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  1. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia’s foreign minister forced to play down leadership talk

    Posted Mar 19th 2013, 02:37pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr was on Tuesday forced to rebuff reports that he had lost confidence in embattled Prime Minister Julia Gillard, as speculation mounts that she could be ousted. Gillard, the nation’s first woman leader, has for weeks been fending off the suggestion that she will be removed ahead of a September 14 national election, ...

  2. Howard down, but not out

    Posted Oct 20th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... National boredom with Australia's PM aside, the 'man of steel' may forge a historic fifth term, writes Nick Squires John Howard is arguably the most successful conservative politician in the western world. During his 11 years in office, Mr Howard, 68, has presided over an unprecedented economic boom, elevated Australia's confidence in itself and raised ...

  3. A wobble on the diplomatic tightrope

    Posted May 16th 2007, 12:00am by Greg Barns

    ... to the US. But, if you are aspiring to be Australia's next foreign affairs minister, making a statement like this appears fraught with danger. Robert McClelland - who is the shadow minister ... region', he said, adding that one 'can't assume that forever and a day the United States will have the predominance of influence that it has'. Australia should therefore be wary ...

  4. Arch rivals

    Posted Aug 30th 2007, 12:00am by Greg Barns

    ... Australia must distance itself from Tokyo's talk of an 'arc of freedom' aimed at containing China, writes Greg Barns One wonders what possessed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to call last week for the creation of an 'arc of freedom and prosperity' involving his country, the United States, India and Australia. It appears a needlessly provocative ...

  5. The challenge of anti-Chinese resentment

    Posted Apr 26th 2005, 12:00am by Greg Barns

    ... Greg Barns Australia's 'love-in' with China continues unabated, with Prime Minister John Howard and President Hu Jintao releasing a study on the benefits of a free-trade ... Australia no longer bars immigrants on the basis of race or skin colour, there is still unease in some quarters about Chinese and, more generally, Asian migration and cultural influence. China ...

  6. About as subtle as a cruise missile

    Posted Sep 17th 2004, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Michael Richardson Some commentators have referred to the general election campaign now in full swing in Australia as a 'khaki' poll. According to their analysis, a significant ... portrays itself as a strong defender of Australia. But Mr Latham has asserted that the commitment to Iraq has shifted Australia's national security effort away from Southeast Asia, where, he ...

  7. Woman PM for Australia

    Posted Sep 09th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Writer What? Australia finally has a leader again after elections on August 21 failed to give the two front-runners enough votes to rule. It was Australia's first hung parliament in 70 years. Who? Who's in charge? Julia Gillard, Australia's first female Prime Minister, has formed a new government. Her challenger was Tony Abbott, who at one time trained ...

  8. Australian accent on US role in Asia-Pacific

    Posted Jun 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... to Australia in Southeast Asia. To be sure, American political and military leaders still have public words of praise for the alliances with Japan and South Korea. But there is little doubt that the long-standing partnership with Australia is blossoming into a robust alliance. Japan is seen as a grudging, indecisive partner unwilling to commit to a vibrant alliance. Military ties are on solid ...

  9. Howard puts his best foot forward amid the cheers and jeers

    Posted Nov 08th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... keeps fit with a daily power walk. Each day he rises before dawn and strides out purposefully, dressed in one of a number of spiffy track suits, some of them in Australia's national colours ... idiot.' The fact that members of the public can get so close to the prime minister is a testament to Australia's comparative openness. Unlike President George W. Bush, who travels in endless ...

  10. Australia finds a new role as Sino-US matchmaker

    Posted Feb 26th 2008, 12:00am by Greg Barns

    ... in Canberra to do just that. But this meeting was different: an occasion for Australia to show off its diplomatic middleman credentials. A nation like Australia is, with its strong historical links ... relationship. Under the previous administration of conservative prime minister John Howard, the interests of the US and Australia occasionally diverged. But, generally speaking, the personal closeness ...




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