Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard said a dishonest opposition using gender rhetoric intended to discredit the country’s first elected female leader won’t prevent her coming from behind to win the Sept. 14 national vote.
Australia’s ruling Labor party this week faces its first loss of power in Queensland since 1996, after a surging exchange rate eroded the job market of a state that’s been a battleground in national elections.
Australia’s Queensland state votes today in an election with polls showing the ruling Labor Party will lose power for the first time since 1996, deepening the challenge for Prime Minister Julia Gillard 20 months before a national ballot is due.
The death toll from the latest downpour to hit the Australian state of Queensland is set to climb from eight as rising waters rush toward the coastal city of Brisbane, where evacuations are now underway.
Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh is seeking to complete asset sales totaling A$16 billion by the middle of next year, earlier than the original December timeframe, the Australian Financial Review reported in its Street Talk column, without citing sources. The government wants to finish the sales before state elections in early 2012, according to the report.