Howard And Hu Sign Trade Deals

This is the transcript of the joint press conference held by the President of the People’s Republic of China, Hu Jintao, and the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, at Parliament House, Canberra.

It followed a special joint sitting of the Parliament that was addressed by the Chinese President.

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Transcript of joint press conference by Prime Minister John Howard and Chinese President Hu Jintao

PRIME MINISTER HOWARD:

Mr President, ladies and gentlemen. This news conference will be by way of consecutive translation. I will make a short opening statement, the President will make a short opening statement and then they’ll be two questions. Two from the Chinese media and then two from the Australian media.

The agreements which have just been signed demonstrate very clearly the breadth and the depth of the relationship between Australia and China. [Read more…]


‘Constantly Increasing Common Ground': Hu’s Speech To Australian Parliament

This is the transcript of the Address to a Joint Sitting of the Australian Parliament by the President of China, Hu Jintao.

Hu’s speech was the first by a Chinese president to the parliament.

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Text of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s speech to the Australian Parliament.

Hu JintaoThe Honourable Neil Andrew, Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Honourable Paul Calvert, President of the Senate, the Honourable Prime Minister John Howard, distinguished members of the federal parliament of Australia, Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am delighted to meet with you today, and address such a distinguished audience at the Australian parliament building.

Let me begin by expressing, on behalf of the Chinese government and people, my best wishes to you and, through you, to the courageous and hard-working Australian people.

Though located in different hemispheres and separated by high seas, the people of China and Australia enjoy a friendly exchange that dates back centuries. [Read more…]


Remember Who Dug The Well: Crean Welcomes Hu

This is the text of the address of welcome to the President of China, Hu Jintao, by the Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean.

The speech was delivered to a joint sitting of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Text of Simon Crean’s speech of welcome to China’s President Hu Jintao.

CreanMr President.

I’ve already had the opportunity to welcome you to Australia.

I now welcome you to our national Parliament.

Your historic presence in this Parliament – so soon after your inauguration as President of the People’s Republic of China – testifies to the importance and continuity of the China-Australia relationship. [Read more…]


Commonsense Relationship With China: Howard Welcomes Hu

This is the transcript of the speech of welcome to the President of China, Hu Jintao, by the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, on the occasion of President Hu’s Address to the Australian Parliament.

Prime Minister John Howard’s speech of welcome to the President of China, Hu Jintao.

HowardMr Speaker, Mr Senate President. On behalf of the Government, and I know on behalf of all members, I extend to His Excellency, Hu Jintao, the President of the People’s Republic of China, a very warm welcome to our national Parliament. And I extend that welcome to his wife, Madame Liu, and to all the other members of the Chinese party.

It would be no exaggeration, Mr Speaker, to say that ten years ago an event such as this would have been seen as not only unlikely, but indeed highly improbable. Equally, I would not have thought ten years ago that as Prime Minister of Australia I would have, as I did in 2002, as the leader of a western centre-right political party, to address the cadres of the central school of the Chinese communist party in Beijing. [Read more…]


President Bush Addresses Australian Parliament; Greens Ejected

United States President George W. Bush has addressed the Australian Parliament during his visit to Canberra.

The speech was punctuated by interjections from Greens senators Bob Brown and Kerry Nettle.

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Transcript of President Bush’s address to the Australian Parliament.

Governor General Michael Jeffery, Prime Minister John Howard, Speaker of the House, Leader of the Senate, Leader of the Opposition Simon Crean, distinguished members of the House and the Senate, Premiers, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, ladies and gentlemen: Laura and I are honored to be in the Commonwealth of Australia. I want to thank the Prime Minister for his invitation. I want to thank the Members and Senators for convening this session of the Parliament. And I want to thank the people of Australia for a gracious welcome. [Read more…]


Howard Welcomes Bush To Australian Parliament

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has welcomed President George W. Bush to the Australian Parliament.

Bush delivered a speech to members of both houses.

