Australian election clock ticks down

Sep 5, 2013

Australian election clock ticks down

A poisonous Australian election campaign will reach its climax Saturday, with conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott on track to become the next prime minister at the expense of Labor’s Kevin Rudd. With more than 1 million votes already cast and a blackout on political ...

Rudd battles Murdoch press

| Sep 4, 2013

Rudd battles Murdoch press

Rupert Murdoch’s clout in Britain and the United States might have diminished, but in Australia he dominates the media landscape, playing a prominent role in undermining Kevin Rudd’s dream of retaining power, analysts say. While the ruling Labor Party has long trailed the Tony ...

Sep 2, 2013

Rudd scorns Abbott's Syria remarks

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Monday likened rival Tony Abbott’s “baddies versus baddies” comments on Syria to a children’s game of cowboys and Indians, saying he is unfit to deal with foreign policy. Abbott is the front-runner to win Saturday’s general elections over center-left ...

From outback to Antarctica, Aussies go to polls

Sep 2, 2013

From outback to Antarctica, Aussies go to polls

From the frozen Antarctic to the dry and remote outback, millions of Australians will cast their ballots Saturday in an election that poses logistical challenges in a continent-sized country. Voting is compulsory and a record 14.7 million Aussies are registered to make their mark ...

Rudd backs high-speed rail network to fill mining void

Aug 26, 2013

Rudd backs high-speed rail network to fill mining void

Australia’s Labor government Monday pledged to press on with plans for a high-speed rail network linking major east coast cities, saying it would diversify the economy as the mining boom slows. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, battling a strong candidate in conservative opposition leader Tony ...

Aug 24, 2013

Australian coalition ahead of Labor: poll

Australia’s opposition Liberal-National coalition has widened its lead over the Labor government in an opinion poll, signaling leader Tony Abbott may replace Kevin Rudd as prime minister after the Sept. 7 election. Support for the coalition rose to 53 percent on a two-party preferred ...