Tony Abbott called opposition to the deal "xenophobic at best, racist at worst" during a raucous debate in parliament.
Leaders of Pacific Island countries warn the lack of action on climate change by Australia and New Zealand could prove catastrophic for their nations.
Europe Refugee Crisis: New Zealand To Take In 750 Syrian Refugees, Australia Pressured To Do More To Help
Meanwhile, Australia's main opposition party pressured the government to do more to help deal with the crisis.
Australia will accept more refugees from camps bordering Syria and Iraq and “is open” to providing more financial assistance, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday.
Australia will fail to meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets under current policy measures, according to a new analysis.
China's rate cuts reassure some investors, but concerns about the Chinese economy, and Tuesday's falls, spook others.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the Australian nationals were likely planning to join terrorist groups in the Middle East.
Same-Sex Marriage Bill Introduced In Australia, New Poll Finds 69% Of Australians Support Legalization Of Gay Marriages
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott maintained that he opposed gay marriages, but promised popular vote on same-sex marriage after the next election.
Gay Marriage In Australia? Parliament Vote On Same-Sex Unions May Happen, Prime Minister Tony Abbott Says
Prime Minister Tony Abbott's recent statements about a referendum for same-sex marriage stand in stark contrast to comments he made in May.
The pledge to cut emissions by at least 26 percent was denounced by activists as "vastly inadequate."
Australia's iconic food paste is responsible for alcohol abuse and social ills in small towns, Australia's indigenous affairs minister said.
Flight MH370: China Tells Malaysia To Continue Investigation, Australia's Abbott Says Mystery Closer To Being Solved
Relatives of passengers aboard the missing plane remain in limbo after the first physical link emerges between Flight MH370 and its disappearance in March 2014.
Australian Court Overturns Approval For $12B Carmichael Coal Mine In Queensland By India’s Adani Group
The $12 billion coal mine in Queensland is expected to produce up to 60 million tons of coal for export every year.
MH370 Investigation: Australia ‘Increasingly Confident’ Réunion Island Debris From Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane
Australian search authorities had earlier said they are "increasingly confident" that the debris found on Réunion Island is from the missing Flight MH370.
Australia is on high alert for attacks by radicalized Muslims, including home-grown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East.
British Conservative Party lawmaker Richard Benyon said that Abbott's pro-coal and anti-renewable policies were "profoundly un-conservative."
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 -- bound from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur -- was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 on board were killed.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the country's post-2020 emissions target will not be announced before August.
Australia's Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, who canceled his appearance on the show, said he was simply following orders.
Gay Marriage To Return On Australia's Agenda After US Ruling, Christopher Pyne Says; Tony Abbott Unfazed
Many politicians in the country are seeking to use the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage as a springboard to relaunch discussion of the issue.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has proposed revoking the Australian citizenship of dual nationals fighting for militant groups overseas.
China Signs 'Most Liberal' Free Trade Accord With Australia, Expected To Boost Australian Exports And Chinese Investment
Australian research says free trade accords with China, South Korea and Japan could create 180,000 jobs in 20 years.
Australia would have stooped to a "new low" if reports that its navy paid people-smugglers bound for Australia thousands of dollars to turn back their boat are true, an Indonesian government official said on Saturday.
"You can't negotiate with an entity like this," Australian Prime Minister Abbott said at this year's regional anti-jihadist summit.
Is ISIS A Death Cult? Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Blasts Islamic State Group At Countering Violent Extremism Summit
"Above all, we need idealistic young people to appreciate that joining this death cult is an utterly misguided and wrong-headed way to express their desire to sacrifice."
Ambassador Paul Grigson was withdrawn by Australia in protest over the execution of its two nationals Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran by Indonesia.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten introduced the bill, hoping to capitalize on momentum from Ireland's popular referendum on the issue.
The Australian government will introduce legislation to strip citizenship from dual nationals engaged in terrorism, both at home and abroad.
The move will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first troops departing Australia to fight in the Vietnam War.