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Archives for April 2000

Theophanous Spits Dummy At Party That Gave Him 19 Years In Parliament

The Labor member for Calwell, Andrew Theophanous, has announced that he is quitting the Australian Labor Party to sit as an independent in the House of Representatives.

Andrew TheophanousTheophanous is facing 27 criminal charges arising out of an investigation by the National Crime Authority relating to immigration procedures. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges, including allegations that he defrauded the Commonwealth and accepted $35,000 to help people with immigration problems. His trial has not yet taken place.

Theophanous claimed at a press conference today that the reason he was resigning from the ALP was because faction leaders have reneged on a deal to give his brother, Theo, the Calwell pre-selection.

Theo Theophanous is currently one of the members for Jika Jika in the Victorian Legislative Council. He was removed from a leadership position prior to the last election and failed to be chosen as a minister in the Bracks government.

Andrew Theophanous was first elected to Parliament as the member for Burke in 1980 and then to the newly-created seat of Calwell in 1984. Calwell is a safe Labor electorate. Theophanous won it with 62.36% of the primary vote and 68.98% of the two-party-preferred vote in 1998.

John Howard’s Address To The Liberal-National Convention

This is the text of Prime Minister John Howard’s Address to the Liberal-National Convention in Melbourne.

John HowardWell, thank you very much Peter, for that very warm introduction. To Shane Stone, the Federal President of the Liberal Party and all of my Parliamentary and Ministerial colleagues, fellow Liberals.

This Convention meets at the beginning of the fifth year of the Coalition’s term of office. Just over four years ago on that wonderful evening, that beautiful summer evening in March of 1996 when after 13 years in opposition we came back into government and I went to the Wentworth Hotel in Sydney to accept the decision of the Australian people with a great mixture of emotions the dominant one being a sense of great humility and awe at the responsibility that had been thrust upon me and my colleagues. I made a number of commitments to the Australian people. I made a commitment that we would govern for the entire Australian community. I made a commitment that we would govern for those who voted against us as well as for those who voted for us. I made a commitment that I would propound and defend the values of Australia, both home and abroad. And I am very proud to stand before you today and say that I and the Government I lead have kept faith with those promises made in March of 1996. [Read more…]

Victorian Election 1999 – Scott Bennett & Gerard Newman

This is a research paper on the 1999 Victorian state election.

The paper is by Scott Bennett, of the Politics and Public Administration Group, and Gerard Newman, of the Statistics Group, part of the Information and Research Services of the Department of the Parliamentary Library. [Read more…]