President Barack Obama arrives this week in an Australia whose economy is reliant on billions of dollars in mineral and energy contracts from emerging superpower China and whose security depends on an alliance with the U.S. -- China’s biggest rival.
Kevin Rudd , ousted as prime minister by Julia Gillard , was named her foreign minister today in a bid to ease tensions in the Labor Party and lift its popularity after losses in last month’s election.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard is seeking to overturn a ban on Australian uranium exports to India, risking a battle with her Labor Party and the Greens as she tries to strengthen diplomatic ties and boost the economy.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s ruling Labor party supported her plan to allow lawmakers to vote personally on whether to support gay marriage, securing a political victory after months of slumping ratings.
Julia Gillard staged a political coup in June 2010 to become Australia’s prime minister and clung to power two months later, assembling a one-seat majority after the closest election since 1940. Her biggest leadership test may come next week.