Members of the Australian House of Representatives http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28535/all en Australian PM surprises with Sept election call http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/australian-pm-surprises-sept-election-call <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CANBERRA, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stunned voters on Wednesday by calling an election for Sept. 14, eight months away, in her first major political speech for 2013.</p> <p>Gillard's minority holds a one seat majority with support from a group of independents and the Greens, and polls suggest her government would be swept from office if elections were held now.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/australian-pm-surprises-sept-election-call" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 02:30:37 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741340 at http://www.globalpost.com REFILE-UPDATE 1-Australian PM surprises with Sept election call http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/hold-mp-update-1-australian-pm-surprises-sept-election-call <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Refiles to delete extraneous word in headline)</p> <p>By James Grubel</p> <p>CANBERRA, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stunned voters on Wednesday by setting a national election for Sept. 14, eight months away, in her first major political speech for 2013.</p> <p>Elections must be held in Australia by the end of the year, but Gillard said she wanted to end political uncertainty by setting the date now.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/hold-mp-update-1-australian-pm-surprises-sept-election-call" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Government of Australia Julia Gillard Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 03:30:21 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741349 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Australian PM surprises with Sept election call http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/update-2-australian-pm-surprises-sept-election-call <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Australian PM names Sept. 14 election date</p> <p>* Gillard kick starts eight month election campaign</p> <p>* Business says election date has no impact on risk (Adds opposition leader quote, analysts comments, details)</p> <p>By James Grubel</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/update-2-australian-pm-surprises-sept-election-call" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics Politics of Australia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 06:15:35 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741371 at http://www.globalpost.com FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in Australia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/factbox-key-political-risks-watch-australia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By James Grubel</p> <p>CANBERRA, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Julia Gillard has set national elections for Sept. 14 this year, surprising voters by giving eight months notice of the poll.</p> <p>Calling the date was intended to end political uncertainty surrounding her struggling minority government, but by kicking off a long campaign she has given up the chance to catch opposition leader Tony Abbott unawares with a snap early poll.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/factbox-key-political-risks-watch-australia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Entertainment Government of Australia Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics Politics of Australia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 03:45:43 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5742510 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian PM Gillard reshuffles cabinet ahead of poll http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/australian-pm-gillard-reshuffles-cabinet-ahead-poll <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Saturday denied that her government was in chaos, after the resignation of two of her most senior ministers prompted a cabinet reshuffle ahead of a national election.</p> <p>Saturday's announcement that the two ministers had quit came only three days after the Labor leader said elections would be held in September, an unusual step in Australia where polls are usually only called a few weeks in advance.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/australian-pm-gillard-reshuffles-cabinet-ahead-poll" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Julia Gillard Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 03:15:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743778 at http://www.globalpost.com Teary Australia PM's election campaign off to rocky start http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130202/teary-australia-pms-election-campaign-rocky-start <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Morag MacKinnon</p> <p>PERTH, Australia, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's government was rocked by the surprise resignation of two of her most senior cabinet ministers on Saturday, just four days after she stunned voters by calling a national election in eight months' time.</p> <p>Close ally Nicola Roxon quit as Attorney-General along with Chris Evans, who as Senate leader is the third in line to the prime ministership, citing demands of the job and family reasons for their decisions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130202/teary-australia-pms-election-campaign-rocky-start" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics Politics of Australia Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Sat, 02 Feb 2013 05:45:53 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5743835 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian PM Gillard reshuffles cabinet ahead of poll http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/australian-pm-gillard-reshuffles-cabinet-ahead-poll <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Saturday denied that her government was in chaos, after the resignation of two of her most senior ministers prompted a cabinet reshuffle ahead of a national election.</p> <p>Saturday's announcement that the two ministers had quit came only three days after the Labor leader said elections would be held in September, an unusual step in Australia where polls are usually only called a few weeks in advance.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/australian-pm-gillard-reshuffles-cabinet-ahead-poll" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Julia Gillard Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 06:30:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743845 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian PM says she's "not done yet" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/australian-pm-says-shes-not-done-yet <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard rallied her Labor party Sunday, saying her government was "not done yet" despite a turbulent week in which two of her most senior ministers resigned.</p> <p>Gillard, who is struggling in opinion polls, last week announced that the next election will be on September 14, a surprising tactic in Australia where poll dates are usually announced only weeks in advance.</p> <p>Addressing Labor candidates in Canberra, the prime minister said she was committed to creating jobs and improving opportunities and it was important that voters heard this message.