RUDD CALLS FEDERAL ELECTION FOR SEPTEMBER 7

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced a September 7 federal election.

A few minutes after seeing the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, at Government House, Yarralumla, the ALP sent an email to its members and supporters with the first official announcement of the date.

ALP email sent to members and supporters at 3.25pm today:

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Rudd To Call September 7 Election Today, Reports Say

2.30pm – Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is flying from Brisbane to Canberra this afternoon and is expected to announce a September 7 election in the next few hours.

The last election was held on August 21, 2010. The Parliament first met on September 28, 2010 and will expire on September 27, after which an election must be held by November 30. [Read more…]


Rudd Announces Asylum Deal With Nauru

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced an asylum seeker arrangement with Nauru, similar to the PNG arrangement announced last month.

Speaking at a signing ceremony and press conference in Brisbane with the President of Nauru, Baron Waqa, and the Immigration Minister, Tony Burke, Rudd said the arrangement would allow for asylum seekers to be settled in Nauru.

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Australia will provide $29.9 million in aid to Nauru in 2013–14.

Rudd also said a “determination” of the election date had not been reached. He reiterated his intention to attend the G20 summit in Russia in early September. Speculation that a September 7 election will be announced tomorrow or Monday has intensified in recent days.

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Statement by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

NEW ARRANGEMENT WITH NAURU GOVERNMENT

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has today signed an Arrangement with the President of the Republic of Nauru Baron Waqa regarding unauthorised maritime arrivals. [Read more…]


Government Releases Updated Economic Outlook; Deficit Up, Growth Slows, $17bn Of Budget Cuts

The Rudd government has released an updated economic outlook statement that shows this year’s budget deficit blowing out to $30.1 billion.

Treasurer Chris Bowen and Finance Minister Senator Penny Wong have announced $17 billion of budget cuts aimed at producing a surplus of $4 billion in 2016-17. [Read more…]


Young Australian Of The Year Urges Students To Enrol To Vote

The Australian Electoral Commission has released a new video advertisement urging young Australians to enrol to vote.

The advertisement features Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year.