“Our Policy Is Clear” – Liberals Pounce On ALP’s Border Protection Dissension

The Liberal Party has seized on dissension in Labor ranks over offshore processing of asylum seekers.

The ALP candidate for Melbourne, Sophie Ismail, went on the record today as favouring bringing asylum seekers to Australia and processing them here. Melbourne is held for the Greens by Adam Bandt.

The Liberals released the advertisement shown below. It quotes Ismail and other comments by retiring WA MP Melissa Parke and Tasmanian Senator Lisa Singh. The repeated “our policy is clear” comments from Opposition Leader Bill Shorten are taken from his media conference today where he was questioned about Ismail’s comments. [Read more…]


2016 Federal Election: The First ALP TV Advertisement

These videos were circulated by the ALP following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a July 2 double dissolution election.

The advertisement emphasises Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s theme of “positive policies”. [Read more…]


Shorten’s Response To July 2 Election Announcement: “We Have Positive Plans”

The Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, has responded to the Prime Minister’s announcement of a July 2 double dissolution election.

Shorten said Australians have “a clear choice” at the election. “A choice between Labor’s positive plans for the future, and three more years of dysfunction, of dithering and of disappointment.”

Speaking in Launceston, Tasmania, Shorten empasised Labor’s “positive plans”. He said he would fight the election on schools and education, as well as health, hospitals and Medicare. “I will fight this election for real action on climate change,” he said. “I will fight this election to help create a vibrant economy, growing jobs, with reasonable conditions, and security for all.” [Read more…]


Bill Shorten Delivers ALP Budget Reply Speech As 44th Parliament Ends

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has delivered his Budget Reply Speech in the House of Representatives.

The ALP leader’s speech was the final item of business for the House of Representatives. Whilst it is scheduled to return on Monday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is expected to formally announce the July 2 election on Sunday and the Parliament will not return.

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Transcript of Bill Shorten’s Budget Reply Speech.

After seven months of waiting. After months of ruling-in and ruling-out, after all that on and off the table… After apprehension and great expectations. This Budget has fallen apart in 48 hours.

This Budget was meant to be Malcolm Turnbull’s justification for rolling Tony Abbott.

After Tuesday night Australians are left to wonder why he bothered.

• The same $80 billion of cuts to schools and hospitals – still in this budget
• The same cuts to working and middle class families – still in this budget
• The same cuts to Medicare, to childcare, to aged care, to paid parental leave, to pensioners and carers – still in this Budget.

The same wrong priorities for Australia. Was this really the point of the Turnbull experiment? [Read more…]


Minor Changes To Opposition Shadow Ministry; Dodson Promoted To Executive In First Week As A Senator

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has made a number of changes to his Shadow Ministry, including the promotion of just-appointed Senator Patrick Dodson

The changes are as a result of the parliamentary retirement of Gary Gray, (Brand-WA), who held the posts of Shadow Minister for Resources and Shadow Minister for Northern Australia.

The Resources portfolio goes to Jason Clare, (Blaxland-NSW). He will be assisted by new Shadow Assistant Minister for Resources, Jim Chalmers, (Rankin-Qld).

Shayne Neumann, (Blair-Qld), becomes Shadow Minister for Northern Australia.

The new Shadow Minister for Regional Communications will be Stephen Jones, (Throsby-NSW).

Senator Dodson (WA) becomes Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader. He took up his Senate seat three days ago. [Read more…]


The Ages Of The Shorten ALP Shadow Ministry

This is a breakdown of the Shorten ALP Shadow Ministry based on age.

For comparative purposes, see the statistics on The Ages of The Turnbull Government Ministers.

Whereas Turnbull is currently the only member of the executive over the age of 60, the ALP has 8 such members, including 2 in the Shadow Cabinet: Jenny Macklin and Senator Kim Carr. In most respects, however, the age breakdown is fairly similar between the ALP and the Coalition.

The oldest member of the Shorten team is Warren Snowdon, 66, who first entered Parliament in 1987. The youngest is Senator Sam Dastyari, 32, who filled a casual vacancy in 2013.

The average age of the Shorten team is 50.2, compared to 48.7 for the government. Turnbull’s Cabinet has an average age of 49.4, compared to Shorten’s 50.0.

Shorten ALP Opposition – Ages of Shadow Ministers – Summary
Group 60-69 50-59 40-49 30-39 Total Average Age
CABINET
2
7
11
1
21
50.0
OUTER MINISTRY
2
2
3
2
9
48.4
PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIES
4
6
4
2
16
51.4
TOTALS
8
15
18
5
46
50.2

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Indigenous Leader Pat Dodson To Become ALP Senator; Replaces Joe Bullock In Western Australia

The Indigenous leader Patrick Dodson is to become a Labor senator in Western Australia, replacing Joe Bullock.

Dodson

The announcement was made this morning by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, just 12 hours after Bullock announced his resignation in the Senate.

Dodson, aged 67 or 68, a Yaruwu man, is often described as the “father of reconciliation”. [Read more…]