Frances Vinall

Melbourne, Australia

Assistant news reporter and researcher covering Australia

Education: Monash University, BA in Journalism

Frances Vinall is an assistant reporter and researcher based in Melbourne, Australia. Before joining The Washington Post, she covered the Melbourne courts for NCA Newswire and worked as a newspaper reporter in Tasmania and the Snowy Mountains.
Latest from Frances Vinall

Australia ousts conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison

“Tonight the Australian people have voted for change,” Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese told supporters after the polls closed.

May 21, 2022

For Australian voters, a meaty decision

Like grease on a napkin, the tasty tradition of democracy sausages has so saturated the country that it’s become shorthand for the electoral process itself.

May 18, 2022

The Twitter account defending Australian democracy

With snappy humor and serious factchecks, the Australian Electoral Commission is trying to counter a growing flood of misinformation. Analysts say it could be a model for the United States.

May 14, 2022

China signs security deal with Solomon Islands, alarming neighbors

The announcement, coming right before a U.S. envoy was to visit, has stirred fears among local opposition leaders and U.S. allies that the deal could lead to a Chinese military presence in the islands.

April 20, 2022

As Australia’s climate changes, a tropical disease advances

A rare outbreak of Japanese encephalitis has infected 34 people and killed three.

April 14, 2022

Solomon Islands close to security deal with China, alarming neighbors

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s announcement puts the island nation at the center of a debate over the future of the Indo-Pacific.

March 29, 2022

Australian megachurch co-founder resigns over complaints of unwelcome behavior to women

The head of the celebrity-friendly megachurch had been on leave after an unrelated allegation that he concealed his father’s sexual abuse of a young male.

March 23, 2022

Space Force Down Under? Australia partners with the Pentagon on space defense.

The U.S. Space Force created in 2019 under President Donald Trump could have a partner as Australia takes a step toward creating its own.

March 22, 2022

Australia’s leader prepares to declare national emergency after some of the worst floods in history

"Australia is getting hard to live in," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said as severe flooding killed at least 20 people and officials warned of more flooding to come.

March 9, 2022

Western Australia finally reopens, uniting the country but leaving questions

The moment was bittersweet for the many who missed weddings and funerals, first steps, final moments and much-needed interventions.

March 2, 2022