Kevin Rudd

  • Australia election: Conservative leader Abbott registers thumping victory September 8, 2013

    Australia's conservative leader Tony Abbott swept into office in a landslide election on Saturday as voters punished the outgoing Labor government for six years of turbulent rule and for failing to maximise the benefits of a now fading mining boom. Abbott, a former boxer, Rhodes scholar and trainee priest, promised to...
  • Early exit polls report opposition romp in Australia September 7, 2013

    Sydney: Early exit polls taken in Australia's national election Saturday showed the Tony Abbott-led conservative opposition romping to victory over Kevin Rudd's Labor Party. A Sky News exit poll released before voting was to end at 6:00 pm (0800 GMT) predicted that the Liberal/Nationals would gain a massive 25 seats to...
  • Conservative leader Tony Abbott expected to win Australian election as polls begin September 7, 2013

    Australia's conservative leader Tony Abbott, expected to win national elections on Saturday and end six years of Labor rule, cast his vote at a Sydney surf club, joking he'd rather be enjoying the beach than campaigning. A confident Abbott, who is often photographed in his swimming costume at his local Manly...
  • Obama talks Syria with Australia's Rudd; Rice meets Israelis August 27, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama spoke with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd about possible international responses to the Syrian situation while his national security adviser discussed Syria and security with Israeli officials, the White House said on Monday. In a call with Rudd, "the two leaders expressed their grave concern about the...
  • Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard ousted in party vote June 27, 2013

    Sydney: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard lost to Kevin Rudd in a contest for her Labor Party's leadership on Wednesday. As Rudd won 57 votes to 45 in a leadership ballot of the party's lawmakers, the change has come ahead of a general election due in September, which polls suggest...
  • Julia Gillard ousted as Australian PM after party coup June 26, 2013

    Canberra: Kevin Rudd returned as Australian prime minister on Wednesday, executing a stunning party room coup on Julia Gillard almost three years to the day after being ousted by his former deputy and less than three months out from a general election. The reinstatement of Rudd was a last-ditch effort to...
  • Australian premier wins leadership ballot February 27, 2012

    Melbourne: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Monday emphatically won the Labor leadership ballot, handing her arch-rival Kevin Rudd a resounding defeat by 71 votes to 31. With the win in the 103-member caucus, the country's first female prime minister ended Rudd's hopes of returning as premier any time before the...
  • Oz PM calls party vote as challenger rises February 23, 2012

    CANBERRA Prime Minister Julia Gillard put her job on the line on Thursday, announcing a leadership ballot in hopes of quashing a comeback by Kevin Rudd, the colleague she ousted in a Labor Party coup nearly two years ago. The vote by party lawmakers, scheduled for Monday, is an effort by...
  • Australia expands sanctions against Iran December 6, 2011

    Melbourne: Australian Government has expanded sanctions against Iran in response to its continued non-compliance with UN Security Council resolution on its nuclear programme. Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said in a statement on Monday that the measures will target people and companies involved in Iran's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes and will...
  • Krishna urges Aus to lift ban on uranium sale January 20, 2011

    Melbourne: External Affairs Minster SM Krishna met his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd in Melbourne on Thursday even as he again made a strong pitch to lift ban on uranium sale to India insisting that nuclear power is necessary for energy starved developing countries. Krishna arrived at the Royal Society of Victoria...
  • WikiLeaks: Australia FM blames US, not Assange December 8, 2010

    Melbourne: Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday blamed the United States, not the Australian founder of WikiLeaks, for the unauthorised leak of some 250,000 secret US diplomatic cables - some of which reflected badly on him. Rudd said those who originally leaked the documents were legally liable and that the...
  • Julia Gillard becomes Australia's first woman PM June 24, 2010

    Melbourne: Julia Gillard was on Thursday announced as Australia's first woman Prime Minister after Kevin Rudd stepped down in tears as the ruling Labour Party's leader at a ballot meeting. Gillard, who said that she was "honoured" to head the country, will now decide when to lead the party into the...
  • See Indian attacks in context: Australian PM January 21, 2010

    Melbourne: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Thursday said attacks on Indians should be seen in context of "the broader incidences of violence to students of other ethnic backgrounds, acts of violence against Australian students". Rudd told reporters in Adelaide: "Regrettably, there have been some incidents recently, let's accept that, but...
  • Oz attacks may 'cast a shadow' on ties: Govt January 12, 2010

    New Delhi: Foreign Minister SM Krishna warned his Australian counterpart on Monday that failing to tackle attacks on Indians in Australia will "cast a shadow" over bilateral relations, a Government statement said. New Delhi has launched diplomatic protests and travel warnings after a series of attacks on Indians since...
  • India issues travel advisory for Oz post racial attacks January 5, 2010

