Julia Gillard

Australian PM calls September 7 poll against resurgent conservatives


CANBERRA - Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called a September 7 general election on Sunday, barely six weeks after he toppled former leader Julia Gillard in a party-room vote, ending a turbulent three years in power for the minority Labor government.

Poll shows strong shift to Australian PM Rudd, new ministry named

CANBERRA - Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd rewarded backers who helped him reclaim power from Julia Gillard with places in the new ministry he announced on Monday, while a new poll showed a strong bounce for his Labor Party before national elections.

World, Australia, Tony Abbott 30 Jun 2013

Rudd sworn in as Australian PM after overthrowing Gillard

CANBERRA - Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australian prime minister for the second time on Thursday, a day after toppling Julia Gillard and three months ahead of elections in which opinion polls show the ruling Labor Party faces a devastating defeat. | Video

World, Australia, Tony Abbott 27 Jun 2013

Rudd returns as Australia PM after toppling Gillard

CANBERRA - Kevin Rudd returned as Australian prime minister on Wednesday, executing a stunning party room coup on Julia Gillard almost three years to the day after being ousted by his former deputy and less than three months out from a general election. | Video

World, 26 Jun 2013

Australia PM hits out at critics amid leadership turmoil

CANBERRA - Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard hit out at critics of her record on Monday as speculation intensified of a fresh challenge to her leadership and opinion polls showed her divided Labor Party headed for a catastrophic September election defeat.

World, Australia, Tony Abbott 24 Jun 2013

Australian PM rules out election spree as high dollar hits budget

CANBERRA - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, well behind in opinion polls for elections in September, has ruled out a major spending spree to win back voters, conceding that the stubbornly high Australian dollar has put a A$12 billion hole in government revenue forecasts.

World, Australia, Tony Abbott 29 Apr 2013

Australia's Labor roiled by resignations after failed leadership coup

CANBERRA - Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard faced a string of ministerial resignations on Friday in the wake of a botched leadership coup against her, forcing a reshuffle of her Labor government just months from potentially disastrous elections.

Australian PM Gillard survives leadership showdown

CANBERRA - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stared down a leadership crisis on Thursday and ensured she will lead the government into a September 14 election after she called a surprise leadership vote over her chief rival Kevin Rudd.

World, Australia, Tony Abbott 21 Mar 2013

Australia eases some military sanctions on reforming Myanmar

CANBERRA - Australia will ease restrictions on military engagement with Myanmar following democratic reforms since the country's ruling generals relinquished their half-century grip on power in 2011, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Monday. | Video

Australia pursues Malaysian explanation for senator's deportation

PERTH, Australia - Australia is seeking further explanation from Malaysia about why an Australian senator, who went to politically sensitive Malaysia to discuss electoral reform, was denied entry and deported, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Sunday.

World, Australia, 17 Feb 2013

Philippines arrests Australian over ties to militant group ISIL

MANILA - The Philippines on Friday arrested an Australian national with suspected links to foreign Islamist militants after he urged Philippine Muslims on social media sites to support conflicts in Iraq and Syria, recruiting them to go to the Middle East.