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Transcript of John Howard’s remarks of welcome to President Bush.

Mr Speaker and Mr President of the Senate, today we welcome a man, we honour an office, we recommit to an alliance and we declare that, above all of those things, common values between nations unite nations and peoples more than individuals or institutions. The things that unite the Australian and American people are shared values: the belief that the individual is more important than the state, that strong families are a nation’s greatest asset, that competitive free enterprise is the ultimate foundation of national wealth, and that the worth of a person is determined by that person’s character and hard work, not by their religion or race or colour or creed or social background. [Read more…]


Slim Dusty Honoured At State Funeral

Slim Dusty, the Australian Country and Western singer who died last week, has been honoured at a State Funeral in Sydney.

Slim DustySlim Dusty was 76 when he died of kidney cancer. To many he epitomised the essence of what it is to be an Australian. Of his many hit records, undoubtedly the best known was “A Pub With No Beer”.

The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition attended the funeral, hearing tributes from Dusty’s children.

Other speakers at the funeral included the businessman Dick Smith and the president of the Australian Conservation Foundation, Peter Garrett, who paid tribute to Slim Dusty’s commitment to the environment and indigenous relations.

The funeral service was listened to by a large crowd outside St. Andrew’s Cathedral, and broadcast live on ABC television, Channel 9 and Sky News. It was also transmitted to indigenous communities throughout Australia.

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Extraordinary Interview: John Howard Quizzed On Abbott And One Nation

Prime Minister John Howard has had a willing encounter with an ABC interviewer who quizzed him over Tony Abbott’s involvement in the legal action against One Nation.

Howard appeared on the AM program. He was interviewed by Catherine McGrath.

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  • Aug 27, 2003: Tony Abbott’s interview with Kerry O’Brien on The 7.30 Report.

Transcript of John Howard’s interview with Catherine McGrath on AM.

MCGRATH:

Mr Howard, good morning. Tony Abbott said last night that in 1998 he thought it was very important that the One Nation juggernaut, he called it, be stopped. Did you think that back then? [Read more…]


Abbott On Action Against Hanson: “I Was Acting Entirely On My Own”

This is the audio and transcript of Tony Abbott’s interview with Kerry O’Brien on The 7.30 Report on August 27, 2003.

It took place one week after Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge were found guilty of electoral fraud and sentenced to three years in jail.

Hanson and Ettridge were accused of falsely claiming that 500 members of a support movement were members of “Pauline Hanson’s One Nation”, enabling it to be registered as a political party and to claim electoral funding.

In August 2003, Tony Abbott was a cabinet minister in John Howard’s government. He was Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service.

Following the jailing of Hanson and Ettridge, the part played by Tony Abbott attracted attention because of his role in establishing a trust fund called “Australians for Honest Politics” which had helped fund civil court action against One Nation.

Hanson and Ettridge were released from jail on November 6, 2003, after the Queensland Court of Appeal overturned their convictions.

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Transcript of Tony Abbott’s interview with Kerry O’Brien on The 7.30 Report.

O’BRIEN: Welcome to the program.

And again tonight we look at the storm over senior Government minister Tony Abbott, his involvement in trying to bring down Pauline Hanson through the courts back in 1998 and whether or not he lied to the ABC’s ‘Four Corners’ over a promise to fund a civil court action against Ms Hanson by One Nation dissident Terry Sharples. [Read more…]


Pauline Hanson Jailed For Three Years For Electoral Fraud

Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge have both been found guilty of electoral fraud charges and jailed for three years.

Hanson, 49, and Ettridge, 58, pleaded not guilty to fraudulently registering One Nation in Queensland on December 4, 1997. Hanson also pleaded not guilty to dishonestly obtaining nearly $500,000 in electoral funding after the 1998 Queensland state election.

After deliberating for nine hours, a Brisbane District Court jury found the pair guilty on all counts.

Judge Patsy Wolfe made no recommendation for parole. [Read more…]