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  • AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd charged with plotting murder of two people

    11/06/2014 6:54:40 AM PST · by servo1969 · 25 replies ^ | 11-6-2014 |
    Phil Rudd, the drummer for legendary Australian rock band AC/DC, has been charged in New Zealand with attempting to arrange the murders of two people. The New Zealand Herald reported that the 60-year-old appeared in court Thursday morning in Tauranga, on the country's North Island. The paper reported that he was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis, and making threats to kill. Rudd entered no plea in connection with the charges and was released on bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 27. Rudd was arrested Thursday morning after police raided his waterfront home. Tauranga...
  • 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...
  • Howard: Tony Abbott will do a fantastic job' [conservative election victory in Australia]

    09/07/2013 3:25:16 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    7 News ^ | 9/7/2013 | 7 News report
  • 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...
  • Australia's Abbott on track for election victory: poll

    08/13/2013 9:41:12 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | – Mon, Aug 12, 2013 | AFP News
    Australia's conservatives led by Tony Abbott are maintaining an election-winning lead over Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, a poll showed Monday, after a first leaders' debate was widely called a draw. As the race to September 7 elections entered its second week, a Newspoll published in The Australian had Abbott's coalition leading Labor 52 percent to 48 percent on a two-party basis, the same as a week ago.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • RUDD QUITS: I can't serve without Gillard's support' (Australia's Foreign Minister resigns)

    02/21/2012 11:01:48 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies ^ | 22nd February 2012 | Malcolm Farr
    KEVIN Rudd has resigned as foreign minister. Mr Rudd called an extraordinary media conference in Washington DC just after 1am local time, just hours after Cabinet minister Greg Combet declared "enough is enough" today as he and other top supporters of Julia Gillard called for an end to the ongoing leadership speculation. The frustration within the ministry has made it more likely the Prime Minister will act when Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, who is currently in Washington, returns to Australia on Sunday morning.
  • An ex-Weather Underground radical on the Tucson shootings and political violence (Ayers pal)

    01/15/2011 8:21:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/16/11 | Mark Rudd
    An ex-Weather Underground radical on the Tucson shootings and political violenceBy Mark Rudd Sunday, January 16, 2011 In 1970, when I was 22 years old - the same age as Jared Loughner - I was a founder of the Weather Underground, an offshoot of the antiwar group Students for a Democratic Society. That spring, a small contingent of the Weathermen, as we were known, planned to plant three pipe bombs at a noncommissioned officers' dance at Fort Dix, N.J. Our intention was to remind our fellow Americans that our country was dropping napalm and other explosives on Vietnam, killing hundreds...
  • Gillard takes power in bloodless coup (Australia to have a new Prime Minister - official)

    06/23/2010 4:44:59 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 24th June 2010 | Emma Rodgers
    Kevin Rudd has decided not to stand in this morning's ALP leadership ballot, relinquishing the Prime Ministership and handing power to his deputy Julia Gillard in a bloodless Parliament House coup. Mr Rudd had called for a leadership ballot to be held at 9:00am AEST today but has decided not to contest the ballot after it became clear he would be soundly defeated. Ms Gillard now has the task of leading a party traumatised and divided by the recent dramatic events to the federal election which could be held in a matter of weeks. Treasurer Wayne Swan now steps up...
  • PM Kevin Rudd calls on a showdown with Julia Gillard after leadership crisis talks (ballot tomorrow)

    06/23/2010 6:19:53 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    The Australian ^ | 23rd June 2010 | Christian Kerr
    KEVIN Rudd has called a leadership showdown with Julia Gillard tomorrow morning after conceding he had lost the support of key Labor figures. After a night of talks with the Deputy Prime Minister, a defiant Prime Minister fronted a press conference at Parliament House about 10.30pm. He said he was “quite capable of winning this ballot tomorrow” at 9am. The leadership ballot comes after a series of Newspolls showing Mr Rudd in trouble in key marginals and opposition leader Tony Abbott narrowing the gap as preferred prime minister. Mr Rudd conceded that a number of factional leaders no longer supported...
  • Game over for Kevin Rudd

