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Tony Abbott set to become Australia's next PM (Roundup)

Sep 7 2013, 9:00am CDT | by IANS

Sydney, Sep 7 (IANS) 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.

Sydney, Sep 7 — 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...

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Tony Abbott set to become Australia's next PM (Roundup)

Sep 7 2013, 9:00am CDT | by IANS

Sydney, Sep 7 (IANS) 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.

Sydney, Sep 7 — 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.

"I declare that Australia is under new management," Xinhua quoted Abbott as saying in Sydney.

"I now look forward to forming a government that is competent, that is trustworthy, and which purposefully and steadfastly and methodically sets about delivering on our commitments to you, the Australian people," Abbott added.

The coalition has won more than 76 seats of the 150-seat House of Representatives, which is enough to form a government in their own right, according to Sky TV.

Earlier in Brisbane, Rudd told his supporters that he had called Abbott to concede defeat.

"A short time ago I telephoned Tony Abbott to concede defeat at these national elections," Xinhua quoted Rudd as telling his supporters.

While conceding defeat, Rudd also said that he would not seek to lead his party any longer. He had seized the party's leadership from Julia Gillard nine weeks back.

"I have been honoured to serve as your prime minister and as your party's leader," the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) quoted Rudd as telling his supporters in his seat of Griffith in Brisbane.

"But there comes a time when you know you've given it your all and a time for the party to further renew its leadership for the future. For me that time is now. So I will not be recontesting the leadership of the parliamentary Labour Party, he said, adding that the Australian people deserved "a fresh start with our leadership".

Rudd said he knew "Labour hearts are heavy across the nation tonight".

"And as your PM and as your parliamentary leader of the great Australian Labor Party I accept responsibility," he said.

"I gave it my all but it was not enough for us to win," he added.

"I'm proud that despite all the prophets of doom that we have preserved our federal parliamentary Labor Party as a viable fighting force for the future."

After Rudd's announcement in Brisbane, Abbott, leader of the Liberal-National coalition, claimed victory at a gathering in Sydney, Xinhua reported.

He said his new government would be sworn in "in a week or so". He also acknowledged Kevin Rudd's service to the people of the nation.

Before Rudd's announcement, the exit poll of Sky News pointed to a clear win for Abbott's Liberal-National Coalition.

The Sky News/Newspoll exit poll showed the opposition would win 97 seats, a 25-seat gain, while Labour would lose 21 seats and have only 51 seats in the lower house.

While Rudd retained his seat of Griffith, his party was swept away from power after six years in office.

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Before G20 Summit In Australia, Host City Airport Bans Climate Billboard

Nov 3 2014 3:56pm CST | Source: ThinkProgress

CREDIT: shutterstock After this week’s major IPCC report, the next big international forum on climate change will be the G20 meeting on November 15 and 16 in Brisbane, Australia, which will bring together the largest economies and the biggest greenhouse gas emitters. The meeting will represent the final days of Australia’s turn as head of the powerful G20 group — a stretch that has not been climate-friendly as Tony Abbott’ ...
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Australia bans visas for Ebola-zone travelers

Oct 28 2014 8:28am CDT | Source: WND

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia came under fire on Tuesday from health experts and rights advocates after it issued a blanket ban on visas from West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak, making it the first rich nation to shut its doors to the region. Australia has not recorded a case of Ebola despite a number of scares, and conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott has so far resisted repeated requests to send medical personnel to help battle the outbreak on the ground. The decision ...
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Spring Heat Wave In Australia Breaks Records Across The Country

Oct 27 2014 1:54pm CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

A tennis fan cools down in the fountain in the scorching heat during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. CREDIT: AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi Australia’s summer doesn’t start until December, but the country is still baking in a record-breaking spring heat wave. On Saturday, Australia’s average high temperature of 97.5°F broke the record for the ...
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Backlash After Australian Climate Change Group Compares Coal Mining to Paedophilia

Oct 27 2014 6:22am CDT | Source: Big Government

An Australian climate change lobby group has faced a backlash after creating a billboard advert comparing coal miners to paedophiles. The ad was one of a number of possible images posted onto the Facebook page of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition as part of a competition to choose a poster to be displayed at Brisbane airport next month when world leaders fly in to meet for the G20 Summit, but was pulled from the site after followers ...
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Pacific Climate Change Warriors Block World's Largest Coal Port

Oct 24 2014 8:14am CDT | Source: Truthout Stories

United Nations - Climate Change Warriors from 12 Pacific Island nations paddled canoes into the world's largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, Friday to bring attention to their grave fears about the consequences of climate change on their home countries. The 30 warriors joined a flotilla of hundreds of Australians in kayaks and on surfboards to delay eight of the 12 ships scheduled to pass through ...
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Pacific Climate Change Warriors Block World's Largest Coal Port

Oct 24 2014 8:14am CDT | Source: Truthout Stories

United Nations - Climate Change Warriors from 12 Pacific Island nations paddled canoes into the world's largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, Friday to bring attention to their grave fears about the consequences of climate change on their home countries. The 30 warriors joined a flotilla of hundreds of Australians in kayaks and on surfboards to delay eight of the 12 ships scheduled to pa ...
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Obama speaks to Australia PM

Oct 22 2014 11:56am CDT | Source: USATODAY

Obama and Tony Abbott discuss the G-20, Afghanistan, and the Islamic State.    ...
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