Australia trapped in political crisis management: Analysts

Australia`s frenetic leadership challenges, fuelled by poor opinion polls and internal party unease, could leave it trapped in a cycle of political crisis management, analysts say.

Embattled Australian PM Tony Abbot says challenge against him will fail

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Saturday that he expected a challenge against his leadership to fail and stressed his government would not repeat the "chaos and instability" of previous administrations.

Former Australian PM under campaign donation scanner

Australia`s Labour Party number crunchers are questioning why an A$200,000 (about $181,000) election campaign donation ended up in former prime minister Kevin Rudd`s electorate account.

Australian former PM Kevin Rudd goes to Harvard

Kevin Rudd, former prime minister of Australia, has been named a Senior Fellow with Harvard University`s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the former prime minister`s office said in a press release.

Australia spied on Indonesia president: Reports

Australian spy agencies attempted to listen to the phone calls of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and targeted his wife and senior ministers, reports said on Monday, drawing a demand for answers from Jakarta.

Former Australian PM Kevin Rudd retires from politics

According to Rudd, he will leave parliament at the end of this week.

Australia`s former FM Bob Carr calls it quits

Australia`s former foreign minister Bob Carr said on Wednesday he was quitting politics and intended to "reinvent" himself as an Asia expert.

Australia`s first woman leader surprised by sexism

Australia`s first woman prime minister, who was dumped by her party ahead of September`s election loss, today said she was surprised by the level of aggressive sexism directed at her during three years in power.

Tony Abbott sworn in as Australia PM

Tony Abbott was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Australia on Wednesday after defeating former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s Labor party in last month’s elections.

Australia`s Tony Abbott gets to work as Prime Minister-elect

Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott on Sunday got "down to business" with a pledge to work for all Australians, a day after disillusioned voters punished the outgoing Premier Kevin Rudd`s Labor Party for its six years of turbulent rule and bitter in-fighting.

Australia’s conservative leader Tony Abbot wins national elections

Tony Abbott, who heads a Liberal Party-led coalition, is set to become Australia`s new prime minister after incumbent Kevin Rudd conceded defeat in the country`s bitterly fought federal elections Saturday.

Oz conservative leader Tony Abbott set for win: Exit polls

Australia`s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was headed for a defeat in the national elections on Saturday, as exit polls suggested a landslide victory for his Conservative challenger Tony Abbott.

Australia PM says warships could be moved north

Australian PM Kevin Rudd said key naval assets could be relocated north to adapt to a changing security landscape and put personnel nearer to their fields of operation.

Australian PM says warships could be moved north

Australia is seen as a critical pillar in the US "pivot" to Asia and the rebalancing of its military strategy.

Australian PM Kevin Rudd`s support slumps ahead of election

A defiant Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd warned on Monday not to write him off as a new poll showed his popularity slumping barely three weeks away from elections.

No place for sexism in Australia: PM Rudd

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday said there was "no place" for sexism, racism or homophobia in Australia as election rival Tony Abbott laughed off his touting of a candidate`s sex appeal.

Rudd makes gay marriage an Australian election issue

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said today it was time to end the "acrimonious" debate on gay marriage, after he vowed to introduce a bill legalising same-sex unions if returned to office.

No KO punch in first Australian election debate

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and opposition leader Tony Abbott held their first televised debate of the week-old election campaign tonight without either candidate emerging a clear winner.

Australian PM Kevin Rudd`s personal support slumps

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd`s personal support among voters slumped into negative for the first time since he resumed the leadership of ruling Labor Party.

Australian PM Kevin Rudd calls national election for September 7

Rudd, who was dumped by his centre-left party in June 2010, has generated a spike in public support since he returned but conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott is still favourite to win power.