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.
A mining magnate, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and a former sex worker are among those whose candidates for Australia’s Senate stand to determine whether Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott can enact their election pledges.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says his Labor Party can win an election in less than a week even as a fresh national poll signals voters are set to elect Liberal-National leader Tony Abbott with a clear majority.
Australia’s central bank may keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged for a third month after inflation slowed, averting an increase in mortgage costs that risked damaging Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s election campaign.
Fallout from the second leadership contest for Australia’s ruling party in 20 months will leave the victor needing to overcome near-record low public support and resuscitate the government ahead of elections due next year.
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, beset by political scandals and near-record low polls, will seek to win back disgruntled voters by delivering a federal budget tomorrow that ends four years of deficits.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will base his election campaign this year on his plan to provide for a growing and ageing population by tapping profits from resources companies after abandoning action on climate change.