Queensland Floods: Latest Briefings

These are today’s briefings on the Queensland floods.

  • 4.30pm AEDT – Anna Bligh press conference.
  • 3.45pm AEDT – Defence Minister Stephen Smith, in Perth, announces details of the ADF commitment to the rescue operation in Queensland.
  • 3.00pm AEDT – Tony Abbott press conference in Brisbane.
  • 1.30pm AEDT – Tony Abbott, interviewed on ABC News 24, says “I don’t want to get too political at this stage.”
  • 12.40pm AEDT – Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts and Commissioner Ian Stewart briefing.
  • 12.30pm AEDT – Julia Gillard speaks at Amberley Air Force Base in Queensland.
  • 11.10am AEDT – Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley and Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisale discuss the flood situation.
  • 10.35am AEDT – Anna Bligh press conference.

Smith and Newman: Latest Queensland Flood Press Conferences

3.50pm AEDT – Defence Minister Stephen Smith and Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman have held press conferences on the Queensland flood situation.

Smith gave details of Defence “assets”, mainly helicopters, which are being made available through Amberley air base. [Read more…]


June 23, 2010: Calm And Speculation Before The Storm

The challenge to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd caught most people by surprise on June 23, 2010, but there was nevertheless plenty of speculation in the hours leading up to his dumping.

  • 8.30am – On Sky News AM Agenda, Jason Clare (ALP), Scott Morrison (Lib) and Peter Van Onselen discuss the state of Kevin Rudd’s leadership.
  • 1.55pm – Defence Minister Senator John Faulkner is asked, “as an elder statesman of the Labor Party,” whether there are any circumstances under which he would tap the Prime Minister on the shoulder before the election. Foreign Minister Stephen Smith also responds.
  • 4.15pm – On Sky News PM Agenda, journalists Josh Gordon and Lenore Taylor discuss the state of the Rudd government.

Australia’s Afghanistan Commitment: John Faulkner And Stephen Smith Press Conference

Amid the mounting challenge to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s leadership, the Defence and Foreign Ministers held a press conference on Australia’s commitment to Afghanistan.

The Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith, held the press conference at 1.30pm.

At the end of the press conference, Faulkner is asked, “as an elder statesman of the Labor Party,” whether there are any circumstances under which he would tap the Prime Minister on the shoulder before the election. Foreign Minister Stephen Smith also responds. [Read more…]


UN, USA, Asia: Three Pillars Of Labor’s Foreign Policy, Says Smith

The incoming Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith, has outlined the three pillars underpinning Federal Labor’s foreign policy approach.

In a statement issued today, Smith said those pillars were:

  • Our membership of the United Nations;
  • Our Alliance with the United States; and
  • Our policy of comprehensive engagement with Asia.

Smith said: “Federal Labor has consistently emphasised the need to focus our foreign policy and diplomatic efforts on Australia’s national interests within our own Asia-Pacific region. [Read more…]


Stephen Smith Says He Will Not Contest ALP Leadership Ballot

Stephen Smith has announced that he will not contest the ALP Caucus ballot for the ALP leadership.

Smith, the member for Perth since 1993, is the Shadow Minister for Industry, Infrastructure and Industrial Relations. [Read more…]


Mark Latham Announces His New Shadow Ministry

The Leader of the Opposition, Mark Latham, has announced his new shadow ministry, following the 2004 federal election.

For the announcement, Latham was accompanied by Wayne Swan, the new Shadow Treasurer, and Stephen Smith, the new Shadow Minister for Industry, Infrastructure and Industrial Relations. [Read more…]