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Australian National Elections

In environment, Foreign Affairs, Iraq War, politics on November 24, 2007 by Editor Z

Australians are going to the polls for a national election. Prime Minister John Howard of the Conservative-Liberal national Party has been Prime Minister of Australia for a little over a decade or four terms.

But supposedly, according to reports of recent poll numbers, its not a question of whether or not Howard and his Conservative-Liberal National Party are to lose, but a matter of how big or small the margin of defeat.

Howard has been one of the scant number of Bush’s allies, and one of the even fewer who has supported the Iraq war by sending troops. As of now he is one of the only leaders who originally supported the Iraq War and still remains in office.

Former allies such as ex-Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar and ex-Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi have served out their terms and not sought re-election in 2004 and 2006 respectively. Former Media mogul and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi who was particularly close to Bush and also contributed a number of Italian forces to the War effort in Iraq. But most recently was British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who in spite of being re-elected resigned this past Summer.

Also like Bush, under Howard’s leadership Australia has refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol on Climate change, which is a decision that he may have made to his political peril. In spite of that Howard is known for being politically resilient and economy under him has been strong.

Running against Howard in the Australian Labor party is former diplomat Kevin Rudd, who is amassing support on opposition to Howard’s refusal to sign onto the Kyoto treaty as well as the nearly five year old conflict in Iraq, which Howard continues to support, as around 1,400 Australian troops are stationed in Iraq, with the country with the fourth largest number of troops in Iraq.

Source: BBC News

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