Greg Combet Says Julia Gillard Offered To Stand Aside For Him

Greg Combet, a senior minister in the previous Labor government, says then Prime Minister Julia Gillard offered to stand aside to allow him to assume the leadership.

Combet appeared in an interview broadcast on the ABC’s 7.30 program tonight. Combet’s memoirs, The Fights of My Life, will be released next week and launched by Gillard.

Combet says that he approached Gillard in mid-June last year and was of the view that a ballot for the leadership should be held. He said Gillard offered to stand aside if he put his name forward. He says he declined because he thought the momentum for Rudd’s return was well-developed and that it would be a difficult political manoeuvre to “pull off”. Facing a personal health problem, Combet said he decided not to nominate. [Read more...]


Abbott Says 50 Australian Police Deployed For Operation Bring Them Home

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says around two hundred Australians have been deployed overseas as part of Operation Bring Them Home.

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Abbott said 50 Australian police have been pre-deployed to London, in anticipation that they can be sent to Ukraine to secure the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. [Read more...]


Co-Operation: Bill Clinton’s Speech At The Launch Of Torrens University Australia

Former US President Bill Clinton has delivered a speech on the importance of co-operation at the launch of Torrens University Australia in Adelaide.

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Clinton again paid tribute to the work of the Australian government in the aftermath of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, particularly the work of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in co-operation with Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans. [Read more...]


A Message From The Maslin-Norris Family

This message from the Maslin-Norris family has been released on their behalf by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris, from Perth, lost their children – Evie, 10, Mo, 12 and Otis, 8 – and the children’s grandfather, Nick Norris, in the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

The graphic has been posted on Twitter by multiple users. Its provenance is unclear.

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Abbott Gives Update On Recovery And Repatriation Of MH17 Victims

As reports today indicate that fewer bodies than expected have arrived in The Netherlands, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has held his third press conference in as many days to report on the recovery and repatriation of victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

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Abbott said the government was determined to bring all the victims home. He said that the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, has gone to The Netherlands to receive and oversee the recovery and repatriation of bodies.

New wreckage of Flight MH17 was discovered yesterday, Abbott said. Wreckage has been strewn across villages and farmland. It is possible that further human remains, parts of the aircraft, or parts of the missile could be in “other than obvious places”. [Read more...]


Bill Clinton’s Address To 20th International AIDS Conference In Melbourne

Former US President Bill Clinton has delivered a keynote address to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.

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Clinton paid tribute to the AIDS researchers who died in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. He said he was proud to have been in Australia when Foreign Minister Julie Bishop spoke at the United Nations. [Read more...]


Julie Bishop Called It For Australia And The World, Says Abbott; Operation Bring Them Home Underway

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Operation Bring Them Home is underway for victims of the attack on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Alleging evidence-tampering on an industrial scale at the crash site, Abbott praised Foreign Minister Julie Bishop for “calling it for Australia and the world” at the United Nations.

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Overnight, the 15-member United Nations Security Council, including Russia, unanimously supported a resolution calling for an international investigation into the attack on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 last Friday. It demanded that armed groups in Ukraine allow access to the crash site and ensure that its integrity is maintained. [Read more...]