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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.
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CANBERRA, Australia, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan, in an interview broadcast Friday, said "cranks" and "crazies" in the U.S. Republican Party threaten the world economy.

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CANBERRA, Australia, May 11 (UPI) -- Australia's defense budget will be cut but some major projects including submarine procurement have been spared.

Australia's mining boom a challenge?

CANBERRA, Australia, April 20 (UPI) -- Australia is witnessing an unprecedented mining boom, the country's treasurer Wayne Swan said Wednesday, Mining Weekly reports.

Australia ups air cargo security

SYDNEY, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Inbound air cargo from Dubai and Doha to Australia will be carefully screened following an international security incident.

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CANBERRA, Australia, June 23 (UPI) -- Australia's Labor Party has elected Julia Gillard as its leader, ousting Prime Minister Kevin Rudd weeks before a federal election, officials said.

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CANBERRA, Australia, May 11 (UPI) -- Australia announced a $588 million fund for renewable energy Tuesday, two weeks after the country shelved its carbon-trading legislation.

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Australia caps bank deposit guarantees

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CANBERRA, Australia, May 2 (UPI) -- Opposition Australian politicians have accused the ruling party of breaking a campaign promise by planning to cap the country's baby bonus.

Aussie treasurer wants surpluses saved

SYDNEY, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The Australian national treasurer has called for an end to the government returning revenue surpluses to taxpayers, it was reported Thursday.
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Wayne Maxwell Swan (born 30 June 1954) is the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and an Australian politician. He has been an Australian Labor Party (ALP) member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1993 to 1996, and then re elected in 1998 till today , representing the Division of Lilley, QLD. Following Labor's win at the 2007 election, he became Treasurer of Australia in the First Rudd Ministry.

On 24 June 2010, Swan was elected unopposed as the Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, and became the Deputy Prime Minister when Julia Gillard was sworn in as the Prime Minister later that day, remaining also Treasurer.

Swan was born and educated in Nambour, Queensland. He won a Commonwealth scholarship to study public administration at the University of Queensland, becoming a lecturer in the Department of Management at the Queensland Institute of Technology (now the Queensland University of Technology) before entering politics.

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