9:02 PM, Dec 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Tony Abbott, the prime minister of Ausralia, urged Australians to go about business as usual, despite the ongoing hostage situation at a cafe in Sydney:
Abbott called it a "disturbing incident," and said his thoughts and prayers are with the individuals "caught up" in this situation.
7:53 PM, Dec 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Australian prime minister Tony Abbott says that "The National Security Committee of Cabine has ... convened for briefings on the situation" a "reported hostage taking incident in Martin Place in Sydney."
"New South Wales police and the Australian federal police are currently responding to a reported hostage-taking incident in Martin Place in Sydney," reads Abbott's statement.
I have spoken with NSW premier Mike Baird and offered him all possible Commonwealth support and assistance.
7:14 AM, Dec 8, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
President Obama stayed only one night in Australia for the G-20 summit, but the entire presidential delegation required over 4,000 rooms costing in excess of $1.7 million for the entire stay. Rooms at three different hotels were reserved for the U.S. delegation, and due to the large number of countries involved in the summit, the Australian government parceled out available hotels to each nation's delegation. The majority of the U.S.
11:27 AM, Nov 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama appeared to criticize Australian prime minister Tony Abbott for closing borders to Austrlia due to concern over Ebola.
Sep 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
A foolish optimism about human nature can’t withstand even a nodding acquaintance with history. If you’re of a certain age you may well remember seeing this photo. It was published years ago in Life magazine, among other places. And once seen, it is not easily forgotten. The Scrapbook retrieved the copy reproduced here from the endlessly fascinating World War II Today website, maintained and curated since 2008 by Martin Cherrett (ww2today.com). Here is Mr. Cherrett’s description:
Australia’s doomed effort to kill tobacco sales.Dec 16, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 14 • By P. J. O’ROURKE
I'm sitting at my desk, looking at a photograph of a gangrenous foot. It is a bloated thing in hues of phlegmatic gray rot, sanguine inflammation, melancholic black bile, and choleric open sores—exhibiting all the humors of a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Washington gains a friend in Canberra.Sep 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 03 • By ROSS TERRILL
Canberra has joined Tokyo and other U.S. allies in Asia by electing a conservative government vowing less tax on business, robust defense, support for the United States, and guarded cooperation with China. A big victory in Australia’s national election on September 7 for Tony Abbott’s Liberal-Nationals ends six years of political tumult under Labor.
12:00 AM, Sep 9, 2013 • By FRED BARNES
The victory by hard-nosed conservative Tony Abbott and his Liberal party in Australia’s national election on Saturday may not have lessons for America. But the center-right victory and ouster of the Labor party–it’s the liberal party–makes comparisons between what happened in Australia and American elections worth considering. Here are a few of them:
The debate in Australia over who gets in.Sep 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 01 • By FRED BARNES
A century ago, Australia used a “dictation test” to keep non-whites and selected others from entering the country. It required an immigrant to write 50 words in any language chosen by the customs official who administered the test. The most notorious example occurred in 1934, when a Czech immigrant was told to write a passage in Scottish Gaelic. The test was abolished in 1958.
Hosted by Michael Graham.10:30 AM, Aug 29, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
In this episode of THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, executive editor Fred Barnes discusses his recent trip to Australia and New Zealand and the his piece on the Australian elections.
Meet Tony Abbott, the likely next prime minister of AustraliaSep 2, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 48 • By FRED BARNES
Absent a stunning reversal of fortune, Tony Abbott is a good bet to be the next prime minister of Australia. He’s the head of the Liberal party, which is expected to capture Parliament from the Labor party in the national election on September 7. In today’s politics, Liberals are misnamed. They’re actually the conservative party in Australia. So if all goes well, Abbott will become one of the world’s leading conservatives.
2:53 PM, Dec 12, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Julian Assange is planning a senate run in Australia as a member of the "WikiLeaks Party," he recently revealed in an interview.
9:34 AM, Aug 5, 2011 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
One of the most widely publicized controversies in Australia this week involves former Guantanamo detainee David Hicks. Hicks pled guilty to providing material support for terrorism before a military commission at Gitmo as part of a plea bargain and was repatriated to Australia shortly thereafter in 2007. Hicks and his many advocates have been trying to overturn that plea deal ever since.