YouTube Video: “Kevin Rudd Is A Happy Little Vegemite”

This video was posted on YouTube sometime on Friday 17th February. It gained widespread exposure on the evening of Saturday 18th February.


Speaker Peter Slipper’s Procession

This is video of the new House of Representatives Speaker Peter Slipper’s procession into the chamber today.


Video: Sunday Political Talk Shows

Video of Meet The Press and The Bolt Report.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and independent Tony Windsor appeared on Meet The Press. Liberal Dennis Jensen appeared on The Bolt Report, Grace Collier discussed industrial relations, whilst John Della Bosca and Alexander Downer discussed the political week.


Balancing Act: The Australian Greens 2008-2011

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Library has released a research paper which traces the development of the Australian Greens.

The paper is written by Dr. Joy McCann of the library’s Politics and Public Administration Section. It is titled: Balancing Act: The Australian Greens 2008-2011.

The Executive Summary of the paper says: “It presents a brief introduction to the structure, ideological underpinnings and policies of the Australian Greens, and includes a brief history of the development of Green politics internationally and in Australia. It focuses on the party’s electoral fortunes and parliamentary activities from 2008 to the end of the first year of the 43rd Commonwealth Parliament.”

The paper is made available here under the terms of its Creative Commons licence.



Tony Abbott’s Speech to the Coalition Party Room

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott made this address to the Coalition partyroom meeting in Parliament House this morning, ahead of the resumption of Parliament this afternoon.


Gillard Presses On As Brown Claims Criticism Is Sexist

Greens leader Senator Bob Brown said today that criticism of Julia Gillard was sexist.

Brown’s comments came after several days of speculation about Gillard’s leadership, culminating in a Labor caucus meeting on Sunday and a BBQ at The Lodge, ahead of the return of Parliament tomorrow.

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Bob Brown

 

Later in the day, Prime Minister Gillard held a press conference and refused to be drawn on speculation about her leadership. She congratulated the Queen on her 60th anniversary as monarch, announced details of arrangements for Queensland flood victims, and emphasised the government’s economic program over the next eighteen months.

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Julia Gillard

 


Embarrassment

Michael Willesee returned to television tonight to interview Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Channel 7′s Sunday Night.

Judge for yourself.

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Michael Willesee interviews Julia Gillard