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Big queue to look at former PM Julia Gillard’s Altona house as it goes for sale (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 24, 2013

Plenty peek at the house of Julia

People line up to inspect Julia Gillard’s former home in Altona. Source: News Corp Australia

FORMER prime minister Julia Gillard is cashing in on her Altona home, and dozens of sticky beaks were poking around her property when it opened for inspection for the first time.

Investors were also among the 100-strong crowd on Saturday to inspect the property at 9 Medford St.

A queue stretched almost to the end of the driveway when the house opened 15 minutes ahead of schedule at 3.15pm.

Cathy Meilak, from nearby Altona Meadows, said: “If I had the money I’d buy it tomorrow.

“I may sell my other couple of properties I have for this one.”

Anne Tabone, an Altona resident of 68 years, anticipated the Gillard factor would impact the price: “I like that house, I’m willing to pay eight.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddha gift to Julia Gillard by Nepalese Community

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 21, 2013

Assistant Minister Hon David Bradbury, MP Hon Ms. Michelle Rowland, Primi Minister Rt. Hon. Julia Gillard, Ram Kumar Shrestha and Mahendra Lamsal
Assistant Minister Hon David Bradbury, MP Hon Ms. Michelle Rowland, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Julia Gillard, Ram Kumar Shrestha and Mahendra Lamsal

Prime Minister Office, Canberra, Australia, 19th June, 2013 On behalf of the Nepalese community living in Australia Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement Global Coordinator Ram Kumar Shrestha and Australia’s Sub-Continent Ministerial Consultative Committee Member Mahendra Lamsal jointly presented the gift of Buddha statue and peace wish letter to the Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard. While presenting the gift Mr. Shrestha and Mr. Lamsal said that Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal and, hence; Nepalese community decided to present Peace symbol Buddha statue wishing peace in Australia along with its prosperous development. Prime Minister Gillard thanked for the gift and wish letter and expressed her happiness to have opportunity to decorate her office with the peace symbol Buddha. Immediately after the program Prime Minister Julia Gillard garnished her office show case by the Buddha statue presented by the Nepalese community.


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First step made: Assange official applicant for Australia Senate elections

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 14, 2013

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addresses members of the media and supporters from the window of the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, west London.(AFP Photo / Leon Neal)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addresses members of the media and supporters from the window of the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, west London.(AFP Photo / Leon Neal)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has submitted his application to the Australian Electoral Commission. This is the first step in his attempt to become an Australian senator in September 2013 elections in Victoria state.

The electoral enrolment application was handed to the Australian Electoral Commission in Melbourne on behalf of Assange by his supporters, including his father, Sydney architect John Shipton.

“They are people who are close associates, academics, specialists in their field and activists as well,” WikiLeaks Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA) spokeswoman Sam Castro was cited by The Australian.

The address nominated in Assange’s application was his mother’s house in Mentone, in the federal electorate of Isaacs, WACA confirmed.

The party, not yet registered with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), has an initial 10-member national council; all supporters and close associates of Assange and pro-WikiLeaks activists.

The council plans to convene within a week to gather members to officially register the party – it needs to find 500 people to qualify.

As the Australian election legislation reads, Australian citizens living overseas have a right to register to vote and run for office at home in case they left Australia within the past three years prior to the election and plan to return within six years of their departure.

Mr. Shipton, who played a great role in the initial organization of Assange’s party, believes his son will gain a lot of public support.

“I think there’s a lot of support for Julian and even more support for what Julian stands for,” Assange’s father was cited by local AAP news agency. Read the rest of this entry »

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Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder, To Run For Australian Senate In 2013 Election

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 2, 2013

Assange extradition caseWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has announced he will run for Senate in the 2013 Australian elections, despite having been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the last six months.

The 41-year-old’s mother, Christine Assange, has already pledged her support for son’s political ambitions on Twitter.


Australia: Julian Assange has confirmed he will run in the 2013 national election for the Australian Senate #auspol

“He will be awesome” she told Australian news agency AAP.

“In the House of Representatives we get to choose between US lackey party number one and US lackey party number two – between the major parties.

“So it will be great to ‘Assange’ the Senate for some Aussie oversight.”

Australian-born Assange skipped bail in June and is seeking asylum in the South American embassy in an attempt to evade extradition to Sweden where he faces questioning over allegations of sex crimes.

The whistleblower fears he will be extradited to the United States to face charges over the activities of his WikiLeaks website if he is first sent to Sweden.


