/ 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 basis ...

/ Aug 17, 2013

Rudd's Labor may lose seven marginal seats

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is on the brink of defeat in next month's national elections, with a poll indicating that his ruling Labor Party will lose seven of the eight most marginal electorates. An analysis of the seats, four of which are held by ...

Aussie opposition regains poll lead

/ Aug 10, 2013

Aussie opposition regains poll lead

Australia's opposition has regained the lead over Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's government, with 52 percent of respondents in an opinion poll published Saturday saying they will support the coalition in the Sept. 7 national election. The ruling Labor Party had a 48 percent share of ...

Australia's hard-line refugee policy begins

/ Jul 20, 2013

Australia's hard-line refugee policy begins

A boat carrying 81 passengers that was stopped Saturday in waters off northwest Australia was the first to face the government's new policy of refusing entry to refugees and sending them to neighboring Papua New Guinea. The people will initially be sent to Christmas Island, ...