The Speaker, Deputy Speaker And Officers

This is a chapter from House of Representatives Practice (6th edition).

It deals with the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and other officers of the House. [Read more…]


A Grub: Laurie Oakes On Alan Jones

Channel 9’s political reporter Laurie Oakes made his view of Alan Jones clear in this television discussion with Karl Stefanovic.



Alan Jones Press Conference; Purported Apology

This is the complete video of the 43-minute press conference held by Alan Jones at 11.30am today in which he discusses the comments reported in News Limited Sunday papers.

A recording of Jones’s appearance at a University of Sydney Liberal Club function on September 22 has him calling Prime Minister Julia Gillard a liar and then saying: “”The old man recently died a few weeks ago of shame. To think that he had a daughter who told lies every time she stood for parliament.”

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Obama Ads In Ohio Attack Romney Over Taxes

This is a television advertisement currently being shown in Ohio by the Obama campaign.

It comes days after Mother Jones magazine published video of Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s comments to donors at a private gathering last May.



Bill Shorten: Light On The Hill Address

Bill Shorten has delivered the annual ‘Light on the Hill’ Address in honour of Ben Chifley.

ShortenChifley was Labor Prime Minister from 1945 until 1949. Prior to that, he was Treasurer in the Curtin government from 1941. Amongst other things, Chifley is remembered for his ‘Light on the Hill’ speech to an ALP conference in 1949.

Shorten, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations in the Gillard government, was elected to the Melbourne electorate of Maribyrnong in 2007. He was previously National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union.

The Ben Chifley Memorial Lecture is given each year in Bathurst, Chifley’s birthplace.

Text of Bill Shorten’s ‘Light on the Hill’ Address in Bathurst.

If things are right, they will come your way.

Those words aren’t mine.

They belong to:

  • a boy who grew up sleeping on a chaff bag in a bush shack with a dirt floor;
  • a young man who started out as a cashier’s assistant in a general store;
  • a unionist who was the youngest first-class locomotive driver in New South Wales;
  • and a politician who never took his eye off the ball – or the horizon.

Of course, I’m talking about Australia’s 16th prime minister and our 19th Treasurer – Bathurst’s own Ben Chifley.

It’s worth remembering when Chifley said those words. [Read more…]


Campbell Newman: Caveat Emptor

Another fine offering from Clarke and Dawe.



Gillard, Lowy And Abbott: Australian Multicultural Council Lecture

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott have joined in honouring Frank Lowy at the inaugural Australian Multicultural Council Lecture.

Gillard introduced Lowy and Abbott gave the vote of thanks.

Gillard

Gillard told the audience: “I am one of the migrants who has made Australia’s story their own, and I told my story at the Council’s launch a year ago. I told of the brave decision my parents made to leave everything that was close and familiar to venture upon a new and unknown land. I told of how we arrived to be welcomed by a warm and generous people. I told of how my parents taught me and my sister the value of hard work to earn our keep and do our best. So I stand here before you today as the very proud daughter of John and Moira Gillard. Migrants.”

In his speech, Abbott confessed he had changed his mind about multiculturalism: “With Geoffrey Blainey, I used to worry that multiculturalism could leave us a nation of tribes. But I was wrong and I’ve changed my mind. The scales fell from my eyes when I discovered – while running Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, would you believe – that the strongest supporters of the Crown in our constitution included indigenous people and newcomers who had embraced it as part of embracing Australia. At least for them, the Crown was not a historical relic but a continuously evolving symbol of our unity above party politics. I’m not sure whether you’ve embraced the monarchy, Frank, but you’ve certainly embraced Australia with a rare and a magnificent passion.”

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Lowy

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Text of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s introduction to Frank Lowy’s Australian Multicultural Council Lecture.

In 2012 the process of post-war migration reached ‘retirement’ age – 65 – the full span of a working life.

Sixty-five years since the first post-war migrants landed on our shores and began the greatest change to our country’s texture and fortunes since European settlement.

Those first migrants in January 1947 were British tradesmen, who’d left the bombed out cities of their old land to help build the newest city of their new nation. [Read more…]