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Australia swears in new Labor PM ahead of Quad meeting

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Sydney, Australia Reuters Australia’s Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese was sworn in as the country’s 31st Prime Minister on Monday, promising a “journey of change” as he vowed to tackle climate change, rising living costs and inequality. Labor returns to power after nine years in opposition as a wave of unprecedented support for the Greens […]

Analysis – Australian women unleash new political force on climate, integrity

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Sydney, AustraliaReuters Professional women and voters concerned about climate change unleashed a third force in Australia’s election, taking a swath of seats that ended nine years of conservative rule even as votes for the winning Labor Party fell. Women who left successful careers in business, medicine and media to enter politics as independents were on […]

Australia’s Labor to retake power after nine years, independents may hold sway

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Sydney, AustraliaReuters Australia’s Labor Party will form the country’s next government on Monday, as unprecedented support for the Greens and climate-focussed independents ended nearly a decade of rule by the conservative coalition. Centre-left Labor remains four to five seats short of a majority of 76 in the 151 seat lower house with about a dozen […]

Aid advocates welcome Labor’s proposed increase to Australia’s foreign aid budget

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Advocates for increasing Australia’s international aid budget welcomed a promise from Labor to lift the level of foreign aid funding should they win government at the next federal election. Labor passed a resolution at its national conference in Adelaide on Tuesday to lift the level of the country’s foreign aid every year if it wins […]