Bill Shorten Appears On QandA

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has appeared on the ABC’s QandA program.

Shorten appeared solo at a venue in Penrith, in the electorate of Lindsay, currently held for the Liberal Party by Fiona Scott. The program was hosted by Tony Jones.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will apppear on the program next week.

The videos shown below were posted on YouTube by the ALP during the broadcast of the program. An email to ALP supporters following the program is also shown. [Read more…]


Lateline At Its Best

Tonight’s Lateline program: Tony Jones interviews John Cleese and Eric Idle.



The Result Of Clive Palmer’s Al Gore Stunt: Carbon Tax Abolished, ETS Dead

The cynicism of today’s stunt by Clive Palmer became clear late tonight as the Palmer United Party leader confirmed that his senators will vote for the abolition of the carbon tax and the emissions trading scheme.

Palmer

Earlier today, Palmer called for the establishment of an emissions trade scheme (ETS) that would only come into force once China, the United States, the European Union, Japan and Korea had also taken action to establish similar schemes. International action of this order is all but impossible to imagine. [Read more…]


Into The Final Straight, Rudd Interrogated On Q&A

Kevin Rudd has confronted a forthright and critical audience on the ABC’s Q&A program tonight in what was most likely one of his last set piece performances as prime minister.

Rudd faced some severe questioning on issues such as election promises, nurses, Newstart for single parents, gay marriage, superannuation, education funding and the state of the economy.

Rudd

One questioner wanted to know whether Rudd would create a by-election in his seat of Griffith if he loses Saturday’s election but the prime minister would not accept the bait and refused to make any commitments based on an assumption of losing. [Read more…]


Rudd And Turnbull On Q&A: Dumped Leaders Discuss Leadership

Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull appeared on Q&A tonight and discussed political leadership in Australia.

Flanked by the former chief executive of the Australian Industry Group, Heather Ridout, and economist Judith Sloan, the former Labor and Liberal leaders played to an admiring audience on the ABC talk show.

The discussion culminated in the final twenty minutes of the program when the two men were asked about their willingness to start a new party together. Both dismissed the idea, Rudd quipping that “Malcolm and I could never agree on the leadership”. [Read more…]


Hockey On Lateline: The End Of The Age Of Entitlement

11.15pm – Notwithstanding the usual annoying and incessant interruptions from his interlocutor, Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey has just offered up a remarkably woolly performance on Lateline.

Joe HockeyHockey has delivered a speech in London – transcript not yet available – in which he argues that The Age of Entitlement is over.

In the interview he was pressed on how this would be achieved in government. Aside from a defence of the Health Insurance Rebate as a government spending measure which actually reduces expenditure on other entitlements, Hockey was less than specific about what he will do as Treasurer in less than 18 months time.


Paul Keating Defends Carbon Tax On Lateline

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating appeared on Lateline last night to defend the carbon tax.

Keating said the carbon tax was an essential step on the path to new industries in the new age: “See, the question is, I think: do we want a first-rate industrial economy or do we want an economy with a brown, fat underbelly? You know, do we want to get into the new age with the new industries, or do we stay in the old ones, talking as Tony Abbott is talking about industries that were important a hundred years ago?”

  • Watch Keating on Lateline (20m)
  • Listen to Keating (20m)

Transcript of Paul Keating’s Lateline interview.

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: To discuss the media and politics, I’m now joined in the studio by the former prime minister Paul Keating.

Thanks for being here. [Read more…]