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  • Former Australian leader wants nomination for UN top job [Kevin Rudd]

    07/17/2016 8:46:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 17, 2016 10:12 PM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has asked the government to nominate him for the United Nations top job, the foreign minister said on Monday. Julie Bishop said Rudd wanted the government’s endorsement to succeed U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, whose second five-year term ends Dec. 31. That decision would be made by Australia’s next cabinet, which will be named Monday following July 2 elections. …
  • Australia's PM elect Abbott vows quick action on asylum (Illegals)

    09/08/2013 7:20:48 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/8/2013 | BBC
    Australia's PM-elect Tony Abbott has said his top priorities are to abolish a tax on carbon emissions and to stop asylum-seekers arriving by boat. His government would "swiftly implement Operation Soverign Borders" aimed at "intercepting vessels and turning them around", Mr. Abbott told the Herald Sun. Outgoing PM Kevin Rudd has said he will not stand again in for Labor leadership. The Australian Election Commission confirmed on its website that the Liberal-National coalition had won 88 seats in the House of Representatives and Labor 57...
  • Australia liberated from their long national green nightmare

    09/08/2013 12:04:21 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    Watts Going On ^ | 9/8/13 | Anthony Watts
    Today is a great day not only in Australian history, but also in world history. It marks the day when people of character and sensibility pushed back against an overwrought and pointless green agenda, and pushed back in a big way. They’ve had enough, and they’ve scraped the Krudd off their shoes and are moving forward. Tony Abbot has won the Australian election in a landslide, and vows to abolish the carbon tax as a first order of business. Abbott has declared Australia is “once more open for business” in claiming victory in Saturday’s election. It is a huge blow...
  • Conservatives sweep to Australia election victory

    09/07/2013 7:18:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 7, 2013 9:28 AM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Australia’s conservative opposition swept to power Saturday, ending six years of Labor Party rule and winning over a disenchanted public by promising to end a hated tax on carbon emissions, boost a flagging economy and bring about political stability after years of Labor infighting. “I know that Labor hearts are heavy across the nation tonight, and as your prime minister and as your parliamentary leader of the great Australian Labor Party, I accept responsibility,” Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said in a speech to supporters, after calling opposition leader Tony Abbott to concede defeat. “I gave it my all, but it...
  • LIVE THREAD: Australian Federal Election Count as it happens

    09/07/2013 12:49:49 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 124 replies
    7th September 2013
    We have had Live Threads here at Freerepublic for the count for the last three Australian Federal elections - in 2004 which ended in conservative victory, then again in 2007 which ended in defeat for the conservatives and a Labor government, and then again in 2010 which gave us a hung Parliament, where Labor continued governing with the support of the Greens and independents. This is the live thread for 2013 - polls close and the count begins in about 10 minutes. Polls and exit polls indicate a victory for the conservative coalition under Tony Abbott is highly likely. A...
  • Toxic leadership leaves Labor looking for a miracle (Australian election)

    09/01/2013 10:43:34 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    The Australian ^ | 2nd September 2013 | Dennis Shanahan
    LABOR won power in 2007 on a Ruddslide, but looks like losing power in 2013 in a Ruddbath. The popularity of Kevin Rudd, which won Labor a swathe of seats in Queensland, is turning into voter retribution that has the ALP facing a worse result on Saturday than Paul Keating's loss to John Howard in 1996. The "unelectable" Tony Abbott is now preferred prime minister, and the great campaigning "comeback kid" Prime Minister is more unpopular than he ever has been. With a primary vote of just 33 per cent in the last week of the election campaign, the legitimate...
  • Kevin Rudd slipping in polls and accused of cheating as campaign week two begins (Australia)

    08/11/2013 3:42:46 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies ^ | 12th August 2013
    THE second week of the federal campaign is under way, with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd facing accusations that he cheated in last night's debate by referring to notes. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott goes into the second week of the campaign in a promising position, with most commentators declaring him the stronger performer in the debate and the latest Newspoll, published in The Australian today, showing he has narrowed Mr Rudd's lead as preferred Prime Minister from 14 points to nine points.
  • (Australia) Kevin Rudd to send asylum seekers who arrive by boat to Papua New Guinea

