- Jan 13: Queensland Premier Peter Beattie announces a February 7 election.
- Jan 14: Back to the Moon and on to Mars – President Bush announces new space program.
- Jan 16: General Richard Myers, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, with General Peter Cosgrove, Chief of the Australian Defence Force.
- Jan 19: Senator John Edwards speech following his second-place victory in the Iowa caucuses.
- Jan 19: Richard Gephardt’s concession speech following his fourth place defeat in the Iowa caucuses.
- Jan 19: Howard Dean’s extraordinary non-concession/concession speech following his defeat in the Iowa caucuses.
- Jan 19: Senator John Kerry’s victory speech following the Iowa caucuses.
- Jan 20: President George W. Bush’s State of the Union Address.
- Jan 20: Tom Daschle and Nancy Pelosi deliver the Democrats’ response to the State of the Union speech.
- Jan 22: Democratic Party presidential candidates debate in New Hampshire – just five days before the first primary of the electoral season, John Kerry, Howard Dean, Wesley Clark, John Edwards, Joe Lieberman, Dennis Kucinich and Al Sharpton met in a two-hour televised debate. This tape was made from the FOX news channel coverage.
- Jan 25: John Howard comments on Australian of the Year – a tetchy Prime Minister is quizzed about whether too many sporting personalities have been chosen as Australian of the Year.
- Jan 27: The New Hampshire Democratic Primary was won by Senator John Kerry with 39%, making him the party’s frontrunner. Listen to:
- Jan 29: Mark Latham’s Address to the ALP National Conference in Sydney.
- Jan 29: John Howard calls press conference to attack Latham.
- Jan 29: Howard wants an apology over Iraq claims.
- Jan 31: Latham announces his Early Childhood Policy, complete with personal reminiscences.
- Feb 03: The mini-Super Tuesday Democratic Party primaries and caucuses cemented Senator John F. Kerry’s position as the frontrunner for his party’s presidential nomination. Kerry won the contests in Missouri, Arizona, Delaware, New Mexico and North Dakota.
Senator John Edwards won in South Carolina, keeping his hopes alive for a few more days.
Retired General Wesley Clark had a narrow victory over Edwards and Kerry in Oklahoma, also delaying his departure from the race.
The former frontrunner and Governor of Vermont, Howard Dean, was defeated in all seven contests.
The 2000 vice-presidential nominee, Senator Joe Lieberman, was also defeated and announced his withdrawal from the race.
- Feb 05: CIA Director George Tenet defends the agency’s role in providing intelligence prior to the Iraq war. The full text of the speech is here.
- Feb 07: Lawrence Springborg, Leader of the Queensland Nationals, concedes defeat in the State election.
- Feb 07: Queensland Labor Premier, Peter Beattie, claims victory and a third term in the State election.
- Feb 09: Mark Latham and Senator Steve Conroy attack the government’s “failure to stand up for Australia’s farmers” over the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement.
- Feb 09: Senator Andrew Bartlett laments the Senate’s lack of power to force changes to the FTA.
- Feb 09: John Howard’s Press Conference Following the Announcement of the FTA with the USA.
- Feb 10: Latham proposes changes to politicians’ superannuation.
- Feb 10: House of Representatives Question Time – most questions were on the FTA.
- Feb 12: John Howard’s surprise announcement of changes to parliamentary superannuation.
- Feb 12: Kerry O’Brien explains what happened when John Howard found out Mark Latham had also been invited to appear on the same edition of The 7.30 Report.
- Feb 15: Liberal MP Sophie Panopoulos appears on ABC-TV’s Insiders to attack Mark Latham.
- Mar 10: Tony Abbott Does A Deal With Senate Independents Over MedicarePlus – press conference with Senators Meg Lees, Brian Harradine, Len Harris and Shayne Murphy.
- Mar 30: State Funeral Service for Sir Rupert Hamer, Liberal Premier of Victoria 1972-82.
Eulogy by Lindsay Thompson, former deputy to Hamer, and Premier 1981-82.
- Apr 13: Opening Statement by George W. Bush at his 12th press conference as president.
- Sep 01: Peter Costello Press Conference.
- Sep 06: Howard Medicare Announcement.
- Sep 06: Latham Health Announcement.
- Sep 07: Howard Address to RSL Annual Conference.
- Sep 07: Latham Address to RSL Annual Conference.
- Sep 07: Latham Launches ALP Taxation Policy.
- Sep 09: Howard Announcement of Tax Breaks for Aged Workers.
- Sep 09: Latham Press Conference.
- Sep 09: John Howard Press Conference on Jakarta Embassy Bombing.
- Sep 09: Alexander Downer-Mick Keelty Press Conference on Jakarta Embassy Bombing.
- Sep 09: Latham Press Conference on Jakarta Embassy Bombing.
- Sep 10: Peter Costello Press Conference on Budget Outcome figures.
- Sep 10: Simon Crean-Bob McMullan Press Conference on release of Budget Outcome figures.
- Sep 10: Howard Press Conference on Jakarta Embassy Bombing.
- Sep 11: Howard briefing on Jakarta bombing.
- Sep 11: Latham briefing on Jakarta bombing.
- Sep 12: Howard-Latham Election Debate.
- Sep 13: Howard and Anderson Launch the Coalition’s Policy on Water.
