Jewish MPs win in Australia poll
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