Abbott strikes conciliatory note with Widodo over Indonesia executions

Feb 26, 2015

Abbott strikes conciliatory note with Widodo over Indonesia executions

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott struck a conciliatory tone on Thursday after speaking with Indonesian President Joko Widodo about the looming execution of two convicted Australian drug traffickers. Abbott said he spoke with his “friend” Widodo on Wednesday evening, adding that the Indonesian leader ...

Feb 19, 2015

Australia PM denies threatening Indonesia

Prime Minister Tony Abbott Thursday denied threatening Indonesia over the fate of two Australians on death row by linking their fate to aid, insisting he was simply pointing out the depth of ties between the neighbors. As tensions mount in the bid to save ...

Feb 11, 2015

Australia failing to tackle Aboriginal disadvantage: Abbott

Australia is failing to meet most of its targets to end the entrenched disadvantage of Aboriginal people, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday, as he delivered what he described as a “profoundly disappointing” annual assessment. In his yearly report on “Closing the Gap” between ...

Abbott pledge puts Japanese submarine deal in doubt

Feb 9, 2015

Abbott pledge puts Japanese submarine deal in doubt

Officials in Australia and Japan on Monday expressed skepticism and confusion over a pledge by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to give an Australian state-owned shipbuilder the option to tender for a major submarine contract, heightening the uncertainty around the project. Sources have said Australia ...

Australia's Abbott to fight party vote to oust him

Feb 6, 2015

Australia's Abbott to fight party vote to oust him

Party critics of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched a dramatic bid Friday to unseat the unpopular conservative leader after less than 18 months in office, but he vowed to fight on. The move comes after Abbott’s much-ridiculed decision to award Britain’s Prince Philip ...

Australia's Abbott faces storm over his royal 'knightmare'

Jan 27, 2015

Australia's Abbott faces storm over his royal 'knightmare'

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott was Tuesday facing a backlash over his surprise move to knight Britain’s Prince Philip. The announcement prompted ridicule and questions about his leadership even from conservative supporters. Abbott, whose personal approval rating has plunged in recent opinion polls, said ...