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  1. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Abbott vows Australia’s focus will be Asia

    Posted Sep 04th 2013, 10:41am by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... turned on incumbent Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. The conservative Abbott, whose diplomatic credentials came under fire this week after he said the Syria conflict was “baddies versus baddies”, is on track to win Saturday’s poll. His first travel priorities would be Indonesia, China, Japan and South Korea, he said in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, rather than Australia ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1303096/abbott-vows-australias-focus-will-be-asia
  2. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Abbott abolishes Australia’s climate watchdog

    Posted Sep 19th 2013, 05:01pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia’s new conservative government on Thursday abolished an independent climate change commission set up by the previous Labor administration, as part ... and international action being taken. But Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s conservative coalition, which plans to repeal Labor’s tax on corporate pollution and is the first post-war Australian government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1313071/abbott-abolishes-australias-climate-watchdog
  3. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian foreign minister denies Indonesia rift

    Posted Nov 06th 2013, 12:37pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... that Australia’s overseas diplomatic posts were involved in a vast US-led surveillance network. The problems were compounded by a report on Sunday citing a document from US whistleblower Edward Snowden showing that Australia and the United States mounted a joint surveillance operation on Indonesia during 2007 UN climate talks in Bali. An angry Jakarta on Monday said it would co-sponsor a draft ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1348955/australian-foreign-minister-denies-indonesia-rift
  4. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Protesters heckle Australian leaders

    Posted Sep 07th 2013, 03:58pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and conservative rival Tony Abbott were both raucously heckled by refugee advocates on Saturday as Australia voted ... he voted in northern Sydney during the morning. A woman held up a sign reading: “Tony Abbott. Sexist, racist, bigot. Do not go there Australia.” However, the smiling Liberal party leader, who ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1305630/protesters-heckle-australian-leaders
  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia’s likely new PM not particularly liked

    Posted Sep 05th 2013, 02:42pm by Associated Press in Canberra

    ... Associated Press in Canberra Tony Abbott, the political pugilist who leads Australia’s opposition, was once dubbed “unelectable” by a former boss, but as elections near he seems certain ... conservative has never been very popular nationally. His Liberal Party colleagues elected him their leader by just a single vote in 2009. “Polarising” is an adjective often used to describe him. He ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1303926/australias-likely-new-pm-not-particularly-liked
  6. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Tony Abbott sweeps into power in landslide win in Australian election

    Posted Sep 08th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney and Lana Lam Abbott's coalition set to sweep into power Conservative challenger Tony Abbott declared Australia "under new management" yesterday after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd conceded defeat in Australia's national election and said he would step down as Labor leader. With more than 90 per cent of votes counted, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1305932/tony-abbott-sweeps-power-landslide-win-australian-election
  7. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Unesco criticises Australia’s decision to allow dredging of Great Barrier Reef

    Posted May 02nd 2014, 09:07pm by GDN

    ... Leck, a reef campaigner for the WWF-Australia, the global conservation body, said the criticism by the world heritage organisation was shared by it and all the other leading environmental ... Barrier Reef world heritage area prior to the world heritage committee meeting in June," he said. The Australian Marine Conservation Society's Great Barrier Reef campaign director, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1502710/unesco-criticises-australias-decision-allow-dredging-great-barrier-reef
  8. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Labor's Jason Li bids to win over Asian voters in Australian election

    Posted Sep 06th 2013, 12:00am by Pam Walker

    ... a businessman, lawyer and high-profile figure in the Chinese community, is in the fight of his life for the seat of Bennelong. Held for the conservative opposition by former tennis player John Alexander ... him - in Putonghua - to return to Australia to join the campaign after the Labor candidate Jeff Salvestro-Martin was dropped for being implicated in a corruption inquiry. The Sydney electorate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1304187/labors-jason-li-bids-win-over-asian-voters-australian-election
  9. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian PM questions Abbott diplomacy credentials

    Posted Aug 28th 2013, 11:14am by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... international crises such as Syria. Labor’s Rudd, a former foreign minister who is trailing his conservative opponent in the run-up to September 7 polls, gave a scathing assessment of Abbott’s ... and the economy to diplomacy and national security as the situation in Syria unfolds. Australia assumes the presidency of the United Nations Security Council in September and Rudd has had telephone ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1300028/australian-pm-questions-abbott-diplomacy-credentials
  10. News - Asia

    Australian Labor lawmaker says party has lost election

    Posted Sep 07th 2013, 02:01pm by Associated Press and Agence France-Presse

    ... Associated Press in Canberra More than 14.7 million of Australia’s population of 23 million are enrolled to vote in Saturday’s election A senior lawmaker in Australia’s ruling Labor Party said her party had lost the national election on Saturday, backing analysts and exit polls, and signaling a sweeping victory for the conservative opposition was all but certain. A victory ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1305577/australian-pm-rudd-concedes-election-defeat

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