    New Delhi/Melbourne: Three days after an Indian youth was fatally stabbed in Melbourne, India's External Affairs Ministry on Tuesday issued an advisory asking Indians studying in Australia and those planning to do so to take extra security precautions while moving around in that country. The Indian Government issued the advisory...
  • Indian student stabbed in Australia yet again December 9, 2009

    Melbourne: In yet another attack on Indian students in Australia, a 23-year-old youth from the community was stabbed in the chest by unidentified assailants in Melbourne on Wednesday, police said. The student, who was also a cabbie, was attacked and left to bleed on a Brunswick West street, police said. The...
  • Australia assures to protect Indians against attacks November 12, 2009

    Australian PM says Indians are welcomed guests of his country. ...
  • Australian PM visits India to improve ties November 12, 2009

    New Delhi: As Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd landed in Mumbai, India on Wednesday conveyed its concerns over recent attacks on Indian students in that country and stressed the need for Canberra to take "effective steps" to prevent recurrence of such incidents. He flies to Delhi from Mumbai after meeting top...
  • Watch: Brand Australia takes another beating September 25, 2009

    New Delhi: An Indian cab driver in Melbourne was beaten by a very drunk football player. The player was questioned and released by the police. When asked why these violations are happening repeatedly, Victoria's Premier John Brumby - who is in New Delhi - didn't have any concrete answers. ...
  • Don't break law, Aus PM warns Indian students September 18, 2009

    Sydney: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Thursday warned students from India not to take the law into their own hands after writer and activist Farrukh Dhondy reportedly urged Indians in the country for "some form of retaliation" following the brutal assault on three Indians in Melbourne. Dhondy has urged Indians...
  • Enough is enough: India tells Aus to punish guilty September 17, 2009

    New Delhi: Days after the latest incident of assault on three Indians in Melbourne, India on Wednesday asked Australia to take immediate steps to prevent the recurrence of such attacks and punish the guilty. "We are concerned at the recurring attacks on Indians in Australia," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vishnu Prakash...
  • Not covering-up assault on Indians: Aus Police September 16, 2009

    Melbourne: The police are denying that a deliberate decision was taken to minimise publicity over the brutal assault on three Indians at the weekend in Australia. The Indians were attacked by a group outside a bar in Epping on Saturday and the attackers told the victims: "You Indians, just go back...
  • Australia implements strict student protection laws August 19, 2009

    Sydney: The Australian government is bringing in tougher rules to protect international students from dubious operators, a minister told parliament on Wednesday. The move follows a string of attacks on Indian students and reports of overseas students being exploited. "The message to providers is, if you're not providing your students...
  • Tune In: Student says Krishna wrong to believe Aus August 8, 2009

    Sydney: An Indian student leader in Australia, Mayank Sharma - who has been racially abused three times in the past month - says Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna is wrong to accept assurances of students' safety from the New South Wales Premiere. SM Krishna is currently on a visit...
  • Will ensure safety of Indian students: Aus PM August 7, 2009

    Cairns: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Friday assured External Affairs Minister S M Krishna that all steps would be taken to ensure safety and security of Indian students as they discussed the issues in the backdrop of recent attacks. After the 20-minutes-long close door meeting, Krishna expressed his satisfaction at...
  • Exclusive: Australian PM vows safety for Indians in Oz June 25, 2009

    Sydney: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has spoken to Prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh and assured him that his government will ensure safety for Indian citizens in Australia. ...
  • We will try to maximise security for students: Aus PM June 24, 2009

    Canberra: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday said that he would do "everything possible to maximise security" and step up safety measures for international students following a wave of savage attacks on Indian students that have caused an outrage. "Any assault against any person is one assault too many. I...
  • India-Aus diplomatic ties strained after race attacks June 12, 2009

    New Delhi: The Indian community is continuing to protest across Australia in response to several attacks on Indian students. Some students are now arming themselves with bats to patrol subway stations in the worst-affected suburbs and are also retaliating against suspected attackers even though Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has warned...
  • Australian PM warns against vigilante action June 10, 2009

    Melbourne: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday said, violence in Australian cities against students, including Indians, was "regrettable part" of urban life but warned against vigilante action, saying such acts as equally unwelcome. "It's unacceptable for anyone to commit an act of violence against any student of any ethnicity anywhere in...
  • Australian PM assures action against attackers June 2, 2009

    New Delhi: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has assured India that perpetrators of the recent attacks on Indian citizens here will be met with full force of the law. However, these words haven't been enough. A rally against racial violence turned ugly on Monday morning. And another Indian - a taxi...