Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard told a lawmaker to quit the Labor party and asked parliament’s speaker to accept a longer suspension to restore respect for politics while the two are under investigation.
The U.K.’s Carbon Trust, which advises businesses on carbon reduction, named former Shell U.K. chairman James Smith as its chairman, the group said today in an e-mailed statement. Smith replaces Ian McAllister, who is stepping down after a decade, the trust said.
Australia’s first female prime minister, assailed by media outlets owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd., which controls 70 percent of newspapers in the country, said her government’s inquiry into the news industry won’t result in any change in ownership.
A year after ousting her predecessor, Prime Minister Julia Gillard is counting on the same political skills she used then to hold her party together as she pushes a climate-change plan opposed by 60 percent of Australian voters.
Australia’s lower house passed Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s carbon plan today as she struggles to rebound from record-low public support and win backing for a more closely contested vote on immigration policy.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard overtook opposition leader Tony Abbott as the nation’s preferred leader for the first time in six months in an opinion poll, reducing the chance of a challenge to her position.