    07/20/2013 1:42:44 AM PDT · by dennisw · 15 replies
    smh | July 19, 2013 | Bianca Hall and Jonathan Swan be read at the source  (cannot post it here)
  • Kevin Rudd sworn in as Prime Minister (of Australia)

    06/26/2013 5:17:37 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    The Australian ^ | 27th June 2013 | Ben Packham
    KEVIN Rudd has been sworn in as the nation's 28th Prime Minister, alongside Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and new Treasurer Chris Bowen. Governor-General Quentin Bryce confirmed the Labor caucus' decision last night to reinstall Mr Rudd in the post it removed him from just over three years ago. Mr Rudd’s wife Therese Rein, daughter Jessica and granddaughter Josephine were at Government House for the ceremony. Mr Albanese’s wife, former NSW deputy premier Carmel Tebutt, accompanied her husband. Mr Rudd will make a statement to parliament at noon, asserting his authority as Prime Minister and challenging Tony Abbott to bring...
  • Rudd Wins, Gillard to Quit (Australian Prime Minister falls)

    06/26/2013 2:18:33 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies ^ | 26th June 2013
    Kevin Rudd has been elected unopposed, according to reports.
  • Gillard calls leadership ballot (7pm tonight)

    06/25/2013 11:36:36 PM PDT · by Dundee · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 26, 2013 | DENNIS SHANAHAN AND BEN PACKHAM
    JULIA Gillard has called for a Labor leadership ballot to be held at 7pm tonight. ''Anyone who believes they should be Labor leader should put themselves forward for this ballot,'' the Prime Minister said. She said anyone who entered the ballot should commit, in the interests of the party, to resigning from parliament if they lost. The move forces the Rudd camp to bring forward their preferred timetable for a challenge. They had hoped to engineer a special caucus meeting tomorrow and a challenge on Friday. “I am asking my political party to endorse me as a leader and Prime...
  • Kevin Rudd to challenge PM Julia Gillard for Labor Leadership tomorrow morning

    06/25/2013 8:23:09 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 26th June 2013 | Simon Benson
    KEVIN Rudd will challenge Julia Gillard for the Labor leadership tomorrow morning. A petition for a ballot circulated among Labor MPs is believed to now have the required numbers for a spill of the PM.
  • Kevin Rudd's gay turn denies facts on same-sex families

    05/27/2013 8:01:00 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 15 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 25, 2013 | Christopher Pearson
    ON Tuesday, Kevin Rudd declared himself in support of same-sex marriage. He told us that, after deep reflection, he found he was able to reconcile his religious faith with his secular ethical principles. His last line of argument was that: "30 years of research has seen the Australian Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association acknowledge that same-sex families do not compromise children's development". But Rudd hasn't kept up to date with recent research and his claim is misleading. Last July, in the journal Social Science Research, Mark Regnerus published a large-scale study comparing children...
  • Labor faces a choice between two agonies (Australia's Gillard government in its death throes)

    02/05/2012 4:01:23 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 6th February 2012 | Andrew Bolt
    LABOR is now a rabble in a panic in what seems to be Julia Gillard’s last weeks - maybe even days - as Prime Minister. It has finally woken up to its deadly choice. It can either have a leader loathed by voters, or one loathed by its MPs. It can stick with the incompetent and scandal-ridden Gillard, and suffer humiliating defeat. Or it can surrender to the popular Kevin Rudd, and risk tearing itself apart again under a self-obsessed power freak. Labor can dream of other options - Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean, Workplace Minister Bill Shorten or Defence...
  • Is Rudd Gone? Yes

    06/23/2010 7:57:24 AM PDT · by TonyfromOz · 1 replies
    PA Pundits International ^ | 23 June 2010 | Andrew Bolt
    Right now in Australia, there are political machinations at the highest level, The Prime Minster, Kevin Rudd has lurched from one problem to the next, failing to get his point across. When elected, he was immensely popular and is not so popular now. Tonight, his deputy had discussions with him, and there will be a vote for Party Leader 9 hours from now. If Rudd loses this internal Party vote, Australia will have its first female prime Minister, Julia Gillard.
  • Fears grow of Labor election loss (Australia)