    06/23/2010 7:56:29 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    The Australian (Meganomics Blog) ^ | 24th June 2010 | George Megalogenis
    Kevin Rudd is finished as prime minister. Julia Gillard will surely take his place after tonight’s drama, breaking two records in the one coup. She will be the nation’s first female prime minister. And Rudd will be the first Labor prime minister to be dumped by his party before he could complete a term in office. Labor party polling showed that voters had lost faith in Rudd. His backflip on emission trading in mid April left the public wondering what he stood for. In Rudd’s home state of Queensland, party polling showed the government risked losing a brace of seats....
  • Gillard Poised to Defeat Rudd (First Female Leader of Australia)

    06/23/2010 11:55:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | 6/24/2010 | Chris Uhlmann
    Kevin Rudd is spending one last long night as Prime Minister.Shortly after 10:15pm yesteday he announced that he had acceded to a request from his deputy Julia Gillard to spill the leadership at a ballot to be held at 9:00am AEST today. "It's important I believe, in the interests of the Party and the Government, for these matters to be resolved as a matter of urgency," he said. His supporters say the party vote is evenly poised. The Gillard camp says she had the numbers before making a single call. He is unlikely to survive the ballot, which should install...
  • 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. ........
  • Obama Says He Shares "World View" of Australian PM - "Smart, But Humble" and "Pragmatic" - Video

    04/15/2010 3:09:26 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 6 replies · 197+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | April 15, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of President Obama doing an interview with an Australian reporter where he said he shares the same "world view" as Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd - Obama said "I find him smart, but humble" - and "pragmatic." Are you kidding? Obama does not even register on the "humble" scale, and he is a far-left ideologue who is absolutely committed to his radical agenda and philosophy. Where have we EVER seen the "humble" Obama? Just for memory's sake, watch the McCain 2008 Campaign Ad below that focused on "The One's" patent lack of humility . . .
  • Obama opens up on Rudd relationship

    04/15/2010 9:36:25 AM PDT · by Neverforget01 · 42 replies · 935+ views
    ABC News ^ | Apr 15, 2010 | ABC News
    United States president Barack Obama says he and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd share several personality traits - one of which is humility. The US president made the comments to the 7.30 Report's Kerry O'Brien during an interview which will be aired on ABC1 tonight.
  • 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.
  • Obama administration opposes Rudd’s internet filter

    03/28/2010 7:15:19 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 529+ views
    Dynamic Business ^ | March 29, 2010 | David Olsen
    The US government opposes the Federal Government’s planned internet filter, claiming it runs contrary to their policy of encouraging an open internet to promote economic growth and security. Coming off the back of Google’s announcement they are no longer censoring their Chinese search engine, officials from Obama’s State Department are mounting a diplomatic assault on internet censorship worldwide. The Punch reports today that US State Department spokesman Noel Clay raised concerns about the proposed internet filter. “The US and Australia are close partners on issues related to cyber matters generally, including national security and economic issues,” Mr Clay said. “We...
  • Homebirth in Australia

    02/12/2010 9:50:20 AM PST · by Jenny Hatch · 1 replies · 310+ views
    The Natural Family BLOG ^ | February 12th, 2010 | Jenny Hatch
    For the past few months I have been hearing reports of an increasingly totalitarian approach to Homebirth in Australia...
  • PM, ignore Massachusetts warning at your peril (Australia)

    01/26/2010 8:29:42 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies · 339+ views
    The Australian ^ | # January 27, 2010 12:00AM | Janet Albrechtsen
    MASSACHUSETTS is a long way from Australia. Even so, you can count on the Rudd government paying close attention to what happened in the Bay State last week. A little known Republican, Scott Brown, won the Senate election by campaigning against the US President's radical healthcare plan. Massachusetts is sacred Democrat turf, held by the Kennedy clan for more than 40 years and by Democrats since 1952. It was the only state to vote for George McGovern over Richard Nixon in 1972. Barack Obama's overreach on health care has plenty in common with Kevin Rudd's dogged pursuit of an emissions...
  • Climate change: Lord Monkton's Personal Briefing to Australia's Prime Minister (Debunks Copenhagen)

