Australia PM Names Record Number of Women in Cabinet

CANBERRA Australia’s new cabinet was sworn with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd naming a record number of six women and switching focus to the economy ahead of upcoming elections. With Labor trailing badly in the polls Rudd ruthlessly seized the leadership, ousting the country’s first woman prime minister Julia Gillard three years after she had overthrown […]

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 […]

Australia Piles Pressure on SBY over Bali Prisoners

NUSA DUA Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd lobbied President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Bali on Thursday over convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby and fellow Australians on death row on the island. The former Australian premier pitched for a pardon for Corby, sentenced to a 20-year prison term in 2005 for smuggling 4.2 kilograms of marijuana […]

Death-Row Bali 9, Corby Clemency Petitioned in New York

NEW YORK Australia’s new foreign minister and deposed prime minister, Kevin Rudd, has raised the issue with his Indonesian counterpart of three of the Bali Nine group of drug traffickers who are on death row. The high-level revelation came from the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly currently under way in New York. During […]