Australia's 'macho' PM blasts sexism

2014-12-12 09:45

Australia's prime minister Tony Abbott, who was famously accused of misogyny by former leader Julia Gillard, has suggested sexism is behind the criticism of his female chief-of-staff.

Tony Abbott 'sexist', says retiring politician

2014-06-22 07:36

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is "a sexist" rather than a misogynist, a politician from his party has said in an interview.

Abbott in running for Aussie sexism awards

2013-10-08 12:13

"Vicious" comments about Australia's first female leader Julia Gillard has dominated the annual "Ernie" awards for sexism with Prime Minister Tony Abbott the "most constant" offender.

Aussie PM under fire for one woman in cabinet

2013-09-16 13:04

Australia's new prime minister Tony Abbott has unveiled his incoming cabinet, attracting immediate criticism for including only one woman.

Losing power hit 'like a fist' - Gillard

2013-09-14 10:05

Losing power was like being "hit by a fist", Australia's first female prime minister Julia Gillard says, recounting the pain of being dumped by her party.

Australia's Abbott fights sexist image

2013-08-21 14:02

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott is fighting perceptions that he is sexist in his attitudes toward women with a taxpayer-funded parental leave policy for working mothers.

Australia's Abbott in 'sex appeal' blunder

2013-08-13 12:00

Australia's opposition leader, accused of misogyny in a blistering speech by then-prime minister Julia Gillard, has been under fire after touting the "sex appeal" of an election candidate.

Rudd faces battle as election campaign begins

2013-08-05 09:33

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has launched into the first day of Australia's election campaign faced with a poll showing his personal support has slumped.

Dumped Australian PM opens up on sexism

2013-07-06 16:22

Australia's first female premier, Julia Gillard, has opened up for the first time on the sexism that plagued her leadership and her famous misogyny speech in her final interview before being ousted.

Record number of women in Rudd's cabinet

2013-07-01 08:15

Australia's new cabinet has been sworn in with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd naming a record number of six women and switching focus to the economy ahead of upcoming elections.

Rudd's return revives Australia's Labor - poll

2013-06-29 10:01

The dramatic return of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has delivered his flagging Labor party a six percentage point bounce, according to polls that also showed him as preferred leader over Tony Abbott.

Rudd hopes for 'kinder, gentler' politics

2013-06-27 10:02

New Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has urged lawmakers to be "a little kinder and gentler" to each other following the coup that ousted Julia Gillard, the country's first woman prime minister.

Kevin Rudd sworn in as Australian PM

2013-06-27 08:10

Kevin Rudd has been sworn in as Australian prime minister three years and three days after he was ousted from the same job in an internal government showdown.

Key events in Australia's leadership war

2013-06-26 14:06

Kevin Rudd has won back the leadership of the Australian Labour Party in a ballot defeating Prime Minister Julia Gillard who ousted him three years ago.

Rudd topples Gillard to return as PM

2013-06-26 12:06

Australia's former leader Kevin Rudd has toppled Julia Gillard to return as prime minister, reclaiming the job on his third attempt and with elections less than three months away.

Host asks if Australia PM's partner gay

2013-06-14 13:03

An Australian radio presenter has been suspended after pressing embattled Prime Minister Julia Gillard on air whether her hairdresser boyfriend Tim Mathieson is gay.

Australia defends leaving bodies in ocean

2013-06-11 10:05

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has defended her government's decision to leave the bodies of drowned asylum-seekers in the ocean following criticism that more would have been done for Australians.

Gillard dodges another sandwich

2013-05-30 10:00

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been forced to dodge a flying sandwich for the second time this month after someone's salami lunch was flung at her during a school visit.

Ford Oz fails, Falcon grounded

2013-05-24 10:23

Ford has announced the end of production at its unprofitable Australian plants at a cost of 1200 jobs - and the death of the awesome Falcons.

New Zealand approves gay-marriage bill

2013-04-17 17:51

Hundreds of jubilant gay-rights advocates have celebrated at New Zealand's Parliament as the country became the 13th in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.

Female heads split over Thatcher's rule

2013-04-10 16:06

The first woman democratically elected as head of government in Europe, Margaret Thatcher, has inspired but also exasperated a generation of women political leaders.

Murdoch blasts 'racist' Australia on visas

2013-04-02 12:04

Global media baron Rupert Murdoch has accused the government of his native Australia of "disgraceful and racist" language over a crackdown on visas for skilled migrants.

3 Australian ministers quit after vote

2013-03-22 09:01

Three Australian ministers have quit in the continuing fallout from a bungled leadership showdown that reinforces perceptions of a crisis in Prime Minister Julia Gillard's administration.

