In weeks like this one it becomes quite clear just how much of federal politics is performative. Politicians do things for no discernible reason other than to be seen to be doing something, or to put a
Michael McCormack, deputy prime minister and representative of regional and rural electorates, began the week by “calling out” those “raving inner-city lunatics” who dared to link climate change with worsening
The Greens MP Adam Bandt has defended his party colleague labelling politicians from the major parties “arsonists” while bushfires swept through swathes of New South Wales and Queensland last week. Bandt
It was just over 25 years ago that the Keating government minister Ros Kelly resigned over what had become known as the “sports rorts” affair. Pork barrelling in the lead-up to the 1993 election had seen
This is what the unprecedented wildfires on Australia's east coast look like from space. Around 12,000 square kilometres have burned in New South Wales and Queensland since July, an area larger than Jamaica.
(CNN) — Australia is reeling from deadly bushfires and the worst drought in decades -- but fears are now growing that things could get worse, as a water shortage in the country's biggest city begins bite.
In a dispiriting political week like the one we’ve just had, it helps to keep things simple. Let’s begin with the organising idea of the week, where various politicians asserted, both in measured ways
A Qantas flight from London to Sydney has touched down safely after 19 hours and 19 minutes, as part of a trial for what would be the world’s longest-ever commercial route. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
Australia's bushfire season begins early and forcefully as its politicians differ over climate change
SYDNEY -- An unprecedented bushfire season devastating Australia's eastern states has also ignited a fierce debate about the country's response to climate change. Over one million hectares of land have
In some ways, the fact that Behrouz Boochani touched down in New Zealand on his way to a literary festival is unremarkable. His memoir, No Friend but the Mountains, won Australia's richest literary prize
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia’s national carrier Qantas on Friday successfully completed a 19 ½-hour, nonstop flight from London to Sydney, which was used to run a series of tests to assess the effects
Diksha Anand knew that bushfires were closing in on her home in the affluent Sydney suburb of South Turramurra, but she was still surprised how quickly they came. “I saw smoke and heard crackling — I ran
A coalition of former fire chiefs have said the government “fundamentally doesn’t like talking about climate change” and that politics is the reason the government was ignoring their advice. Former heads