- Sep 15: Free ABC Radio Spot – Mark Latham (6.55pm)
- Sep 16: Kim Beazley, Shadow Minister for Defence, Press Conference.
- Sep 19: Liberal Party television advertisement on Latham’s tenure as Mayor of Liverpool.
- Sep 19: Liberal Party television advertisement for Fran Bailey, McEwen.
- Sep 19: ALP television advertisement on Medicare.
- Sep 20: John Howard Press Conference – Darwin.
- Sep 20: Mark Latham and Kim Beazley Press Conference.
- Sep 21: ALP radio advertisement – taxation.
- Sep 21: Senator Andrew Bartlett, Australian Democrats, Free Radio spot, ABC 5.55pm.
- Sep 22: Peter Costello and Simon Crean Debate at the National Press Club.
- Sep 22: Peter Costello, Liberal Party, Free Radio spot, ABC 5.55pm.
- Sep 23: Latham Press Conference.
- Sep 23: Howard Press Conference.
- Sep 25: Mark Latham Addresses the AFL Grand Final Breakfast.
- Sep 25: John Howard Addresses the AFL Grand Final Breakfast.
- Sep 26: Campbell Newman, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, introduces Peter Costello at the Liberal Party Campaign Launch in Brisbane.
- Sep 26: Federal Treasurer Peter Costello Addresses the Liberal Party Campaign Launch and introduces John Anderson.
- Sep 26: Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson Addresses the Liberal Party Campaign Launch and introduces John Howard.
- Sep 26: Prime Minister John Howard’s Complete Speech at the Liberal Party Campaign Launch in Brisbane.
- Sep 28: Senator Andrew Bartlett’s Address to the National Press Club.
- Sep 29: Queensland Premier Peter Beattie opens the ALP Campaign Launch in Brisbane.
- Sep 29: Janine Lacy, wife of Mark Latham, addresses the ALP Campaign Launch.
- Sep 29: Soundtrack of a film shown at the ALP Campaign Launch about Mark Latham.
- Sep 29: Mark Latham’s Speech at the Official ALP Campaign Launch.
- Oct 26: Complete audio of the Swearing-In of the Howard Ministry.
- Oct 26: Mark Latham announces his new shadow ministry with Wayne Swan and Stephen Smith.
- Nov 03: Andrew Card, Chief of Staff to President Bush, Asserts That Bush Has Won The Election.
- Nov 03: Senator John F. Kerry, Democratic Candidate For President, Concedes Defeat.
- Nov 03: Vice-President Dick Cheney Introduces President Bush To Cheering Supporters.
- Nov 03: George W. Bush Claims Victory In the US Presidential Election.
- Nov 03: Cheney And Bush Claim Victory In Presidential Election.
- Nov 04: George W. Bush Holds First Press Conference Following Re-Election.
- Nov 10: Paul Keating Defends His Economic Record In Government.
- Nov 10: ALP National Secretary Tim Gartrell Analyses the Outcome of the 2004 Election.
- Nov 11: Downer Offers Condolences For Arafat, Calls For Renewed Peace Efforts – text
Opening of Federal Parliament
- Nov 16: Chief Justice Murray Gleeson opens Parliament and summons the House of Representatives.
- Nov 16: Members of the House of Representatives are sworn in.
- Nov 16: David Hawker is nominated by Stewart MacArthur for Speaker and seconded by John Forrest. Howard, Latham, Anderson, Macklin, Costello and Andren comment.
- Nov 16: Governor-General Michael Jeffery’s Address Opening the 41st Parliament.
- Nov 17: Family First Appears at the National Press Club to Discuss the Party’s Philosophy and Policies.
- Nov 17: Tony Windsor Names Names In Parliament.
- Nov 17: John Anderson Responds To Windsor Bribery Allegations.
- Nov 29: Presentation of Petitions – an example of how petitions are presented to the House of Representatives. This 6-minute clip is longer than normal because of the intervening election period.
- Nov 29: Statements by Members – an example of the 15-minute occasion in which House of Representatives members are able to make 90 second statements on any issue they wish.
- Nov 29: Personal Explanations – Ian Causley (Nats), Anthony Albanese (ALP) and Tony Windsor (Ind) claim to have been misrepresented.
- Nov 29: Janine Haines Condolences – the House of Representatives remembers the former leader of the Australian Democrats who died on November 20.
- Nov 29: Kevin Rudd comments on the ASEAN non-aggression treaty.
- Nov 29: Howard comments on the ASEAN non-aggression treaty.
- Nov 29: Laurie Ferguson rips into Stephen Conroy – the shadow immigration minister gives a free character analysis and political assessment to the Opposition’s deputy Senate leader.
- Nov 29: Mark Latham comments on his leadership style – the Opposition Leader’s statement in the aftermath of a weekend of confrontation with Senator Stephen Conroy.
- Nov 29: First Speeches by Members – Sharon Bird (ALP – Cunningham, NSW)
- Nov 29: First Speeches by Members – Andrew Robb (Liberal -Goldstein, Vic)
- Nov 29: First Speeches by Members – Malcolm Turnbull (Liberal – Wentworth, NSW)
- Nov 29: Mark Latham in the Address-in-Reply – the Opposition Leader discusses education, Malcolm Turnbull and other matters during his reponse to the Governor-General’s opening speech to Parliament.