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  1. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian PM Tony Abbott plays down slump in polls after budget

    Posted May 19th 2014, 10:00pm by AP

    ... came to power in a landslide victory in September, was now trailing the opposition 45 per cent to 55 per cent on the question of who respondents would vote for at the next election. Nielsen put ... per cent branded the budget unfair. Nielsen pollster John Stirton said the result was the first budget response in which a majority condemned a budget as unfair. "That's the thing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1515809/australian-pm-tony-abbott-plays-down-slump-polls-after-budget
  2. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia’s opposition blunders on internet policy on election eve

    Posted Sep 06th 2013, 02:22pm by Reuters in Canberra

    ... about 53 per cent of the vote, which would give his coalition as many as 90 seats in the 150-seat parliament. Economists believe a clear result for either party would boost business confidence ... interests. It is with these values in mind that we endorse the Labor Party in this important election,” the paper said. Voting is compulsory and about 14 million Australians are expected to cast ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1304736/australias-opposition-blunders-internet-policy-election-eve
  3. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Repeal of Australia’s carbon tax moves closer

    Posted Nov 21st 2013, 04:09pm by AFP

    ... that the cost of the levy was passed on to consumers, resulting in higher utility bills and day-to-day costs. We will be repealing the carbon tax, firstly, because it doesn’t work, secondly, because ... to the Senate to respect the will of the people and vote to scrap this job-destroying tax... I want the repeal of the carbon tax to be passed by Christmas.” ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1362001/repeal-australias-carbon-tax-moves-closer
  4. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian Labor Party leadership battle down to two-horse race

    Posted Sep 10th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... was "genuinely undecided" about whether to run and Albanese would not say. There are also questions about whether the decision will be put to a vote of the full Labor party membership under reforms brought in by Rudd after he deposed Gillard. "I think if there are two candidates then clearly it must go to a vote of the full party membership. We've adopted that rule, it's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1307102/australian-labor-party-leadership-battle-down-two-horse-race
  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Tony Abbott sweeps into power in landslide win in Australian election

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

    ... 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, ... Queensland. Palmer was set to be elected to the House of Representatives and unseat the conservative incumbent in a shock result after a deep-pocketed populist campaign in the Sunshine Coast district ...

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

    Australian PM-elect Tony Abbott clamps down on illegal immigrants

    Posted Sep 08th 2013, 04:56pm by AGENCIES

    ... pollsters had predicted. The election commission count is prolonged with complicated preference voting, but with more than 90 per cent tallied, Abbott's coalition led in 86 seats with Labor ... But Abbott's finance spokesman Andrew Robb, who may become trade minister, said Australia's economy and mining sector would receive a boost from the election result. "As of today, the mining ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1306282/australias-new-pm-tony-abbott-vows-limit-foreign-aid
  7. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian parliament rejects same-sex marriage

    Posted Sep 19th 2012, 03:00pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia’s parliament voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to reject gay marriage, after days of heated debate that saw one senator resign from a key role after linking same-sex unions to bestiality. The House of Representatives voted down the bill to legalise marriage between same sex couples by 98 to 42, with Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/1040613

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