Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is increasingly seen as the likely successor to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
As UN nuclear watchdog meets in Vienna, sparring is sharp over Iran's goals for its program.
Masoud Dehnamaki, a former militant, has broken box-office records with his irreverent film about the Iran-Iraq war.
Prime Minister Rudd criticized the US justification for the 2003 invasion of Iraq as 550 Australian troops packed up to leave.
The fall election and an era of diffused power may be factors.