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.

Former Australia PM Rudd quits politics

2013-11-13 16:56

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has announced he is quitting politics, two months after being ousted from office by Tony Abbott.

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.

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 begins transition, faces hurdles

2013-09-09 10:05

Australian Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott has began the transition to government, promising a methodical approach as he faced potential hurdles in the upper house.

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.

Australia's Rudd ridicules Abbott 'baddies v baddies' remarks

2013-09-02 13:01

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has likened rival Tony Abbott's "baddies versus baddies" comments on Syria to a children's game of "Cowboys and Indians".

Rudd: Vote will be closer than expected

2013-08-31 10:13

Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he believes the upcoming election would be closer than polls suggest, after a survey showed the government faced a wipeout in crucial seats.

Aussie press watchdog chides Murdoch media

2013-08-27 13:57

Australia's newspaper regulator has weighed in on a row over bias by Rupert Murdoch's newspapers in the country's election campaign, telling editors to uphold accuracy.

Buy 'people-smuggler' boats says Abbott

2013-08-23 11:58

The frontrunner for Australia's September 7 election will pay Indonesians for unseaworthy boats to prevent its use in people-smuggling, as part of his campaign promises.

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 candidate sorry for lewd website

2013-08-20 12:02

An Australian candidate for national parliament has been forced to apologise for a personal website which reportedly carried hundreds of lewd jokes.

Rudd on defensive over asylum-seekers

2013-08-17 11:00

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been forced onto the defensive on the key election issue of asylum-seekers, three weeks ahead of national polls, with cracks appearing in his hardline refugee policy.

'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.

Murdoch doesn't like us: Rudd

2013-08-06 08:57

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says it is clear media mogul Rupert Murdoch is against the Labour government but it is for others to question whether it is for commercial reasons.

Australian PM Rudd runs on economy

2013-08-05 09:00

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called an election for 7 September that he says will be fought over who can be trusted to manage the Australian economy as it transitions from a fading mining boom.

Australia resolute on asylum policy

2013-07-28 08:55

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he made "absolutely no apology" for his hardline new policy on asylum-seekers under which they are sent to Papua New Guinea.

Australia to send boat people to PNG

2013-07-19 12:05

Australia plans to resettle asylum-seekers in Papua New Guinea as part of a radical overhaul of its border protection policy to help stem the flood of boatpeople arriving on its shores, say reports.

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.

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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Australia probes asylum-seeker child detentions

2014-02-03 08:02

Australia's human rights watchdog has launched an inquiry into the detention of children under punitive government policies banishing asylum-seekers who arrive by boat to remote camps.

Aussie PM in travel expenses furore

2013-10-08 14:00

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is embroiled in a spiralling travel expenses scandal as he defends his use of taxpayer money to take part in an ironman competition and other events.

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.

Rudd wants to be Australia leader again

2013-09-12 09:01

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd plans to make a comeback and serve as the country's leader for a third time, a senior Labor party figure claims.

WikiLeaks' Assange leads offbeat race to Aussie polls

2013-09-04 10:02

From WikiLeaks' Julian Assange to a billionaire who is rebuilding the Titanic, the Australian election boasts a cast of unlikely candidates who are shaking up the political scene.

Australian prime minister Rudd defends gay marriage

2013-09-03 08:01

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has mounted a spirited defence of same-sex marriage only days out from Australian elections.

Australia says it's 'broken the back' of people-smugglers

2013-09-02 10:02

New policies targeting asylum-seekers taking boats to Australia have "broken the back" of the people-smuggling trade, Immigration Minister Tony Burke says.

Assange's WikiLeaks party in turmoil

2013-08-28 10:00

Former WikiLeaks Party candidate Leslie Cannold says she would sit as an independent if she were elected to Australia's parliament in the September 7 ballot.

Australia warships could be moved north

2013-08-27 10:00

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says key naval assets could be relocated north to adapt to a changing security landscape and put personnel nearer to their fields of operation.

Australian PM far from 'dead and buried'

2013-08-22 10:02

Embattled Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has warned that he is nowhere near being "dead and buried" after a debate with election rival Tony Abbott.

Australia adamant boatpeople policy works

2013-08-21 08:59

Australia is adamant that its asylum-seeker policy works despite another boat sinking and nearly 3 000 arrivals since the Labor party announced a new hardline stance last month.

Murdoch says Rudd 'all over the place'

2013-08-20 09:00

Media baron Rupert Murdoch has thrown his support firmly behind the conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott ahead of Australia's upcoming election.

Australian Labour corruption cost $83m

2013-08-15 10:05

Corruption in the ranks of Australia's Labour party centred on a dodgy coal-mining deal has cost New South Wales state $82.6m, says a top official.

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.

Abbott hits back at Rudd over Murdoch

2013-08-08 12:00

Kevin Rudd's election rival Tony Abbott has played down links to Rupert Murdoch as the mogul's key tabloid depicted the Australian leader as bumbling Nazi TV character Colonel Klink.

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.

Oz PM tweets Ashes rage

2013-08-01 16:24

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has tweeted his rage at Usman Khawaja's dismissal in the third Ashes Test against England.

New Australia refugee plan condemned

2013-07-19 18:19

Amnesty International has condemned Australia's new measures to stem an increase in refugee boats from Indonesia which includes a deal to send all boat arrivals to Papua New Guinea.

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.

Asylum boats on Australia-Indonesia agenda

2013-07-03 13:04

Australia's new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is set to head to Indonesia for his first foreign trip since retaking the leadership, but one in which the thorny domestic issue of asylum-seekers is set to dominate.

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.

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