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Archives for July 1999

Carmen Lawrence Acquitted

Dr. Carmen LawrenceThe former Western Australian Premier and current federal member for Fremantle, Dr. Carmen Lawrence, was acquitted in a Perth court today of charges of giving false testimony to a Royal Commission.

The charges arose from the Royal Commission investigating the circumstances surrounding the tabling of a petition concerning divorce proceedings between Brian and Penny Easton.

Lawrence was the subject of allegations during her time as Health Minister in the Keating government, but she was strongly defended by Keating. The former Prime Minister attacked the Royal Commission set up by the Court Government as a witchhunt.



Kim Beazley Address On Taxation Reform And The GST

This is the text of Opposition Leader Kim Beazley’s Address to the Nation on Tax Reform.

The televised address was in response to an address by Prime Minister John Howard following his deal with the Australian Democrats on the Goods and Services Tax.

Beazley declared it was Labor policy to “roll back” the GST.

Text of Kim Beazley’s Address to the Nation on Tax Reform.

Opposition Leader Kim BeazleyMy friends, for the last two years, we as a nation have been bogged down in a debate about whether we should pay a new 10 per cent tax on just about everything.

The deal between the Government and the Democrats has produced this tax and we start paying it next year.

You know that we strongly disagree with them. The GST is a tax Australia doesn’t need, and Australians can’t afford. Let me briefly tell you why; what we intend to do about it; and then get on to the more important issues we face in the years ahead. [Read more…]


John Howard’s Address to the Nation on Tax Reform

This is the text of Prime Minister John Howard’s Address to the Nation on tax reform.

It follows the passage of the GST legislation through the Parliament.

Text of John Howard’s Address to the Nation on tax reform.

HowardGood evening. As Australians we have every reason to be very optimistic about the future. No country in the world has better prospects as we enter the new century.

We are a united, resourceful and talented people. Our economic strength as a country is undoubted as we now enjoy the strongest economic fundamentals in a generation.

We have:

  • the lowest unemployment rate in almost a decade;
  • the lowest number of unemployed teenagers looking for full-time work in over 20 years; and
  • the lowest levels of inflation and interest rates in around 30 years.

These strong economic results have not come about by accident. They are the result of sensible and practical reforms in earlier years including strong but fair decisions to return the budget to surplus and to remove the debt burden on future generations. [Read more…]


Members Of The Senate From July 1, 1999

This table shows an alphabetical list of members of the Senate from July 1, 1999.

The Senate has 76 members. There are 12 senators per state who each serve 6-year terms. Six senators are chosen from each state every three years. There are 2 senators per Territory who each serve terms concurrent with the House of Representatives.

Senators whose terms expire on June 30, 2005 were chosen at the federal election in October 1998.

Senators whose terms expire on June 30, 2002 were chosen at the federal election of March 1996.

