After the 11 years under John Howard and the Liberal Party, Australia's new government has so far made a complete 180 degree turn on three issues. In December it finally ratified the Kyoto Protocol (now the United States is the only hold out). This February Parliament has officially apologised for past legislations which sanctioned what is tantamount to kidnapping of young aborigines from their parents. This in contrast to the Liberal Party's staunch refusal to apologise for anything. PM Rudd's speech was quite devastating.
And finally, Australia begins troop pull-out from Iraq. What a difference a single election can make.