Parliament of Australia

Role in Asia slips off Gillard's radar

Australia has weathered the financial crisis better than other developed countries - its economy is strong and its government is flush with cash.

Tuesday, 28 February, 2012, 12:00am

Australia learns the real meaning of China ties

The detention of Shanghai-based Australian mining executive Stern Hu and three of his Chinese colleagues is providing a reality check to Sino-Australia ties. While Australian politicians and media are demanding the Chinese immediately release Mr Hu, Rio Tinto's iron ore marketing chief in China, it is abundantly clear that Beijing is not listening.

17 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Sino-Australian trade deal fades quietly away

On April 9, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is due to touch down in Beijing for his first official visit since being elected. According to an announcement by his office last week, Mr Rudd wants to use his three days there to meet 'senior leaders, including President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao , and the new generation of leadership emerging from the 17th Party Congress'.

12 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Educators have great hopes under Rudd

The 'Ruddslide' that swept the Australian Labor Party and its leader, Kevin Rudd, into office last Saturday has been widely welcomed by schools, universities, technical colleges and education unions.

By the time John Howard and his team faced their fifth election in more than 11 years, it was clear Australians wanted an end to a tired conservative administration.

1 Dec 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

Can Australia capitalise on its good fortune?

Australia is currently enjoying one of the longest runs of economic expansion in its history, fuelled by China's insatiable appetite for its mineral resources and the country's proximity to other areas of Asian growth.

21 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Climate change not the only hot topic in 'wackiest electorate'

With less than a week to go before Australia's general election, the fight for the country's smallest and wealthiest electorate has descended into a mix of political intrigue, sexual innuendo and raunchy stunts.

18 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Howard puts his best foot forward amid the cheers and jeers


8 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Caught up in the politics of race

The clock may be well past midnight, but a Melbourne recreation centre is alive with the sounds of dozens of young men kicking lumps out of one another.

21 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Howard down, but not out

John Howard is arguably the most successful conservative politician in the western world.

During his 11 years in office, Mr Howard, 68, has presided over an unprecedented economic boom, elevated Australia's confidence in itself and raised the country's profile on the world stage by sending troops to Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.

20 Oct 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

Arch rivals

One wonders what possessed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to call last week for the creation of an 'arc of freedom and prosperity' involving his country, the United States, India and Australia. It appears a needlessly provocative act, given that it is clearly aimed at containing China.

30 Aug 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

A wobble on the diplomatic tightrope

Many Australians would hold to the view that, given the inexorable rise of China in the Asia-Pacific region during this century, their country perhaps ought to become less wedded to the US. But, if you are aspiring to be Australia's next foreign affairs minister, making a statement like this appears fraught with danger.

16 May 2007 - 12:00am

With eyes on Asia

In the five years since he became opposition foreign affairs spokesman, former Beijing-based diplomat and fluent Putonghua speaker Kevin Rudd has constantly emphasised China's importance to Australia.

'If it wasn't for China, Australia's trade performance would be even worse,' he told the Australia China Business Council late last year.

12 Dec 2006 - 12:00am