Social Affairs

Australians support legalizing gay marriage in survey, letting Parliament consider measure to allow same-sex weddings

Nov 14, 2017

Australians support legalizing gay marriage in survey, letting Parliament consider measure to allow same-sex weddings

Aussie Parliament loses 8th legislator in citizenship crisis

Nov 14, 2017

An independent Australian senator who is British by descent has become the eighth lawmaker to leave Parliament in recent months over a 116-year-old constitutional ban on dual nationals running for office that threatens to bring down the government

Australia's croc hunter is unlikely gay-rights champion

Nov 12, 2017

A self-described straight crocodile hunter from Australia's socially conservative north will cut short a United Nations assignment in New York to lead reform in his homeland if Australians vote to legalize gay marriage

New Zealand, Tonga win to advance at WCup

Nov 4, 2017

New Zealand and Tonga joined Australia in qualifying for the quarterfinals of the Rugby League World Cup

Australian court to rule on deputy leader's fate on Friday

Oct 26, 2017

Australia's High Court will rule Friday on whether seven lawmakers including the deputy prime minister are eligible to sit in Parliament in a case that threatens the conservative government's slender majority

Australian state takes step toward legalizing euthanasia

Oct 20, 2017

An Australian state has taken a step toward allowing voluntary euthanasia 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy killing law

An Australian court considers: Can dual citizens make laws?

Oct 11, 2017

As Australia's High Court decides the fate of seven lawmakers who could be disqualified from Parliament because they hold foreign citizenship, some feel it's time for the country to nix a ban on dual citizens from serving in the legislature

Reynolds wins Australia's highest-profile motorsport race

Oct 8, 2017

David Reynolds has won the most high-profile race in Australian motorsport, finishing the Bathurst 1000 in his Holden in an unofficial time of 7 hours, 13 minutes in slick and rainy conditions on Mount Panorama

Cardinal charged with sex offenses jeered at Australia court

Oct 6, 2017

Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic official to face sex offense charges, was jeered by protesters as he made a court appearance in his native Australia

Guam governor asks Defense Department to stop construction

Sep 30, 2017

Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo has called for the U.S. Department of Defense to halt military construction projects on the island until the shortage of foreign labor is remedied

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