Aus PM Gillard 'still unloved at home'

2013-03-21 10:00

Julia Gillard is a tough-talking survivor who won global acclaim for a fiery denunciation of misogyny, but voters have yet to fully embrace the trailblazing feminist, Australia's first woman prime minister.

Australian leadership speculation mounts

2013-03-20 12:10

Speculation has intensified that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard could be toppled by her party within days, with one report saying ex-leader Kevin Rudd is five votes from victory.


Australia abolishes divisive carbon tax

2014-07-17 18:58

Australia has axed a divisive carbon tax after years of vexed political debate, in a move slammed as backward and out of step with the rest of the world.

Shocking Salvation Army abuse claims

2014-01-28 14:08

An Australian commission set up to investigate sexual and physical abuse in various social organisations has discovered shocking accounts of abuse at the Salvation Army charity.

Australia's Gillard surprised by sexism

2013-09-30 16:52

Australia's first woman PM Julia Gillard has revealed that she was surprised at the level of aggressive sexism directed at her during her reign.

Historic child abuse inquiry opens in Australia

2013-09-16 11:00

An Australian inquiry into church and institutional child abuse has started public hearings, with warnings that widespread and "shocking" allegations would be heard against institutions.

Australian PM Rudd battles Murdoch press

2013-09-03 11:01

Rupert Murdoch's clout in the UK and US might have diminished, but in Australia he dominates the media landscape, playing a prominent role in undermining Kevin Rudd, analysts say.

'No place' for sexism in Australia: Rudd

2013-08-14 09:01

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says there is "no place" for sexism, racism or homophobia in Australia as election rival Tony Abbott laughed off his touting of a candidate's sex appeal.

Rudd makes gay marriage an election issue

2013-08-12 10:06

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has vowed to introduce a bill legalising same-sex unions if he returns to office.

Australia PM vows to recognise Aboriginals

2013-07-10 10:00

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has used the 50th anniversary of the indigenous land rights movement to pledge a referendum on recognising the country's Aborigines.

Australia gets first Muslim frontbencher

2013-07-01 15:00

The dumping of Australia's first woman prime minister Julia Gillard has paved the way for another milestone for the nation's parliament - its first frontbencher of the Muslim faith.

Australia's Rudd 'a changed man'

2013-06-30 10:25

Australia's newly reinstalled Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is a changed man since his first stint in the job, his deputy Anthony Albanese says.

Rudd puts gay marriage on agenda

2013-06-28 10:02

Newly-reinstated Australian leader Kevin Rudd has put gay marriage on the election agenda, calling for a bipartisan conscience ballot and raising the possibility of putting the issue to a public vote.


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Gillard calls do-or-die leadership ballot

2013-06-26 10:01

Embattled Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called a Labour leadership ballot amid party-room moves to depose her in favour of predecessor Kevin Rudd.

Australian PM sorry for sexist Gillard menu

2013-06-12 11:00

An Australian political candidate has apologised for a menu at one of his fundraisers featuring a quail dish named after Prime Minister Julia Gillard which had "small breasts" and "huge thighs".

Rudd blasts Labour 'defeatism culture'

2013-06-08 08:00

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has hit out at the "culture of defeatism" in Julia Gillard's ruling Labour party, which is facing an election drubbing in September.

Bill Gates urges Australia to boost aid

2013-05-28 09:03

Philanthropist Bill Gates has urged Australia to boost foreign aid following the country's announcement that it was delaying a pledge to increase overseas aid spending.

No change on gay marriage stance: Gillard

2013-04-18 10:35

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has vowed not to alter her stance on same-sex marriage despite New Zealand giving it the go-ahead.

Assange confident over Australia election

2013-04-12 10:04

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is holed up in the Ecuador's embassy in London, gave an upbeat assessment late Thursday to his chances of winning a seat in Australia's Senate.

Thatcher changed history - Gillard

2013-04-09 10:00

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says Margaret Thatcher "changed history for women" by opening the door to females taking high-powered leadership roles.

Australia urges Malaysia boatpeople swap

2013-03-26 12:00

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has renewed calls for a refugee swap with Malaysia to deter boatpeople after two asylum-seekers drowned in the latest tragedy at sea.

Gillard victorious in leadership challenge

2013-03-21 12:00

Australian PM Julia Gillard has faced down a leadership challenge, emerging victorious from a party vote after former leader Kevin Rudd made a last-minute decision not to run.

Australian PM calls leadership ballot

2013-03-21 08:59

The Australian government has plunged into crisis with PM Julia Gillard caving in to building pressure and calling a leadership ballot of her ruling Labour party.

Australia gets first Aboriginal leader

2013-03-14 08:43

Australia has its first Aboriginal leader of a provincial government, in a development welcomed by the prime minister as a historic moment for the nation's impoverished indigenous population.

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