MELBOURNE, Australia — The police shot a knife-wielding man in downtown Melbourne, Australia, on Friday, moments after he stabbed three people, killing one and wounding two others. Witnesses said the man […]

Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr., Trump’s Pick for Ambassador to Australia, Offers Direct Line to President

Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr.CreditCreditDennis Brack/Bloomberg News SYDNEY, Australia — President Trump this week nominated a Republican lawyer to become the United States ambassador to Australia, filling the long vacant post with a Washington insider who helped the president select his 2016 running mate. The lawyer, Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr., who is expected to be confirmed […]

Geoffrey Rush’s Defamation Trial Becomes a #MeToo Reckoning for Australia

The actor Geoffrey Rush leaving court on Tuesday. He said The Daily Telegraph falsely depicted him as a “sexual predator.”CreditCreditHanna Lassen/Getty Images SYDNEY, Australia — When Hollywood’s elite donned black at this year’s Golden Globes to raise awareness for the #MeToo movement, the Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush skipped the event altogether. Accused of sexually harassing […]

How Compulsory Voting Works: Australians Explain

Election Day in Australia is a community event that everyone is legally required to participate in and usually features a barbecue at the polling place. The dirty work of democracy is often compared to the making of sausages, but Australians almost take that maxim literally — turning Election Day into a countrywide barbecue, in which […]

Virgin Australia Airline Seeks to Thank Veterans for Their Service. Vets Say, ‘No, Thanks.’

Virgin Australia said it might have been hasty in announcing the airplane-boarding proposal, adding that it would consult veterans to “determine the best way forward.”CreditCreditJason Reed/Reuters SYDNEY, Australia — Australian military veterans recoiled at a government-backed policy that would allow them to board some commercial airlines ahead of other passengers, calling the move a political […]