British Foreign Secretary William Hague’s Howard Lecture

This is the audio of UK Foreign Secretary William Hague’s Howard Lecture at the Menzies Resource Centre in Sydney.

Hague

Hague was introduced by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. He also answered questions. Former Prime Minister John Howard gave the thank you speech. [Read more…]


Howard Lecture: Tony Abbott Introduces William Hague

This is the text and audio of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s speech to the Menzies Research Centre, in Sydney.

Abbott

Abbott introduced UK Foreign Secretary William Hague who gave the John Howard Lecture. [Read more…]


Ecuador Grants Asylum To Julian Assange

Ecuador has agreed to grant asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Assange is an Australian citizen. He has been in Ecuador’s London embassy for the past two months since seeking asylum shortly after English courts ordered his extradition to Sweden to face sex charges.

Ecuador has issued a statement of reasons for their decision. British Foreign Secretary William Hague has also made a statement on the asylum decision.

This is Ecuador’s Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patino, explaining the decision to grant asylum:

Statement from Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Integration. (Google Translation)

Declaration by the Government of the Republic of Ecuador on the asylum application Assange

On June 19, 2012, the Australian national citizen Julian Assange, appeared at the premises of the Embassy of Ecuador in London, to request diplomatic protection of the Ecuadorian State to benefit from the existing rules on Diplomatic Asylum. The applicant has based its request on the fear that the eventual results might suffer political persecution in a third country, it could use his extradition to the Kingdom of Sweden to get to turn the subsequent extradition to that country.

The Government of Ecuador, faithful to the asylum procedure and attach the utmost seriousness in this case, has reviewed and evaluated all aspects involved in it, particularly the arguments presented by Mr. Assange to support the fear they feel about a situation that this person perceives as a threat to life, personal safety and freedom.

It is important to note that Mr. Assange has taken the decision to seek asylum and protection of Ecuador over allegations that it says, have been made ??by alleged “espionage and treason”, which exposes the citizen who inspires fear the possibility of being handed over to the United States of America by the British, Swedish or Australian, for he is a country, said Mr. Assange, chasing him because of the declassification of information embarrassing to the U.S. Government. Is also the applicant, that “a victim of persecution in various countries, which derives not only from their ideas and actions, but of their work to publish information which compromises the powerful, to publish the truth and, Therefore, exposing corruption and severe human rights abuses of citizens around the world.” [Read more…]


AUKMIN III Communique

The third Australia-UK Ministerial Consultations were held at HMAS Watson in Sydney. This is the Joint Communique issued after the talks.

A joint press conference was held after the meeting by the Australian and UK Foreign Ministers, Kevin Rudd and William Hague, and the Defence Ministers, Stephen Smith and Liam Fox. [Read more…]


UK Conservative Party Election Manifesto – 2001

This is the UK Conservative Party’s Election Manifesto for the 2001 General Election.

Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Labour Party secured its second consecutive landslide victory at the General Election on June 7, 2001. Labour won 413 seats, 5 less than in 1997. The Conservatives, led by William Hague, won 166 seats, up 1. The Liberal Democrats, led by Charles Kennedy, won 52 seats, up 6. [Read more…]


William Hague’s First Shadow Cabinet

This is Conservative Opposition Leader William Hague’s first Shadow Cabinet.

Aged 36, Hague was elected Tory leader following the defeat of John Major’s government by Tony Blair and the Labour Party.

  1. Shadow Chancellor: Peter Lilley (with overall responsibility for development of party policy)
  2. Foreign Secretary: Michael Howard
  3. Home Secretary: Brian Mawhinney
  4. Party Chairman: Lord Parkinson
  5. Education and Employment Secretary: Stephen Dorrell
  6. Shadow Leader of the House: Gillian Shephard (also shadows the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster)
  7. Leader of the Lords: Viscount Cranborne
  8. Defence Secretary: Sir George Young
  9. Trade and Industry Secretary: John Redwood
  10. Environment, Transport and the Regions: Sir Norman Fowler
  11. Constitutional Affairs Spokesman: Michael Ancram (with overall responsibility for Scottish and Welsh issues)
  12. Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Minister: David Curry
  13. International Development Secretary: Alastair Goodlad
  14. Chief Secretary to the Treasury: David Heathcoat-Amory
  15. National Heritage Secretary: Francis Maude
  16. Northern Ireland Secretary: Andrew Mackay
  17. Health Secretary: John Maples
  18. Social Security Secretary: Iain Duncan Smith
  19. Commons Chief Whip: James Arbuthnot
  20. Lords Chief Whip: Lord Strathclyde