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Mining trucks and machinery operate in the Fimiston Open Pit, known as the Super Pit, in this photograph taken with a tilt-shift lens in Kalgoorlie, Australia. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

For two decades, Australia has deserved its reputation as a “lucky country”. Alone in the developed world, since 1991 it has been recession-free.It ad(...)

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd announces the federal election for September 7th. Photograph: Mark Graham/ Bloomberg

Australia’s prime minister Kevin Rudd says that the country’s federal election, to be held on Saturday, September 7th, is about who Australians can tr(...)

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announces “hardline decision” on asylum seekers.  Photograph: Leigh Turner/Getty Images)

Refugee advocates expressed outrage yesterday after Australia’s prime minister Kevin Rudd announced that asylum seekers who arrive by boat will be sen(...)

The Labor Party has risen dramatically in the polls since  Kevin Rudd took over as party leader and prime minister. Photograph: Enny Nuraheni/Reuters

Two weekends ago, at the Australia match against the Lions in Sydney, former Labor prime minister Bob Hawke was overheard saying to current prime mini(...)

Outgoing Australian prime minister Julia Gillard speaks to journalists following her defeat in the Labor Party leadership ballot in Canberra last Wednesday. Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

‘I think what’s underlain [sic] Labor’s problems is not basically issues of personality. The issues of personality are a product of the disconnection (...)

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd and governor general Quentin Bryce introduce the Labor cabinet and stand for a photograph at Government House in Canberra. Photograph: Cole Bennetts/Getty Images.

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd announced his ministerial team, opting for less familiar names as he seeks to distance himself from predecessor J(...)

Deputy Australian prime minister Wayne Swan announcing the result of the leadership ballot  yesterday in Canberra.  In a snap  election  Kevin Rudd was re-elected leader of the ruling Labor Party. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Kevin Rudd will today be sworn in as Australia’s prime minister for a second time after Julia Gillard lost an internal ballot for the leadership of th(...)

Julia Gillard, Australia’s outgoing prime minister, speaks to journalists following her defeat in the   leadership ballot in Canberra yesterday.  Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Born in Barry, Wales, on September 29th, 1961, Julia Gillard’s family emigrated to Adelaide in 1966. They were among the more than one million British(...)

Australian prime minister Julia Gillard and her partner, Tim Mathieson. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

A poll this week has shown that 61 per cent of women and 42 per cent of men think sexism is a problem in Australia. Given the events surrounding Austr(...)

Australian prime minister Julia Gillard who responded to being asked about her  partner’s sexuality interview by warning   that such questioning could discourage women from entering public life. Photograph: Getty

An Australian radio host has been sacked after asking prime minister Julia Gillard about her partner’s sexuality during a live interview. Perth radio(...)

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