Former Leader Rudd Ousts Australia’s First Female PM

SYDNEY Australia’s former leader Kevin Rudd ousted Prime Minister Julia Gillard as Labor chief in a dramatic internal ballot, deposing the country’s first female premier as the party fights desperately to head off defeat in September elections. The embattled Gillard – who vowed to quit politics in September if she lost – called the vote […]

Australian PM Subject of ‘Grossly Sexist’ Menu

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard accused the opposition of a pattern of misogynist behaviour, branding a menu for a party fundraiser “grossly sexist and offensive” after it featured a quail dish named after her that offered “small breasts” and “huge thighs”. The menu was used at a dinner in March for Mal Brough, a […]

Gillard Government Under Pressure to Set Up Sex Abuse Inquiry

CANBERRA Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is facing growing pressure to set up a national royal commission into allegations of child abuse within the Catholic Church, according to local media. The campaign against child abuse of the Catholic Church has been fueled by last week’s explosive allegations by a senior New South Wales police investigator, […]

Editorial: A Bilateral Irritant

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard met her commitment to the Schapelle lobby on her visit to Indonesia last week, her first as leader of her country, by making the same representations on Corby’s behalf that have consistently been made by Australian representatives since Kerobokan’s most high-profile inmate decided to seek clemency from President Susilo Bambang […]

President Doesn’t Rule Out Corby Freedom

JAKARTA Following a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Jakarta on Tuesday during which she pressed for clemency for drug smuggler Schapelle Corby, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appeared to suggest that he was open to granting a pardon. But Yudhoyono said it might be more likely that Corby, 33, could serve out the […]