Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s election pledge to turn Australia’s remote north into a food bowl for Asia has set him on a collision course with his own government over foreign ownership of agricultural land.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australia wants to create a “security round table” with Indonesia as its neighbor pledged to assign a senior official for talks, a sign that tensions over spying claims are easing.
Australia’s governing Labor party recorded its best polling performance in six months as Prime Minister Julia Gillard seeks to overcome public opposition to her carbon tax and stave off a leadership challenge.
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.
Vicki Dowler comes from a family that’s backed Labor for decades as the party of the working class in Western Sydney. Her plans to defect at the next election show the work remaining for Labor to revive its prospects after ditching former Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s tax on iron ore and coal profits raised A$126 million ($130 million) in its first six months, trailing targets and denting her economic credibility seven months before a federal election.