2013 – Election Year!

Australia has ushered in the new year 2013.

These photographs show the traditional Sydney Harbour Bridge fireworks display.

One thing we know for certain at this hour is that the federal election will be done and dusted in a maximum 11 months. The last possible date for the election is November 30th. The election could be held in August but is most likely to take place in early September or early October.

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Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s New Year Message

This is a New Year video message released by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.


Tony Abbott’s New Year Message

This is a New Year video message released by the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott.

Text of statement from Tony Abbott.

Throughout our history, Australians have demonstrated again and again our capacity and determination to make our country a better place.

We are not afraid of having a go, we never fail to lend our hand, and we always aspire to making our country a better place. [Read more…]


David Cameron: “We Are On The Right Track”

British Prime Minister David Cameron says the country is on the right track.

The upbeat message came in Cameron’s New Year message. “This is a government in a hurry,” Cameron said.

Britain is in a competitive race with countries such as China, India and Indonesia, and cannot afford to slow down, Cameron said, as he outlined actions taken by his government on reducing the budget deficit, reforming welfare and education, and increasing pensions.

Transcript of David Cameron’s 2013 New Year message.

2012 was an extraordinary year for our country. We celebrated our Queen with the Jubilee. And with the Olympics and Paralympics we showed beyond any doubt that Britain can deliver. It was a great year. But, if we are honest, it was a tough one too.

We are still dealing with debts that built up over many years. And for many families, making ends meet is difficult. So to anyone starting this New Year with questions about where we are heading and what the future holds, I want to reassure you of this: we are on the right track. On all the big issues that matter to Britain, we are heading in the right direction and I have the evidence to prove it.

This government inherited a huge budget deficit that was dragging our country down. Well, this New Year, that deficit is forecast to be £13 billion smaller than last New Year, down by one quarter since we came to office. [Read more…]


Julia Gillard And Bob Hawke Speak At Woodford Folk Festival

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has appeared at the Woodford Folk Festival with her Labor predecessor Bob Hawke.

Gillard told the gathering that the “big decisions” made by her government “would have been effectively the same” even if the government had not operated in a minority.

She said that she wanted to launch the National Disability Insurance Scheme on July 1st and deliver “further education reforms” before “we get around to winning that election”. [Read more…]


Malcolm Turnbull: “It Has Never Been Easier To Get Away With Telling Lies”

The Shadow Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has again lamented the “game of politics” and decried the dumbing down of political debate.

Speaking at the Woodford Folk Festival on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Turnbull said “it has never been easier to get away with the glib one-liner”.

Turnbull said “broadcasters, or politicians or writers…who think that they are respecting ‘struggle street’, the battlers, …by dumbing things down into one-line soundbites are not respecting them, they are treating them with contempt.

“Because it is our job, above all in politics, to tackle the big issues, and to explain them and have the honesty to say to people, ‘there are no easy solutions here’. If the answer to global warming was obvious and simple, we’d have it licked by now.”

Turnbull said politicians need to deal in “facts, not spin”. He said the current situation “has never been worse”.


Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas Message To The Commonwealth

Queen Elizabeth II has delivered her annual Christmas message to the Commonwealth.

The televised message comes at the end of the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations of her 60 years on the throne. [Read more…]