Julie Bishop

Julie Bishop speech to declare Australia's full support of US

Peter Hartcher Australia will declare exuberant confidence in the future of US power and commit to continue intensifying the alliance in new realms including space.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop speaks out against sexual violence in war zones

Julie Bishop.

Perpetrators of sexual violence in areas of conflict should be barred from seeking amnesty for their crimes, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will say in a speech on preventing sexual violence in...

Julie Bishop floats plan to send asylum seekers to Cambodia

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Lindsay Murdoch The Abbott government wants to send some asylum seekers from Australian to Cambodia at a time the country's strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen is overseeing a brutal crackdown on dissent in one...

Julie Bishop calls Rudd a 'tosser'

Kevin Rudd

Federal Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop says Kevin Rudd did himself no favours when he entertained a crowd at a concert in Perth.

New resolution: Russia

Nikolay Stanislavovich Nozdrev, chargé d'affaires at the Russian Embassy in Canberra, on Wednesday 30 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

James Massola, Latika Bourke Russia has called for a second United Nations Security Council resolution before Australian and international armed forces are allowed on the ground to support efforts to retrieve the dead and...

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AFP officers at MH17 crash site

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Russian-backed separatists in control of the area around the MH17 crash site in Ukraine have agreed to allow an unarmed international police team to recover more bodies and start a forensic...

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Accusation from Tony Abbott that Russia is 'washing its hands' of any responsibility for MH17 crash

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Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott has accused Russia of attempting to wash its hands of any responsibility for the MH17 disaster and blamed pro-Russian forces for blocking access to the crash site.

Abbott decries 'shambolic' site conditions

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James Massola, David Wroe, Judith Ireland Prime Minster Tony Abbott has lashed the ''absolutely shambolic'' situation at the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, as he dispatched former defence force chief Angus Houston as his...

Crash claims top AIDS researchers heading to Melbourne

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Steve Lillebuen The Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine has reportedly claimed the lives of some of the world’s top medical researchers, who were heading to Melbourne.

Cautious Abbott backs both Joko and Subianto as 'competent, credible'

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James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Indonesia will play an increasingly important role in global affairs, and predicts his government will be able to work with whomever is elected its new president.

Dizzying schedule of a foreign minister in control

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop in her office at Parliament House.

John Garnaut 'Even those sympathetic to Abbott are muttering the government has brought much of this week’s mayhem on itself'.

Australians urged to leave Gaza

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Lisa Visentin The Australian embassy in Tel Aviv is preparing to evacuate Australians who wish to leave the Gaza Strip, as hostilities between Israeli military forces and Palestinian militants escalates.

Gaza clashes intensify, Australians evacuating

Mourners carry the body of Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant Mohammed Sweilem, whom medics said was killed at an Israeli air strike, during his funeral in Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo by Reuters

James Robertson Israel’s military offensive in Gaza entered a new and bloody phase, with ground troops deployed for the first time since military operations began last week and Australians preparing for...

Australian suicide bomber kills three in Iraq

David Wroe The first Australian suicide bomber in Iraq killed three people in the heart of Baghdad on Thursday, an extremist group has claimed, raising the involvement of local jihadists in the spiralling...

Families wait for loved ones' remains

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 19:  Prime Minster, Tony Abbott speaks to the press in Sydney, on July 19, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Fairfax Media via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tony Abbott

James Massola, Dan Harrison The families of 28 Australians killed when a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine could be forced to wait weeks for the return of their loved ones' remains, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has...

The spill

Joe Hockey

Madonna King In 2009, everyone - including the man himself - assumed that Joe Hockey was a shoo-in as the next Liberal Party leader. So what went wrong?

Australian man Zakaryah Raad 'died fighting with ISIL militants'

Killed fighting in the Middle East: Zakaryah Raad.

Megan Levy A Sydney man who was once convicted for his part in whipping a Muslim convert 40 times as punishment for drinking alcohol and taking drugs is believed to have died while fighting overseas shortly...

Anti-corruption chief asks Bishop to support O'Neill investigation

Peter O'Neill.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker The sacked anti-corruption chief seeking to arrest Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill over graft allegations has called on Australia to demand he respect and restore rule of law or risk...

Cost of state mining and energy subsidies revealed

Coal and mining.

Gareth Hutchens State governments have spent nearly $18 billion supporting mining and energy companies over the past six years, a leading think tank says.

Stumble with plan to prevent jihadists' return to Australia

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

David Wroe, Mark Kenny Most of the Australians fighting with jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq are not dual nationals, the Abbott government has revealed, meaning it will be effectively impossible to stop them coming home.