Kevin Rudd Interview On Sky News Australian Agenda

As speculation about the Labor leadership grows, Kevin Rudd has given an extensive interview to Sky News.

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The interview with Paul Kelly and Peter van Onselen caps off a week in which Rudd significantly lifted his media profile.

Rudd categorically denies that he will challenge Julia Gillard and dismisses the idea of being drafted to the position.

He says: “A couple of weeks ago I said everyone should take a cold shower. Last Friday I said they should have an ice bath. It’s time this debate was put into cryogenic storage. Frankly, it ‘aint happening.”

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‘Enemy Of The State’ – Senator Nick Xenophon Deported From Malaysia

Senator Nick Xenophon has been detained on his arrival in Malaysia and is to be deported.

The independent senator from South Australia has been called an “enemy of the state” for his pro-democracy statements and activities.

Xenophon was part of a cross-party delegation that was scheduled to discuss electoral systems with Malaysia’s main opposition party.

The delegation includes Liberal MP Mal Washer, Nationals Senator John Williams and ALP MP Steve Georganas.

Xenophon was detained at an airport by Malaysian officials.

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Tony Abbott State Of The Nation Address To CEDA

Tony Abbott says there will be “an instantaneous adrenaline charge in our economy” if there is a change of government later this year.

In a speech to the Committee for Economic Development in Sydney, Abbott said: “There will be an instantaneous surge of confidence because an incoming government will understand that simple truth that business is the source of prosperity, business is the source of economic growth and it will want to work with business rather than against business in boosting the prosperity of every Australian.”

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The Opposition Leader’s speech was styled as a “State of the Nation Address”. He focussed on economic growth but made no new policy announcements. He reiterated the Coalition’s commitment to eliminate the mining tax and the carbon tax, whilst reducing government spending and not proceeding with the National Broadband Network “in its current form”.

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Text of Tony Abbott’s State of the Nation Address to the Committee for Economic Development in Sydney.

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much for the warm welcome you’ve given me. It is great to be here. This is an important forum for the discussion of ideas for the good of our country and it does bring together people who are interested in the future of Australia, in particular are interested in our economy.

As I look out around this room I don’t see employers who want to persecute their workers. I don’t see taxpayers who are trying to rip off the system. I don’t see business leaders who want to spoil the environment. I see people who are trying to build a better Australia and what I want to do is work with you, not against you, towards this great goal.

Now, I asked my distinguished advisers today for some notes to guide my remarks and I was given a single sheet of paper with one word on it: growth. Economic growth. That is what we need in this country, stronger economic growth. If we do have strong economic growth, profits are up, income is up, employment is up and government revenue is up. In fact, with strong economic growth the government can simultaneously increase spending, cut taxes and boost the surplus and if you say that’s a magic pudding, it is actually what happened for the last five or six years of the Howard Government. Strong economic growth brings a magic to all aspects of our society and that’s why it’s so important that government policies should be about fostering stronger economic growth. Without strong economic growth there is never enough to go around and it’s almost impossible to give more to one without giving less to another. This is why economic growth is so important. [Read more...]


Combet: Tony Abbott Is Australia’s Biggest Bullshit Artist

Tony Abbott is “a complete bullshit artist”, according to the Minister for Climate Change, Greg Combet.

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Speaking to the media just hours after President Obama expressed support for a “market-based solution to climate change”, the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency castigated Abbott over his attitude to climate change.

“He’s wrong on every front,” Combet said. “In fact, on the issue of the carbon tax, he’s Australia’s biggest bullshit artist.”

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