    01/03/2010 6:00:47 PM PST · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 21 replies · 1,243+ views
    Watts Up With That Science Page ^ | 3 January 2010 | VISCOUNT MONCKTON OF BRENCHLEY
    A letter sent from: The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley 1 January 2010 His Excellency Mr. Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister, Commonwealth of Australia. Prime Minister, Climate change: proposed personal briefing Your speech on 6 November 2009 to the Lowy Institute, in which you publicly expressed some concern at my approach to the climate question, has prompted several leading Australian citizens to invite me come on tour to explain myself in a series of lectures in Australia later this month. I am writing to offer personal briefings on why “global warming” is a non-problem to you and other party leaders during my...
  • Military personnel working long and losing $20,000 a year in benefits

    01/02/2010 2:39:27 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 542+ views ^ | 2nd January 2010 | Ian McPhedran
    THE Rudd Government is forcing hundreds of long-serving military personnel to sacrifice up to $20,000 a year in superannuation benefits. The working lives of about 320 staff were extended by five years when the Government raised the military retirement age to 60. But their employer superannuation contributions ceased because they had reached their so-called "maximum benefit limit". That means they are effectively paid about $20,000 a year less than a younger person doing the same job. In some cases super benefits of up to $240,000 could be lost. The Government's review of military superannuation said the injustice should be corrected...
  • 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...
  • Australia's global warming bill defeated

    12/01/2009 5:19:28 PM PST · by ricks_place · 18 replies · 997+ views
    KMSB-TV ^ | December 1, 2009 | AP
    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's Senate has rejected legislation to set up an emissions trading system in the country to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. The Senate voted Tuesday to defeat a bill that is the centerpiece of the government's plans to slash Australia's emissions by up to 25 percent below 2000 levels by 2020 as part of global efforts to fight global warming. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd wanted the legislation passed before he attends next week's U.N. summit on climate change in Copenhagen so he could portray Australia as a leader on the issue. The government's next step is unclear. Rudd...
  • Mechanical fault forces Kevin Rudd's plane back to Washington

    11/30/2009 8:28:03 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies · 540+ views ^ | 1st December 2009
    PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd's private jet has been forced back to the US because of a mechanical fault. "Due to a minor mechanical fault, the prime minister's RAAF plane has returned to Washington," a spokesman for Mr Rudd said. "The Prime Minister will (stay) overnight in Washington, his return to Australia has been delayed."
  • Rudd may veto same-sex unions

    11/23/2009 9:09:47 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 308+ views ^ | 24th November 2009
    PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd is set for a stoush with the ACT Government over territory laws allowing same-sex civil union ceremonies. Mr Rudd has told caucus that although informal discussions had been held with ACT Government, no decision had been made yet about whether to veto the laws. But ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said the Federal Government had already demanded the laws be reworked, and had indicated a willingness to intervene. Mr Stanhope met with federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland yesterday to discuss the new legislation. "They are prepared to intervene to overturn the recent amendments to the civil union...
  • Crunch time for fighters

    10/25/2009 3:49:56 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 271+ views
    The Australian ^ | 24th October 2009 | Patrick Walters
    KEVIN Rudd is poised to sign off on Australia's biggest military buy -- up to 100 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for the RAAF. The sign off is happening as pressures continue to bear down on defence spending in the face of the global financial crisis. Federal cabinet's national security committee is set to approve the $16 billion F-35 acquisition in late November but the number of aircraft in the RAAF's initial squadron could be cut from 24 to as few as 14. On present planning the air force will get its first operational squadron by 2018 with two F-35s to...
  • (Aussie PM) Rudd's [censored] rant at factions

