Phil Mercer reports on the heated debate in Australia over a proposed carbon tax. The government says the tax would help fight greenhouse gas emissions, but some of Australia's most powerful interests are against it.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in a British jail awaiting a hearing next week regarding his possible extradition to Sweden. The fallout from WikiLeaks' disclosure of hundreds of US State Department cables continues. The World's Clark Boyd reports.
As China seeks to assert itself in Asia, President Barack Obama visited Australia to announce deeper ties between the nations' militaries, including a new Marine base for the United States. The move was seen as a counter-balance against China's growing presence.
Australia has thousands of refugees clamoring for asylum every year. In a bid to get a handle on the problem, the country has decided to setup refugee processing centers on small, Pacific islands where the refugees will remain until a decision is made on their status.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard went on the offensive, recently, telling her opponent he had no right to lecture her on sexism — because of his own behavior. In a 15-minute speech, she cited multiple examples of his "misogyny" — and in the process ignited a discussion about the meaning of the word, which might change the dictionary itself.
Australia allows wide-ranging gambling on sports, and until recently allowed it to be discussed on sports broadcasts as well. But as the amount of gambling advertising exploded recently, the government balked. Now broadcasters are proposing their own code of conduct.
Australia has had a rash of wildfires caused by unseasonably hot and dry weather. Scientists say the risk of fires is growing with climate change, but the country's new prime minister says they're just a normal part of life down under.