Sunday Political Talk Shows

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.


Clarke and Dawe: ‘A Senior Editor’

A particularly good start to the year for Clarke and Dawe.

This video was first shown on tonight’s edition of 7.30.


Gillard Speech: Building A New Australian Economy Together

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has delivered a key economic speech to the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

Julia GillardThe 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.

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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...]


Abbott: My Plan For A Stronger Economy, A Stronger Australia

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.

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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...]


Angry Gillard Condemns Australia Day Protest Insinuations

An angry Prime Minister Julia Gillard has condemned “offensive insinuations” by the Opposition about her involvement in events surrounding the Australia Day protest at The Lobby restaurant in Canberra.

At a press conference in Melbourne, Gillard said a member of her staff, Tony Hodges, acted without authorisation in providing information to Kim Sattler about Abbott’s whereabouts, describing his behaviour as “an error of judgement”.

Julia Gillard

Gillard said Hodges did not incite violence but suggested to the protesters that they might like to have someone in attendance in case Abbott made further comments to the media at the restaurant.

She repeatedly said she was angry about the derailment of the presentation of medals to emergency management workers for whom the day was a significant “life event”.

Questioned about what she and Abbott discussed in the back of the car on the way to The Lodge, Gillard said she invited Abbott inside in case he wanted “a glass of water” but he declined and said he preferred to be taken straight back to Parliament House.

She said she found the insinuations made by Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne “deeply offensive”. It was typical of Abbott’s “negativity” and “his tendency to go too far”.

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Mitch Daniels Delivers Republican Response To State Of The Union

Mitch Daniels, the Governor of Indiana, has delivered the Republican Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

Governor Mitch Daniels

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The status of “loyal opposition” imposes on those out of power some serious responsibilities: to show respect for the Presidency and its occupant, to express agreement where it exists. Republicans tonight salute our President, for instance, for his aggressive pursuit of the murderers of 9/11, and for bravely backing long overdue changes in public education. I personally would add to that list admiration for the strong family commitment that he and the First Lady have displayed to a nation sorely needing such examples.

On these evenings, Presidents naturally seek to find the sunny side of our national condition. But when President Obama claims that the state of our union is anything but grave, he must know in his heart that this is not true.

The President did not cause the economic and fiscal crises that continue in America tonight. But he was elected on a promise to fix them, and he cannot claim that the last three years have made things anything but worse: the percentage of Americans with a job is at the lowest in decades. One in five men of prime working age, and nearly half of all persons under 30, did not go to work today. [Read more...]


President Obama’s 2012 State Of The Union Address

This is the prepared text of President Barack Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address.

President Obama

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Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:

Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our last troops to serve in Iraq. Together, we offered a final, proud salute to the colors under which more than a million of our fellow citizens fought – and several thousand gave their lives.

We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected around the world. For the first time in nine years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq. For the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country. Most of al Qaeda’s top lieutenants have been defeated. The Taliban’s momentum has been broken, and some troops in Afghanistan have begun to come home.

These achievements are a testament to the courage, selflessness, and teamwork of America’s Armed Forces. At a time when too many of our institutions have let us down, they exceed all expectations. They’re not consumed with personal ambition. They don’t obsess over their differences. They focus on the mission at hand. They work together.

Imagine what we could accomplish if we followed their example. Think about the America within our reach: A country that leads the world in educating its people. An America that attracts a new generation of high-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs. A future where we’re in control of our own energy, and our security and prosperity aren’t so tied to unstable parts of the world. An economy built to last, where hard work pays off, and responsibility is rewarded.

We can do this. I know we can, because we’ve done it before. At the end of World War II, when another generation of heroes returned home from combat, they built the strongest economy and middle class the world has ever known. My grandfather, a veteran of Patton’s Army, got the chance to go to college on the GI Bill. My grandmother, who worked on a bomber assembly line, was part of a workforce that turned out the best products on Earth. [Read more...]