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  1. 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 just...

  2. 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 to...

  1. 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...

  2. 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 shreds, is...

  3. 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...

  4. 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, they...

  5. 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 deposed...

  6. 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 being...

  7. 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 running...

  8. 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. But...

  9. 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 the...

  10. 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 be...

  11. 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 rebounding...

  12. 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 it has...

  13. 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 questioned...

  14. 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 show...

  15. August 2, 2013

    Australia widens deficit forecast

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

  16. 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...

  17. 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 Papua...

  18. 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 Guinea,...

  19. 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 he...

  20. 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 of...

  21. 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 his...

  22. 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 one, the...

  23. 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 Australia’s...

  24. 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...

  25. 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 one...

  26. 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,...

  27. 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...

  28. 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 communications...

  29. 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 has...

  30. 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...

  31. 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 have...

  32. 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...

  33. 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 at...

  34. 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 rival and...

  35. 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 a...

  36. January 21, 2013

    The Weibo generation can reboot China

    China’s fifth generation leader, Xi Jinping, has inherited economic power and prestige for the country from Hu Jintao. Mr Xi...

  37. January 7, 2013

    Australia shows west how to pivot to Asia

    The different “pivots” towards Asia by the world’s other continents suggest that the ultimate winner of the cold war was in...

  38. FT Alphaville

    December 10, 2012

    Shock jocks and other media stories from Down Under

    The price action in Southern Cross Media, the parent company of Sydney’s 2Day FM on Monday morning: For non-Australia...

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