    09/19/2009 5:20:25 PM PDT · by Dundee · 8 replies · 391+ views
    Daily Telegraph (au) ^ | September 19, 2009 | Glenn Milne
    KEVIN Rudd has had another expletive-riddled brain explosion - this time directed at Labor's faction bosses, including three women MPs... The faction leaders had gone to see the Prime Minister in his Parliament House office to object to Government plans to cut MPs' printing allowances from $100,000 to $75,000 a year. The decision was in response to a report into parliamentary perks by the Auditor-General. Mr Rudd had been given an advance copy and had decided on the dramatic cut, fearing a voter backlash to the revelations about how the allowances were being abused... According to sources, three of those...
  • Anonymous hacks PM's website

    09/10/2009 12:04:48 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 352+ views
    Nine News ^ | September 10, 2009
    The shadowy internet group known as Anonymous has hacked into the prime minister's website to protest over proposed internet censorship reforms. An Attorney-General's Department spokesperson confirmed to ninemsn the Prime Minister's website was taken down at 7.25pm last night, but said the site was operational again "within minutes". "Visitors to the site received a service unavailable error," the spokesperson said in a statement. "There was no unauthorised access to site infrastructure." The Australian Communications and Media Authority's website was also affected. A message posted on the Inquisitor website by Anonymous stated that the action was in response to a federal...
  • We decide who gets visas: PM

    08/21/2009 9:01:06 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 4 replies · 509+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 22, 2009 | Lenore Taylor
    KEVIN Rudd has decreed his government will never "get a permit slip from another country" before deciding who should receive a visa to enter Australia, as the Coalition made contradictory statements about whether it agreed a visit by Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer should have been allowed. In a statement reminiscent of John Howard's "I will determine who comes to this country" pledge on asylum seekers, Mr Rudd said yesterday: "The government I lead is one where Australia makes decisions on who it issues visas to or not. The Liberal Party is now saying that when it comes to Australia's visa...
  • Terror threat remains, says Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

    08/03/2009 7:25:44 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 559+ views ^ | 4th August 2009
    PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd says the arrest of four people suspected of plotting a terrorist attack in Australia is a sober reminder that the threat of terrorism remains. The four people arrested, all Australian citizens, were allegedly planning a suicide mission using semi-automatic weapons on an Australian military base. Police are presently interviewing a 26-year-old Carlton man, a 25-year-old Preston man, a 25-year-old man from Glenroy and a 22-year-old man from Meadow Heights. "There is an enduring threat from terrorism at home here in Australia as well as overseas," Mr Rudd said. Mr Rudd said there was no need for...
  • Coalition deals itself mortal wound (Australian conservative opposition in trouble)

    06/22/2009 6:14:55 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 231+ views
    The Australian ^ | 23rd June 2009 | Dennis Shanahan
    YOU could see defeat forming on the faces of Liberal MPs yesterday just when they should have been growing convinced they could secure a chance of winning the next election. Kevin Rudd's statements of innocence over giving a mate and Labor Party donor special help have been vindicated, and the Prime Minister has turned a potentially deadly argument against Wayne Swan for misleading parliament into a potentially mortal wounding of Malcolm Turnbull. The Prime Minister is now in the clear, the Treasurer will survive and the Leader of the Opposition's character and political judgment are being seriously questioned. The Coalition...
  • Malcolm Turnbull's fake email nightmare as Liberals' attack blunted

    06/22/2009 6:19:15 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 257+ views
    The Australian ^ | 23rd June 2009 | Matthew Franklin and Paul Maley
    MALCOLM Turnbull was last night holding firm against government demands that he quit, after police revealed as fake an email the Opposition Leader used to label Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan as liars. An Australian Federal Police raid on bureaucrat Godwin Grech's home yesterday uncovered the hoax email, which originated in the Treasury. The discovery prompted the Prime Minister to say his opposition counterpart was "swinging in the wind" and unfit for office, having made false allegations with no real evidence. "He has no alternative now but to stand up, be man enough to apologise and resign," Mr Rudd told...
  • Newspoll shows Coalition one percentage point short of Labor

