Australians will weigh the ruling Labor Party’s record of preserving economic growth against opposition attacks on its trustworthiness and competence in an election that polls call so close no party may win a majority.
Julia Gillard saw herself as equal to men years before becoming the first woman to lead Australia. As a teenager she forced her high school to abandon the practice of putting more girls than boys at work cleaning the school and demanded the job be shared equitably.
Christine Milne, whose Australian Greens party holds the balance of power in the nation’s Senate, grimaces as she recalls the day an opponent called her a “political slut” in Tasmania’s state parliament.
Carphone Warehouse Plc, the U.K. mobile-phone retailer that demerged its TalkTalk unit this year, raised forecasts for the third time in six months after selling more smartphones in the U.S. and Europe.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s bid for legislation against people smuggling before a six-week parliamentary hiatus looks set to fail amid reports of a third boat carrying refugees in distress in a week.