Anniversaries Galore In The First Week Of December

The first week of December is a big week for political anniversaries.

Today, for example, is the anniversary of the swearing-in of the Rudd Labor government in 2007. Channel 10 News reported it this way:

Looking back at Rudd: [Read more…]


Gillard Sledges Turnbull At Grand Final Breakfast

A lack-lustre Malcolm Turnbull delivered his first AFL Grand Final address at the North Melbourne breakfast this morning, as the man he deposed, Brendan Nelson, looked on from the top table.

Turnbull tried to make light of his AFL Roosters blooper earlier this week, but his speech lacked wit.

  • Listen to Turnbull’s speech (4m)

Kevin Rudd’s trip to the USA caused him to miss his first opportunity to address the breakfast. His place was taken by Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard who treated the occasion like Question Time by getting stuck into Turnbull.

  • Listen to Gillard’s speech (6m)

Malcolm Turnbull’s Shadow Ministry

This is Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull’s new shadow ministry.

Turnbull has promoted his deputy, Julie Bishop to the position of Shadow Treasurer.

Turnbull was elected leader of the Liberal Party on September 16, defeating Brendan Nelson. [Read more…]


Nelson Promises Reduction In Petrol Excise In Budget Reply Speech

The Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Brendan Nelson, has proposed a 5 cents reduction in petrol excise.

Delivering his response to the Federal Budget, Nelson also committed the Opposition to oppose the increase tax on alco-pops in the Senate. [Read more…]


Brendan Nelson Supports Stolen Generations Apology

The Leader of the Opposition, Brendan Nelson, has spoken in support of the motion offering an apology to the Stolen Generations.

  • Listen to Nelson’s Address:

Text of Brendan Nelson’s Address to Parliament on the Apology to the Stolen Generations.

Mr Speaker, members of this 42nd Parliament of Australia, visitors and all Australians.

In rising to speak in support of this motion, I recognise the Ngunnawal, first peoples of this Canberra land.

Today our nation crosses a threshold. [Read more…]


Brendan Nelson’s Australia Day Address

This is the transcript of Dr. Brendan Nelson’s address to an Australia Day ceremony at Wahroonga Park, Sydney. [Read more…]


Nelson Announces Shadow Ministry

The Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Brendan Nelson, has announced the coalition’s new shadow ministry.

Nelson has drawn on the experience of former Howard government ministers such as Julie Bishop, Joe Hockey, Nick Minchin, Malcolm Turnbull and Andrew Robb. He has elevated new faces such as Tony Smith, Greg Hunt, Bob Baldwin, Andrew Southcott, Margaret May, Sussan Ley and Pat Farmer. [Read more…]