Government of Australia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28536/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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 5746881 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian ministers dragged into corruption probe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/australian-ministers-dragged-corruption-probe <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>Two senior Australian ministers have been dragged into a snowballing Labor party corruption scandal, admitting accepting hospitality from a former powerbroker at the centre of an explosive inquiry.</p> <p>Environment Minister Tony Burke and Senate leader Stephen Conroy both stayed at a ski lodge owned by Eddie Obeid, who is the focus of an Independent Commission Against Corruption probe over an alleged "criminal conspiracy".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/australian-ministers-dragged-corruption-probe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Members of the New South Wales Legislative Council Politics of Australia AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 00:31:02 +0000 5747037 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian ministers dragged into corruption probe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/australian-ministers-dragged-corruption-probe <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>Two senior Australian ministers have been dragged into a snowballing ruling party corruption scandal, admitting accepting hospitality from a former powerbroker at the centre of an explosive inquiry.</p> <p>Environment Minister Tony Burke and Senate leader Stephen Conroy both stayed at a ski lodge owned by Eddie Obeid, who is the focus of an Independent Commission Against Corruption probe over an alleged "criminal conspiracy".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/australian-ministers-dragged-corruption-probe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eddie Obeid Government of Australia Politics of Australia AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 06:15:54 +0000 5747193 at http://www.globalpost.com Doping-Ex-PM says Australia's sports image 'torpedoed' by report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/doping-ex-pm-says-australias-sports-image-torpedoed-report <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>MELBOURNE, Feb 8 (Reuters) - A damning report into doping in Australian sport has "torpedoed" the country's identity as a nation of fair play and investigators must quickly name the athletes and teams involved, according to former prime minister Kevin Rudd.</p> <p>A government report released on Thursday said the use of performance-enhancing drugs was "widespread" among professional and amateur athletes in Australia but officials declined to provide specific details, citing continuing investigations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/doping-ex-pm-says-australias-sports-image-torpedoed-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Drugs in sport Government of Australia Politics of Australia Thomson Reuters Fri, 08 Feb 2013 00:15:25 +0000 5749506 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia central bank sells scandal-hit note firm stake http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/australia-central-bank-sells-scandal-hit-note-firm-stake <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 central bank on Tuesday announced the sale of its stake in scandal-hit note printing firm Securency and said an independent governance review had cleared it of "inappropriate" insight. </p> <p>The Reserve Bank of Australia sold its 50 percent holding in Securency, accused of taking bribes to win contracts in Asia, to British venture partner Innovia Films for Aus$65 million (US$66.7 million).</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/australia-central-bank-sells-scandal-hit-note-firm-stake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Note Printing Australia Polymer banknote AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 03:45:23 +0000 5753213 at http://www.globalpost.com