    06/15/2009 4:11:07 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 161+ views
    The Australian ^ | 16th June 2009 | Matthew Franklin
    LABOR's long-held strong lead over the federal Coalition in opinion polls has collapsed, with the latest Newspoll showing the opposition just one percentage point short of the Government. While Kevin Rudd has maintained a strong lead over Malcolm Turnbull as preferred prime minister, the past fortnight has brought a four-point turnaround in primary voting intentions, with Labor now ahead by 41 per cent to the Coalition's 40 per cent. The shift, which followed the resignation of former defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon, puts Labor at its lowest point since last October and well below its 2007 election primary result, when it...
  • Dubya blog a flight of fantasy

    06/12/2009 9:41:13 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 3 replies · 485+ views
    The Australian ^ | June 12, 2009 | Geoff Elliott
    KURT Campbell can shoot from the hip and September 11, 2007 was no exception. Writing on a blog on The New York Times that day, having recently returned from a family trip to Australia, Campbell claimed that George W. Bush and "his massive entourage" diverted from a secret trip from Iraq to Sydney the week before just to help out an "old mate" John Howard get re-elected. "While the agenda in Australia also called for a meeting with 21 Asian leaders to discuss weighty policy matters like global climate change and to listen attentively while others opined - just the...
  • Wanted: A home for Gitmo detainees No takers?

    05/31/2009 9:45:29 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 2 replies · 246+ views
    The Australian Blogs ^ | May 31, 2009 | Janet Albrechtsen
    REPORTS that Kevin Rudd is considering a request from US President Barack Obama to resettle in Australia 17 Muslim Uighurs from China held in Guantanamo Bay raises some interesting questions all round. Whenever John Howard agreed to a request made by George W Bush, the Left went apoplectic, complaining that the then Australian Prime Minister was behaving like a lap dog for the then US President. Remember the cartoons? Remember the protestors depicting Howard as a dog with its nose up the backside of Bush? Recall the accusations of Howard, the deputy sheriff, diminishing Australia’s national interest? It was cheap...
  • 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...
  • White paper orders huge military build-up (Biggest since WWII)

    04/29/2009 1:46:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 2,317+ views
    The Australian ^ | 04/25/09 | Patrick Walters
    White paper orders huge military build-up Patrick Walters, National security editor | April 25, 2009 KEVIN Rudd is set to announce Australia's biggest military build-up since World War II, led by a multi-billion-dollar investment in maritime defence, including 100 new F-35 fighters, a doubling of the submarine fleet, and powerful new surface warships. Kevin Rudd is set to roll out the biggest military build-up since World War II. 04/09 Sky News Views today: 21Sorry, this video is no longer available.The new defence white paper will outline plans for a fundamental shake-up of Australia's defence organisation to ensure that the nation...
  • Weather Underground Terrorist Mark Rudd Makes the Rounds in San Francisco

    04/24/2009 4:44:59 PM PDT · by locke22 · 5 replies · 499+ views
    Old Glory Radio ^ | 04/24/09 | Old Glory Radio
    Mark Rudd, 60s Communist Weather Underground Terrorist and fellow bomb throwing pal of William (just another guy in the neighborhood ) Ayers, made the book tour rounds in San Francisco this week. Old Glory Radio Interview with Wm. Mayer, Editor and Publisher of Pipe Line News, who spent some covering the various events. Old GLory Radio audio inteerview 04/24/09. - LINK TO APPROX 12 MINUTE AUDIO INTERVIEW -
  • Rudd Labelled the 'Pig of Australian Politics' Over VIP Behaviour

    04/15/2009 9:12:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 391+ views
    Live News ^ | Thursday, 16 April 2009
    Once he's on board he turns into Barry Humphries, he turns into the pig of Australian politics...Opposition health spokesman Peter Dutton Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been labelled the "pig of Australian politics" for his blow-up over food on a RAAF VIP flight earlier this year. Opposition health spokesman Peter Dutton said the incident in which it was reported the prime minister's anger had reduced a female RAAF flight attendant to tears reveals the real Mr Rudd. "He's been described lately as the Barry Humphries of politics; he's up on top of those stairs hopping into the VIP flight overseas,...
  • Australia Govt Opens Way to Snap Election (Because of Nannystate Alcopop Tax)