    05/27/2010 11:36:46 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies · 555+ views
    The Australian ^ | 28th May 2010 | Dennis Shanahan
    THERE are senior and experienced federal Labor MPs who say quietly and privately that they can see the possibility "that we could lose the election". This is incredible not only because the people are not newcomers unused to dealing with falls in polling and tough periods of politics, but also because no Labor MP at all would have even thought it possible six months ago. The incredible nature of this situation is heightened for Labor because where there was once certainty about how to defeat the Coalition there is now tension within the ranks about what should be done. ........
  • Israel eviction is dangerous

    05/25/2010 5:18:40 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies · 332+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 26th May 2010 | Andrew Bolt
    IS there anything Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will not sacrifice to his manic vanity? Take his decision this week to expel an Israeli diplomat - a reckless over-reaction that has privately outraged key figures of the Labor Right. And see who, in capitals around the Middle East, is cheering Rudd most, having dangled before him the bribe of a vote his ego craves, but which this country cannot afford. It is beyond serious doubt that it was Israeli spies who used forged Australian passports in Dubai in January when assassinating the leading weapons buyer of Hamas and co-founder of the...
  • Smokers stockpile in fear of deadline

    05/01/2010 1:36:09 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 27 replies · 722+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 30, 2010 | Simon Benson
    RETAIL chains were reporting an unprecedented rush on cigarettes last night ahead of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's 25 per cent price rise, with some doubling their daily sales within a matter of hours. One woman was refused service at a Woolworths in the Canberra suburb of Belconnen after trying to buy $5000 worth of cigarettes before the midnight deadline. She was knocked back because Woolworths imposes a limit of five cartons per person. Another Canberra Woolworths store reported sales of $23,000 by 6.30pm yesterday - the supermarket's average daily tobacco turnover is $10,000.
  • Coughing up more for cigarettes

    04/14/2010 3:35:18 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 40 replies · 802+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 14, 2010 | Sue Dunlevy
    SMOKERS may pay an extra $6.50 for a packet of 30 cigarettes to help foot the bill for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's $18 billion health reforms. The Government's National Preventative Health Taskforce has called for the tax rise in next month's Budget and the soon-to-be-released Henry tax review also examines the option. A tobacco tax rise could raise two-thirds of the $3 billion Mr Rudd needs to fund the sweeteners he has offered the states to endorse his healthcare reforms. Up to three million smokers would be hit if the price of a pack of 30 cigarettes rose from about...
  • Dissatisfaction with federalism grows

    04/09/2010 11:03:19 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 528+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | April 10, 2010 | Ashley Hall
    When Kevin Rudd was elected Prime Minister he promised to end the blame game between the three tiers of government. But the states' reaction to his health and hospital funding reform plan suggests he still has a fair way to go. A new poll of Australians' attitudes toward the federal system shows there is a clear and growing mood for change in the way the nation is governed. In particular, there is an increasing number of people who would like to see state governments replaced with regional bodies, or removed altogether. The Australian Constitutional Values survey polled over 1,000 people...
  • PM's 'redneck' remark draws Alabama fury

    04/01/2010 6:29:19 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 49 replies · 1,412+ views
    Nine News ^ | April 2, 2010 | Peter Mitchell
    Furious Alabama residents have hit out at Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and demanded he issue an apology for his "redneck" comment. US media organisations, including the New York Times and FOX News, picked up Rudd's remarks, which followed US comedian Robin Williams joking "Australians are basically English rednecks". Alabama newspaper, the Birmingham News, ran an "Australia vs Alabama" headline on the most prominent section of its website and asked readers to comment. They did not hold back, with one accusing Rudd of making a "racial epithet" while another wrote "if it weren't for some Alabamians fighting in the war,...
  • Australian PM reacts to Robin Williams 'redneck' jibe

    03/31/2010 3:56:18 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 55 replies · 1,522+ views
    BBC ^ | 3/31/10
    Few are laughing in Australia following Robin Williams' joke that its people are "basically English rednecks". His remarks, made on The Late Show with David Letterman, prompted Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to respond on a Sydney radio show. "I think Robin Williams should go and spend a little time in Alabama before he frames comments about people being particularly redneck," said Mr Rudd.
  • Kevin Rudd targets hospital waiting lists with maximum time limits

