Kevin Rudd’s National Press Club Address: The Australian Economy In Transition

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd addressed the National Press Club in Canberra today.

Rudd’s speech centred on depicting the Australian economy as strong and its difficulties as small by comparison with the rest of the world.

He reiterated his previous statements that the China boom is over and emphasised the economy’s transition to a new investment phase. He argued that ongoing productivity improvement is vital and attacked the negativity of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. [Read more…]

Gillard Uses National Press Club Speech To Announce September 14 Election

This is the full text and audio of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s speech to the National Press Club in which she announced a federal election on September 14.

The speech was a major event to start the political year. Almost no-one predicted that she would announce a September election with such a long lead-time. [Read more…]

Abbott: My Plan For A Stronger Economy, A Stronger Australia

Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has addressed the National Press Club in Canberra on his “plan for a stronger economy and a stronger Australia”.

The keynote speech was Abbott’s first major speech for the new year. He maintained his political attack on the Gillard government and made only broad commitments. [Read more…]

Julia Gillard’s Carbon Tax Speech At The National Press Club

Prime Minister Julia Gillard addressed the National Press Club today on the government’s carbon tax policy.

The Prime Minister stressed that the policy was a major and difficult reform. “And in reform, what matters is having the right vision for the country’s future, making the big decisions which get us there, bringing people together to get it done. So now we have had the debate. Now we move from words to deeds. We’re going to get this done.”

Gillard momentarily lost her composure when speaking about her feelings: “It doesn’t come easy to me to expose my feelings as I make these decisions. I was the shy girl who studied and worked hard, and it took time and effort but I got from Unley High to the law and as far as here, where I am today. I’ve brought a sense of personal reserve to this, the most public of professions. And the rigours of politics have reinforced my innate style of holding a fair bit back in order to hang pretty tough.” [Read more…]

Joe Hockey’s Budget Reply Speech

The Shadow Treasurer, Joe Hockey, has delivered the traditional Budget reply speech to the National Press Club, in Canberra.

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey addresses the National Press Club

  • Listen to Hockey’s speech (31m)
  • Listen to Hockey’s responses to questions (29m)
  • Listen to Hockey’s response to a question from Fairfax journalist Peter Martin (2m)

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Combet: Tackling Climate Change Is In The National Interest

This is the text of Climate Change Minister Greg Combet’s speech to the National Press Club.

Tackling climate change is in the national interest

Today I will explain the steps the Government is taking to tackle climate change by putting a price on carbon pollution.

The foundation of any such policy is the climate science.

The evidence of atmospheric warming is very strong, and the potential for dangerous climate impacts is high. The scientific advice is that carbon pollution is the cause.

Globally, 2010 was the warmest year on record, with 2001 to 2010 the warmest decade. 2010 is the 34th consecutive year with global temperatures above the 20th-century average.

In Australia, each decade since the 1940s has been warmer than the preceding decade. With rising temperatures we can expect to see more extreme weather events, including more frequent and intense droughts, floods and bushfires.

The environmental consequences translate readily into economic costs – as well as potential negative impacts on water security, coastal development, infrastructure, agriculture, and health. [Read more…]

‘Moving Forward’, Gillard Addresses Press Club; Laurie Oakes Steals The Show

As speculation about an early election continues, the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, addressed the National Press club today.

Gillard’s speech was overshadowed by a question from Channel 9’s Laurie Oakes about events on the night of June 23 when Kevin Rudd’s leadership was challenged.

Oakes put to Gillard a claim that she reneged on a deal with Kevin Rudd to give him more time to turn around the political fortunes of the government. Gillard said the discussions were confidential and she would never talk about what happened that night. [Read more…]