Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will need to negotiate with a clutch of small parties to get his legislative agenda through parliament from mid-2014 after final counting showed them holding the balance of power in the Senate.
Chris Niccol grows about 18 hectares of red wine grapes at his farm in Badgerys Creek, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Sydney. The vineyard may disappear under tarmac if plans to build an airport at the site go ahead.
David Leyonhjelm realized he could win an Australian Senate seat when his small Liberal Democratic Party scored the plum spot for the Sept. 7 election -- the top, left-hand corner of the ballot sheet in New South Wales state.
Tony Abbott had learned to box only a few months before that night in 1982 when he climbed into the ring for the deciding bout in the Oxford-versus-Cambridge annual collegiate boxing contest. And he faced a taller opponent with a longer reach.
For two weeks after Australia’s 2010 election failed to produce a winner, Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott raced to form a minority government. While Abbott lost that sprint, he triumphed in the marathon since.
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.
Even by the abrasive nature of Australian political sparring, the war of words between Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Rupert Murdoch, who controls more than two-thirds of the nation’s urban newspaper market, is shaping up to be the most acrimonious in its election history.
Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan was named Euromoney magazine’s finance minister of the year for helping navigate the nation’s economy through the 2009 global downturn, receiving an award only former Prime Minister Paul Keating has matched among his countrymen.