Drama In The House As Speaker Jenkins Threatens To Resign

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Harry Jenkins, came close to resigning today.

The possibilities that could have flowed from his resignation are intriguing to consider.

Abbott moves a motion of confidence in Speaker Jenkins

 

What happened?

In the course of a raucous and disputatious Question Time, Jenkins warned and then named Liberal member Bob Baldwin for “continuing to interject after having been warned by the Chair”. “Naming” by the Speaker is the precursor to a motion to suspend the member from the service of the House.

The government’s Leader of the House, Anthony Albanese, accordingly rose and moved the motion to suspend Baldwin for 24 hours. [Read more...]


Carbon Tax Ad Causes Minor Media Stir

A television advertisement exhorting people to “say yes” to a price on carbon pollution has created a stir in News Limited Sunday newspapers.

The actors Cate Blanchett and Michael Caton appear in the ad.


Obama Searches For Lost Apostrophe In Dublin

President Obama speaks in Dublin, IrelandPresident Barack Obama has delivered a rousing speech to a massive outdoor gathering in Dublin, Ireland.

Obama told the gathering that he came in search of the Irish apostrophe that was lost from his name.

In a speech filled with tributes to the Irish contribution to America, Obama assured his audience that Ireland’s future was assured, invoking his campaign slogan, “yes we can”.

In an equally rousing speech, the Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Enda Kenny, introduced Obama as not merely a man who had lived the American dream: “He is the American dream.”

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Bob Brown Jousts With The “Hate Media”

Greens leader Senator Bob Brown jousted with some members of the Canberra press gallery today.

Brown referred to “the hate media” whilst one journalist accused him of regularly “bagging News Ltd”. The national daily, The Australia got several mentions.

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Joe Hockey’s Budget Reply Speech

The Shadow Treasurer, Joe Hockey, has delivered the traditional Budget reply speech to the National Press Club, in Canberra.

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey addresses the National Press Club

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Prepared text of Joe Hockey’s Address to the National Press Club.

THE WRONG BUDGET FOR THE TIMES

The Budget is the most important economic statement of the year. It provides the Government with an opportunity to detail its response to the policy challenges of the day.

It is also a unique opportunity to lay down a policy road map that will contextualise Government statements and give confidence to business and consumers that the nation is navigating a clear and decisive course. [Read more...]