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.
Vicki Dowler comes from a family that’s backed Labor for decades as the party of the working class in Western Sydney. Her plans to defect at the next election show the work remaining for Labor to revive its prospects after ditching former Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Here’s the plot: an unmarried, foreign-born, atheist woman whose partner is a male hairdresser wants to lead a major nation famous for manly men. Her opponent is the “Mad Monk” -- a Speedo-loving amateur boxer who once studied to be a priest.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard began a five-day visit to the key election battleground of western Sydney, her Labor party’s traditional stronghold that surveys indicate wants a change of government.