Peter Beattie Comments On Mark Latham’s Leadership

The Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie, has commented on Mark Latham’s leadership of the ALP.

Beattie said he felt sorry for WA Labor leader Geoff Gallop, who faces an election amidst speculation about the federal leadership. [Read more…]


Mark Latham’s 2004 ALP Campaign Launch Speech

The Leader of the Opposition, Mark Latham, has delivered the ALP’s 2004 election policy speech.

The ALP campaign was launched in Brisbane. Latham was introduced by the Premier of Queensland, Peter Beattie.

  • Listen to Beattie (7m)
  • Listen to Janine Lacy, wife of Mark Latham (3m)
  • Soundtrack of film shown at the ALP Campaign Launch (3m)
  • Listen to Latham’s speech (41m)

Text of Mark Latham’s 2004 election policy speech.

LathamMy message today comes straight from the people of Australia.

It’s a message to the people, drawn from the strength and wisdom of the people.

From the Australians I’ve been privileged to meet, across the vast suburbs and regions of our nation, over the past 10 months. And the millions of their fellow-Australians they represent.

Today I want to speak on their behalf. [Read more…]


Beattie: Howard Is The Past, Latham Is The Future

This is the text of the speech given by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie at the ALP’s Official Campaign Launch for the federal election.

  • Listen to Beattie’s speech (7m)

Transcript of Peter Beattie’s speech at the ALP campaign launch.

BeattieWelcome to Queensland.

This election is about Australia’s future.

And it’s very plain.

John Howard is the past.

Mark Latham is the future. [Read more…]


A Brief History of the Beattie Labor Government

The Beattie Labor Government was elected in 1998, following a period of turmoil in Queensland politics.

Queensland Premier Peter BeattieThe long-term National Party Government, first elected in 1957 and which governed under Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen from 1968 to 1987, was defeated at the State election on 2 December 1989. Led by Wayne Goss, the Labor government was comfortably re-elected in 1992.

At the 1995 elections, Goss’s majority was reduced to one seat. Following the overturning of the result in the electorate of Mundingburra, the Liberal Party won the ensuing by-election and the Independent member for Gladstone, Liz Cunningham, pledged her support to the Coalition. A National-Liberal government led by Rob Borbidge took office in February 1996.

At the 1998 State election, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party captured nearly 23% of the total primary vote and won 11 seats. The ALP lost 5 seats to One Nation, but also picked up 5 seats from the Liberal Party in Brisbane. The Liberals were apparently punished by city voters for their reluctance to put One Nation last on Liberal tickets. [Read more…]


Beattie Names Third Term Cabinet

The re-elected Premier of Queensland, Peter Beattie, has announced his new ministry.

About one third of the ministry is new. Beattie said: “I’m delighted to be able to give the people of Queensland a fresh, energetic and committed group of Ministers who will drive the implementation of our election commitments and build on the work we have been doing since 1998.” [Read more…]


Beattie Says Free Trade Deal Is Betrayal Of Sugar Industry

The newly re-elected Premier of Queensland, Peter Beattie, who lost so-called “sugar seats” in the election two days ago, has been quick to criticise the Free Trade Agreement with the United States announced today.

Text of media release from the Premier of Queensland, Peter Beattie.

Sour free trade deal means Howard must deliver $120M to sugar industry

BeattiePremier Peter Beattie is bitterly disappointed that the Federal Coalition left the sugar industry out of the Free Trade Agreement with the United States.

“Prime Minister Howard says the deal is “fantastic” but it is in fact a betrayal of the Queensland sugar industry,” Mr Beattie said.

“It has shattered hopes held by the sugar industry and the Queensland Government for fairer access to a market of 280 million people. [Read more…]


Lawrence Springborg Concedes Defeat In Queensland Election

Lawrence Springborg, the Leader of the Opposition in Queensland, has conceded defeat in the state election.

Springborg’s National Party regained three seats but the Labor government led by Peter Beattie was comfortably returned for a third term with its majority largely untouched.

The ALP polled 47.01% of the primary vote, a loss of 1.92%. It won 63 seats in the 89-seat Legislative Assembly.

The National Party polled 16.96%, an increase of 2.80%, and won 15 seats, an increase of 3. [Read more…]