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Australian PM to ban affairs between ministers and staff

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday said ministers will be banned from sexual relationships with staff under a new code of conduct to be enacted in the wake of his deputy admitting to an extramarital affair with a staffer. Ministers, regardless of whether they are married or single, must not engage in sexual relations with staff, Turnbull told reporters in Canberra. In 201...


Australia Child sex abuse: Victims to receive national apology

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will deliver a national apology to victims of child sexual abuse. Mr Turnbulls pledge follows the conclusion of a four-year inquiry that found tens of thousands of children had been abused in Australian institutions. The crimes, over decades, took place in institutions including churches, schools and sports clubs. The apology would be...


Trump will host Australian PM Turnbull at White House on February 23

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House on Feb. 23, the White House said in a statement on Thursday. The president and prime minister will discuss a range of shared bilateral, regional, and global priorities, including fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth, and expanding security and defense cooperation in the Indo-Pacific...


Australian PM says nine foreigners among those hurt when driver plows into crowd

Nearly half the 19 people injured when a driver with no known extremist links plowed into pedestrians in the southern city of Melbourne were foreign nationals, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday. Police allege that the 32-year-old Australian man, a refugee from Afghanistan, had a history of mental illness and drove a car into Christmas shoppers on one of the busiest roads...


Australians hand over 51,000 illegal firearms in gun amnesty

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said about 51,000 illegal firearms, a fifth of all illegal guns in the country, were surrendered in a three-month amnesty ending Friday. Turnbull said Australias tough gun ownership laws, which ban all semi-automatic rifles and semi-automatic shotguns, severely limits the chances of a Las Vegas style mass shooting. The killer there (in Las Vegas) ha...


USA visa waiver program for Australians: Trump may scrap visa free entry
Source: AAP

USA visa waiver program for Australians: Trump may scrap visa free entry

Australians planning on visiting the US could be forced to undertake an in- person interview with American officials under strict new border rules US President Donald Trump is considering. The Los Angeles Times, citing a draft copy of an executive order on immigration and refugees Trump is mulling, reported the visa waiver program that allows Australians and citizens from 37 other countries a 9...


PM Turnbull orders inquiry after teenage prisoners teargassed, stripped naked
Source: Reuters

PM Turnbull orders inquiry after teenage prisoners teargassed, stripped naked

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into the treatment of children in detention after the airing of video showing prison guards teargassing teenage inmates and strapping a half-naked, hooded-boy to a chair. Turnbull said it was clear that mistreatment had occurred after the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) aired CCTV footage late Monday of inmates i...


Islamic scholar in homosexuality comments row leaves Australia
Source: Reuters

Islamic scholar in homosexuality comments row leaves Australia

A British Islamic scholar who toured Orlando this year and had preached in 2013 that death is the sentence for homosexual acts left Australia on Tuesday after the government launched an urgent review of his visa because of his comments. Farrokh Sekaleshfar, a senior Shiite Muslim scholar, was giving a series of lectures at an Islamic center in Sydney on the topic of spirituality. Sekaleshfar...


Australian PM takes bold gamble, sets in motion July 2 poll
Source: CNN

Australian PM takes bold gamble, sets in motion July 2 poll

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull set the stage for early elections on July 2, despite signs his personal popularity is sagging, by recalling parliament in the boldest gamble of his short leadership. Parliament will be recalled from its seven-week recess to sit on April 18, Turnbull said on Monday, to vote on labour reform bills that are likely to be blocked in the upper house Senate b...


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