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Archives for November 1996

Pauline Hanson’s Bitter Harvest: David Leser

David Leser’s Good Weekend article on Pauline Hanson was published in The Age in November 1996.

At the time it was one of the first pieces to take a close look at the controversial MP. Years later, its picture of Pauline Hanson has more than stood the test of time.

The Age Good Weekend article by David Leser.

Pauline Hanson’s Bitter Harvest

by David Leser

November 30, 1996

Pauline Hanson may be breaching the Racial Discrimination Act when she speaks, but she’s definitely breaking the law when she drives. There was no catching her at 115km per hour on the Cunningham Highway in Queensland one evening recently as we hurtled towards her farm at dusk, under a bank of clouds and a mob of black crows, past (no kidding) Goebels (sic) Road and into the void of the bush.

Pauline Hanson thought it was a hoot, and her staffer-cum- domestic helper-cum-friend and fellow-traveller, Cheyenne MacLeod, said it was, for Hanson, a slow drive. ‘You should see her when she’s really travelling,’ Macleod said laughing.

Pauline Hanson loves the rush of adrenaline. Her voice might quake in Federal Parliament, but in her heart there pumps the blood of a thrill-seeker. She lives close to the edge, in this case an hysterical environment which has spawned one of the most noisome racial debates this country has ever witnessed. [Read more…]

Downer: Australia’s Place In The World

This is the text of an Address by Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs, to the NSW Division of the Liberal Party, in Sydney.

Downer outlined the government’s approach to foreign policy in its first nine months in office. He talked about Malaysia, multilateral and bilateral relations, trade and immigration.

Text of speech by Foreign Minister Alexander Downer to the NSW Liberal Party.

Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign AffairsINTRODUCTION

Many thanks for the invitation to address you today.

I am delighted for the opportunity to speak about Australia’s “place in the world” and our foreign policy priorities.

This Government has a vision for Australia in the 21st century as a cooperative, economically competitive and secure nation, fully engaged with the East Asian region, while maintaining and developing links with countries beyond the region.

When we came into office almost nine months ago, we had a detailed policy, appropriately entitled A Confident Australia, which embodied this vision. [Read more…]

President Bill Clinton Addresses Joint Session Of Australian Parliament

Fresh from his re-election to a second term, United State President Bill Clinton visited Australia and addressed a joint session of Parliament.

Clinton was welcomed by the Liberal Prime Minister, John Howard, and the ALP Opposition Leader, Kim Beazley. Howard was in his first year as PM, whilst Beazley had succeed Paul Keating as ALP leader following the March election.

The full Hansard transcript of the special sitting of the House of Representatives is shown below, with video and audio. [Read more…]

Comparison Statistics Of 1992 And 1996 Clinton Election Victories

This table shows the voting statistics for the presidential elections of 1992 and 1996.

Bill Clinton won both elections. He defeated President George H.W. Bush in 1992 and Bob Dole in 1996. [Read more…]

1996 Presidential Prognosis And Results

The predictions shown in the table below were made during October 1996.

The map shows the actual 1996 result.

[Read more…]

US Senate Elections 1996: Prognosis And Results

This table shows a prognosis/prediction for the 1996 US Senate elections.

It includes details of the results of the November 5, 1996 elections.

Approximately one-third of senators face the electorate every two years. Once elected, senators serve for six years. There are two senators for each of the 50 states. [Read more…]

Prognosis for House of Representatives Freshmen 1996

The Republican Party won control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 for the first time since 1952. The Democratic Party needs a net gain of 19 seats to retake control.

There are 91 House of Representatives Freshmen, elected in the Republican victory in 1994, only 3 of whom are not seeking re-election this year. 74 of the freshmen are Republicans, 17 are Democrats. All the freshmen are listed here, although not all are vulnerable. The predictions were made in October 1996. [Read more…]

1996 Governors’ Elections: Predictions And Results

The predictions shown in the table below were made during October 1996.

Since 1996 was a presidential election year, only 11 states held gubernatorial elections. Around a third of all states will hold elections for governors in 1998. [Read more…]

1996 Federal Election Funding

The Australian Electoral Commission has released figures showing the election funding of parties and candidates in the 1996 Federal Election.

Election funding and financial disclosure was first introduced for the 1984 elections. The scheme has two main parts:

  • public funding of election campaigns
  • disclosure of certain financial details by candidates, registered political parties and other persons and groups. Disclosure is by way of returns which must be submitted to the Australian Electoral Commission and which then become public documents

To be eligible for election funding a candidate or Senate group must win at least 4% of the formal first preference votes in the division contested (House of Representatives) or the State (Senate). The amount to be paid is calculated by multiplying the number of votes won by the current election funding rate. The rates are indexed every six months to increases in the Consumer Price Index. The funding rate for the 1996 federal election was 157.594 cents per House of Representatives and Senate vote. [Read more…]

1996 Federal Election Costs

The table shows the costs of the 1996 Federal Election.

The figures appear in the Australian Electoral Commission’s 1996 Electoral Pocket Book.

Costs of the 1996 Federal Election
Item/Project Amount – $
Payment of Polling Officials + hire of premises 30,749,000
Advertising 7,193,000
Computer support services 2,782,000
Ballot paper production and associated printing 2,740,000
Forms and equipment 2,544,000
Cardboard polling equipment production 1,732,000
Elector leaflet 1,474,000
Corporate services administration 1,271,000
Certified Lists 1,057,000
Operational administration 919,000
Public information materials and support 889,000
Storage and distribution 761,000
Training of polling officials 717,000
Senate scutiny 578,000
National Tally Room 537,000
Election allowances 364,000
Overseas postal voting 260,000
Scanning centres 256,000
Election statistics and results 144,000
Payment system 118,000
Resources monitoring 91,000
Funding and disclosure 23,000
Prosecutions 3,000
Total 57,202,000

Based on the number of electors at the close of rolls (11,655,190), the estimated expenditure per elector to 30 June 1996 was $4-91.

A final expenditure figure was not available in late 1996, as not all post-election tasks which will be costed to the election (such as non-voter action) had been completed.

Source: Australian Electoral Commission, Electoral Pocket Book 1996