    04/15/2009 9:07:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 309+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Apr 16, 2009
    Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has opened the way for a possible snap election by promising to reintroduce laws for a tax on alcoholic soft drinks already rejected by parliament. The centre-left government can call a double dissolution election in both houses of parliament if identical legislation is twice rejected by lawmakers, with a three-month gap between attempts. Political analysts have speculated that Rudd, whose popularity is at near record levels ahead of scheduled elections in late 2010, could call an early poll to skirt the worst of an expected recession, peaking in the middle of next year. Conservative rivals...
  • Kevin Rudd rivals Bob Hawke as most popular Australian PM

    03/29/2009 4:46:03 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 29 replies · 689+ views ^ | 30th March 2009
    A NEW poll shows Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is rivalling Bob Hawke as Australia's most popular prime minister, while support for Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull has slumped dramatically. The latest Nielsen poll shows Mr Rudd's approval rating has risen to 74 per cent as Labor forges a crushing lead over the Coalition. In a concerning turn for Mr Turnbull, more voters now disapprove of the job he is doing as Opposition Leader than approve. On a two-party preferred basis, Labor leads the Coalition by 58 per cent to 42 per cent, a six percentage point swing to the government since...
  • Barack Obama gives classy non-DVD gift to Australian prime minister

    03/26/2009 12:28:19 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 732+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | March 25, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    Poor old Gordon Brown. While he was being savaged in Strasbourg, the Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd was getting a terribly thoughtful present from President Barack Obama - a rare original printing of sheet music, the "Anacreontic Song", by John Smith, known these days as the "Star Spangled Banner". This was, as the Aussie press was not slow to point out, in stark contrast to "the lousy gift of DVDs Obama gave Brown" during his recent visit. Rudd had given Obama a personally signed and inscribed copy of Thomas Keneally's biography of Abraham Lincoln. Not bad, but not quite as...
  • Strangers to business

    03/17/2009 8:46:07 AM PDT · by Scanian · 199+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 18, 2009 | Janet Albrechtsen
    PICK the odd man out: Barack Obama, Kevin Rudd, John Key. Only one of them, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Key, has any material personal experience of how to make a dollar in the private sector. Rudd may be the wealthiest Prime Minister Australia has had, because of his wife’s admirable business acumen, but even that business is built on government contracts. Rudd’s experience is that of a lifelong public servant and politician, with a short stint as a consultant with KPMG. Obama is the world’s most famous community organiser, lawyer and, since 1996, full-time politician. Only Key - who was...

    03/10/2009 10:05:18 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 634+ views ^ | Unknown | n/a
    In this deleted scene, we told the story of how 1960s campus radicals morphed into today's academics. Three of those radicals were Ayers, his now-wife Bernardine Dohrn, and Mark Rudd. Together, they led the Weather Underground, a group committed to the violent overthrow the U.S. Government. To bring about their hoped-for communist utopia, the Weathermen bombed dozens of targets around the country including the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon and military recruiting stations. In executing their various attacks, the Weathermen killed a few of their own and also murdered two police officers and a security guard while robbing an armored car....
  • Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to visit Obama at White House

    03/06/2009 3:47:37 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 26 replies · 795+ views
    The Australian ^ | 27th February 2009
    PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd will hold talks with US President Barack Obama in Washington next month. Mr Rudd will meet Mr Obama on March 24. "I will be discussing with him a co-ordinated international response to the global economic crisis and how we can work together in Afghanistan,'' the Prime Minister said.
  • 108 people dead, 750 homes destroyed in worst bushfires in Australia's history

    02/08/2009 4:30:37 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 53 replies · 3,114+ views ^ | 9 february 2009
    PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd said arsonists in Victoria had committed mass murder as the death toll in Australia's worst ever bushfires rose to 108 this morning. The final toll was expected to rise further and fires were still burning out of control and putting towns at risk in the Beechworth and Yackandandah regions in the state's northeast. Amid speculation some of the fires were deliberately lit - and with reports yesterday that people were returning to relight blazes after fire crews had left an area - Mr Rudd said: "There are no words to describe it other than mass murder."...