Gillard’s Five Pledges To Western Sydney

The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has delivered a speech to Labor members and supporters tonight in which she said she was determined to achieve five things for western Sydney.

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Speaking at the University of Western Sydney, Gillard said the government was determined to:

  1. “put Aussie workers first”
  2. “bring high speed broadband to work places and homes”
  3. “give children a world leading education”
  4. “insure you against disability and keep improving health”
  5. “manage the pressure of modern family life”

The Prime Minister was received warmly by the crowd on the first day of her week-long visit to western Sydney. She was introduced by NSW ALP Secretary Sam Dastyari and Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare.

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Gillard Takes Action On Gangs

The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has announced $64 million joint police taskforce to tackle gang crime.

Seventy members of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and state police officers will join with staff from the Australian Crime Commission, Australian Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, the Australian Taxation Office and Centrelink.

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The government will also establish the Australian Gang Intelligence Centre (AGIC).

The program is aimed at seizing gang assets and disrupting criminal networks.

Gillard made the announcement today at a press conference with Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare and AFP Commissioner Tony Negus.

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Statement from Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

National Anti-Gang Taskforce: Federal and State Agencies To Work Together To Tackle Gang Crime

A National Anti-Gang Taskforce will be established to fight gang-related crime across Australia.

The $64 million Taskforce will be made up of 70 members from the Australian Federal Police and State Police forces and will also include officers from the Australian Crime Commission, Australian Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, the Australian Taxation Office and Centrelink. [Read more…]


Peter Harvey, Channel 9 Journalist, Dies, 68

Peter Harvey, best known as a Channel 9 journalist over nearly four decades, has died at the age of 68.

Harvey died from pancreatic cancer.

In a storied career, Harvey became famous for his “Peter Harvey – Canberra” sign-off. He reported politics from Canberra for two decades, starting in 1975 just before the Whitlam Dismissal.

In an interview shown tonight, Harvey remembered standing on the steps of Parliament House supporting his cameraman as Gough Whitlam famously delivered his “Kerr’s cur” speech.



As His Papacy Ends, Benedict XVI Leaves Vatican For Castel Gandolfo

With just hours left in office, Pope Benedict XVI has left the Vatican and flown to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo.

The first Pope to retire in six centuries, Benedict was accorded the usual security and protocol of a Head of State as he departed the Vatican.

At 8pm local time the Swiss Guard will vacate their posts at Castel Gandolfo, the papal apartments will be sealed and Benedict’s papal ring will be smashed.

The process of convening the Conclave that will elect Benedict’s replacement will begin tomorrow.

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Scullion: A Genuine Sense Of Bipartisanship

This is the text of Senator Nigel Scullion’s speech on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples Recognition Bill.

Scullion is a Northern Territory senator and Deputy Leader of The Nationals.

His speech is an interesting example of bipartisanship on the recognition of Indigenous Australians in the Constitution.

Transcript of Senator Nigel Scullion’s speech on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill.

ScullionSenator SCULLION (Northern Territory—Deputy Leader of The Nationals) (13:19): I too support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012. I thank the previous speakers and I have to say that this is, without doubt, the first time in my 12-odd years in this place that I have had a genuine sense of bipartisanship. We are excited by the prospects, we are nervous about how we proceed and we are talking genuinely with each other to ensure that our views are not polarised. It gives me a great deal of confidence that we, as representatives of the wider Australian community, can behave in that way. Hopefully that will help engender an appropriate environment for the community discussions to follow on the content of the changes. [Read more…]