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World Leaders’ Salary

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 16, 2012

Barack Obama – President US – Born: USA, Hawaii 1961 – Married – Children: 2

  • Annual: USD 400,000.00
  • Monthly: USD 33,333.00
  • Weekly: USD 8,000.00
  • Daily: USD 1,600.00
The Obama family, in tax returns released Friday 13, 2012 by the White House, reported an adjusted gross income of $789,674 for 2011, down from $1,728,096 in the previous year. The family income topped $5.5 million in 2009. The president earns a salary of $400,000 for his day job. His total earnings are much higher because of his books sales.Note: the VIP Salary Check is based on a 5 days working week and 2 weeks holiday per year.
NetWorth: between $1 million and $2.5 million
Xi Jinping – President of People’s Republic of China – Born: 1953 China – Married – Children: 1

  • Annual: USD 39,720.00
  • Monthly: USD 3,310.00
  • Weekly: USD 794.00
  • Daily: USD 158.00
WantChinaTimes July 2012: Xi Jinping earned US$3,275 a month as the Chinese vice president and vice chairman of the Central Military Commission. For his salary as President of China, we adapted the salary of Hu Jintao. In July 2012 the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo revealed last Wednesday the monthly salary of Hu, also chairman of the Communist Party’s Central Military Commission, is 21,119 yuan (US$3,310), according to the salary scale for China’s public servants.
    • Heinz Fischer – President Austria – Born: 1938 Austria – Married – Children: 2
      Heinz Fischer
      • Annual: USD 393,443.00
      • Monthly: USD 32,787.00
      • Weekly: USD 7,869.00
      • Daily: USD 1,574.00
    • Herman van Rompuy – President of the European Council – Born: 1947 Belgium -Married – Children: 4
      Herman van Rompuy
      • Annual: USD 498,228.00
      • Monthly: USD 41,519.00
      • Weekly: USD 9,965.00
      • Daily: USD 1,993.00
    • Raila Odinga (Agwambo) – Prime Minister Kenya – Born: 1945 Kenya – Married -Children: 4
      Raila Odinga (Agwambo)
      • Annual: USD 427,886.00
      • Monthly: USD 35,657.00
      • Weekly: USD 8,557.00
      • Daily: USD 1,711.00
    • Julia Gillard – Prime Minister Australia -Born: 1961 UK – Boyfriend
      Julia Gillard

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White Paper: Our Future is Asia (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 29, 2012

Australia’s success in the 21st Century will inextricably be linked to the continued rise of Asia as an economic super power. China at heart of Australia’s Asian Century White Paper. 

The Federal government has outlined an ambitious plan to ensure Australia takes advantage of opportunities in Asia, with the release of  ’Australia in the Asian Century’ white paper by Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Sunday.

Businesses have suggested that the government needs to accelerate economic reform to meet the goals laid out in the paper, while media commentators are ruing the lack of detail.

The paper acknowledges that Asia is set to become the economic engine for global growth in the years ahead, with Asia set to overtake Europe and North America combined to become the world’s largest economic power. China and India’s combined GDP is expected to exceed that of the whole of Group of Seven (United States, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada). By 2025, four of the ten largest economies in the world are expected to be in the Asian region.

Asia’s middle class is expected to increase by more than 2.5 billion people by 2030, which means countries in Asia will demand a diverse range of goods and services, such as health and aged care, education, household goods, tourism and high-quality foods.

The increase in demand for health and aged care provides opportunities for Australian companies like CSL Limited(ASX: CSL), Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH) and Sirtex Medical Limited (ASX: SRX). Household goods needs will drive demand for commodities such as copper, aluminium, and iron ore and coal (used in steel production), while better diets will lead to a demand increase for high-quality foods, and fertiliser products – such as potash.

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Australia to become energy superpower?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 20, 2012

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (R) with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing on April 26, 2011. Australia is making billions of dollars selling coal and iron ore to China and other Asian countries. UPI/Stephen Shaver

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ADELAIDE, Australia, May 14 (UPI) — As worldwide energy demand grows, Australia is posed to be a leader in the energy revolution, said Australian Resources Minister Martin Ferguson.

Speaking Monday at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association conference in Adelaide, Ferguson pointed to a Deloitte report commissioned by the association that says Australia’s combined identified gas resources, excluding shale natural gas, are about 392 trillion cubic feet.

That’s about 184 years worth of gas at current production rates, the minister said.

Liquefied natural gas exports in 2010-11 totaled 20 million tons, for a value of $10.3 billion, he said, making Australia the third largest exporter in the Asia-Pacific region and the fourth largest in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Channel 9 News: Julia Gillard & Tony Abbott escorted to safety by police

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 26, 2012

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Julia Gillard, Australian Prime Minister, Flees From Angry Protesters

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 26, 2012

CANBERRA, Australia — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stumbled and was caught by a security guard as riot police helped her force a path through a crowd of rowdy protesters following a ceremony to mark Australia’s national day Thursday.

