Australia's economy has slowed to its most sluggish pace since 2009, when the GFC slammed the brakes on GDP growth, but the weak headline result may not stop the government announcing a budget surplus a year earlier than planned.
A third straight year of drought in Australia, blighted by forecasts of below-average rains during the crucial spring growing season, means the country’s wheat crop could shrivel by 10 percent from previous forecasts, traders and industry officials say.
The outlook for the Great Barrier Reef has deteriorated from poor to very poor according to an exhaustive government report that warns the window of opportunity to improve the natural wonder’s future ‘is now’.
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne denied her country is being dragged into a broader conflict against Iran by Donald Trump, as it joins a US-proposed mission to keep shipping lanes open in the Middle East.
Influential Pacific island leaders have called for Australia to be ousted from the region's main regional grouping, criticizing Canberra's "neo-colonial" attitudes and refusal to take urgent action on climate change.
Australia should do more to reduce its carbon emissions and giving cash to countries battling climate change was not enough, Pacific island leaders said on Tuesday in a rebuke of Canberra’s latest attempt to improve ties with the region.