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Archives for 1997

Tony Robinson (ALP-Mitcham) 1997 By-Election How-To-Vote Card

This is the how-to-card issued by the ALP candidate for the Mitcham by-election in 1997.

The by-election for the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat was an early indication of the demise of the Kennett government in 1999. In a large field of 17 candidates, the ALP’s Tony Robinson won the seat. It had previously been held by Roger Pescott for the Liberal Party. [Read more…]


Kim Beazley’s Address To The Nation On Wik

Opposition Leader Kim Beazley has delivered an Address to the Nation on the Wik native title issue.

Beazley was responding to Prime Minister John Howard’s address last night.

  • Listen to Beazley’s Address (9m)

John Howard’s Address To The Nation On Wik

This is Prime Minister John Howard’s Address to the Nation on the Wik native title issue.

  • Listen to Howard’s Address (9m)

Transcript of Prime Minister John Howard’s Address to the Nation on Wik.

Good Evening. Tonight I would like to talk to you about striking a fair and decent balance in this very difficult debate about Wik or Native Title. You all know there has been a lot of debate and a lot of differences of opinion but I think we all agree on one thing and that is the sooner we get this debate over and get the whole issue behind us the better for all of us. [Read more…]


Auditing The Backbones

The Victorian Liberal Party’s Parliamentary wing wimped it again today. The bloated backbench failed yet again to stand up to the Kennett government’s moves to butcher the office of the Auditor-General. Once more, the brave boys and girls bowed down in a terrible conflict of fear and ambition. Reports of a party-room revolt have clearly been greatly exaggerated.

Of course, the brave Roger Pescott resigned from Parliament last week, citing the changes to the Auditor-General’s office and the leadership style of the Premier as reasons. Roger had been a very public and vocal critic of the moves, hadn’t he? Roger had spent months working within the party to change the legislation, hadn’t he? Roger is a man of great political principle, isn’t he?

Roger Pescott was first elected to Parliament in 1985, having defeated Labor’s Doug Newton in the Mount Waverley-based seat of Bennettswood. Within two years, he came within one vote of defeating Kennett for the Liberal leadership, losing by 24 votes to 23. In the internecine and byzantine world of Liberal Party politics, a world where political debate and philosophical discussion is secondary to settling old scores, Roger went on to trounce Kennett and become Deputy Leader to the hapless Alan Brown in 1989. He returned to the fold in a deft bit of political footwork in 1991 that helped return Kennett to the leadership. He served without distinction in a minor portfolio between 1992 and 1996. According to newspaper reports, he wrote to Kennett indicating he no longer wished to serve in the ministry. It was a classic case of jumping before he was pushed. [Read more…]


Vote For A Real Republic!

My ballot paper for the Constitutional Convention has arrived, but the thought of voting for Steve Vizard, Lindsay Fox and the egregious Mary Delahunty is just too much. As for Eddie McGuire, well, it is more than a game. So what is a committed republican to do?

Sure, it’s important not to frighten the horses. And it’s important to present an image to the community of a broadly-based movement of ordinary Australians committed to having a resident for president. Maybe when they see their favourite television, sporting and business personalities running on the Australian Republican Movement ticket the ordinary voters will say to themselves: “If Eddie and Poppy and Mary and Steve and Lindsay think a republic is a good thing, it must be okay”. [Read more…]


The Axemen Cometh

This article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on November 1, 1997.

It has stood the test of time as an insight into the Howard government’s approach to the public sector.

After serving as head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Max Moore-Wilton went on to be chairman of the Sydney Airport Corporation Limited.

Text of article from the Sydney Morning Herald.

They call him Max the Axe – and a lot more that’s not printable. With the help of other like-minded men, John Howard’s chief bureaucrat is radically changing the philosophy and practice of Australia’s public sector – and the role government plays in our lives. JODIE BROUGH and MICHAEL MILLETT report.

On his first day as the chief executive officer of the Maritime Services Board, Max Moore-Wilton drove into the building’s underground car park. There he encountered a uniformed man who stopped him from parking in the space closest to the lift. [Read more…]


The First Howard Ministry – October 1997

Following a couple of weeks of ministerial upheaval, this is the revamped Howard ministry.