    03/03/2010 5:24:17 PM PST · by myknowledge · 7 replies · 295+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 4, 2010 | Joe Kelly
    KEVIN Rudd has pledged to tackle hospital waiting times with his $50 billion takeover of the nation's health and hospital system. The Prime Minister kicked off a media campaign this morning to sell his health reforms, telling the Nine Network it was important to put a maximum limit on waiting times for emergency and elective surgery. "What we need through new tough national standards is for patients to have confidence that there will be maximum waiting times, that there will be absolute maximum waiting times for elective surgery and for treatments of accident emergency,'' Mr Rudd said. "We don't have...
  • Rudd reveals national plan for hospitals

    03/03/2010 6:57:33 AM PST · by myknowledge · 4 replies · 177+ views
    Nine News ^ | March 3, 2010 | Julian Drape
    Kevin Rudd says Australia's ailing hospitals are in need of serious surgery, and he's planning to bribe the states to give him the power to get on with the job. Under the federal government's health plan the commonwealth would fund public hospitals and locals would run them. Under the plan, the federal government will take $90 billion over five years - $50 billion over the first three - in GST revenue from the states for a new National Health and Hospital Network. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says it is the biggest change to health care since Medicare. In exchange, the...
  • Federal Government to boost its proportion of spending to hospitals...

    03/03/2010 4:06:50 AM PST · by myknowledge · 2 replies · 188+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | March 3, 2010 | Sue Dunlevy
    The Federal Government will claw back one third of the GST revenue it gives the states so it can take over 60 per cent of the funding of the nation's hospitals in a major health reform plan announced by Prime Minster Kevin Rudd today. Canberra will no longer give the states any money to fund their hospitals and will instead directly fund regionally based Local Hospital Networks that will have to meet strict standards on waiting lists and infection control to get the money. Instead of handing over block grants for hospital funding the Rudd Government will in the future...
  • Back to basics on national education

    03/02/2010 4:23:10 AM PST · by myknowledge · 3 replies · 307+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | March 2, 2010 | Sue Dunlevy and Bruce McDougall
    TEACHERS will be forced back to school to learn how to deliver the Federal Government's new national curriculum. Experts who have designed the back-to-basics curriculum, which has heavy emphasis on grammar and phonics, said yesterday many teachers would have to be re-educated before they were competent to teach it from next year. It is expected that primary school teachers will need training in basic grammar. High school teachers for the first time will be required to teach literacy basics such as grammar and text types to children who may not have fully understood the concepts in primary school.
  • Kevin Rudd to cut away the dead tissue of our ailing health care system

    03/01/2010 4:03:42 PM PST · by myknowledge · 1 replies · 239+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | March 2, 2010 | Sue Dunlevy
    THE Federal Government will move to seize control of hospital funding from the states in a provocative reform of the nation's health system to be announced this week. The states will no longer be given any federal money to run their public hospital system. Instead Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's government will directly fund regional health authorities, who will be in charge of running public hospitals in their regions. The states currently manage about 60 per cent of hospital funding and they will be forced to hand over that funding to a new central national health funding pool so it can...
  • Rose Bay traffic sign stops traffic to declare: Kevin Rudd sucks

    02/23/2010 3:02:27 AM PST · by myknowledge · 2 replies · 316+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | February 23, 2010
    POLICE are baffled how they did it but the Prime Minister definitely has a problem in Rose Bay - with a large illuminated traffic sign sending the message: "Kevin Rudd sucks". The sign, which dramatically appeared overnight on New South Head Road, has proven a traffic stopper.
  • Visa crackdown on 'terror' nations in security white paper

    02/23/2010 3:28:31 AM PST · by myknowledge · 1 replies · 105+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 23, 2010 | Joe Kelly
    VISITORS from about 10 countries such as Somalia and Yemen will face tougher visa scrutiny under a stricter security regime aimed at protecting Australia from terrorism. The government has not revealed the countries on the list but security experts believe that Indonesia may also be a country of concern. The counter-terrorism white paper unveiled today by Kevin Rudd also reveals the growing threat of home-grown terrorism, a threat that will be tackled through a counter-terrorism control centre to increase coordination across government agencies. Despite fears the new visa arrangements could trigger diplomatic tensions, the Prime Minister said it was in...
  • No change to death penalty - Government

