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Australia slams door on refugees with tough new measures

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia announced tough new measures to stem a dramatic increase in refugee boats from Indonesia on Friday, with a deal to send all boat arrivals to Papua New Guinea (PNG) for assessment and eventual settlement. Full story

Australian PM changes carbon tax ahead of election

Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Tuesday a deeply unpopular carbon tax will be replaced by a less-severe emissions trading scheme a year ahead of schedule, in a bid to lower power bills for households as a tight national election looms. Full story

New Australian PM Rudd gives struggling government big poll boost

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Support for Australia's embattled Labor government has surged since new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd took charge late last week but it will still struggle to win an election later this year, a major poll published on Sunday showed. Full story

Australia to swear in Rudd as PM, Bowen as Treasurer

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Kevin Rudd will be sworn in as Australian prime minister at 9.30 a.m. on Thursday (2330 GMT Wednesday), with Chris Bowen to be sworn in as treasurer, the office of Governor-General Quentin Bryce said on Thursday. Full story

Australia PM hits out at critics amid leadership turmoil

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard hit out at critics of her record on Monday as speculation intensified of a fresh challenge to her leadership and opinion polls showed her divided Labor Party headed for a catastrophic September election defeat. Full story

Australia's Labor roiled by resignations after failed leadership coup

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard faced a string of ministerial resignations on Friday in the wake of a botched leadership coup against her, forcing a reshuffle of her Labor government just months from potentially disastrous elections. Full story

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Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd arrives at a Australian Labor Party caucus meeting to vote on party reforms, in Sydney July 22, 2013. This is the party's last meeting before federal elections. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz (AUSTRALIA - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Australian Prime Minister Rudd listens to a question during a news conference after the Australian Labor Party caucus meeting to vote on party reforms, in Sydney
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Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd listens to a question during a news conference after the Australian Labor Party caucus meeting to vote on party reforms, in Sydney July 22, 2013. This is the party's last meeting before federal elections. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz (AUSTRALIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS

Australian Prime Minister Rudd arrives to a news conference after the Australian Labor Party caucus meeting to vote on party reforms, in Sydney
Australian Prime Minister Rudd arrives to a news conference after the Australian Labor Party caucus meeting to vote on party reforms, in Sydney

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd arrives to a news conference after the Australian Labor Party caucus meeting to vote on party reforms, in Sydney July 22, 2013. This is the party's last meeting before federal elections. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz (AUSTRALIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)