Rebuilding Australia: Warren Truss Addresses Nationals Federal Council

The Leader of The Nationals, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, has addressed the party’s Federal Council meeting in Canberra today.

Abbott-Truss

Truss said The Nationals had made the “strongest contribution to the election of a Coalition Government in some three decades”, with a party room that now numbered 21.

He told the Council: “We did not create the economic mess that besets our country, but we were elected to fix it. And, under Tony Abbott’s leadership, the Coalition has set about the task with determination and commitment.”

Truss said the government had “effectively stopped the boats” and ended the “ridiculous carbon tax”. He outlined a series of roads and other funding measures the government has undertaken in rural and regional areas.

Truss was introduced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who said the government was “getting the fundamentals right”. Abbott said Truss was at “the heart of this government”. He described the Rudd-Gillard government as years “for the locusts to eat”.

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Transcript of Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss’s Address to The Nationals Federal Council meeting in Canberra.

To my friend and the Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott welcome.

Doug Anthony, Peter Nixon, Nationals President Christine Ferguson, Ministers, parliamentary colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

Well, it is now almost exactly 15 months since our last Federal Conference – and what an extraordinary year – and a quarter – it has been. [Read more…]


Sen. Matthew Canavan (Nats-Qld) – Maiden Speech

Senator Matthew Canavan has delivered his maiden speech to the Senate.

Canavan

Canavan, a Nationals senator from Queensland, was elected at the 2013 federal election. His term began on July 1 and will expire on June 30, 2020. [Read more…]


Valedictory Speech: Senator Ron Boswell (Nats-Qld)

Senator Ron Boswell has given his valedictory speech, bringing to an end a 31-year political career for the Father of the Senate.

Boswell

Boswell was first elected to the Senate as a Nationals member from Queensland at the federal election of March 5, 1983, the election that brought the Hawke government to power. He was re-elected in 1987, 1990, 1996, 2001 and 2007.

He served for 4 years as a Parliamentary Secretary in the Howard government and for 17 years as Leader of the Nationals in the Senate.

Boswell retires on June 30 and leaves as the Father of the Senate, the current longest-serving member. He was the first of 12 senators to give a valedictory speech in the lead-up to the June 30 changeover of Senators. Prime Minister Tony Abbott was amongst House members who watched the speech. [Read more…]


Infrastructure For The 21st Century: Warren Truss Addresses The National Press Club

The Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, has addressed the National Press Club on infrastructure.

Truss

Truss, the leader of The Nationals, is also the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.

In his speech, Truss reiterated the government’s pre-Budget themes about an ageing population, the level of debt and the need to rein in spending.

However, he also outlined a range of infrastructure projects. Truss said: “…Balancing a Budget is not just about cutting expenditure. It is just as importantly about building the capacity of our economy to grow and expand.”

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Transcript of the National Press Club Address by Warren Truss, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure.

Infrastructure and Regional Development for the 21st Century

Thank you, Laurie. [Wilson, President of the National Press Club]

And thank you to the National Press Club for hosting me today.

When I last spoke here we were in the final days of the federal election campaign. I said at the time that federal elections are a contest of ideas. [Read more…]


Andrew Broad (Nats – Mallee) – First Speech

Andrew Broad was elected as The Nationals member for Mallee at the 2013 federal election.

Broad

Broad replaced John Forrest who represented the seat since 1993. Broad is only the fourth man, all Nationals, to represent the electorate since its creation in 1949.

Because Forrest retired, the Coalition agreement permitted the Liberals to nominate a candidate. The Nationals polled 38.76% of the primary vote to the Liberal Party’s 27.22%. After preferences, Broad won with 56.21% of the two-candidate-preferred vote. Measured against the ALP, his two-party-preferred vote was 73.66%, in keeping with Mallee’s status as one of the safest Coalition seats in the nation.

Mallee is situated in north-western Victoria. It is bordered by the Murray River in the north, the South Australian border in the west, and adjoins Wannon in the south and Murray in the east. The main population centres are Mildura in the north, Warracknabeal, St Arnaud, Horsham and Stawell in the south and Swan Hill and Kerang in the east.

This is Broad’s first speech to the House of Representatives. [Read more…]


Treasurer Joe Hockey Blocks ADM Takeover Of GrainCorp

The Treasurer, Joe Hockey, has blocked the takeover of GrainCorp by the American company Archer Daniels Midland.

Hockey

Hockey used the power given to him alone as Treasurer to reject the foreign investment application. ADM was seeking to increase its current shareholding of 19.85% to 100%. Hockey said he would permit ADM to hold 24.9%.

Whilst many see the decision as unexpected, Hockey’s announcement heads off a political conflict with The Nationals in the coalition. In his announcement, Hockey said a “significant consideration” was that “this proposal has attracted a high level of concern from stakeholders and the broader community. I therefore judged that allowing it to proceed could risk undermining public support for the foreign investment regime and ongoing foreign investment more generally. This would not be in our national interest.”

It seems clear that the government has avoided a clash with sections of its core supporters but the decision conflicts with Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s claim that “Australia is open for business”. Free marketeers and economic rationalists in the government will be alarmed at what the decision says about the future direction of the Abbott government. [Read more…]


AEC Finalises $58 Million Of Election Funding To Candidates In Federal Election

The Australian Electoral Commission has made payments to political parties and candidates totalling $58,076,456.01, following the 2013 federal election.

Election funding is provided to parties and candidates polling at least 4% of the primary vote in House and Senate elections. Each first preference vote was worth 248.800 cents.

The payment is indexed. At the 2010 election, each vote was worth 231.191 cents and a total of $53,163,385 was paid to candidates. [Read more…]


Orientation Day For New Members Of The House Of Representatives

New members of the House of Representatives have assembled in Canberra for an orientation session.

New Members

The new members – 23 Liberals, 6 Nationals, 11 ALP, 1 Independent and 1 Palmer United Party – were addressed by the outgoing Speaker of the House, Anna Burke. She reminded them of the privilege it is to be one of only 1,133 members who have been elected to the House of Representatives since Federation in 1901. For non-members, Burke’s speech provides a fascinating insight into the life of a member of parliament.

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The 41 42 new members of the House of Representatives represent 27% 28% of the total of 150. The outcome in the Queensland electorate of Fairfax has not yet been determined. The new members are: [Read more…]


Current Federal Parliamentary Leaders

Each political party represented in the Federal Parliament elects leaders in each house.

Just as the government is decided in the House of Representatives, so the parties elect their leaders and deputy leaders from amongst their representatives in the House. If the party is not represented in the lower house, its leader will be chosen from amongst its members in the Senate.

These tables are correct as of October 14, 2013. They take account of the change of government following the September 7 election and leadership ballots in all parties as a result of the election. [Read more…]


The First Abbott Ministry: Statistical Analysis

This page provides statistical data on the First Abbott Ministry.

The ministry was announced on September 16, 2013.

It includes 19 Cabinet ministers, 11 members of the Outer Ministry and 12 Parliamentary Secretaries. All 42 members will be sworn as Executive Councillors.

The first table shows the ministry by party, age, sex, state, parliamentary chamber and previous executive experience.

The second table lists each member of the executive and gives their birthdays, ages, electorates, states, date when first elected to parliament, portfolio and experience. [Read more…]