It’s Over: Defeat Looms For The Rudd Government

by Malcolm Farnsworth

After Kevin Rudd’s return to the prime ministership on June 27, and throughout July, I told anyone who asked that I thought the electoral psychology of Rudd’s revival wasn’t clear. I wanted to wait until the end of July to see what the polls revealed.

It seems clear now that the country breathed a sigh of relief that Gillard was gone. The electorate was also prepared to give Rudd a chance to show his stuff. There was a general sense of excitement that we now had a contest. [Read more…]


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…]