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Howard Talks Up Globalisation To Italian Business Leaders

As the Prime Minister, John Howard, wraps up his visits to Greece and Italy, he has promoted the benefits of globalisation to an audience of Italian politicians and business leaders at a lunch in Rome.

HowardThe speech differed little from the speeches Howard has given in a number of places over the past ten days. He attributed a strong Australian economy to major economic reforms over the past 15-20 years and said that the budget surplus had been reduced whilst Australia had become an “aggressive, diverse exporter”.

He said: “I am a very passionate believer in the benefits of globalisation. If you look at the balance sheet over the past 20 or 30 years, you can find examples of previously very poorly developed countries but whose condition has been transformed by them opening up their economies and thereby obtaining the benefits of globalisation.

“But I think it is fair to say that globalisation enjoys a bad press. And that is not meant to be a criticism of journalists. I think it is a recognition though that sometimes Governments and businessmen are not as good as they should be at explaining and selling and communicating the benefits of globalisation. [Read more…]


Tony Blair: Let Us Re-Order This World Around Us

In one of the great speeches of modern times, the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has outlined a persuasive case in support of military action against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

BlairIn the powerful, and at times emotional, speech, delivered to the annual conference of the British Labour Party in Brighton, England, Blair said that international terrorism would be fought “at every level, national and international, in the UN, in G8, in the EU, in NATO, in every regional grouping in the world”.

As President Bush said in his address to the US Congress, Blair said “those that finance terror, those who launder their money, those that cover their tracks are every bit as guilty as the fanatic who commits the final act.” [Read more…]


Costello Defends Globalisation; Speech Stakes Out Election Position And Leadership Credentials

In a speech to the Sydney Institute last night, the Treasurer, Peter Costello, has defended the process of globalisation. In so doing, the Liberal Party’s deputy leader has attempted to seize the initiative in the forthcoming election campaign. The speech also represents an articulation of his leadership credentials.

CostelloIn the speech, Costello argues that the critics of globalisation do not understand what is happening in the world or what has happened in Australian history.

He said: “Globalisation is a description of the fact that countries and their citizens are affected by other people, or governments, or businesses, or decision-makers all around the world. And because communication is faster, and transport cheaper, the connections are more immediate and more intense than ever before. The telephone which first connected suburbs now connects the world and optic fibre transmits data, money, email, knowledge from business to business, home to business, home to home across the world.

“As I have previously argued globalisation is not a value, it is a process. Globalisation describes what is happening. And ranting against globalisation is like ranting against the telephone. You can use the telephone for good or for ill. So too the wider process (of which the telephone is part) can be a force for good or ill. [Read more…]


If We Could Shrink The World

This information has been circulating around the Internet in recent times.

I can’t vouch for its accuracy but it seems about right..

IF WE COULD SHRINK THE WORLD

GlobeIf we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following:

There would be:

  • 57 Asians
  • 21 Europeans
  • 14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
  • 8 Africans

  • 52 would be female
  • 48 would be male

  • 70 would be non-white
  • 30 would be white

  • 70 would be non-Christian
  • 30 would be Christian

  • 89 would be heterosexual
  • 11 would be homosexual

  • 6 people would possess 59% of the entire world’s wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.

  • 80 would live in substandard housing
  • 70 would be unable to read
  • 50 would suffer from malnutrition
  • 1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
  • 1 (yes, only 1) would have a college/university education

  • 1 would own a computer

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.

The following is also something to ponder…

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness…you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation…you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death…you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep…you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace … you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and still married … you are very rare, even in the United States and Canada.

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.


Alexander Downer: Australia – Meeting Our International Challenges

This is the text of Foreign Minister Alexander Downer’s Address to the National Press Club.

Transcript of Alexander Downer’s Address to the National Press Club.

DownerIntroduction

It is now a little over a year since I last addressed the National Press Club. At that time, my remarks centred around our Government’s highly effective response to two of the most important issues that had faced our nation in many years – the East Asian economic crisis, and East Timor.

Today I want to take another look at Australia’s foreign policy agenda. As is my custom on occasions such as this, I don’t propose to give you chapter and verse on every single foreign policy issue. Neither my time – nor, I suspect, your digestion – permits such an approach. Rather, I want to cover some of the more prominent items on our agenda by developing three major themes. [Read more…]


John Howard’s Address To The World Economic Forum

This is the full text of Prime Minister John Howard’s address to the World Economic Forum in Melbourne.

John Howard Address to the World Economic Forum.

Introduction

John HowardI am delighted to have been asked to address this forum. A gathering of so many distinguished participants representing governments and business organisations from around the world is a unique opportunity to build shared understanding and to forge important links for the betterment of all nations.

To our overseas guests I extend a special welcome. Let me characterise to you, from my perspective, the key features of the economy of the nation which is so pleased to host this World Economic Forum.

You are welcomed to a country whose economy is performing better than it has for more than three decades.

An economy whose growth is probably more soundly based than at any time in the nation’s history. [Read more…]


French Prime Minister Calls For Limits To Globalisation

French Prime Minister, Lionel Jospin, has called for stronger international institutions and regulatory mechanisms to rein in the forces unleashed by globalisation.

Speaking in Tokyo, Jospin said that he was not opposed to globalisation, but attacked the “excessive power of multinationals”.

He decried the “intolerable inequalities” and the crushing of national identities created by the global economy.