ALP Launches Anti-Abbott Television Advertisement

With the federal election campaign slipping away from it, the ALP has launched a television advertisement attacking Tony Abbott.

The advertisement is titled: “If Tony Abbott Wins, You Lose.”

The ALP has also launched a website with the same name.

A Newspoll out tomorrow shows a further decline in support for the ALP. Newspoll measures its primary vote at 34%, down 1% from last week. Last week’s figure was a 2% decline from the previous poll.

Kevin Rudd And Tony Abbott National Press Club Debate

One month out from the federal election, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott have met in a televised debate at the National Press Club.

The debate was moderated by David Speers from Sky News. The panel of journalists consisted of Lyndal Curtis (ABC), Peter Hartcher (Fairfax) and Simon Benson (News Corporation).

This page contains the full transcript, audio and video of the debate. There are 11 ABC videos of the debate, by question. [Read more…]

Queensland Constitution 2001 – As Amended To August 2013

This is the latest version of the Queensland Constitution 2001.

It is current as of August 9, 2013. [Read more…]

Bowen And Hockey Spar Over Interest Rate Decision

The Treasurer, Chris Bowen, has defended today’s interest rate decision by the Reserve Bank, whilst the shadow Treasurer, Joe Hockey, says the economy is weakening.

At a press conference following the Bank’s decision to cut the cash rate by 25 basis points to 2.5%, Bowen said lower interest rates contributed to lower living costs for Australians, particularly in housing. [Read more…]

Reserve Bank Cuts Interests Rates By 0.25% To 2.5%; Lowest In Half A Century

The Reserve Bank of Australia has cut the cash rate by 25 basis points.

The cash rate is now 2.5%, the lowest since the 1950s.

Statement released by Glenn Stevens, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

At its meeting today, the Board decided to lower the cash rate by 25 basis points to 2.5 per cent, effective 7 August 2013.

Recent information is consistent with global growth running a bit below average this year, with reasonable prospects of a pick-up next year. Commodity prices have declined but, overall, remain at high levels by historical standards. Inflation has moderated over recent months in a number of countries. [Read more…]

2013 Federal Election: Day 1 Media Statements

Press conferences and speeches from Day 1 of the 2013 Federal Election. [Read more…]

Embarrassing Interview With Jaymes Diaz, Liberal Candidate For Greenway

The Liberal candidate for Greenway, Jaymes Diaz, has been embarrassed by an awkward interview with a Channel 10 reporter in which he was unable to articulate the party’s policy on stopping asylum seeker boats.

Interviewed by John Hill, Diaz repeatedly referred to the Liberal Party’s “six-point plan” to “stop the boats” but was unable to itemise the six points. Diaz said: “Here’s the thing. The boats started under Kevin Rudd. Under the Coalition government, we’d stopped the boats.”

  • Watch the Diaz interview (7m)

Diaz was also unable to provide much detail about other areas of policy. The interview was eventually brought to an end by a Liberal Party official.

Diaz, a controversial candidate not supported in some sections of the Liberal Party, is contesting the outer metropolitan Sydney electorate for the second time. In 2010, he secured a swing of 4.79% against the new Labor candidate, Michelle Rowland, losing by 1402 votes and reducing her margin to 0.88%. [Read more…]