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Archives for January 2001

Electoral Rorts Snares Would-Be Howard Minister Mal Brough

The continuing controversy over electoral malpractices yesterday ended the ministerial career of Liberal MP Mal Brough before it even began.

BroughOnly hours before the swearing in of Brough as Employment Services Minister and other changes as announced by the Prime Minister last month, Brough withdrew because of allegations of electoral roll rorting by members of his electorate office staff.

A former staff member in his electorate office, Andrea Chitakis, has come forward, for reasons that are not yet clear, claiming that she was incorrectly enrolled in Longman, Brough’s marginal seat in Queensland. He won the seat in 1996 and was re-elected in 1998 with a margin of 0.92%, or 1289 votes. [Read more…]

Howard Launches ‘Backing Australia’s Ability’ Policy

Returning to work for the new political year today, the Prime Minister, John Howard, has announced extra spending as part of his government’s Innovation Action Plan.

The funding includes $2.9 billion over 5 years for “the strengthening of our ability to generate ideas and undertake research; accelerating the commercial application of these ideas; and developing and retaining Australian skills.”

Text of Prime Minister John Howard’s Federation Address launching the government’s “Backing Australia’s Ability” policy at the Australian Technology Park Centre in Sydney.

HowardIn this centenary year of Australia’s Federation it is my great pleasure to present this year’s Federation Address and, in so doing, launch the Government’s Innovation Action Plan for the Future, Backing Australia’s Ability.

In last year’s Federation Address, I looked ahead to the year 2010 and expressed my firm belief that Australia could not only consolidate but entrench our current economic strength through the tangible benefits generated by technological change, software revolutions, scientific innovation and the expanding frontiers of the knowledge economy. [Read more…]

President Bush Calls For Education Reform: No Child Left Behind

President George W. Bush has delivered an address to the nation calling for education reform.

Bush proposes a program called No Child Left Behind.

No Child Left Behind requires states to assess basic skills in students at selected grade levels in return for federal funding. Standards are to be set by each individual state.

Addendum: The US House of Representatives passed the No Child Left Behind legislation by 384-45 on May 23, 2001. It was co-sponsored by Republican John Boehner and Democrat George Miller. It passed the Senate by 91-8 on June 14, 2001. It was co-sponsored by Democrat Edward Kennedy and Republican Judd Gregg. Bush signed it into law on January 8, 2002.

A copy of No Child Left Behind appears below.

  • Listen to Bush’s Address to the Nation (4m)

Transcript of President George W. Bush’s Address to the Nation.

A week ago today I received a great honor, and all the great responsibilities that come with it. The first order of business is education reform, and we have started strong. [Read more…]

Kim Beazley’s Knowledge Nation Policy

The Leader of the Opposition, Kim Beazley, has outlined the ALP’s plan for a Knowledge Nation.

Beazley began the political year with an address to the National Press Club.

Text of Kim Beazley’s Address to the National Press Club.

Opposition Leader Kim BeazleyOn Monday, I set out our priorities for government – education for all, rebuilding Medicare, better living standards for all Australians wherever they live, and building a Knowledge Nation.

Today I want to expand on one of those priorities – building a Knowledge Nation.

The terms and conditions of success for any nation in the 21st Century begin with its investment in its people and creating an innovative society.

A successful nation must be a fair nation. The new opportunities must be spread as widely as possible to win the support of all our people for change.

In Australia’s case this is doubly important. Because our population is so small, we need to harness everyone’s talents and energies, not just the wealthy few, if we are to succeed this century. [Read more…]

Factsheet: Labor’s Online University Proposal

This is a factsheet issued by the ALP providing details about its proposed online university.

The policy forms part of the ALP’s Knowledge Nation strategy released today by the Leader of the Opposition, Kim Beazley.

ALP policy for an online university.

The University of Australia Online

Labor’s University of Australia Online has two major goals:

  • to increase the number of Australians completing university degrees;
  • to make Australia the world-leader in online education.

We must increase access to university because we know that our economy needs more skilled graduates and that certain groups of Australians still do not participate fully in higher education.

[Read more…]

Former President Clinton’s Farewell Remarks

This is the text of a speech delivered by former President Bill Clinton, shortly after the inauguration of President George W. Bush.

It was given at Andrews Air Force Base as the Clintons prepared to fly to New York.

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Speech by former President Bill Clinton, following the inauguration of President George W. Bush.

Well, first let me say, on behalf of Hillary and Chelsea and myself, we thank you for coming, we’re glad to see you.

You know how it is. When you leave the White House, you wonder if you’ll ever draw a crowd again.

So it was nice to come in here and see so many old friends. [Read more…]

President George W. Bush’s Inaugural Address

This is the inaugural address given by George W. Bush, following his swearing in as the 43rd President in Washington at noon today.

Text of President George W. Bush’s first inaugural address.

Bush-CheneyThis peaceful transfer of authority is rare in history, yet common in our country. With a simple oath, we affirm old traditions, and make new beginnings. As I begin, I thank President Clinton for his service to our nation. And I thank Vice President Gore for a contest conducted with spirit, and ended with grace.

I am honored and humbled to stand here, where so many of America’s leaders have come before me, and so many will follow. [Read more…]

George W. Bush Takes Office As 43rd President Of The United States

George Walker Bush of Texas has taken the oath of office to become the 43rd President of the United States of America.

BushOn a cold Saturday in winter in the capital named after the nation’s first President, George Washington, Bush placed his hand on the same King James bible used by the revolutionary general when he was sworn in 212 years ago.

As required by the United States Constitution, Bush swore this oath:

I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Bush takes office as the second son to follow his father into the White House. On the podium as Chief Justice William Rehnquist administered the oath, Bush stood in the presence of the man who defeated his father in 1992 and the vice-president Bush in turn defeated in a still-disputed election that ended only when Rehnquist voted with four other Supreme Court justices to end the Florida recounts. [Read more…]

Clinton Pardons McDougal In Final Act As President

President Bill Clinton has issued pardons for about 90 people, including his former Whitewater business partner, Susan McDougal, the woman who went to jail rather than give testimony to a grand jury.

Bush-ClintonPictures of McDougal in shackles remain a potent image of the Clinton years.

McDougal was convicted in 1996 in a trial where Clinton gave testimony in her defence. She maintained throughout the Whitewater investigations that Clinton was never involved in illegal loans.

Her then husband, James McDougal, now deceased, was also convicted, but co-operated with Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and implicated the Clintons. His wife steadfastly defended the Clintons and waged a war of words with Starr, accusing him of a political witchhunt.

Clinton has also pardoned his former Housing Secretary, Henry Cisneros, who resigned in 1996 over allegations that he lied to the FBI about payments he made to a former mistress.

Correspondence and Agreed Order in the Settlement of Clinton’s Case

This is the text of correspondence exchanged yesterday in which President Clinton reached a settlement with the independent counsel, Robert Ray.

These are the letters exchanged between David E. Kendall, a lawyer for President Clinton, and Robert W. Ray, the independent counsel, in which they agreed to a settlement. Also included is the order that the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, Ark., issued yesterday, suspending for five years the president’s right to practice law in Arkansas. [Read more…]