Opposition Leader Tony Abbott made this address to the Coalition partyroom meeting in Parliament House this morning, ahead of the resumption of Parliament this afternoon.
Greens leader Senator Bob Brown said today that criticism of Julia Gillard was sexist.
Brown’s comments came after several days of speculation about Gillard’s leadership, culminating in a Labor caucus meeting on Sunday and a BBQ at The Lodge, ahead of the return of Parliament tomorrow.
- Listen to Bob Brown at his media conference this morning (20m)
Later in the day, Prime Minister Gillard held a press conference and refused to be drawn on speculation about her leadership. She congratulated the Queen on her 60th anniversary as monarch, announced details of arrangements for Queensland flood victims, and emphasised the government’s economic program over the next eighteen months.
- Listen to Julia Gillard’s press conference (23m)
Michael Willesee returned to television tonight to interview Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Channel 7′s Sunday Night.
Judge for yourself.
- Click PLAY to listen to Willesee and Gillard. (12m)
Video interviews from today’s editions of Meet The Press and The Bolt Report.
Bill Shorten and Bob Katter appeared on Meet The Press, whilst Tony Abbott appeared on The Bolt Report. Bruce Hawker and Peter Reith discussed the political sitation.
A particularly good start to the year for Clarke and Dawe.
This video was first shown on tonight’s edition of 7.30.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has delivered a key economic speech to the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.
The speech centres on the concept of “building a new economy” in “the Asian century” which is transforming the global economic order. Gillard says “our nation is strong enough to bend those
transformations to our own purposes – from a strong base, we can build a new economy, one which is even stronger, one which is full of opportunity.”
Gillard envisions “a new economy which is prosperous and fair, creative and skilled; where mining and manufacturing flourish and services grow; where the government manages the economy for working people, for the future”.
She said: “We can see an opportunity to build a new Australian economy. And we can see more: an opportunity to build the new economy together, to include every Australian in its growth. Our people do not want to be forced to choose between mining and the rest; nor do they want to choose between a strong future for manufacturing and a strong economy as a whole.”
The Prime Minister also reiterated her government’s commitment to bringing down a surplus budget in May.
- Listen to Gillard’s speech (34m)
- Download a copy of Gillard’s speech (PDF)
Prepared text of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s speech to the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.
Building A New Economy Together
It’s good to address an audience and a forum which does such great work to promote friendship and co-operation between two great countries, Australia and Israel.
Decades after the desert was first made to bloom, Israel is a place where ideas still bloom.
And this Chamber is a place where ideas bloom too.
Friends, in 2012 Australians will be watching the economic situation of Europe closely.
It’s only by understanding just how serious and complex the European problem is that Australians can truly understand our own position of strength in the world economy, the important opportunities we have created for ourselves – and the part every Australian can play in the work of coming years. [Read more...]
Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has addressed the National Press Club in Canberra on his “plan for a stronger economy and a stronger Australia”.
The keynote speech was Abbott’s first major speech for the new year. He maintained his political attack on the Gillard government and made only broad commitments.
- Listen to Abbott’s speech
- Listen to Abbott’s responses to questions
MY PLAN FOR A STRONGER ECONOMY AND A STRONGER AUSTRALIA
Four decades after Donald Horne ironically tagged Australia as “the Lucky Country”, the Gillard government is relying on good luck rather than on good management to secure our nation’s future.
The government often cites the fragile international economic situation but fails to propose any new policies to respond to it. It claims ownership of the fundamental strength of the Australian economy even though its own actions have weakened it. And it boasts of a future return to surplus while actually delivering the four biggest budget deficits in Australian history.
Labor’s economic strategy is to hope that China’s strength will keep our economy growing. It’s lazy, complacent economic management from a government which is much better at deception and dirty tricks than at the hard work of actually running the country.
The Eurozone crisis is a terrible verdict on governments that spend too much, borrow too much and tax too much yet our prime minister is lecturing the Europeans while copying their failures.
In just four years, Labor has turned a $20 billion surplus into $167 billion in accumulated deficits and $70 billion in net Commonwealth assets into $133 billion of net debt. That’s $6000 for every Australian man, woman and child.
At the heart of Labor’s failure is the assumption that bigger government and higher taxes are the answer to every problem. [Read more...]