Australians would pay a higher public health levy to help finance a new program to aid the disabled, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said as she seeks support for a key pledge less than five months ahead of an election.
Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates, who has gifted $28 billion to his charitable foundation, gave some simple advice to Australia’s richest man Andrew Forrest on his crusade to end modern slavery: find a metric to quantify it.
Keith Darley, a 34-year-old electrician, hears from the government that Australia is the envy of the developed world. Yet the father of two, who employed 22 people a year ago, now works alone and says he’ll be voting against Prime Minister Julia Gillard in the Sept. 14 election.
From skyrocketing rents in remote mining towns to the decline of the auto industry, Australia is grappling with the downside of world-beating economic growth that has driven the nation’s currency to record highs.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard called a ballot for the leadership of the Labor party after a senior member of her government said it can’t win elections due in six months from its current position in opinion polls.
Rihanna’s album “Unapologetic” is 49 percent more expensive to buy from iTunes in Australia than the U.S., prompting the nation’s parliament to summon Apple Inc. and other technology companies to explain how they set prices.
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.