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Batik fan and Australia’s High Commissioner to Malaysia Andrew Goledzinowski talks about the government exchanges that have taken place since last year’s General Election.

Australian defence minister the latest to quit as election looms

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said on Saturday he will not stand in elections due in May, becoming the latest high-profile resignation as opinion polls suggest Prime Minister Scott Morrison's centre-right government faces heavy defeat.

'Finest foreign minister' - Australia's Julie Bishop to retire from politics

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's former foreign minister, Julie Bishop, will retire at the next election, she said on Thursday, joining a wave of lawmakers leaving a government that faces defeat in the poll, due by May.

Govt leaders to discuss Sirul’s extradition from Australia

KUALA LUMPUR: The extradition of Sirul Azhar Umar, who was convicted and sentenced to death for murdering Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu, will be discussed with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Aussie AG: Sirul can be extradited, on one condition

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Sirul Azhar Umar, who was convicted and sentenced to death for murdering Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, can be extradited back to Malaysia on the condition that an undertaking is provided that his death penalty will not be carried out.

Super-maxi Scallywag out of Sydney-Hobart race

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Hong Kong super-maxi Scallywag became the first high-profile withdrawal from the 74th edition of the Sydney to Hobart blue-water classic yacht race on Wednesday.

Australian PM's own party defies him in selection of by-election candidate

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's own party defied his wishes on Friday by nominating a former diplomat instead of a female candidate to run in a crucial by-election for a seat that belonged to the man he deposed in a leadership coup.

Australian voters vent anger over turmoil to deal coalition defeat in state poll

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's ruling coalition is facing a major defeat in a state by-election after voters vented their frustration over recent political infighting that led to a change in prime minister.

New Australian PM gets to work; government support plummets

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's new prime minister toured drought-hit farms on Monday to show voters after a week of turmoil the government was back to work, but a leading opinion poll showed it now faces an even greater chance of electoral defeat after changing leaders.

Australian foreign minister resigns amid Cabinet revamp

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop resigned from new Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Cabinet on Sunday, two days after a bruising leadership battle that toppled former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and led to a major ministerial shake-up.