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Archives for 2000

Bush Cabinet Taking On Conservative Hue

United States President-elect, George W. Bush, is close to finalising his choice of Cabinet nominees for his new administration which will take office on January 20. With only a couple of major positions yet to be announced, it has become apparent that the 43rd President has chosen a conservative cast of colleagues for the next four years.

Bush-CheneyPresident-elect George W Bush and Vice-President-elect Dick Cheney

All Cabinet nominees have to be approved by the Senate, in a process that will begin in the coming week. The relevant Senate committees will conduct public hearings at which the nominees will be interrogated. A full vote of the Senate follows a recommendation from a committee.

At this stage, those most likely to face a grilling and possible rejection in the confirmation process are:

  • nominee for Attorney-General, Senator John Ashcroft, who lost his Missouri Senate seat last month to a dead man, Mel Carnahan. In the past Ashcroft has sought to outlaw abortion, even for victims of rape or incest. He has spearheaded opposition to judicial appointments of liberals and blacks.
  • nominee for Interior Secretary, Gale Norton, the former Colorado Attorney-General, who has a long history of favouring limited regulation of land use.

These two candidates represent the most right-wing of the incoming president’s choices. [Read more…]


Howard Government Ministerial Reshuffle

Prime Minister John Howard has reshuffled his ministry, following the departure of three ministers.

The ministers departing are Senator Jocelyn Newman, John Moore and Senator John Herron.

The changes see Peter Reith become Defence Minister, whilst Senator Amanda Vanstone becomes Minister for Family and Community Services. Tony Abbott becomes Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business.

Text of statement released by the Prime Minister, John Howard, announcing changes to the federal ministry.

The departure from the Ministry of three senior, long serving colleagues will result in a significant restructuring of the Ministry. [Read more…]


Melbourne Marches For Reconciliation

Hundreds of thousands of people marched for Reconciliation with Aborigines in Melbourne today.

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Commencing at 8am, marchers left Flinders Street station and walked down St. Kilda Road, past the Shrine of Remembrance and onto the Domain. The last marchers left around 11am.

The march was the Melbourne equivalent of the well-attended Sydney event earlier this year when similar numbers walked across the Harbour bridge.

Many Labor, Democrat and Green politicians were in attendance, as were a small number of Liberals, notably Federal Treasurer Peter Costello, Health Minister Michael Wooldridge and former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.

A similar march was held in Perth, attended by Liberal Premier Richard Court. In both cities, the turnout suggests widespread support for reconciliation and a national apology to Aboriginal people.

Corroboree 2000


Satire: Welcome To ReithCard

The controversy over his son’s use of his ministerial phone card in 2000 caused the Howard government minister Peter Reith to be attacked and ridiculed.

Reith was not sacked for the misuse of his phone card but he did repay $50,000.

Reith had been Minister for Workplace Relations since the Howard government took office in 1996. In January 2001, Reith became Minister for Defence. He retired from politics at the 2001 election, although his role in the Children Overboard affair during the election campaign ensured that he remained a controversial figure. [Read more…]


U.S.A. Factsheet – DFAT

This is a factsheet on the United State of America, prepared by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. [Read more…]


John Howard: Four Distinct And Enduring Australian Values

This is the text of a speech by Prime Minister John Howard to the Melbourne Press Club.

In the speech, Howard outlined a series of “values” he said underlined his government’s approach. He said these values are “self reliance, a fair go, pulling together, and having a go”.

As the centenary of Federation approaches, he said they were “four distinct and enduring Australian values”.

John HowardIntroduction

In only a few short weeks, Australia will celebrate a century of nationhood. A century during which only 4 generations fashioned a unique culture, created a decent, tolerant and cohesive society, built a thriving modern economy, nurtured some of the finest democratic traditions ever practised and earned gratitude and respect from nations around the world.

And it was the century when our distinctive national character was formed, marked by good humour, a sense of fair play, generosity of spirit and independence.

Despite the distance travelled, we approach the Centenary of Federation confronting many of the same broad issues as faced our forebears a hundred years ago. [Read more…]


Presidential Election Results 1964-2000

The table shows US Presidential election results between 1964 and 2000.

Democrats won the elections of 1964 (Lyndon Johnson, 1976 (Jimmy Carter, 1992 and 1996 (Bill Clinton).

Republicans won the elections of 1968 and 1972 (Richard Nixon), 1980 and 1984 (Ronald Reagan), 1988 (George H.W. Bush) and 2000 (George W. Bush). [Read more…]


Beating Up: Barrett Report On Police, Media & WEF Protests

This is the text of a report by historian Dr. Bernard Barrett on events at the World Economix Forum in Melbourne in September 2000.

It was forwarded to the Office of the Ombudsman, Victoria, on November 15, 2000.

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A Report on Police Batons and the News Media at the World Economic Forum, Melbourne, September 2000

by Dr. Bernard Barrett, Historian

Forwarded to the Office of the Ombudsman, Victoria, 15 November 2000

Revised 28 November 2000

From 1977 until he retired in 1993, the author was the State Historian for the Government of Victoria, responsible for promoting research and public awareness about Victoria’s cultural heritage.

Contents
  1. Making history
  2. The World Economic Forum and the media
  3. Early coverage of the protest plans
  4. Behind the scenes
  5. Counter-protesters
  6. Coverage of the events of Monday 11 September
  7. Coverage of the events of Tuesday 12 September
  8. Coverage of the events of Wednesday 13 September
  9. Later coverage
  10. Conclusions

[Read more…]


Local Issues As An Influence On Voting Behaviour

Local issues may be strong enough to swing votes in elections. This is particularly true of State elections, but can also apply to Federal elections.

However, electoral behaviour tends to more uniform than many people think, so it is wise not to over-estimate this factor. In most elections, the state- or nation-wide swing is generally fairly consistent, but variations do occur, especially between states.

Local issues may swing some votes but whether this is decisive is open to question. [Read more…]


US Gubernatorial Contests – 2000

There are 11 contests for Governors’ mansions in the 2000 US mid-term elections.

Currently, the Republicans hold 30 positions, the Democrats 18, Reform Party 1 and Independent 1. [Read more…]