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    1. beyondbrics

      November 21, 2014

      Fears of an Asian war trump Cold War concerns

      In spite of Mikhail Gorbachev’s warning this month that the world is on the brink of a new Cold War, it is Asia that we...

    2. November 14, 2014

      Australia’s PM Tony Abbott pursues an ambitious foreign agenda

      While in opposition Tony Abbott did not show much interest in international diplomacy. He opposed Australia’s bid to...

    1. September 8, 2014

      Australia: Culture clash

      He is dubbed the man “who fought God twice and won.” But Ron Williams, a jazz singer, father of six and veteran rights...

    2. The World

      April 11, 2014

      Diary of an Australian egotist

      The first time I met Bob Carr, who was then Australian foreign minister, he struck me as a polite and humble man. That...

    3. February 2, 2014

      Tony Abbott under fire as Australia election triumph becomes distant memory

      Clutching blue umbrellas to shield themselves from the Australian sun, canvassers are working through a heatwave to try...

    4. October 13, 2013

      Australia’s Labor party elects Bill Shorten as its new leader

      CANBERRA, October 13 – Australia’s Labor party on Sunday elected Bill Shorten to lead it in opposition, help it rebuild...

    5. September 8, 2013

      ‘Mad monk’ Tony Abbott may have to mellow to cure Australia’s ills

      Mad monk, no more. Tony Abbott, the opposition Rottweiler who has torn Kevin Rudd’s dysfunctional Labor party to...

    6. September 8, 2013

      Tony Abbott gets on his bike as Australia coalition’s work begins 

      Australia’s prime minister-elect Tony Abbott met with senior public servants on Sunday, the day after his centre-right...

    7. September 5, 2013

      Why voters in Australia are primed for a change at the top

      Australians have never had it so good. And yet they have never been so fed up. When they go to the polls this weekend,...

    8. The A-List

      September 2, 2013

      Australia, America and the Pacific ties that bind

      On Saturday Australia will go to the polls. Prime minister Kevin Rudd – recently returned to office in place of the...

    9. September 1, 2013

      Australia looks to fill mining hole as election looms

      The Australian coal-mining town of Moranbah was fleetingly famous for its sky high rents and tales of mine workers...

    10. August 26, 2013

      Abbott avoids tough economic decisions on way to Australia win

      Lloyd Blankfein is not the only visitor to Australia to marvel at the country’s enduring paradox: a strong economy...

    11. August 14, 2013

      Australia’s Rudd seeks killer blow to drive election campaign

      Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the ruling Labor party might have lost the first week of Australia’s election campaign....

    12. August 11, 2013

      Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott go head to head in first TV debate

      Kevin Rudd, the Australian prime minister, and Tony Abbott, the opposition leader, held their first televised debate of...

    13. August 9, 2013

      News Corp Australia chief resigns after less than two years

      Kim Williams, the head of News Corp’s Australian business, has resigned after less than two years in the job and will...

    14. August 8, 2013

      China trade data support risk appetite

      Thursday 21:05 BST. Better news on the Chinese economy helped support equity and commodity prices, with US stocks...

    15. August 7, 2013

      Why the luck is running out for Australia’s next leader

      For two decades, Australia has deserved its reputation as a “lucky country”. Alone in the developed world, since 1991...

    16. August 6, 2013

      Australia PM Rudd criticises Rupert Murdoch role in election race

      Australia’s prime minister has accused Rupert Murdoch of trying to “get rid” of the ruling Labor party and has...

    17. August 4, 2013

      Kevin Rudd calls Australia election for September 7

      Australia’s prime minister Kevin Rudd has called an election for September 7, kicking off a five-week campaign as polls...

    18. August 2, 2013

      Australia widens deficit forecast

      Australia’s ruling Labor government forecast a widening budget deficit after slower growth in China and weaker...

    19. August 1, 2013

      Tobacco groups blast Australia tax rise

      Tobacco companies have attacked Australian government plans to raise A$5.3bn (US$4.7bn) through increased taxes on...

    20. July 19, 2013

      Kevin Rudd slams door on ‘boat people’ asylum seekers

      In a dramatic overhaul of Australia’s asylum-seeker policy, people who arrive by boat without a visa will be sent to...

    21. FT Photo Diary

      July 15, 2013

      Kevin Rudd in Papua New Guinea

      Gary Ramage/EPA Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on his way to meet Prime Minister Peter O’Neill of Papua New...

    22. July 12, 2013

      Harry Eyres: The language of diplomacy

      It speaks to the modesty of the man that when he received a call asking permission for a building to be named after him...

    23. beyondbrics

      July 5, 2013

      [update] Rudd in Indonesia: asylum summit agreed

      Kevin Rudd has managed to get something out of his talks with Indonesian President Yudhoyono. It’s not a condemnation...

    24. beyondbrics

      July 5, 2013

      Kevin '747' Rudd back in Indonesia to talk boats

      Kevin Rudd, Australia’s new prime minister, likes hobnobbing with heads of state on the world stage so much that during...

    25. FT Alphaville

      July 4, 2013

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Consume my tax, Japan: Be it Abe’s fourth arrow or simply a part of the fiscal...

    26. FT Alphaville

      July 4, 2013

      China, Australia and a very hard landing

      Kevin Rudd 2.0 has been quick to highlight the dangers posed by slowing Chinese growth since he was returned as...

    27. June 28, 2013

      Australia: What’s up Down Under

      When Kevin Rudd was sworn in again this week as Australia’s prime minister, it appeared to put an end to one of the...

    28. June 28, 2013

      Political politesse

      Kevin Rudd, Australia’s new prime minister, this week called for politicians to behave in a kinder, gentler fashion. No...

    29. June 27, 2013

      Gillard and the rise, fall and rise again of Australian politicians

      Australian politics is a bloody business. Three years ago Julia Gillard, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s loyal deputy,...

    30. 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...

    31. June 27, 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...

    32. The World

      June 26, 2013

      Desperate remedies for Australia's Labor party

      Julia Gillard addresses parliament (Getty) Just a couple of days ago, Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former...

    33. June 26, 2013

      Rudd’s return set to pose new problems for Australia’s opposition

      With the departure of Julia Gillard, Australia’s opposition coalition scrambled to respond on Wednesday: strategists...

    34. FT Alphaville

      June 26, 2013

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Marc Rich, 1934-2013: The commodities trader and founder of what became Glencore...

    35. June 16, 2013

      Rudd talk intensifies as Gillard faces landslide loss

      Until a few weeks ago the idea of a comeback by Kevin Rudd, Australia’s former prime minister, seemed remote. But as...

    36. FT Photo Diary

      May 9, 2013

      Dancers of Papua New Guinea

      Chris McGrath/Getty Images Traditional dancers perform ahead of the arrival of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard...

    37. March 21, 2013

      Australia PM survives leadership test

      The Australian prime minister Julia Gillard has survived a second leadership challenge in 13 months after her main...

    38. The A-List

      January 24, 2013

      Davies' Davos diary: What would you do with the G20?

      In London, the G20 has rather faded from view since Gordon Brown’s great event in Docklands in the spring of 2009, when...

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