Julia Gillard http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28542/all en 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 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 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 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 Flailing Australian PM vows to battle on http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130317/flailing-australian-pm-vows-battle <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 vowed Monday not to buckle after a fresh poll showed her badly lagging in an election year, insisting she was "a hard bastard" who could take the pressure.</p> <p>Centre-left Labor leader Gillard has called an election for September 14 but would be routed by conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott if the vote was held today, the poll showed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130317/flailing-australian-pm-vows-battle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Julia Gillard Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia AFP Mon, 18 Mar 2013 01:31:01 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5786362 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian leadership speculation mounts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/australian-leadership-speculation-mounts <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>Speculation intensified Wednesday that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard could be toppled by her party within days, with one report saying ex-leader Kevin Rudd was five votes from victory.</p> <p>The Australian Financial Review said Gillard, the nation's first woman leader, was lagging so badly in opinion polls that even her more strident supporters doubted she could win the September 14 national election.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/australian-leadership-speculation-mounts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Julia Gillard Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 02:30:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5788330 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian leadership speculation mounts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/australian-leadership-speculation-mounts <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>A key Australian government figure Wednesday confirmed pre-election unrest within the Labor Party over Prime Minister Julia Gillard's leadership, but said there was no ballot likely against her yet.</p> <p>Speculation intensified that Gillard could be toppled by her party after a report said former prime minister Kevin Rudd was only five votes away from victory.</p> <p>The Australian Financial Review said Gillard, the nation's first woman leader, was lagging so badly in opinion polls that even her more strident supporters doubted she could win the September 14 national election.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/australian-leadership-speculation-mounts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Julia Gillard Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 05:45:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5788423 at http://www.globalpost.com Disunity killing Australia's ruling Labor party: minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/disunity-killing-australias-ruling-labor-party-minister <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>A senior Australian cabinet minister on Thursday said disunity was "killing" Prime Minister Julia Gillard's ruling Labor party as speculation persisted that she could be toppled.</p> <p>Gillard is badly lagging in opinion polls just six months out from national elections and rampant leadership talk this week has destabilised the party further, with former leader Kevin Rudd reportedly waiting in the wings.</p> <p>Senior frontbencher Simon Crean, another former Labor leader, said the "stalemate has to end" to prevent the party from imploding. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/disunity-killing-australias-ruling-labor-party-minister" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Julia Gillard Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 01:01:39 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5789337 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian PM Gillard survives leadership showdown http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130320/australia-pm-gillard-called-step-aside-hold-leadership-vote <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 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stared down a leadership crisis on Thursday and ensured she will lead the government into a September 14 election after she called a surprise leadership vote over her chief rival Kevin Rudd.</p> <p>Gillard stamped her authority on the governing Labour Party by being re-elected unopposed after Rudd conceded he did not have the numbers to topple her. Treasurer Wayne Swan was re-elected unopposed as deputy prime minister.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130320/australia-pm-gillard-called-step-aside-hold-leadership-vote" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Julia Gillard Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Thu, 21 Mar 2013 03:00:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5789415 at http://www.globalpost.com Senior Australian minister calls for leadership vote http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/senior-australian-minister-calls-leadership-vote <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>The Australian government plunged into crisis Thursday with a senior cabinet minister openly calling for Prime Minister Julia Gillard to hold a leadership ballot.</p> <p>Gillard lags badly in opinion polls just six months out from national elections and rampant leadership speculation has destabilised the Labor party further, with former leader Kevin Rudd waiting in the wings.</p> <p>Senior frontbencher Simon Crean, a former Labor leader and party elder, said the "stalemate has to end" to prevent the party from imploding and sided with Rudd.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/senior-australian-minister-calls-leadership-vote" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Julia Gillard Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 03:16:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5789428 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian PM calls leadership ballot http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/australian-pm-calls-leadership-ballot <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>The Australian government plunged into crisis with Prime Minister Julia Gillard caving in to building pressure and calling a leadership ballot of her ruling Labor party for later Thursday.</p> <p>Her decision follows senior cabinet minister Simon Crean openly calling for the move with Gillard lagging badly in opinion polls just six months out from national elections and rampant leadership speculation.</p> <p>"I have determined that there will be a ballot for the leadership at 4.30pm (0530 GMT) today. In the meantime, take your best shot," she told parliament.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/australian-pm-calls-leadership-ballot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Julia Gillard Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 04:30:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5789471 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian PM calls leadership ballot http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/australian-pm-calls-leadership-ballot-0 <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 called a shock leadership ballot of her ruling Labor party Thursday, as internal unrest mounted in a party floundering ahead of a general election in September.</p> <p>Gillard's decision came after senior cabinet minister Simon Crean openly called for a vote, with the premier lagging badly in opinion polls and facing rampant leadership speculation.</p> <p>"I have determined that there will be a ballot for the leadership at 4.30pm (0530 GMT) today. In the meantime, take your best shot," she told parliament.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/australian-pm-calls-leadership-ballot-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Julia Gillard Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics Politics of Australia AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 05:46:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5789507 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ PM Gillard retains Australian Labor leadership unopposed http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/urgent-pm-gillard-retains-australian-labor-leadership-unopposed <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 retained the Labor party's top job Thursday after no-one stood against her in a ballot called in response to building pressure over her leadership.</p> <p>Gillard survived after former leader Kevin Rudd decided not to challenge, and Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan also retained his position unopposed, according to Chris Hayes, returning officer for Labor party caucus votes.</p> <p>mp/ajc/ia</p> Government of Australia Julia Gillard Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 06:46:28 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5789528 at http://www.globalpost.com