    02/20/2010 4:14:33 PM PST · by myknowledge · 13 replies · 338+ views
    News Limited ^ | February 20, 2010
    THE Rudd government has restated its opposition to the death penalty, after Tony Abbott said it could be justified in some cases. The opposition leader said execution was the only fitting sentence for some mass murderers, like terrorists, but had no plans to reintroduce the death penalty. "I have always been against the death penalty," Mr Abbott said. "(But) There are some crimes so horrific that maybe that's the only way to adequately convey the horror of what's been done," he said, adding that any policy change would happen with a conscience vote. The Rudd government says it has no...
  • We'll take Japan to court: PM

    02/19/2010 5:54:44 PM PST · by myknowledge · 24 replies · 381+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 20, 2010 | Peter Alford and Matthew Franklin
    KEVIN Rudd has promised to take Japan to the International Court of Justice if it doesn't agree before November to stop Antarctic whaling, but a behind-closed-doors deal with the Japanese could blow a big hole in the Prime Minister's case before then. A proposed compromise deal in the International Whaling Commission that would allow Japan to continue its so-called scientific whaling, though on a more limited basis, could wreck Australia's core claim that the practice is illegal under international law. A tough talking Mr Rudd yesterday demanded Japan reduce to zero its Southern Ocean scientific whaling quota. "If we don't...
  • Pro-porn protesters target government websites

    02/10/2010 5:21:27 AM PST · by myknowledge · 23 replies · 619+ views
    An internet protest group has launched an attack on Government websites in a protest against the proposed internet filter and censorship of some pornography. The attack, dubbed Operation Titstorm by the group known as Anonymous, brought down a number of Government websites this morning, with the Parliament House site remaining offline well into the afternoon. Anonymous claimed the attack was to highlight moves by the Government to ban the import of films featuring female ejaculation (which was classified as urination) as well as films featuring small-breasted women, over fears such films were simulating child pornography. "More importantly, Anonymous does not...
  • Rudd wants to lift legal drinking age

    02/08/2010 11:42:57 PM PST · by myknowledge · 8 replies · 354+ views
    Nine News ^ | February 9, 2010
    Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he'd personally like to see the legal drinking age lifted to 21 years. But there would have to be rigorous debate and evidence that the policy could reduce binge drinking before the government would consider it, he says. What do you thinks about the legal drinking age? Should it be raised to 21? Leave your comment below. "If the evidence is there and it is capable of being proven that it works, then we (will) look at these things and make a decision," Mr Rudd said, when quizzed on ABC Television's Q&A program on Monday...
  • Kevin Rudd makes second bid for ETS tax despite failure in Copenhagen agreement

    12/20/2009 5:55:40 PM PST · by myknowledge · 6 replies · 420+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | December 21, 2009 | Sue Dunlevy
    THE Rudd Government will press ahead with its plan to put a price tag on carbon pollution even though the leaders of other nations refused to reach a legally binding agreement on reducing global warming in Copenhagen. Treasurer Wayne Swan said the controversial emissions trading scheme that would push up the cost of electricity and power was "just as relevant now as it was before Copenhagen and we need to pass the bill for business certainty". The ETS was rejected by the Senate earlier this month and the Government planned to re-introduce the scheme for parliamentary approval in February next...
  • Rudd's climate change strategy under fire as leaders converge on Copenhagen

    12/15/2009 7:08:54 PM PST · by myknowledge · 7 replies · 731+ views
    The Australian ^ | December 16, 2009 | Samantha Maiden
    KEVIN Rudd's climate change agenda is under fire from three fronts this morning with India, the G77-China bloc and former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton attacking Australia's approach. Lumumba Di-Aping, the chief negotiator for China and G77 group of developing nations at Copenhagen, said today that what Australia had done so far was “simply not good enough”. “The message Kevin Rudd is giving to his people, his citizens, is a fabrication, it's fiction,” he told ABC radio. “It does not relate to the facts because his actions are climate change scepticism in action. All that Australia has...
  • The (Climategate) Dominoes Fall

