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Australia's next prime minister came from humble beginnings

May. 21, 2022 23:12 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese is a politician molded by his humble start to life as the only child of a single mother who raised him on a pension in gritty inner-Sydney suburbia. He is also a hero of multicultural Australia, describing...

Albanese elected Australia's leader in complex poll result

May. 21, 2022 22:54 PM EDT

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Australians awoke on Sunday to a new prime minister in Anthony Albanese, the center-left Labor Party leader whose ascension to the nation’s top job from being raised in social housing by a single mother on a disability pension was said to reflect the changed fabric of...

Australia PM Morrison defends record despite election loss

May. 21, 2022 12:32 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Scott Morrison said his conservative government had left Australia in a robust condition, even as voters on Saturday punished him for his handling of issues including climate change and the pandemic that helped return the center-left opposition to power for the first time in almost...

Australian Labor topples conservatives; PM faces early tests

May. 21, 2022 12:13 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s center-left opposition party toppled the conservative government after almost a decade in power, and Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese in his Saturday election victory speech promised sharper reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while he faces an...

Biden in Asia: New friends, old tensions, storms at home

May. 20, 2022 08:36 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Joe Biden hopes to use his visit to Asia to confirm his belief that long-standing friendships can afford to become even friendlier — and pay dividends. He opened the trip in South Korea on Friday and will end in Japan next week at a time when world events are...

EXPLAINER: How does Australia's election process work?

May. 20, 2022 04:33 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians vote Saturday to elect their 47th Parliament since federation in 1901 and will likely either return Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative coalition for a fourth three-year term or make opposition leader Anthony Albanese the nation’s 31st prime...

EXPLAINER: How do Australian parties differ on key issues?

May. 20, 2022 04:17 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s center-left opposition Labor Party has outspent the ruling conservative Liberal Party-led coalition in election promises during the six-week campaign leading up to the vote on Saturday. Labor says more spending is needed to increase...

Economy, China, climate dominate as Australia set for polls

May. 20, 2022 03:59 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians will go to the polls on Saturday following a six-week campaign that has focused on pandemic-fueled inflation, climate change and fears of a Chinese military outpost being established less than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) off Australia’s shore. ...

Morrison first recent Australian leader to survive 3 years

May. 20, 2022 00:23 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — In at least one sense, Scott Morrison has become the most successful Australian prime minister in years just by standing for reelection on Saturday. He is the first to survive in office from one election to the next since 2007. That year, the government...

Australian conservative party faces teal independent threat

May. 19, 2022 04:14 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The daughter of a conservative federal lawmaker and granddaughter of a conservative cabinet minister, Sydney businessperson Allegra Spender has an impeccable pedigree for a career in Australian politics. More surprising than her decision to run for...