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Three Australians Detained in Iran

The Australian government on Wednesday said three citizens had been detained in Iran, the latest in a series of Westerners to be seized by authorities in Tehran.

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Australia Says Diplomats Must Respect Free Speech after HK Protest

Australia on Saturday warned foreign officials in the country against undermining the right to free speech, following a confrontation between students backing Beijing and pro-Hong Kong democracy activists at a university rally.

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Australia's Conservatives Secure Majority Government

Australia's ruling conservative coalition is set to secure a governing majority in its shock election victory over the centre-left Labor Party, the national broadcaster ABC projected Monday.

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Exit Polls Tip Labor to Win Australia Election

Exit polls in Australia's climate-dominated election campaign pointed on Saturday to a win for Labor after six years of conservative rule.

Between 16 and 17 million people were expected to vote across the vast island-continent in a bitterly fought election that may be the first anywhere decided by climate policy.

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Polls Tighten as Aussie Leaders Make Final Campaign Pitches

Australia's political leaders made last-gasp pitches to voters on Friday, on the eve of an election that polls show is going down to the wire.

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Australia Holds First Election Debate as Race Tightens

A fresh opinion poll showed Australia's bare-knuckle election campaign tightening significantly but the centre-left opposition Labor party maintaining a narrow lead ahead of a first televised leaders' debate Monday.

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Australian Prime Minister Sets Election for May 18

Australia's prime minister on Thursday called a national election for May 18, firing the starting gun on what promises to be a bareknuckle campaign focused heavily on climate and the economy.

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Australian Teen Escapes with Caution for Egging Far-Right Senator

An Australian teenager lauded worldwide for egging a far-right senator who made offensive comments about the Christchurch mosque attacks was let off with a police caution for the incident Tuesday.

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Australia Sees Record Temperatures for Fourth Month in a Row

Australia continued a string of "hottest ever" months in March, the government said Monday, as global warming emerges as the hot button issue in national elections just weeks away.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said the country had experienced the warmest March on record, with mean maximum and minimum temperatures above average for nearly all of the vast continent nation.

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New Australian Laws Could See Social Media Execs Jailed over Terror Images

Australia pledged Saturday to introduce new laws that could see social media executives jailed and tech giants fined billions for failing to remove extremist material from their platforms.

The tough new legislation will be brought to parliament next week as Canberra pushes for social media companies to prevent their platforms from being "weaponised" by terrorists in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

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