Dec 12, 2013

Stay Down Under, Abbott urges Toyota

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday sought talks with Toyota to persuade the auto giant to keep its Australian plants open and prevent a collapse of the nation’s car manufacturing industry. Abbott acted after U.S.-based General Motors Co. announced Wednesday that its Holden offshoot ...

Indonesia 'downgrades' relations with Australia over alleged snooping

Nov 20, 2013

Indonesia 'downgrades' relations with Australia over alleged snooping

Indonesia has “downgraded” its relations with Australia and suspended cooperation on people smuggling following outrage over reported eavesdropping on senior Indonesian leaders’ phones, officials said Wednesday. Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Australia’s parliament that he would do everything he “reasonably can” to ...

Oct 8, 2013

Australia's Abbott caught in travel expenses furor

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was embroiled in a spiraling travel expenses scandal Tuesday as he defended his use of taxpayer money to take part in an Ironman competition and other events. The issue has blown up for Abbott, who was elected to office ...

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 ...

Oct 2, 2013

Abbott under pressure over refugees

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was accused Wednesday by the opposition of “backpedaling at 100 miles an hour” on his hard-line asylum seeker policies during a sensitive diplomatic visit to Indonesia this week. Abbott chose Jakarta for his first international trip since winning Australia’s ...

Abbott visits Jakarta for refugee talks

Sep 30, 2013

Abbott visits Jakarta for refugee talks

Australia’s new Prime Minister Tony Abbott began a visit to Indonesia on Monday for talks on his tough refugee policies, which have sparked anger in Jakarta, as his government faced criticism over a boat sinking that left dozens dead or missing. Abbott laid a ...

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.