Former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Australia needs to maintain its intelligence- gathering abilities as Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce delayed a visit to Indonesia amid claims of spying.
Tony Abbott’s Liberal-National government’s poll ratings slipped behind the opposition as a diplomatic row with Indonesia threatens efforts to curb the number of asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat.
Gina Rinehart, the richest woman in the Asia Pacific region, changed the rules governing her children’s $4 billion trust in 2006 for her own benefit and not her children’s, breaching her duty as trustee, a lawyer said.
Australia will increase spending on roads, railways and ports to address capacity bottlenecks that threaten exports if the Labor Party wins next month’s election, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese said.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd ’s approval rating dropped to its lowest since he took office in 2007 and his Labor party stands to lose if an election was called now, according to an opinion poll.