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John Howard

Rudd hitches Australia's future to rising China

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

The Asian factor in Howard's undoing

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 queue up in HK to make sure their voices are heard

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

Asian immigrant vote crucial as outgoing PM's seat on knife-edge

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 dare to vote for change

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

The climate of political change in Australia

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

Howard puts his best foot forward amid the cheers and jeers


8 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Howard's opponent has inside running for the Chinese vote


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

Hu, Howard bond with panda diplomacy

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

Howard faces an ignominious retirement at the hands of a star-struck electorate


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