Gillard Releases National Security Strategy

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has released the government’s National Security Strategy.

In a speech at the Australian National University, Gillard said the strategy “highlights the dramatic economic and strategic shift towards the Asia-Pacific region and provides a blueprint for national security over the next decade”.

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Gillard said, “we are transitioning from one decade, the decade of 9/11, to a post 9/11 era where some risks and challenges endure and others are evolving rapidly.”

The National Security document says the key national security risks faced by Australia are:

  • Espionage and foreign interference
  • Instability in developing and fragile states
  • Malicious cyber activity
  • Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
  • Serious and organised crime
  • State-based conflict or coercion significantly affecting Australia’s industries
  • Terrorism and violent extremism

Media release from Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

A Strategy for Australia’s National Security

Australia’s first National Security Strategy highlights the dramatic economic and strategic shift towards the Asia-Pacific region and provides a blueprint for national security over the next decade.

Complementing the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper, the National Security Strategy will ensure Australia takes advantage of the opportunities of the Asian Century whilst focussing national security efforts on the risks and challenges that come with change in the region. [Read more...]


NITV Interview With Nova Peris

This interview with Nova Peris was broadcast on National Indigenous Television News.

Peris discusses her interest in politics and reaction to yesterday’s announcement by Prime Minister Gillard that the ALP National Executive is to fast-track Peris’s preselection for the Northern Territory Senate election.

 


Gillard Chooses Nova Peris For ALP NT Senate Seat; Crossin Dumped

In what she described as a “captain’s pick”, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has backed former Olympian Nova Peris for ALP Senate preselection in the Northern Territory.

PerisTrish Crossin has been dumped as Labor’s Northen Territory senator. A strong supporter of former leader Kevin Rudd, Crossin has been in the Senate for fifteen years.

At a joint press conference with Peris, Gillard said she had invited Peris to join the ALP and contest the NT Senate poll. “There has never been an indigenous Australian who has served as a federal Labor representative,” Gillard said. “I am determined that at the 2013 election we change that. I have asked the Federal National Executive of the Labor Party to work with me on achieving this.”

Gillard said Peris was the first Aboriginal Australian to win an Olympic gold medal. She praised Peris’s “grit and determination” as well as “the work she has done since her sporting career on building opportunities for young Australians, on focusing on the health of children, on focusing on the educational opportunities of children”.

Senator Trish Crossin issued a statement to the media confirming Gillard told her on Monday evening of the decision to endorse Peris. She said the decision was taken “without consultation or negotiation with the NT branch of the ALP or my input”. Crossin said she had long believed “the preselection should always be a matter for NT Labor branch members to decide”.

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Statement by Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

PM Endorses Nova Peris as NT Senate Candidate

Today I have asked the National Executive of the Australian Labor Party to endorse Nova Peris OAM as a candidate for the Senate in the Northern Territory.

Australians first came to know Nova as an outstanding Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist.

Since then, Nova has devoted her career to working with young people and indigenous Australians across the country. [Read more...]


‘One Today’ – Richard Blanco’s Inaugural Poem

This is the text of Richard Blanco’s inaugural poem, recited by the author at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

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President Barack Obama’s Second Inaugural Address

Barack Obama has been ceremonially sworn in for his second term as the 44th President of the United States.

Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were officially sworn in yesterday, in accordance with the requirements of the Constitution. In today’s public ceremony, Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor again swore in Biden and Chief Justice John Roberts again swore in Obama.

Political attention today focussed on Obama’s Second Inaugural Speech.

With frequent invocations of ‘We, The People’, the speech was Obama’s most progressive as president. Amongst other things, he called for action on climate change and equality for gay people.

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Text of President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address.

Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional — what makes us American — is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.

For more than two hundred years, we have. [Read more...]