The fate of Australian car plants run by General Motors Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. hangs on the Sept. 7 election that pits a government committed to subsidies against an opposition vowing to scale back support.
General Motors Co. and Toyota Motor Corp.’s Australian units will be able to tap a A$200 million ($178 million) state fund as the country’s government heads into a Sept. 7 election amid rising unemployment.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced his ministerial team, opting for less familiar names as he seeks to distance himself from predecessor Julia Gillard and narrow the ruling Labor party’s deficit in opinion polls.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s second win over rivals for her job in a year gave her minority government space to assemble a budget as it struggles to revive public support ahead of a national election.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s re-election as leader of the ruling Labor party may defuse public unease over how she came to power, giving greater scope to build voter support ahead of elections due next year.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and predecessor Kevin Rudd face off in a leadership contest today, with the victor needing to revive the Labor party’s lagging ratings before elections due in 2013.
Senior Australian government ministers are rallying around Prime Minister Julia Gillard amid media reports she may face a challenge from predecessor Kevin Rudd as her popularity in opinion polls falls.