Will Australia’s Election Be a Reckoning for Morrison on Climate?

The election spotlights the risks faced by climate-skeptic politicians.

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How a Group of Female Independents Aims to Revive Australian Democracy

A community-driven movement has recruited around 25 candidates, most of them successful women preaching pragmatic reform. They could shape the balance of power after Saturday’s election.

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Australia Asks: How Far Is Too Far in Making China a Campaign Weapon?

Australia’s conservative government has claimed, without evidence, that the political opposition would cozy up to Beijing. To many, it has crossed a red line.

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‘Dark Money’ Suddenly Dominates Australia’s Election

Chinese financing, unreported donations, payouts from coal barons: The new political season is shining an unaccustomed light on a culture of opacity.

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How the ‘Djokovic Affair’ Came Back to Bite Australia’s Prime Minister

Scott Morrison thought he had a political winner. Now, with an election looming, Australians debate their government’s fairness and competence.

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Australia’s Leader Demotes 2 Ministers Amid Accusations of Rape and Misogyny

The attorney general and the defense minister, tied to separate scandals, will stay in the government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

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‘March 4 Justice’: Thousands Turn Out in Australia

The protests in at least 40 cities represented an outpouring of anger over the treatment of women at the highest levels of power, organizers said.

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Brittany Higgins’s Parliament Rape Claim Roils Australia

A former government staff member said she had been made to choose between going to the police and keeping her job. The government expressed regret if she “felt unsupported.”

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Australia’s Struggle With ‘Bonk Bans’ and ‘Manterruptions’

Prime Minister Scott Morrison came under fire this week for abruptly interrupting a female senior minister who was asked what it’s like to be a woman in Parliament.

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Australia Quiet on First Foreign-Meddling Arrest, but Target Is Clear

The suspect, who has been active in Chinese-Australian groups, was charged under laws against foreign interference that were seen as a response to China.

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How Coal-Loving Australia Became the Leader in Rooftop Solar

Embracing solar panels to save money, homeowners have made the country a powerhouse in renewable energy.

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