Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd wants his fellow Australians to embrace China and the Asian region like never before. But this will be an exercise fraught with political danger given Australia's uneasy collective psyche about its Asian neighbours.Thursday, 14 August, 2008, 12:00am
Ethnic targeting paid off for Labor, book reveals
Details emerged yesterday of the crucial role ethnic Asians played in ousting former prime minister John Howard from the seat he held for 33 years, delivering one of the biggest political upsets in Australian history.14 Dec 2007 - 12:00am
Thousands of voters, most of them ethnic Chinese, turned out at the Australian consulate in Wan Chai to cast their ballots in Australia's second biggest offshore constituency.
The huge turnout saw queues stretching for hundreds of metres outside the Harbour Centre office.25 Nov 2007 - 12:00am
Outgoing Australian Prime Minister John Howard looked set to suffer the humiliation of losing his own seat yesterday, with a key role in the shock result played by Asian immigrants.
If confirmed, the loss of his constituency, Bennelong, would make Mr Howard the first sitting Australian prime minister since 1929 to be dumped by voters.25 Nov 2007 - 12:00am
Australians are waking up this morning to what they have done. A government that has presided over an unprecedented period of national and household prosperity has been routed at the polls. Prime Minister John Howard faces the ignominy of losing his own seat in northern Sydney and may not know his fate for days.25 Nov 2007 - 12:00am
John Howard has been prime minister of Australia for 11 years and, by normal political standards, he has done almost everything right. The country is having an unprecedented economic boom, thanks to China's limitless demand for Australian natural resources.22 Nov 2007 - 12:00am
Sydney8 Nov 2007 - 12:00am
John Howard is on the ropes. The veteran Australian leader, who has been in power for 11 years, risks losing not only the impending federal election but his constituency as well. He has held Bennelong, on Sydney's affluent North Shore, since 1974.20 Sep 2007 - 12:00am
Giant pandas stole the limelight yesterday as mainland and Australian leaders unveiled a series of initiatives aimed at strengthening their relationship after a meeting on the sidelines of the Apec summit.7 Sep 2007 - 12:00am
No matter how he adds them up, the numbers look bad for John Howard. Australia's second-longest-serving prime minister is in danger of becoming the first to lose his parliamentary seat since 1929.
With his government seemingly headed for election defeat, opinion polls predict voters in his well-heeled Sydney electorate will deliver the ultimate humiliation.16 Aug 2007 - 12:00am
Doing it tough in Australia is no cause for embarrassment. The working poor proudly call themselves 'battlers'. And for more than 50 years, the battlers' friend has been a multimillionaire radio broadcaster called John Laws - or 'Lawsy' to his legion of fans.12 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
If you're ever searching for a swanky place to stay in Sydney, look no farther than the Australia Suite at the Intercontinental Hotel.
Decorated in understated shades of chocolate and slate, the suite is enormous - seven times the size of a standard room. A sprawling living room looks out onto the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.10 May 2007 - 12:00am
Australia would seem an unlikely partner in fighting global warming given its status as the only developed nation other than the US refusing to sign the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. Yet its prime minister, John Howard, has launched a fund to protect the world's rainforests, an idea which, if it gains momentum, would be a valuable weapon in the battle to stop temperatures from rising.30 Mar 2007 - 12:00am
Australian Prime Minister John Howard is proud that his government has been able to develop close relations with China while deepening Canberra's traditional alliance with the US. Now he has decided to take up a new challenge, despite Chinese and South Korean nervousness - sign a security pact with Japan.14 Mar 2007 - 12:00am
Another friend and important international ally of US President George W. Bush is on the retreat. Australian Prime Minister John Howard looks likely to face a close-run election later this year. For the first time in a long while, the Labor opposition leads not only in the ever-fickle opinion polls but also in that more reliable guide to the future - bookmakers' odds.20 Feb 2007 - 12:00am