She appeared distressed as she was pulled away from the protesters but was unharmed. She later remarked that she was made of “pretty tough stuff” and commended police for their actions.

Some 200 supporters of indigenous rights had surrounded a Canberra restaurant and banged its windows while Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott were inside officiating at an award ceremony.

Around 50 police escorted the political leaders from a side door to a car. Gillard stumbled, losing a shoe. Her personal security guard wrapped his arms around her and supported her to the waiting car, shielding her from the angry crowd. Read the rest of this entry »

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Australia approves uranium exports to India

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 4, 2011

Australia possesses nearly 40 per cent of the world’s known uranium reserves [Reuters

Australia’s ruling Labor Party has approved plans to open up uranium sales to India, clearing the way for talks on a bilateral nuclear agreement and resolving an issue that has caused diplomatic tensions between the two nations.

Sunday’s vote at the party’s annual policy conference in Sydney overturned its own ban on selling uranium to countries such as India, that are not signatories to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Australia already sells uranium to China, the US, Japan and Taiwan.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced her intention to open sales in November and successfully pushed the new policy through the conference, despite an often heated debate and chants from protesters who remain opposed to nuclear energy and weapons.

The policy change does not need to be approved by parliament, and the conservative opposition supports the sales.

Uranium-hungry India

“We should take a decision that is in our nation’s interest, a decision about strengthening our strategic partnership with India in this the Asian century,” Gillard said before the vote.

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What’s Going On Between Obama And The Australian Prime Minister? (And No It’s Not A Benetton Advert)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 19, 2011


Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard shared an intimate meeting Down Under, photos have revealed.

The leaders unveiled a new defence strategy during the meeting that will see US marines stationed in the northern territory in Australia.

However the military partnership between Gillard and Obama was revealed in a much softer display for the cameras.

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How Will China Respond to a New U.S. Military Presence in Australia?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 11, 2011


U.S. plans to station troops in Australia to help counter China’s growing clout might be expected to provoke cries of

US Marines Humvee four-wheel drive vehicles and a US Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion position themselves for the Talisman Saber 2009 joint exercise on July 15, 2009 on Freshwater Bay Beach near Townsville, Australia. (Photo: Department of Defence / Getty Images)

indignation from Beijing. But the development, which President Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard are expected to formally announce on Nov. 17 during Obama’s visit to Australia, has thus far generated little in the way of complaint from the Chinese government. That could change once the plan is formally outlined.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that the deal would lead to increased exercises and allow the U.S. to place hardware in Australia, but would not lead to the creation of new U.S. bases. The Sydney Morning Herald added that U.S. Marines will be stationed at an existing Australian base near the northern port city of Darwin, which Obama and Gillard will visit next Thursday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei responded to the news Thursday by saying Chinese officials “hope relevant countries’ bilateral cooperation will be conducive to the Asia-Pacific region’s security, peace and stability,” the Journal reported. Earlier this year China launched its first aircraft carrier, and it has been involved in increasingly heated disputes with Vietnam and the Philippines over overlapping claims to the South China Sea. The Global Times, a tabloid owned by China’s Communist Party, quoted an unnamed expert yesterday who said that because the U.S. has seen China’s increasing ability to threaten forces in the “first island chain”—the line of islands in the Western Pacific stretching from Japan to the Philippines, it is now focusing on defending positions further removed from China.

The U.S. and Australia already jointly operate two military facilities: the Pine Gap surveillance station near Alice Springs near the geographical center of Australia and the Harold Holt naval communication station in Western Australia. Plans to increase the U.S. presence in Australia have been mooted over the past year at the annual AUSMIN talks between the two countries. In September, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the U.S. and Australia were “making steady progress in developing options for our two militaries to be able to train and operate together more closely, including more combined defense activities and a shared use of facilities.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian Prime Minister does it again!!

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 15, 2011

Muslims  who want to live under Islamic Sharia law  were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the

Prime Minister Julia Gillard - Australia

government targeted radicals in a bid to head off  potential terror attacks..

Separately, Gillard angered  some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques.  Quote:


I  am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are  offending some individual or their culture. Since the  terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge  in patriotism by the majority of Australians. ‘

‘This culture has been developed over two  centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions  of men and women who have sought freedom’

‘We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish,  Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any  other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of  our society . Learn the language!’ Read the rest of this entry »

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Australia Floods Larger Than France Strand 200,000

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 31, 2010

Floods in northeastern Australia strand 200,000 in area larger than France, Germany combined

Military aircraft dropped supplies to towns cut off by floods in northeastern Australia as the prime minister promised new assistance Friday to the 200,000 people affected by waters covering an area larger than France and Germany combined.

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WikiLeaks: Australia Law Not Broken, Says Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 17, 2010

Millions of people from the world saying the same.
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