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Rhodes Scholar Wins Australia Election

Conservative Tony Abbott ousts Labor Party's Kevin Rudd as prime minister

(Newser) - Australia's conservative opposition swept to power today, ending six years of Labor Party rule and winning over a disenchanted public by promising to end a hated tax on carbon emissions, boost a flagging economy, and bring about political stability after years of Labor infighting. "I know that Labor... More »

Aussie PM Defeated in Duel to the Political Death

Rudd defeats Gillard 57-45, takes back power again

(Newser) - The long struggle between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd for leadership of Australia's Labor Party—and subsequently Australia—is finally over, with Rudd defeating Gillard to take the reins once again. Rudd won a party caucus vote 57 to 45, after Gillard—who ousted Rudd as prime minister in... More »

Aussie PM Mocked Over Knitting Toy for Royal Baby

Julia Gillard's team insists kangaroo isn't a publicity stunt

(Newser) - In a move that is definitely, absolutely, totally not a publicity stunt, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is knitting a kangaroo for the next heir to the British throne, Sky News reports. Gillard discussed the "cute project" for the progeny of Prince William and Kate Middleton in the new... More »

Aussie Mystery: Who Threw a Sandwich at the PM?

Teen suspended, but he says he's just a patsy

(Newser) - A story getting big play across Australian media today: On a visit to a high school yesterday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard had a Vegemite sandwich thrown at her by one of the students. The alleged thrower was suspended from school for three weeks, the Brisbane Times reports, but he claims... More »

Aussie PM Survives Party Revolt

Plus: She apologizes for decades of forced adoptions

(Newser) - Australian PM Julia Gillard dodged a bullet today, avoiding an ouster when potential challenger and predecessor Kevin Rudd opted not to run against her. A Labor minister called for a leadership ballot for the struggling party ahead of elections in September. Viral rants aside , Gillard has faced popularity issues since... More »

Australia PM's Speech Prompts Dictionary Update

Definition of 'misogyny' is expanded after Gillard's rant

(Newser) - Sign of a speech that makes an impact: The dictionary takes notice. Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard's takedown of a political opponent she accused of sexism and misogyny not only went viral, it's forcing a change to the nation's Macquarie Dictionary, reports the BBC . In the next... More »

Australia PM's Epic Rant on Sexism Wins High Praise

'Badass' Julia Gillard take down political foe

(Newser) - What has to be the most viewed political video of the day has nothing to do with Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, or even Big Bird. It is Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's 15-minute takedown of a political rival she views as sexist. "If he wants to know what... More »

Judge to Assange Backers: Pony Up $150K

Meanwhile, Assange looking into suing Australian PM

(Newser) - Sorry, Michael Moore . Today a judge ordered the filmmaker, and the rest of the cadre of supporters who posted bail for Julian Assange, to pay $150,000 now that the WikiLeaks founder has skipped bail and taken refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy, the AP reports. The supporters have argued that... More »

World's Richest Woman's New Idea: Wages of $2 a Day

Gina Rinehart, gaffe magnet?

(Newser) - Gina Rinehart, that charming Australian billionaire who last week advised the world's "jealous" poor to stop whining and drinking so much, is back with more priceless advice. The world's richest woman, who amassed her family fortune via iron-ore mining, thinks Australia's struggling mining industry should look... More »

130 Saved in Another Christmas Island Sinking

Tragedy marks 2nd capsizing in one week

(Newser) - For the second time in a week, a boat crowded with asylum seekers sank off Christmas Island—but this time, at least 130 of the estimated 150 on board have been rescued, the AP reports. In Thursday's capsizing , which happened in the same area—a popular destination for refugees... More »

Australia Pulling Afghan Troops a Year Early

Julia Gillard announces accelerated timeframe for withdrawal

(Newser) - Australian PM Julia Gillard today announced that she will pull home her nation's troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2013, reports Australia's ABC News . "This is a war with a purpose, this is a war with an end," Gillard said, citing improved security conditions. "... More »

Aussie PM Survives Leadership Challenge

Gillard fends off Rudd bid to regain power

(Newser) - Julia Gillard has fought off a challenge from the man she ousted in 2010 and will remain as leader of the Labor Party and prime minister of Australia. She beat Kevin Rudd 71 votes to 31 in a leadership ballot, ending months of political strife that saw Rudd resign as... More »

Australia's Foreign Minister Resigns

Kevin Rudd in leadership rift with Prime Minister Julia Gillard

(Newser) - Australia's foreign minister resigned today in a bitter rift with Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who may poll party lawmakers next week on who should lead the country. Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd announced his resignation during a news conference in Washington, where he was visiting on official business, and he... More »

PM Loses Shoe in Australia Day Protest

Julia Gillard stumbles as she tries to pass through indigenous right supporters

(Newser) - It sounds perfectly routine: Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott appeared at a restaurant in Canberra today—which just so happens to be Australia Day—to preside over an awards ceremony. What it turned into was an ugly mess, as some 200 supporters of indigenous rights... More »

Soggy Australia Takes Yet Another Foot of Rain

La Niña just won't let up

(Newser) - When it rains, it pours and keeps on pouring in Australia these days: Already drenched from weeks of torrential rains, Queensland took another foot of rain over the course of a few hours today. A river flooded its banks in the downpour, and swept a town, where only some 20... More »

Australia: Assange Hasn't Broken Our Laws

Police decide Assange, WikiLeaks won't be charged

(Newser) - Julian Assange won't have any criminal charges to answer if he returns to his homeland, Australian police have decided. Despite Prime Minister Julia Gillard's recent description of WikiLeaks' activities as illegal, federal police have announced that neither the group nor its founder have broken any Australian laws with its release... More »

Aussies to Vote on Recognizing Aborigines

Gillard plans referendum on changing constitution

(Newser) - Australia is planning a referendum on whether to officially recognize indigenous people in the country's constitution for the first time. Prime Minister Julia Gillard described the move as a "once-in-50-year opportunity" to heal the government's relationship with Aborigines and improve their living conditions, the BBC reports. More »

Julia Gillard Clings to Power in Australia

(Newser) - After more than two weeks of horse trading and backroom deals, the three independents at the center of Australia's knife-edge election have made their choice: Julia Gillard. While the right-wing Bob Katter broke with bloc to throw his support behind the Liberal/National Coalition of Tony Abbott, Rob Oakeshott and Tony... More »

Aussie Election Rivals in Dead Heat

'The closest election in 50 years'

(Newser) - The top candidates for Australian prime minister are stuck in a statistical dead heat ahead of tomorrow's federal election. Both hopefuls—Prime Minister Julia Gillard of the Labor party and opposition leader Tony Abbott, who represents a center-right coalition—campaigned through the night to earn an edge. "I think... More »

11 Women Who Rule the World

The total number shot from 9 to 11 just last week

(Newser) - Two women—Mari Kiviniemi in Finland and Julia Gillard in Australia—became heads of state last week, bringing the total number of female world leaders to 11. Vanity Fair introduces all of them; meet a few in the gallery, or for the complete slideshow, click here . More »

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