    12/02/2009 4:42:58 PM PST · by raptor22 · 26 replies · 2,173+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 2, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Warming Scandal: The architect of climate fraud steps down, the creator of the infamous "hockey stick" is investigated, and Australia's parliament defeats cap-and-trade. We love the smell of truth in the morning. As the high priests of what Czech President Vaclav Klaus has called a "religion" prepare their pilgrimage to worship the earth goddess Gaia in Copenhagen, complete with humanity being sacrificed, the heresy of climate truth is finally being heard. The gospel of climate change, once expressed with the messianic fervor of an Elmer Gantry by Al Gore, is now expressed with the stammering incoherence of an Elmer Fudd...
  • Abbott Could Push Australia to the Right (Abbott defeats Australia's version of RINOs)

    12/01/2009 7:26:43 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 9 replies · 713+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 1, 2009 | Iain McDonald
    Australia's new opposition leader, Tony Abbott, brings a history of social and economic conservatism to the job that could drag Australia's political system to the right if he is able to consolidate his power base. After defeating former Liberal Party leader Malcolm Turnbull by the slimmest of margins -- 42 votes to 41 -- in a vote held Tuesday morning, Mr. Abott is set to quickly undo some of the main opposition party's more centrist policy positions. He has committed the opposition to deferring or voting against a high-profile plan proposed by the Australian government to curb the country's greenhouse...
  • Australia in Afghanistan for long haul

    11/12/2009 4:29:43 AM PST · by myknowledge · 3 replies · 328+ views
    Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has made a surprise visit to Australian troops in Afghanistan. The secret diversion was made as Mr Rudd travelled to India and was kept under wraps because of security fears. Mr Rudd stayed with the troops in Tarin Kowt overnight and marked Remembrance Day with them in a ceremony. The Prime Minister's visit came just hours after an Australian soldier was wounded by a roadside bomb near Tarin Kowt. Australia currently has about 1,500 troops in southern Uruzgan province. Mr Rudd used the Remembrance Day ceremony to praise the sacrifice of the 11 Australian soldiers who...
  • People smuggling on Rudd's Indonesia agenda

    10/18/2009 1:10:13 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 450+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | October 18, 2009 | Geoff Thompson
    Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is expected to discuss Australia's policy on asylum seekers with Indonesian officials when he visits Jakarta on Tuesday. Mr Rudd is making the trip to attend the inauguration of the Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The Opposition has criticised Mr Rudd's decision to ask Indonesian authorities to stop a boatload of Sri Lankans reaching Australia last week. Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has told Channel Nine that Australia and Indonesia are cooperating well on people smuggling. "I don't want to give the impression that somehow nothing is happening now. "There is very close cooperation with Indonesia...
  • Cap-and-Trade Backflip (Australia)

    05/08/2009 8:19:09 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies · 466+ views
    Kevin Rudd likes to talk about showing moral leadership for the world on climate change. But the better example for other governments to follow is the Australian Prime Minister's backtrack on a costly emissions trading scheme. Mr. Rudd announced on Monday that he will delay implementation of his trademark cap-and-trade proposal until at least 2011. With luck, that will be after the clouds of a global economic slowdown have started to clear and -- more important for Mr. Rudd's Labor Party -- after the next parliamentary election. The draft Mr. Rudd floated in March would have imposed total carbon permit...
  • Kevin Rudd Offends Muslims - US Needs This

    04/27/2009 12:24:19 PM PDT · by 4rpb · 54 replies · 8,451+ views
    Whole world Needs A Leader Like This! Prime Minister Kevin Rudd - Australia Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.. Separately, Rudd angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques. Quote: 'IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we...
  • Coalition to vote against $42bn stimulus package

    02/03/2009 5:08:40 PM PST · by myknowledge · 300+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 4, 2009 | Christian Kett
  • 'Sinophile' Rudd loses Asian friends [AUSTRALIA]

    06/10/2008 1:23:21 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 3 replies · 117+ views
    Asia Times ^ | Jun 11, 2008 | Asia Times
    ADELAIDE - Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has proposed an Asia-Pacific community by 2020 that would include among others the United States, China, Japan and India and be capable of canvassing security, political and economic matters. He unveiled his brand new idea in a speech last week that he gave to the Asia Society AustralAsia Center in Sydney. >>> China obsession Even before Rudd became prime minister there were apprehensions in the region that his Asia foreign policy would revolve around China. Rudd studied China at university and speaks fluent Mandarin and spent considerable time in the Middle Kingdom both...
  • Rudd meets Clinton, offers help

