James Grubel

Rudd sets September 7 poll date

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called a September 7 general election on Sunday, barely six weeks after he toppled former leader Julia Gillard.

Australia PM Gillard wins leadership vote unopposed

Australia prime minister Julia Gillard will lead the government until September after her rival, Kevin Rudd, said he did not have enough support.

Solomon Islands earthquake leaves at least 5 dead

A powerful 8.0 magnitude earthquake has set off a tsunami that has killed at least five people in a remote part of the Solomon Islands.

Rudd resignation signals showdown with Gillard in Oz

The resignation of Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has stoked speculation the country's government could be plunged into a new crisis.

Australia confronts prospect of minority government

Australia could have its first minority government in 70 years, with an poll showing the Labour party drawing level with the conservative opposition.

Australian mining tax may boost Rudd’s appeal

Australia's plan to hit mining projects with a new tax might have upset resource companies, but it could prove popular with voters.

Australian carbon laws face fresh turmoil

The future of Australia's carbon trade scheme was thrown into confusion on Thursday after several opposition lawmakers resigned their party positions.

Australia opens Indian Ocean detention centre

A spate of refugee boats to Australia prompted the government on Friday to open a much-criticised new immigration detention centre.

Strewth! Aussie Catholics call foul on TV chef

Australia's Catholic church has taken a swipe at foul-mouthed British chef Gordon Ramsay and demanded his reality television shows be either taken off air or shown at a later time. One episode broadcast recently featured Ramsay using a four-letter expletive more than 80 times, while he also shouts at a chef saying: ''You French pig.''

Major pro-Beijing rally at Australia torch relay

In the biggest pro-Beijing rally of the protest-marred Olympic torch relay, more than 10 000 Chinese Australians rallied in Canberra on Thursday, bringing a sea of red Chinese flags and drowning out Tibetan demonstrators. Protests and tight security have followed the Olympic torch around the world over the past month.

Email records to show slice of Australian life

With email replacing letters as a way of keeping in touch, an Australian museum on Tuesday said it wants to stop a valuable archive of daily life from being lost with the touch of a delete button. Sydney's Powerhouse Museum is asking Australians to send them all kinds of emails and replies, including embarrassing messages.

Tears, dances as Aborigines make history

Aborigines playing didgeridoos and smeared with white body paint overturned hundreds of years of British tradition in Australia on Tuesday by taking part in the official opening of the nation's new parliamentary session. The ceremony came a day before Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivers an historic apology to Aborigines for past policies.

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