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/australian-pm-says-shes-not-done-yet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Julia Gillard Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Social Issues AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 07:16:43 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744320 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia's Labor heading for defeat: polls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/australias-labor-heading-defeat-polls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia's ruling Labor party is heading for a massive defeat in elections this year, according to polls Monday, as ministers took to the airwaves to insist a win was still possible.</p> <p>In the first national poll since Prime Minister Julia Gillard last week announced an election would be held on September 14, Labor has slumped further behind the conservative opposition.</p> <p>A Newspoll for The Australian newspaper showed Labor's single party support plunged six points to 32 percent, while the opposition strengthened four percentage points to 48 percent, in the past three weeks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/australias-labor-heading-defeat-polls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Julia Gillard Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Religion AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 02:00:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744923 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia's Labor heading for defeat: polls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/australias-labor-heading-defeat-polls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia's ruling Labor party is heading for a huge defeat in elections this year, according to the first national polls Monday since Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a vote would be held in September.</p> <p>Labor ministers insisted a win was still possible as major surveys suggested Gillard's gamble to announce the election early was backfiring, with one showing her party slumping behind the conservatives by a yawning 16-point margin.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/australias-labor-heading-defeat-polls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Religion AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 05:31:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745006 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia's marathon election to be an un-popularity contest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/australias-marathon-election-be-un-popularity-contest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By James Grubel</p> <p>CANBERRA, Feb 6 (Reuters) - One thing is already clear about Australia's unprecedented eight-month election campaign: it won't be a popularity contest.</p> <p>Prime Minister Julia Gillard, regularly described on talkback radio and in conservative media as untrustworthy and desperately clinging to power, is set to be trounced in the September election if opinion polls are to be believed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/australias-marathon-election-be-un-popularity-contest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Religion Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 05 Feb 2013 21:15:28 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5746881 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia PM warns on Aboriginal 'rivers of grog' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/australia-pm-warns-aboriginal-rivers-grog <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard warned Wednesday that "rivers of grog" were beginning to flow again in Aboriginal communities as she unveiled a mixed report on tackling indigenous disadvantage.</p> <p>Gillard took aim at local governments rolling back strict alcohol bans on Aborigines in the nation's fifth annual "Closing the Gap" address on improving indigenous welfare, employment and education.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/australia-pm-warns-aboriginal-rivers-grog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australian Aboriginal culture Indigenous Australians Julia Gillard Members of the Australian House of Representatives AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 02:30:44 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747096 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia's ex-PM Rudd pours cold water on challenge http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/australias-ex-pm-rudd-pours-cold-water-challenge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia's former prime minister Kevin Rudd, who was dramatically ousted by his own Labor Party in mid-2010, on Friday dismissed mounting speculation he will again challenge for the leadership.</p> <p>As Australians prepare to vote in September polls, the popular Rudd rejected comments from high-profile opposition politician Malcolm Turnbull that he will lead the government into the election, telling him to take an "ice bath".</p> <p>"Give us a break," Rudd told Channel Seven when asked about his aspirations.</p> <p>"I said a week or so ago everyone should take a long cold shower</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/australias-ex-pm-rudd-pours-cold-water-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Government of Australia Human Interest Kevin Rudd Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 02:16:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756245 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian opposition leaps ahead in polls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/australian-opposition-leaps-ahead-polls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia's opposition coalition has increased its lead as support for Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her Labor Party wanes ahead of September elections, according to a poll published on Monday.</p> <p>The Herald-Nielsen poll for Fairfax newspapers found the opposition would win 55 percent of the vote, against 45 percent for the Labor-led government.</p> <p>As a single party, without minority backers, Labor would win just 30 percent of first preference votes -- a fall of five points since the last Nielsen survey in December.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/australian-opposition-leaps-ahead-polls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Social Issues AFP Mon, 18 Feb 2013 03:01:01 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5758641 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia to crack down on organised crime http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/australia-crack-down-organised-crime <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia will set up an anti-gang taskforce based on an United States Federal Bureau of Investigation model to combat "the gangs and guns on our streets", Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Sunday.</p> <p>Gillard said the Aus$64 million (US$65.3 million) taskforce will be made up of 70 police from national and state forces and include officers from the Australian Crime Commission, Customs and the tax department.</p> <p>"These are new measures to try and make sure we are combating the gangs and guns on our streets," Gillard told reporters in Sydney.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/australia-crack-down-organised-crime" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Government of Australia Law Members of the Australian House of Representatives AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 07:30:28 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5771987 at http://www.globalpost.com