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2-time Australian PM Kevin Rudd quits Parliament

By Thu, Nov 14, 2013 10:18AM UTC Comments Off Kevin Rudd. Pic: AP.

CANBERA, Australia (AP) — Kevin Rudd, who twice won and lost the leadership of Australia’s government during the past six years, is quitting politics. Rudd first became prime minister after leading his center-left Labor Party to an election victory in 2007. He was deposed in an internal power struggle in 2010 and then returned to...

Australia’s first woman leader surprised by sexism

By Tue, Oct 01, 2013 10:54AM UTC Comments Off Journalist Anne Summers, left,  gestures while she chats with former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard prior to an interview at the Opera House in Sydney,  Australia,  Monday. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s first woman prime minister, who was dumped by her party ahead of September’s election loss, revealed on Monday she was surprised by the level of aggressive sexism directed at her during three years in power. Julia Gillard made the comments in her first interview since she was deposed in a...

Australia: New gov’t will be disastrous for environment, warns expert

By Mon, Sep 09, 2013 1:09PM UTC 1 Comment Australia: New gov’t will be disastrous for environment, warns expert

A day after Tony Abbott was elected as the new Prime Minister of Australia, conservation groups are already worrying about the future of environmental protection and sustainability in the country. Under the new “management”, a term used by Abbott in his acceptance speech at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, his government will put environmental issues...

Australia’s new gov’t vows to limit foreign aid

By Sun, Sep 08, 2013 4:11PM UTC Comments Off Tony Abbott, third left, and his daughters Frances, left, Louise, second right, and Bridget, right, and his wife Margaret, second left, come to the stage to celebrate Tony's election victory in Sydney, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Photo: AP

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A new government prepared to take control of Australia on Sunday, with policies to cut pledges in foreign aid and to wind back greenhouse gas reduction measures in an effort to balance the nation’s books. Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott also plans to visit Indonesia soon in part to discuss controversial plans...

Tony Abbott becomes Australian PM as ALP self-destructs

By Sun, Sep 08, 2013 3:18PM UTC Comments Off Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott. Pic: AP.

Henry Belot/Melbourne Tony Abbott has become the Prime Minister of Australia with the incumbent Kevin Rudd and the Australian Labor Party slumping to electoral defeat. Enjoying significant swings in key states across the nation, Mr Abbott and the Coalition now preside over an 81-51 seat majority in the House of Representatives, with one independent, one...

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