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.
Australia’s Greens leader Christine Milne, whose party holds the balance of power in parliament’s upper house, reached out to business leaders with a pledge to increase the nation’s productivity and prosperity.
Tony Abbott had learned to box only a few months before that night in 1982 when he climbed into the ring for the deciding bout in the Oxford-versus-Cambridge annual collegiate boxing contest. And he faced a taller opponent with a longer reach.
Australia’s Greens party, which helped Prime Minister Julia Gillard form a minority government, sought to distance itself from the ruling Labor party whose popularity is slumping ahead of elections due Sept. 14.
Australia’s economy expanded slower than economists forecast last quarter after households boosted savings, suggesting the central bank may need to do more to spur spending as a mining investment boom wanes. The Aussie fell.
Australia’s Liberal-National coalition led by Tony Abbott defeated Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s Labor party in yesterday’s federal election. The following are likely senior members of the next government.