Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey overtook incumbent Wayne Swan in a poll on who is more capable of managing Australia’s economy, as the government failed to gain a boost from its last budget before a Sept. 14 election.
Australia’s government is wooing voters with increased infrastructure, health and education spending while charting a path to a budget surplus as it seeks to restore economic credibility four months before an election.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s government announced plans to upgrade infrastructure as it boosts health and education spending, in a budget seeking to woo back voters while restoring economic credibility four months before an election.
Najib Razak was sworn in as Malaysia’s prime minister after his coalition won a mandate extending its 55-year rule, with stocks and the ringgit rallying even as Anwar Ibrahim’s opposition vowed to contest some results.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak pledged to fight corruption, boost public services and seek a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council if his coalition retains power in elections due in a matter of weeks.
Malaysia’s government is using public humiliation in its war on graft as Prime Minister Najib Razak seeks to show voters that he’s getting tough on corruption ahead of an election that may be held within weeks.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a new Cabinet lineup, replacing ministers who backed Kevin Rudd in a failed bid against her leadership as she seeks to build momentum ahead of September elections.