Australia is an Oceanian country made up of the mainland continent, the island of Tasmania and several smaller islands. Its currency is the Australian dollar, its capital Canberra, its most populous city is Sydney.
It has an estimated population of around 23 million people, who live mainly in coastal cities. Australia is a constitutional monarchy and uses a parliamentary system of government. Before British settlement in the late 18th century, the country was inhabited by indigenous Australians. This is a collection of DW's latest content on the country.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has launched a strong defense of his country's border protection regime. Rights group Amnesty International had earlier claimed his government's actions amounted to 'torture'.
In one of the most impoverished dumpsite communities in the Philippines, Australian street artist "Kaff-eine" dares to tread where others do not - in a place described as "dirty, crime-ridden, violent and godforsaken."
A discussion in parliament is due Tuesday, but with Labor rejecting the plebiscite, the next steps remain unclear. A conservative Liberal Party leader accused Labor of playing politics with the issue.