Shorten And Albanese In Show Of Unity Following ALP Leadership Election

Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten have spoken to the media following Shorten’s election as the new leader of the ALP.

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The shadow ministry will be elected at a Caucus meeting in Canberra tomorrow. For the first time since Kevin Rudd assumed the power to choose the executive in 2007, the power of selection will be returned to the parliamentary party.

Shorten said he will announced the shadow ministry portfolios on Friday and will hold its first meeting on Monday week.

Shorten said he was resolved to stand up for a price on carbon.

The new Opposition Leader said: “This ballot is the start of the process of developing the right policies which are then explained with persistence.”

Shorten acknowledged it had been a close election. “I don’t mind saying that I did think about what I would do if I didn’t come first.”


Queensland ALP Announces Six-Member Shadow Cabinet

Queensland Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced her Shadow Cabinet following the ALP’s devastating defeat in the recent election.

The ALP was reduced to seven members in the 89-seat Legislative Assembly. This may fall to six if the party loses the South Brisbane by-election caused by the resignation of former premier Anna Bligh.

The six members all have multiple responsibilities. [Read more...]


Who Says Abbott Should Flick The Switch To Positive?

Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott have one thing in common: Their lives contain the never-ending irritation of people telling them how they should do their jobs.

AbbottEven their summer break won’t be free of the buzz of gratuitous advice. As much as they must wish to swat it away, politics demands they feign nonchalance.

In their private moments, I kind of hope they rail against the indignity of it. After all, they’re the ones who entered the arena and made it into parliament. As they claw and scramble their way to the top, they must surely know that the rest of us would struggle, as the Americans say, to be elected dog catcher. “Walk in my shoes awhile, you have no idea,” they must sometimes think.

Gillard has had more than her share of advice this year but in recent weeks the political and journalistic establishment has turned its attention to Abbott. The message is a simple one: it’s time to go positive. [Read more...]


Is It Time For The Liberals To Dispose Of Abbott?

Tony Abbott is the 32nd man to have served as federal opposition leader. Only 16 of his predecessors ever made it to the prime ministership.

AbbottSome of those opposition leaders got two chances to fight an election. Only Evatt and Calwell were given three but neither succeeded.

Of 15 opposition leaders over the past 35 years, only Fraser, Hawke and Rudd won office on their first electoral outing. Kim Beazley was given two consecutive opportunities but failed at both. Hayden, Peacock, Howard, Hewson and Latham all fought one losing election and then lost the leadership before the next.

Peacock and Howard both won back the Liberal Party leadership but only the very persistent Howard (like Menzies before him) avenged his earlier defeat.

Recent omens are even worse for opposition leaders. In the past decade, three party leaders (Crean, Nelson and Turnbull) were knocked off before they fought even one election. Kim Beazley, returned for a second stint as leader, was also deposed before facing the electorate. [Read more...]


Nelson Promises Reduction In Petrol Excise In Budget Reply Speech

The Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Brendan Nelson, has proposed a 5 cents reduction in petrol excise.

Delivering his response to the Federal Budget, Nelson also committed the Opposition to oppose the increase tax on alco-pops in the Senate.

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Text of Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson’s Budget Reply Speech.

Mr Speaker. Australians expected a lot with the election of a new government.

Last year they listened to what the now Prime Minister and Treasurer had to say.

They heard them say they were going to be good economic managers.

They heard them say that they would do something about grocery prices.

They heard them say they would do something about the price of petrol.

They heard them say they would do something about home interest rates.

They heard a lot.

Every Australian should now ask themselves this question:

Will this budget make it easier to keep my house, fill the car with petrol, put groceries in the trolley and keep my job? [Read more...]


Nelson Announces Shadow Ministry

The Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Brendan Nelson, has announced the coalition’s new shadow ministry.

Nelson has drawn on the experience of former Howard government ministers such as Julie Bishop, Joe Hockey, Nick Minchin, Malcolm Turnbull and Andrew Robb. He has elevated new faces such as Tony Smith, Greg Hunt, Bob Baldwin, Andrew Southcott, Margaret May, Sussan Ley and Pat Farmer. [Read more...]


Coalition Shadow Ministry From December 6, 2007

The new Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Brendan Nelson, has announced the coalition’s shadow ministry.

The team comprises a mix of former Howard government ministers and new faces. [Read more...]