Alphabetical List of 76 Members of the Senate
from 1st July 1999
No. Name State Party Term Expires
1
Abetz, Eric Tas
Liberal
30-6-05
2
Allison, Lyn Vic
Democrats
30-6-02
3
Alston, Hon. Richard Kenneth Robert Vic
Liberal
30-6-02
4
Bartlett, Andrew Qld
Democrats
30-6-02
5
Bishop, Mark WA
ALP
30-6-02
6
Bolkus, Hon. Nick SA
ALP
30-6-05
7
Boswell, Ronald Leslie Doyle Qld
National
30-6-02
8
Bourne, Victoria Worrall NSW
Democrats
30-6-02
9
Brown, Bob Tas
Greens
30-6-02
10
Brownhill, David NSW
National
30-6-02
11
Calvert, Paul Tas
Liberal
30-6-02
12
Campbell, George NSW
ALP
30-6-02
13
Campbell, Hon. Ian Gordon WA
Liberal
30-6-05
14
Carr, Kim John Vic
ALP
30-6-05
15
Chapman, Hedley Grant Pearson SA
Liberal
30-6-02
16
Collins, Jacinta Mary Ann Vic
ALP
30-6-05
17
Conroy, Stephen Michael Vic
ALP
30-6-05
18
Cook, Hon. Peter Francis Salmon WA
ALP
30-6-05
19
Coonan, Helen NSW
Liberal
30-6-02
20
Cooney, Bernard Cornelius Vic
ALP
30-6-02
21
Crane, Arthur Winston WA
Liberal
30-6-02
22
Crossin, Trish NT
ALP
next H/R poll
23
Crowley, Hon. Rosemary Anne SA
ALP
30-6-02
24
Denman, Kay Janet Tas
ALP
30-6-05
25
Eggleston, Alan WA
Liberal
30-6-02
26
Ellison, Christopher Martin WA
Liberal
30-6-05
27
Evans, Christopher Vaughan WA
ALP
30-6-05
28
Faulkner, Hon. John Philip NSW
ALP
30-6-05
29
Ferguson, Alan Baird SA
Liberal
30-6-05
30
Ferris, Jeannie * SA
Liberal
30-6-02
31
Forshaw, Michael George NSW
ALP
30-6-05
32
Gibbs, Brenda Qld
ALP
30-6-02
33
Gibson, Hon. Brian Francis Tas
Liberal
30-6-05
34
Greig, Brian WA
Democrats
30-6-05
35
Harradine, Brian Tas
Independent
30-6-05
36
Harris, Len ** Qld
One Nation
30-6-05
37
Heffernan, The Hon. Bill NSW
Liberal
30-6-05
38
Herron, Hon. John Qld
Liberal
30-6-02
39
Hill, Hon. Robert Murray SA
Liberal
30-6-02
40
Hogg, John Qld
ALP
30-6-02
41
Hutchins, Steve NSW
ALP
30-6-05
42
Kemp, Hon. Charles Roderick Vic
Liberal
30-6-02
43
Knowles, Susan Christine WA
Liberal
30-6-05
44
Lees, Meg SA
Democrats
30-6-05
45
Lightfoot, Ross WA
Liberal
30-6-02
46
Ludwig, Joe Qld
ALP
30-6-05
47
Lundy, Kate Alexandra ACT
ALP
next H/R poll
48
MacDonald, Ian Douglas Qld
Liberal
30-6-02
49
McGauran, Julian John James Vic
National
30-6-05
50
McKiernan, Jim WA
ALP
30-6-99
51
Mackay, Susan Mary Tas
ALP
30-6-02
52
Mason, Brett Qld
Liberal
30-6-05
53
McLucas, Jan Qld
ALP
30-6-05
54
Minchin, Hon. Nicholas Hugh SA
Liberal
30-6-05
55
Murphy, Hon. Shayne Michael Tas
ALP
30-6-05
56
Murray, Andrew WA
Democrats
30-6-02
57
Newman, Hon. Jocelyn Margaret Tas
Liberal
30-6-02
58
O’Brien, Kerry Tas
ALP
30-6-05
59
Parer, Warwick Qld
Liberal
30-6-05
60
Patterson, Kay Christine Lesley Vic
Liberal
30-6-02
61
Payne, Marise NSW
Liberal
30-6-02
62
Quirke, John SA
ALP
30-6-05
63
Ray, Hon. Robert Francis Vic
ALP
30-6-02
64
Reid, Margaret Elizabeth ACT
Liberal
next H/R poll
65
Ridgeway, Aden NSW
Democrats
30-6-05
66
Schacht, Hon. Christopher Cleland SA
ALP
30-6-02
67
Sherry, Hon. Nicholas John Tas
ALP
30-6-02
68
Stott Despoja, Natasha SA
Democrats
30-6-02
69
Tambling, Hon. Grant Ernest John NT Country-Liberal
next H/R poll
70
Tchen, Tsebin Vic
Liberal
30-6-05
71
Tierney, John NSW
Liberal
30-6-02
72
Troeth, Judith Mary Vic
Liberal
30-6-05
73
Vanstone, Hon. Amanda Eloise SA
Liberal
30-6-05
74
Watson, John Odin Wentworth Tas
Liberal
30-6-02
75
West, Suzanne Margaret NSW
ALP
30-6-02
76
Woodley, John Qld
Democrats
30-6-05



* resigned 12-7-96, subsequently reappointed by SA Parliament.

** elected 2 July 1999 after recount following declaration of ineligibility of Heather Hill under Section 44 of the Constitution.

 


Anderson And Vaile Elected National Party Leaders

John Anderson8.40am – John Anderson has been elected leader of the National Party at a party room meeting held in Canberra.

His deputy will be Mark Vaile.

Anderson defeated Ian Causley, member for Page, in a two-way ballot. Causley is a former NSW State Minister.

Anderson is the member for Gwydir in New South Wales. He was first elected to the Federal Parliament in 1989 to replace National Party stalwart, Ralph Hunt.

Mark Vaile has been the member for the New South Wales electorate of Lyne since 1993.