The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.
By United Press International

Abbott trips up on Australian election trail

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Australian prime minister hopeful Tony Abbott has explained his way out of another embarrassing gaffe made on the campaign trail only a day after he was criticised for a "sex appeal" comment.

Australia upholds mining tax

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Australia's High Court has upheld a challenge to the country's mining tax.
Australia dissolves Parliament ahead of September election

Australia dissolves Parliament ahead of September election

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- A 19-gun salute Monday signaled Australia's House of Representatives was dissolved and the official start of electioneering began for polling day Sept. 7.

Australian refugee policy sparks Nauru riots

CANBERRA, Australia, July 22 (UPI) -- Police on the Micronesian island of Nauru arrested at least 59 escapees from an asylum detention center after riots broke out, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Australia to scrap carbon tax for emissions trading

SYDNEY, July 17 (UPI) -- Australia will drop its carbon tax and replace it with an emissions trading scheme sooner than had been planned.

More women promoted to Australia's Cabinet

CANBERRA, Australia, July 2 (UPI) -- Australia's new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd unveiled his Cabinet that includes more women than did his female predecessor's line-up.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's Cabinet sworn in

CANBERRA, Australia, July 1 (UPI) -- The Cabinet of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was sworn in Monday as the country's new leader said he wanted his "best players" as his ministers.

Australia to turn up the heat on boat people

CANBERRA, Australia, June 28 (UPI) -- Australia's courts and tribunals won't have as much discretion when it comes to deciding if asylum seekers are genuine refugees, Foreign Minister Bob Carr said.

Australia to forge ahead on climate change?

SYDNEY, June 27 (UPI) -- Australia's climate change policy faces an uncertain future after a change in the country's leadership.
Kevin Rudd sworn in as Australia's prime minister -- again

Kevin Rudd sworn in as Australia's prime minister -- again

CANBERRA, Australia, June 27 (UPI) -- Kevin Rudd was sworn in Thursday as Australia's prime minister, a post he lost to Julia Gillard but regained after he ousted her in a Labor Party vote.

Rudd topples PM Gillard for Australia's Labor Party leadership

CANBERRA, Australia, June 26 (UPI) -- Kevin Rudd defeated Julia Gillard, 57-45, in a Labor Party leadership vote Wednesday, opening the way for his return to the office of Australian prime minister.

Australia, Indonesia to face off over people smuggling

CANBERRA, Australia, June 26 (UPI) -- Australia and Indonesia are set for a "challenging" meeting over people smuggling issues when their leaders meet in July, The Age newspaper reported.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, June 24, 2013.
By United Press International

Shock jock fired, asked Australian prime minister about her sex life

PERTH, Australia, June 14 (UPI) -- After a radio interview in which Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was asked about her sex life, the interviewer was fired, the radio network said.
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Julia Gillard
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (white coat) visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington on March 7, 2011. With her are veteran Graham Edwards (in wheel chair) and Jan Scruggs, founder and president, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (R). Australia has committed resources to building the "Education Center at The Wall." UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg.

Julia Eileen Gillard (/ˈɡɪlɑrd/, born 29 September 1961) is the 27th and current Prime Minister of Australia, in office since June 2010.

Gillard was elected at the 1998 federal election to the House of Representatives seat of Lalor, Victoria, for the Australian Labor Party. Following the 2001 federal election, Gillard was elected to the shadow cabinet with the portfolios of Population and Immigration. The Reconciliation and Indigenous Affairs and the Health portfolios were added in 2003. In December 2006, Kevin Rudd was elected Labor leader and Leader of the Opposition, with Gillard as deputy leader.

Gillard became the Deputy Prime Minister upon Labor's victory in the 2007 federal election, also serving as Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. On 24 June 2010, after Rudd lost the support of his party and stood aside, Gillard became federal leader of the Australian Labor Party and thus the Prime Minister, the first female holder of the office.

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