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Dumped Australian PM Gillard says sexism 'glossed over'

Julia Gillard speaks at a press conference in Melbourne. Photo: Xinhua

Australia’s first female leader Julia Gillard has spoken out against the “glossed over” sexism of her tenure, saying it would have ended political careers had it been about race, in an interview published on Saturday.

Saturday, 27 July, 2013, 5:02pm 1 comment

Rudd's new cabinet sworn in with record number of women

Kevin Rudd

Australia's new cabinet was sworn in yesterday, with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd naming a record number of six ministers and switching focus to the economy ahead of elections. With Labor trailing badly in the polls Rudd seized the leadership last Wednesday, ousting the country's first woman prime minister, Julia Gillard, three years after she had overthrown him.

2 Jul 2013 - 2:47am

Kevin Rudd sworn in as Australian prime minister after overthrowing Gillard

Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australian prime minister for the second time. Photo: Reuters

Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australian prime minister for the second time on Thursday, a day after toppling Julia Gillard and three months out from scheduled elections with polls suggesting the ruling Labor Party is staring at a devastating defeat.

27 Jun 2013 - 9:03am 2 comments

New low in Australian discourse as radio DJ asks Gillard is partner gay

Julia Gillard and partner Tim Mathieson the day after Australia's August 22, 2010, election.Photo: AFP

A menu at a conservative political fundraiser likens a dish to Prime Minister Julia Gillard's intimate anatomy. A radio host asks her on-air if her partner is gay.

Mud-slinging is nothing new in politics, but a no-holds-barred election campaign in Australia is plumbing depths seldom seen.

15 Jun 2013 - 2:47am 1 comment

Sexism furore as fundraising dinner menu pokes fun at Australian PM Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard

A high-profile Australian political candidate apologised yesterday for a menu at one of his fundraisers, featuring a quail dish named after Prime Minister Julia Gillard which was described as having "small breasts" and "huge thighs" and made a vulgar reference to her genitalia.

13 Jun 2013 - 1:11am

Australian PM subject of ‘grossly sexist’ menu

 Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Photo: Xinhua

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Wednesday accused the opposition of a pattern of misogynist behaviour, branding a menu for a party fundraiser “grossly sexist and offensive” after it featured a quail dish named after her that offered “small breasts” and “huge thighs”.

12 Jun 2013 - 7:21pm

Move against Gillard tipped as poll shows 40 seats gone if Rudd not PM

Treasurer Wayne Swan and PM Julia Gillard. Photo: Reuters

Australia's ruling Labor Party may lose as many as 40 seats in the September elections, including those held by nine ministers, The Australian newspaper reported yesterday, citing an internal survey by the party.

11 Jun 2013 - 2:40am

Australian prime minister Julia Gillard dodges another sandwich

A sandwich flies through the air towards Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was forced to dodge a flying sandwich for the second time this month Thursday when someone’s salami lunch was flung at her during a school visit.

Gillard was greeting children at Lyneham High School in Canberra when the sandwich narrowly missed her.

30 May 2013 - 4:25pm

Hunt for schoolboy who threw Vegemite sandwiches at Gillard

Gillard speaks to Students at a Queensland school. Photo: SCMP Pictures

An investigation was under way yesterday into who threw Vegemite sandwiches at Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard as she toured a school in the state of Queensland. Gillard tried to play down the prank on Wednesday at Marsden state high school in Brisbane. "One kid thought he might just be a little bit naughty," she said.

10 May 2013 - 4:35am

Who said it?

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

The government does not approach China as an adversary … Its policy is aimed at encouraging China's peaceful rise

A defence white paper by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's government


The Legco president, lawmakers and officials share the responsibility for making sure … a 'fiscal cliff' doesn't emerge in Hong Kong

4 May 2013 - 4:03am

Gillard declares A$14.5b plan to boost funding for Australian schools

Julia Gillard plans to make education a central pitch in her attempt to be re-elected to government in September. Photo: Bloomberg

Australia yesterday announced a A$14.5 billion (HK$118 billion) plan to boost funding for schools in one of the country's biggest education reforms in decades.

Under the proposal, the extra cash will be made available over six years from next year, with the government setting a goal for Australian schools to be among the world's top five in reading, numeracy and science by 2025.

15 Apr 2013 - 4:33am

Direct yuan-A$ trade gets off to A$250m start

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Photo: Bloomberg

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said direct trading between the yuan and the Australian dollar totalled A$250 million (HK$2.04 billion) on the first day. That is equivalent to about 70 per cent of daily commerce between China and Australia.

12 Apr 2013 - 5:43am

Australia takes middle road with Huawei

Australian PM Julia Gillard (left), pictured here with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, encouraged telecoms giant Huawei to expand its commercial business in Australia during a trip to China this week. Photo: AFP

The embattled telecoms equipment giant may be seeking a new "middle road", as it tries to ease western concerns that its products could be used for spying by Beijing.

11 Apr 2013 - 2:06pm 1 comment

China, Australia agree to hold annual prime ministerial meetings

Premier Li Keqiang welcomes Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. China has become Australia's largest trading partner. Photo: Reuters

Premier Li Keqiang and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard agreed to hold annual prime ministerial meetings, as Chinese money drives Australia's huge resource boom.

10 Apr 2013 - 5:47am

Talking points

Australia's prime minister in Beijing

Australia's prime minister in Beijing

9 Apr 2013 - 3:36am