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Archives for April 1998

Swanson Dock – An Eye-Witness Account

It’s 9.20am and I’ve just got home after having been at Swanson Dock since 12.30am.

It really was a remarkable evening of standing around doing nothing, occasionally linking arms “in practice”, cheering at speeches, laughing at jokes, catching up with people I hadn’t seen for ages, discussing politics, ALP pre-selections and the like.

Around 4.55am the police helicopter started circling clockwise around the dock, something it kept up until just after 6.30am. Searchlights from the helicopter shone into the crowd most of this time and were met with raised fists or one-finger salutes! [Read more…]


The Northern Ireland Agreement – 1998

This is the text of the Northern Ireland Agreement, otherwise known as the Good Friday Agreement, agreed to on April 10, 1998.

This historic agreement was a major development in the peace process of the 1990s. Northern Ireland’s current system of government is based on this agreement.

The Agreement was subsequently supported by Irish voters in two referendums on May 22, 1998. It came into force on December 2, 1999. [Read more…]


John Howard’s Second Anniversary Speech To NSW Liberals

This is the text of Prime Minister John Howard’s second anniversary speech to the NSW Division of the Liberal Party.

The Liberal-Nationals coalition defeated the Keating Labor government on March 2, 1996. The Howard ministry was sworn into office on March 11, 1996.

In his speech, Howard spoke at length about his approach to industrial relations.

Text of John Howard’s address to the NSW Division of the Liberal Party.

John HowardThank you very much Wil. To Michael Osborne, the President of the New South Wales Division of the Liberal Party, to my Federal Ministerial colleagues of which there are a number here tonight; Richard Alston, John Moore, Judi Moylan, Bronwyn Bishop, John Herron – I don’t think I have missed any of the Ministers. If I have, put your hand up. To my Federal Parliamentary colleagues other than Ministers, to Peter Collins and other state parliamentarians, Ian Armstrong, the Leader of the National Party in New South Wales, ladies and gentlemen. [Read more…]


Judge Susan Webber Wright Throws Out Paula Jones Law Suit

Judge Susan Webber Wright has dismissed the lawsuit by Paula Corbin Jones against President Bill Clinton.

The full text of the order issued by Judge Wright is shown below.

Text of order issued by Judge Susan Webber Wright.

WrightThe plaintiff in this lawsuit, Paula Corbin Jones, seeks civil damages from William Jefferson Clinton, president of the United States, and Danny Ferguson, a former Arkansas state police officer, for alleged actions beginning with an incident in a hotel suite in Little Rock, Arkansas.

This case was previously before the Supreme Court of the United States to resolve the issue of presidential immunity but was remanded to this court following the Supreme Court’s determination that there is no constitutional impediment to allowing plaintiff’s case to proceed while the president is in office…. [Read more…]