In the Australian Labor Party (ALP) leadership crisis Prime Minister
Julia Gillard was able to fend off a challenge from Kevin Rudd, her
former minister for Foreign Affairs and predecessor as Prime Minister.
The underlying issues that led to the tensions remain.
Siritunga Jayasuriya, secretary of the United Socialist Party (CWI) Sri
Lanka, has made a stinging public attack on the regime of Mahinda
Rajapaksa while in Australia at the same time as the president.