Title Minister Other Chamber
Prime Minister The Hon John Howard, MP Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Senator the Hon John Herron The Hon Dr Michael Wooldridge, MP
Minister for the Status of Women The Hon. Judi Moylan, MP Senator the Hon. Jocelyn Newman
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet) The Hon Chris Miles, MP
Minister for Trade (Deputy Prime Minister) The Hon Tim Fischer, MP Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Minister for Foreign Affairs The Hon Alexander Downer, MP Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Parliamentary Secretary (Trade) Senator the Hon David Brownhill
Parliamentary Secretary (Foreign Affairs) The Hon Kathy Sullivan, MP
Treasurer The Hon Peter Costello, MP Senator the Hon Rod Kemp
Assistant Treasurer Senator the Hon Rod Kemp The Hon Peter Costello, MP
Parliamentary Secretary (Manager of Government Business in the Senate) Senator the Hon Ian Campbell
Minister for Primary Industries and Energy The Hon John Anderson, MP Senator the Hon Warwick Parer
Minister for Resources and Energy Senator the Hon Warwick Parer The Hon John Anderson, MP
Parliamentary Secretary Senator the Hon Judith Troeth
Minister for the Environment (Leader of the Government in the Senate) Senator the Hon Robert Hill The Hon John Anderson, MP
Parliamentary Secretary Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald
Minister for Communications, the Information Economy and the Arts (Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate) Senator the Hon Richard Alston The Hon Warwick Smith, MP
Minister for Workplace Relations and Small Business (Leader of the House) The Hon Peter Reith, MP Senator the Hon Richard Alston
Parliamentary Secretary The Hon Alan Cadman, MP
Minister for Social Security Senator the Hon Jocelyn Newman The Hon Philip Ruddock, MP
Parliamentary Secretary Senator the Hon Grant Tambling
Minister for Industry, Science and Tourism (Vice-President of the Executive Council) The Hon John Moore, MP Senator the Hon Warwick Parer
Minister for Sport and Tourism The Hon Andrew Thomson, MP Senator the Hon Nick Minchin
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Sydney 2000 Games Senator the Hon Nick Minchin
Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs (Deputy Leader of the House) The Hon Warren Truss, MP Senator the Hon Warwick Parer
Minister for Defence The Hon Ian McLachlan, AO, MP Senator the Hon Jocelyn Newman
Minister for Defence Industry, Science and Personnel The Hon Bronwyn Bishop, MP Senator the Hon Jocelyn Newman
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs The Hon Bruce Scott, MP Senator the Hon Jocelyn Newman
Minister for Transport and Regional Development The Hon Mark Vaile, MP Senator the Hon Richard Alston
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Alex Somlyay, MP Senator the Hon Richard Alston
Parliamentary Secretary The Hon Michael Ronaldson, MP
Minister for Health and Family Services The Hon Dr Michael Wooldridge, MP Senator the Hon John Herron
Minister for Family Services The Hon Warwick Smith, MP Senator the Hon John Herron
Parliamentary Secretary The Hon Trish Worth, MP
Minister for Finance and Administration The Hon John Fahey, MP Senator the Hon Rod Kemp (Finance)
Senator the Hon. Nick Minchin (Admin)
Special Minister of State

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister

Senator the Hon. Nick Minchin The Hon John Fahey, MP
Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs The Hon Dr David Kemp MP Senator the Hon Christopher Ellison
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training Senator the Hon Christopher Ellison The Hon Dr David Kemp MP
Parliamentary Secretary The Hon Tony Abbott, MP
Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs The Hon Philip Ruddock, MP Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone
Attorney-General The Hon Daryl Williams, AM QC MP Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone
Minister for Justice Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone The Hon Daryl Williams, AM QC MP



Each box represents a portfolio. Cabinet Ministers are shown in bold type. As a general rule, there is one department in each portfolio. Except for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Communications and the Arts, the title of each department reflects that of the portfolio minister. There is also a Department of Veterans’ Affairs in the Defence portfolio.


Kernot Quits Democrats To Join Labor

Senator Cheryl Kernot defected from the Australian Democrats to join the ALP on October 15, 1997.

Kernot resigned as leader of the Democrats, as a member of the party, and from the Senate.

She said she stood ready to contest a Liberal-held marginal seat for the ALP. At the 1998 federal election, Kernot narrowly won election to the Queensland electorate of Dickson. She was defeated at the 2001 election.

  • Listen to an extract of Kernot’s press conference (3m – transcript below)

Kernot

Transcript of Cheryl Kernot’s resignation press conference.

Cheryl KernotI have called this press conference today to inform you of my decision to resign as Leader of the Australian Democrats, and as a member of both the party and the Senate.

I fully appreciate this decision will come as a shock to members of a party I have served for 17 years. But it is a decision which, in the past 18 months, has grown unavoidable for two reasons. One, my personal and growing sense of outrage at the damage being done to Australia by the Howard Government. And two, my concern that from my position in the Senate I had a limited capacity to minimise that damage. [Read more…]


Earl Spencer’s Eulogy of Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in Paris in the early hours of Sunday, August 31, 1997.

  • Listen to Prime Minister Tony Blair speak at the funeral of the Princess of Wales.
  • Listen to Elton John sing England’s Rose at Diana’s funeral.

This is the eulogy delivered by Earl Spencer, brother of Diana, Princess of Wales, at her funeral on Saturday, 6th September, 1997.

Diana, Princess of WalesI stand before you today, the representative of a family in grief, in a country in mourning, before a world in shock.

We are all united, not only in our desire to pay our respects to Diana, but rather in our need to do so, because such was her extraordinary appeal that the tens of millions of people taking part in this service all over the world via television and radio who never actually met her feel that they too lost someone close to them in the early hours of Sunday morning. [Read more…]


The Importance Of Jeff – A Media Study

by Sarah Pinto

Introduction

This is a comparative study of the media exposure and treatment of the Victorian Premier, Jeff Kennett, to that of the Opposition Leader, John Brumby. It involves comparing the television and print media coverage and evaluating the probable impact on Australia’s democracy and implications for the media’s role as the public sphere. Within Australia’s democracy, the media, in theory, perform the vital role of creating a public sphere, traditionally a public forum open to all for debate of issues. This theatre of informed debate is somewhat at odds with the idea that the primary concern of those operating media outlets is profit and advertising. [Read more…]