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Prime Ministers of Australia

Australia study aid for Asian high achievers

Australia is to invest A$18 million (HK$130 million) in new higher education scholarships, open to both high-achieving individuals from Asia and students from the developing world.

Saturday, 14 November, 2009, 12:00am

Rudd's U-turn on refugees a mixed message to Asia

While Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd spent last weekend hustling his idea of a European-Union-style Asian community with open borders, his government was pandering to those Australians who are fretting about a handful of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan risking their lives on leaky boats in treacherous waters off the Indonesian coastline to get to Australia.

27 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Between a lot of rock and a hard place

Every friendship has its testing moments, and this is one such time for Australia and China.

There has been what could best be described as a frenzied reaction in Australia over the past few weeks as Chinese resource companies look to swallow up large chunks of the Australian mining industry, among them iconic names such as iron ore and base metals producer Rio Tinto.

9 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

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.

14 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

So far, so good in Rudd's diplomatic balancing act

K.D. Lang, the popular Canadian singer, was cooing over Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's performance in Beijing last week. Lang, a member of the Free Tibet movement, called Mr Rudd 'most amazing', 'fearless' and 'graceful' for the way in which he was prepared to publicly criticise China over its crackdown in Tibet. 'I'm very moved by him,' Lang said on tour in Australia.

15 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Rudd's apology: are mere words enough?

It was all in the applause. It rang around Parliament House in Canberra and around big TV screens across the country in response to a 330-word apology to Australia's maligned indigenous population from the new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, for past policies which encouraged one of the most dedicated and concerted acts of state-sponsored bigotry conducted in the last century.

15 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Saying sorry must be just a start, Mr Rudd

To say sorry is to admit wrongdoing. It is a simple enough expression, but one that Australia's leaders have been wrestling with when it comes to decades of abusive policies against the country's indigenous people.

14 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Australia shows a lack of cultural diplomacy

During last year's Australian general election campaign, Kevin Rudd told CCTV that, if he won, 'I look forward to taking the relationship between China and Australia to a whole new level. I have many friends there.'

22 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

One mate you can count on

'Australia's path bends away from the US.' Thus read the headlines of an international 'news analysis' commenting on the Australian Labor Party's recent victory and new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's decision to attend the UN conference on climate change in Bali and to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.

22 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Lesbian named Australia's first ethnic Chinese cabinet minister

Malaysian-born Senator Penny Wong has become the first ethnic Chinese member of the Australian cabinet.

Ms Wong, 39, was yesterday named minister for climate change and water, with responsibility for negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol, which aims to curb the emission of greenhouse gases. She is also Australia's first openly gay cabinet minister.

30 Nov 2007 - 12:00am