Sep 18, 2013

Abbott sworn in as Australia's new leader

Tony Abbott was sworn in as Australia’s new prime minister Wednesday and immediately ordered the scrapping of the nation’s carbon tax and the halting of boats carrying asylum seekers. The 55-year-old conservative pledged to knuckle down immediately after the ceremony at Government House in ...

Can Abbott match Rudd's close rapport with Obama?

Sep 15, 2013

Can Abbott match Rudd's close rapport with Obama?

The United States expects smooth relations with Australian Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott, but it remains to be seen if he can match his predecessor’s good rapport with President Barack Obama. Abbott, a conservative who was born in London and has spoken of the importance ...

Sep 11, 2013

Big change down under

After the U.S., Australia is Japan's closest security partner. It is hoped that Japan and Australia under Tony Abbott and his new government will deepen their relationship.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...