Enrol To Vote

The Australian Electoral Commission is urging people to go online and enrol to vote.

Online enrolment requires evidence of a person’s identity. A driver’s licence or Australian passport number can be used. Someone who is enrolled to vote can also confirm an individual’s identity.

CLICK HERE to ENROL TO VOTE at the AUSTRALIAN ELECTORAL COMMISSION website.

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Kevin Rudd’s National Press Club Address: The Australian Economy In Transition

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd addressed the National Press Club in Canberra today.

Rudd’s speech centred on depicting the Australian economy as strong and its difficulties as small by comparison with the rest of the world.

He reiterated his previous statements that the China boom is over and emphasised the economy’s transition to a new investment phase. He argued that ongoing productivity improvement is vital and attacked the negativity of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

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Official transcript of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s Address to the National Press Club.

The Australian Economy in Transition: Building a new National Competitiveness Agenda

I am, without apology, an optimist about our nation’s future.

Our national strengths are formidable.

Our weaknesses, compared with the rest of the world, are few. [Read more…]


Classic Interview: Lisa Clutterham, Lalor ALP Preselection Candidate

The ALP preselection for Lalor, brought about by the retirement of former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, took a comical turn today with a radio appearance by candidate Lisa Clutterham.

Clutterham, a 29-year-old junior diplomat who has never lived in Melbourne and only joined the ALP last month, was interviewed by Jon Faine on ABC774.

Clutterham conceded she had no connections with Melbourne. She said her partner had visited relatives in Werribee.

The newly-appointed Trade Minister in the Rudd government, Richard Marles, is reported to support Clutterham.

Julia Gillard has gone on the record in support of a local primary school principal, Joanne Ryan, as the candidate for Lalor. However, Ryan’s ALP membership lapsed in 2010.

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Rudd Announces Historic Reform To ALP Leadership Election; Party Members To Have 50% Say

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced a proposal to give ALP members a 50% say in the election of the federal parliamentary leader.

The Caucus will have the remaining 50% say. A leadership election can be triggered by the leader’s resignation, a federal election loss or a 75% vote of no confidence by the Caucus.

Rudd said: “The proposal guarantees to the electorate that the prime minister they elect is the prime minister they get.”

At a press conference this evening, Rudd said the full ministry had decided on the proposal today. It will be submitted to the Caucus on July 22 for approval. A special meeting of the ALP National Conference is possible if the proposal is rejected.

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Rudd proposes that the Caucus have a 50% share of the vote and party members have the other 50%. A leader who takes the party into government will serve out the full term.

Other elections of the party leader will take place after an election defeat, on the resignation or permanent physical incapacity of the leader, or when 75% of caucus members sign a petition calling for a leadership vote.

Other leadership positions will be decided by the Caucus. Members of the Ministry or Shadow Ministry will also be decided by the Caucus, not the leader. [Read more…]


ALP Launches Kevin Rudd Television Advertisement

This is the advertisement the ALP is running on Australian television tonight.

The party’s YouTube channel titles the ad as “Raising the standards”.