    03/31/2008 9:12:48 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 14 replies · 443+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 1 April 2008
    PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd has offered US Democrat presidential contender Hillary Clinton help with her campaign as the pair met in Washington before she headed to Pennsylvania to fight for her political survival. The New York senator took time out from her heavy campaigning schedule to meet Mr Rudd after he delivered a foreign policy speech to The Brookings Institution this morning Washington time. He is likely to speak to Democrat front runner Barack Obama on the telephone - he is already in Pennsylvania and a meeting couldn't be arranged - some time today and will meet Republican nominee John...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (many photos): 3-28-08

    03/28/2008 5:52:11 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 92 replies · 1,848+ views
    Today President & Mrs. Bush welcomed Australian Prime Minster Kevin Rudd & his wife Therese to the White House. After meeting in the Oval Office, Prime Minster Rudd and President Bush held a joint news conference in the East Room and took a few questions from the press. The hot topic was, of course, Iraq—specifically the situation in Basra.(Transcript) President Bush: … Basra has been a place where criminality has thrived. It's a port, a lot of goods and services go through there. And there was -- from the beginning of liberation, there have been criminal elements that have had...
  • Under Labor, elites will remain irrelevant (hopeful signs from Australia's new PM)

    02/26/2008 3:27:26 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 86+ views
    The Australian ^ | 27th February 2008 | Janet Albrechtsen
    IT happened sooner than expected. The so-called progressive Left has given Prime Minister Kevin Rudd his riding instructions. Conveniently gathered in a single book entitled Dear Mr Rudd, Australia’s leading left-wing voices offer a blueprint of what they expect from the Rudd Government. On climate change, the economy, human rights, the republic, water and so much more, each letter to Rudd is, according to the blurb, “passionate and imaginative”. No doubt true. One hates to be the bearer of bad news, but the left-wing letter writers are destined for disappointment. So disappointed that in three years they will be joining...
  • Rudd translates into a legend (biography of new Australian PM a hit - in China?!?)

    02/01/2008 3:42:17 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 88+ views
    The Australian ^ | 2nd February 2008 | Rowan Callick
    THE latest Chinese blockbuster is not about a boy wizard, although the hero of the tale looks a bit like him. Appropriately, for the Chinese Year of the Rat, it's about a politician - Lu Kewen, better known here as Kevin Rudd. Fujian Education Press is so convinced the "legendary life" of Lu Kewen will run off the shelves it has ordered its biggest ever print run. The introduction to the biography gives readers a hint of the excitement to follow: "This book will fully interpret the legendary life of Lu Kewen. How he was born in a poor family...
  • Rupert Murdoch Picks Liberal Son As Successor

    12/12/2007 7:13:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies · 663+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | December 12, 2007 | Cliff Kincaid
    Sean Hannity, the conservative Republican commentator who takes on such controversial issues as Hillary Clinton's legal work in a communist law firm, could be on his way out of the Fox News Channel as a result of Rupert Murdoch's decision to turn the company over to his liberal son James. James Murdoch, 34, who buys into global warming hysteria, has in recent days been labeled the "News Corporation Heir" and "Son King" because of changes in the company that have dramatically increased his power. The Fox News Channel is one part of Murdoch's News Corporation. While James Murdoch is based...
  • Labor set to form government (Australian election)

    11/24/2007 1:51:16 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 28 replies · 113+ views
    The Australian ^ | 24th November 2007 | Sid Marris and Paul Maley
    Kevin Rudd is on track to be prime minister of Australia. Labor powerbrokers, including deputy Julia Gillard, Tony Burke, Stephen Smith and Robert Ray said that they believe they have secured victory. 'I'm a cautious type, but on these numbers so far I think we have enough to form government,' Labor deputy Julia Gillard said at about 8.10pm EST. Ms Gillard made her declaration following strong swings in Queensland to Labor, further strengthening its grip as the polls shut in Western Australia. Early counting in the battleground state shows the Labor Party is set to pick up around six seats....
  • Live Thread: Australian Federal Election Count

    11/23/2007 10:55:46 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 189 replies · 328+ views
    24th November 2007
    In about minutes, polling booths across the eastern side of Australia will close, and counting will begin in the 2007 Australian election. I - and anybody else - who wants to become involved - will be posting in this thread updates based on Australian TV concerning the count.