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World 16 May 2019 | 7:31 PM

Australia's 'larrikin' former prime minister Bob Hawke dies at 89

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Bob Hawke, a transformative and charismatic left-wing lawmaker with a "larrikin' streak who served as Australian prime minister from 1983 to 1991, died on Thursday aged 89, his family said.

World 12 May 2019 | 1:21 PM

Australia's PM launches official campaign six days out from election

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison officially launched his party's election campaign on Sunday, less than a week before the May 18 vote that opinion polls have consistently indicated he will lose.

World 09 May 2019 | 7:28 AM

Pews and politics - Australian leaders chase elusive Christian vote as election looms

SYDNEY (Reuters) - It's Thursday night training at Father Dave Smith's boxing academy, opposite the Anglican church in inner-west Sydney he has led for almost 30 years, and he's working off some frustration ahead of the May 18 federal election.

World 11 Apr 2019 | 8:47 AM

Factbox - Australian democracy at a glance

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will hold a general election on May 18, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Thursday.

World 13 Mar 2019 | 8:35 PM

Cardinal Pell: From Vatican apartment to Australian prison cell

SYDNEY (Reuters) - For two decades, George Pell was the dominant figure in the Catholic Church in Australia - a boy from a gold mining town whose ambition, intellect and knack for befriending influential people propelled him to become the third-most senior official in the Vatican.

World 06 Mar 2019 | 2:04 PM

Australia to send 57 refugees deemed a threat to island detention site for treatment

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Fifty-seven male asylum seekers deemed to be a security risk will be sent to a remote Pacific island detention centre for medical treatment instead of Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday.

World 27 Feb 2019 | 3:03 PM

Cardinal Pell behind bars in Australia after child sex conviction

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell will spend his first night behind bars on Wednesday after he was remanded into custody pending sentencing for sexually abusing two choir boys in Australia two decades ago.

World 18 Feb 2019 | 6:00 AM

Support for Australian government rallies ahead of May election

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Support for Australia's conservative government has risen to its highest levels in more than six months, a widely watched poll showed on Monday, boosting Prime Minister Scott Morrison's re-election prospects ahead of a national poll due by May.

World 14 Feb 2019 | 4:29 AM

Australia to reopen Christmas Island detention centre after defeat on refugee policy

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will reopen a controversial detention centre for asylum seekers, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday after an embarrassing defeat in parliament that allows migrants in offshore camps to receive medical care in the country.