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  1. June 27, 2013

    Rudd calls for ‘kinder’ politics as he is sworn in as Australia PM

    Kevin Rudd has been sworn in for a second spell as prime minister of Australia hours after the ousting of his predecessor...

  2. June 26, 2013

    Julia Gillard ousted as leader by rival Kevin Rudd

    The latest act of political bloodletting in Australian politics has led to Kevin Rudd winning back the leadership of the...

  1. March 25, 2012

    Labor suffers crushing loss in Queensland

    Australia’s ruling Labor party has suffered a humiliating defeat in a legislative election in Queensland that handed the...

  2. February 24, 2012

    Australia’s pantomime politics makes the UK look Periclean

    Even the most assiduous northern hemisphere followers of global events may be forgiven for having missed the most...

  3. September 12, 2011

    Australia to resurrect refugee swap deal

    The Australian government has promised to resurrect a refugee swap deal with Malaysia that was ruled unlawful by the High...

  4. September 7, 2010

    Australian election

    Two weeks of negotiations with a handful of independent MPs have finally returned Julia Gillard’s Labor party to power in...

  5. August 24, 2010

    GOD thanks God he is not in Oz

    You might think that the phone lines had been buzzing between Sir Gus O’Donnell, Whitehall’s top official (sometimes known...

  6. August 23, 2010

    Election deadlock Down Under

    For the first time since 1940, Australia has a hung parliament. With three-quarters of the votes from Saturday’s general...

  7. August 4, 2010

    Australian rules

    Since ousting her predecessor, Kevin Rudd, in June, the Australian prime minister, Julia Gillard, has seen her support...

  8. June 25, 2010

    Giant-killer Rudd quits as PM

    Kevin Rudd snatched back his head before it was put to the guillotine of a Labor party vote yesterday, but only after he...

  9. June 25, 2010

    Bloodless coup that never went to ballot box

    Julia Gillard's ascendancy to the most powerful political office in Australia was sealed when the ruling Labor party's power...

  10. June 24, 2010

    Rudderless Labor

    Kevin Rudd’s ascent was rapid. His downfall was even quicker. The former prime minister of Australia, ousted this week, only...

  11. June 24, 2010

    Australian PM faces leadership challenge amid ebbing support

    The political future of Kevin Rudd , Australia's prime minister, is hanging by a thread after key power brokers in his Labor...

  12. June 17, 2010

    Mining trio unite against Australian tax

    Three of the world's biggest mining companies stepped up their unprecedented joint campaign against government policy in...

  13. June 16, 2010

    Rudd's political future in balance as poll nears

    When Kevin Rudd swept to power in late 2007, as the giant killer who ended John Howard's 11-year reign as conservative prime...

  14. May 12, 2010

    Australia budget aims to win back voters

    CANBERRA, May 11 – Australia’s ruling Labor party sought to woo back disillusioned voters with a pre-election budget on...

  15. December 1, 2009

    Turnbull faces axe in Australian climate change dispute

    Malcolm Turnbull could be axed as Australia's opposition leader today after climate change sceptics in his Liberal party...

  16. April 8, 2009

    Canberra invests in broadband

    Australia has replaced a proposal for the private sector to build a A$10bn (US$7bn, €5.4bn, £5bn) national broadband...

  17. April 8, 2009

    Canberra backs A$43bn internet network

    Australia has replaced a proposal for the private sector to build a A$10bn (US$7bn, €5.4bn, £5bn) national broadband...

  18. April 8, 2009

    High-speed broadband backed by Canberra

    Australia has replaced a proposal for the private sector to build a A$10bn (US$7bn, €5.4bn, £5bn) national broadband...

  19. February 17, 2009

    Australian resource groups feel pain of Chinese gains

    Life is about to get a tad busier for Australia's foreign investment review board, the body charged with assessing the...

  20. February 14, 2009

    Australia agrees stimulus package

    Australia's Senate passed a A$42bn ($27bn, €21bn, £19bn) economic stimulus package yesterday after three days of political...

  21. February 14, 2009

    Australia agrees stimulus package

    Australia's Senate passed a A$42bn ($27bn, €21bn, £19bn) economic stimulus package yesterday after three days of political...

  22. February 12, 2009

    Australian Senate passes A$42bn stimulus plan

    Australia’s Senate on Friday passed a A$42bn ($27.4bn) economic stimulus package it had blocked the day before after frantic...

  23. December 15, 2008

    Australia sets sights on 15% carbon cut

    Australia, the developed world’s biggest per capita carbon emitter, pledged on Monday to cut emissions by up to 15 per cent...

  24. November 25, 2008

    Australian PM rides high in polls on first anniversary

    Kevin Rudd has had the most successful opening year in office of any Australian prime minister in at least 23 years,...

  25. November 25, 2008

    Rudd celebrates successful year

    Kevin Rudd has had the most successful opening year in office of any Australian prime minister in at least 23 years...

  26. November 24, 2008

    Air of crisis boosts Rudd ratings

    Kevin Rudd has had the most successful opening year in office of any Australian prime minister in at least 23 years,...

  27. June 7, 2008

    Dismissal Of The Australian Government, 1975

    The footage shot on the steps of Parliament House, Canberra, on November 11 1975 comes close to having the resonance for...

  28. May 14, 2008

    Mining boom to 'modernise' Australia

    Australia's centre-left Labor government pledged in its maiden budget last night to channel windfall tax receipts from the...

  29. May 14, 2008

    Mining boost for Australia budget

    Australia's centre-left Labor government pledged in its maiden budget last night to channel windfall tax receipts from the...

  30. May 10, 2008

    Inflation and growth warning for Australia

    Australia's central bank yesterday forecast weaker growth and higher inflation as Kevin Rudd's Labor government prepared...

  31. January 22, 2008

    Australia plans big cuts in spending

    Australia's new Labor government is to make deeper-than-expected spending cuts after lifting next year's budget surplus...

  32. January 18, 2008

    Fall in jobless makes another rate rise likely

    Australia's new Labor government is facing the uncomfortable prospect of a rise in interest rates after the robust economy...

  33. December 6, 2007

    Test of skill for Kevin Rudd

    A Chinese bid or the purchase of a large stake in Rio Tinto would test the political skill of Australia's new Labor...

  34. November 29, 2007

    Rudd unveils hand-picked cabinet

    Kevin Rudd, the newly elected prime minister of Australia, unveiled his hand-picked cabinet yesterday while the defeated...

  35. November 28, 2007

    Ruling foils Healthscope deal ambition

    Healthscope's plan to buy the diagnostics arm of Australian rival Symbion Health for A$1.6bn (US$1.39bn) in shares...

  36. November 27, 2007

    Credit fears cast pall over US shopping season

    A strong rally for Asian stock markets failed to instil much confidence in their European and Wall Street counterparts...

  37. November 27, 2007

    Credit fears cast pall over US shopping season

    A strong rally for Asian stocks failed to instill confidence in their European and Wall Street counterparts yesterday as...

  38. November 27, 2007

    Fresh credit fears overshadow US holiday cheer

    A strong rally for Asian stock markets failed to instil much confidence in their European and Wall Street counterparts...

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