Wayne Swan

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A crane unloads containers from a ship at the Port Botany Container terminal in Sydney. Photograph: Reuters

Australia has now gone 103 consecutive quarters without a recession, beating the record of 102 quarters of growth set by the Netherlands in the 26 yea(...)

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(...)

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (C) walks with her supporters, including Treasurer Wayne Swan (R), to a meeting at Parliament House in Canberra. Photograph: Reuters

Australian prime minister Julia Gillard survived a damaging leadership battle yesterday to retain the reins of a (...)

IAustralian prime minister Julie Gillard leaves Parliament House in Canberra, following a national apology for forced adoptions.

Australia n prime minister Julia Gillard delivered a historic national apology in parliament to the thousands of unwed mothers who were forced (...)