Aussie leader dominates 'sexism awards'

Oct 8, 2013

Aussie leader dominates 'sexism awards'

“Vicious” commentary about Australia’s first female leader, Julia Gillard, dominates entries for the annual “Ernie” awards for sexism with Prime Minister Tony Abbott the “most constant” offender, organizers said Tuesday. There were more than 100 entries for the 2013 gong, which will be decided ...

Jul 6, 2013

Gillard discusses sexism issues

Julia Gillard, Australia’s first female prime minister, has opened up for the first time on the sexism that plagued her leadership and famous misogyny speech in her final interview before being ousted. Gillard, an unmarried atheist lawyer, was dumped as Australia’s prime minister by ...

Host suspended for asking Gillard if her lover is gay

Jun 15, 2013

Host suspended for asking Gillard if her lover is gay

An Australian radio presenter has been suspended after pressing embattled Prime Minister Julia Gillard on air whether Tim Mathieson, her hairdresser boyfriend, is gay, and colleagues rushed to her defense Friday. The startling exchange came with Gillard’s Labor Party far behind in the polls ...

Jun 13, 2013

Gillard defends abandoning of bodies

Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday defended her government’s decision to leave the bodies of drowned asylum seekers in the ocean, as a search began for yet another vessel in the Indian Ocean. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said two aircraft had been dispatched ...

Apr 19, 2013

Aussie leader unswayed by Kiwi vote

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard vowed not to alter her stance on same-sex marriage despite New Zealand giving it the go-ahead, with hundreds of couples expected to make the journey to tie the knot. Last September, Australia’s Parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject the move, ...

Apr 14, 2013

Gillard accused of having 'tin ear'

A former Australian minister behind last month’s failed coup against Prime Minister Julia Gillard accused her of being divisive and media-driven in an interview Saturday, reviving tensions within the ruling Labor Party. Former Arts Minister Simon Crean, a veteran and former leader of the ...

Gillard retains power as Rudd ducks vote

Mar 22, 2013

Gillard retains power as Rudd ducks vote

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard remained leader of the governing Labor party after her predecessor, Kevin Rudd, declined to challenge her in a ballot Thursday. No rivals stood against either Gillard or Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan, Labor official Chris Hayes said. ...

Australia's Labor faces defeat: polls

Feb 4, 2013

Australia's Labor faces defeat: polls

Australia’s ruling Labor Party is heading for a huge defeat in elections this year, according to the first national polls Monday since Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a vote would be held in September. Labor ministers insisted a win was still possible as major ...