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Aussie leader is battling the bulge

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd revealed on Wednesday that he is battling the bulge, while his deputy, Julia Gillard, was stunned to be voted one of the country's sexiest women. Rudd said it is difficult to maintain a fitness regime while coping with the responsibilities of office.

Australia’s plans to filter internet under fire

An Australian government plan to filter the internet on Wednesday drew criticism from privacy advocates who said it represented the start of state censorship. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, a member of the Labour team that ousted former prime minister John Howard in November, wants filters in place to shield children from online porn and violence.

‘Aussie Taliban’ released from jail

Former Guantánamo Bay inmate David Hicks walked free from an Australian jail after completing a sentence for supporting terrorism on Saturday, vowing not to let down those who got him home. More than six years after he was captured in Afghanistan, the so-called "Aussie Taliban" was escorted from Adelaide's maximum security Yalata jail.

Australia’s Rudd names Cabinet, signals change

Australia's Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd unveiled his Cabinet on Thursday, prioritising education, industrial relations and the environment in a break with conservative predecessor John Howard's legacy. Calling it "a team with fresh ideas", Rudd included four women and a former rock star in the Cabinet.

Australia’s Labour claims election victory

Australia's Labour party claimed victory in national elections on Saturday, signalling an end to 11 years of conservative government led by Prime Minister John Howard. "On the numbers we are seeing tonight, Labour is going to form a government," Labour's deputy leader, Julia Gillard, told Australian television.

Australian PM takes walks on the wild side

A looming election has turned Australian Prime Minister John Howard's traditional morning stroll into a walk on the wild side. Television satirists have popped up in his path dressed as rabbits and worms -- both well-known political creatures here -- while ordinary passers-by have taken to hurling insults at him.

Bush speaks at Opec … er, Apec

United States President George Bush, who reportedly once told aides he dislikes the "small talk in big rooms" of summitry, seemed not entirely sure on Friday which world leader gathering was going. Opening the keynote speech of his visit to Sydney, Bush thanked Australian Prime Minister John Howard "for being such a fine host for the Opec summit'.

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