Jewish MPs win in Aus­tralia poll

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS -

THE GOV­ERN­MENT of newly elected Aus­tralian prime min­is­ter Kevin Rudd is to in­clude Jewish MPs for the first time since 1990.

Mr Rudd’s Labour won a land­slide vic­tory over for­mer pre­mier John Howard on Satur­day night, end­ing what has been de­scribed as a “golden age” for the coun­try’s 110,000 Jews. Mr Howard and his cabi­net were ex­cep­tion­ally close to the Jewish com­mu­nity and Is­rael. How­ever, at a private func­tion for Jewish lead­ers in Melbourne last week­end, Mr Rudd said his sup­port for Is­rael was “in his DNA”.

The vic­to­ri­ous Jewish can­di­dates were Michael Danby, who has sat in op­po­si­tion since he was elected in 1998, and Mark Drey­fus QC, stand­ing in his first elec­tion for the seat of Isaacs, named af­ter Aus­tralia’s first Jewish gov­er­nor-gen­eral, Sir Isaac Isaacs. DAN GOLD­BERG

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