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Archives for March 2001

A Very Brief Introduction To The Clinton Impeachment

Bill Clinton was elected the 42nd President of the United States in 1992. He assumed office on January 20, 1993.

ClintonAlmost from the outset, he was dogged by accusations, allegations and purported scandals, notably the Whitewater matter.

At the mid-term congressional elections in 1994, the Democratic Party lost control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate for the first time since the early 1950s.

By the end of 1995, the Executive and Congressional arms of government were locked in combat over an ambitious political agenda put forward by the Republican Speaker, Newt Gingrich. [Read more…]


About The Women’s Electoral Lobby

The Women’s Electoral Lobby was formed just prior to the 1972 election.

These notes were written by the Women’s Electoral Lobby.

WEL’s Background

The Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) was formed in 1972 just prior to a Federal election. WEL’s first survey of political candidates revealed a gross lack of knowledge or even interest in the many issues affecting women in Australia.

Further surveys gained public notoriety and encouraged the formation of branches in all capital and many regional cities. Since then, winning government has often been attributed to the women’s vote. Over the years, WEL has continued to provide well researched submissions to both sides of the political fence on a range of issues, from economics and employment, to health and human relationships. WEL policies have been based on the assumption of women’s right to choose and to control her own destiny; WEL’s approach has been to demand that right be entrenched into legislation, and embedded in political, economic and social structures. [Read more…]


If We Could Shrink The World

This information has been circulating around the Internet in recent times.

I can’t vouch for its accuracy but it seems about right..

IF WE COULD SHRINK THE WORLD

GlobeIf we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following:

There would be:

  • 57 Asians
  • 21 Europeans
  • 14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
  • 8 Africans

  • 52 would be female
  • 48 would be male

  • 70 would be non-white
  • 30 would be white

  • 70 would be non-Christian
  • 30 would be Christian

  • 89 would be heterosexual
  • 11 would be homosexual

  • 6 people would possess 59% of the entire world’s wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.

  • 80 would live in substandard housing
  • 70 would be unable to read
  • 50 would suffer from malnutrition
  • 1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
  • 1 (yes, only 1) would have a college/university education

  • 1 would own a computer

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.

The following is also something to ponder…

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness…you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation…you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death…you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep…you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace … you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and still married … you are very rare, even in the United States and Canada.

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.


Howard Says He Has Listened To The Voters But Maintains Government Direction Is Sound

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has held a press conference in Canberra this afternoon in which he has accepted responsibility for the Ryan by-election.

HowardHoward says he has heard what the voters have to say, but he maintained that the result was more akin to the by-elections in Adelaide and Port Adelaide in 1988, and Oxley in 1989. In these elections, the Hawke government suffered large swings, up to 14%, losing the previously safe Adelaide electorate.

Howard argued that the swing of 10% against his government in Ryan was less than the swings against the ALP in its by-elections and denied that the result meant he could not win this year’s general election.

The Prime Minister argued that he would need to explain his government’s policies better and said that the nation could not pull back from its involvement with the rest of the world. [Read more…]


Ryan By-Election (2001)

The Ryan by-election was held because of the resignation of the sitting member, John Moore.

The Liberal Party had held the Queensland seat since its creation in 1949.

There was a two-party-preferred swing of 9.69% in the by-election, delivering a narrow victory to the Labor candidate, Leonie Short.

Ryan By-Election
March 17, 2001
Name Party Votes Percent Swing
SHORT, Leonie

ALP

29,173

38.68

+8.34
STAGG, Warren

Ind

440

0.58

+0.58
HYLAND, Terry

Ind

822

1.09

+1.09
MOORE, Jody

Ind

1,351

1.79

+1.79
HASSALL, Andrew R

CTA

955

1.27

+1.27
STASSE, Mike

Greens

4,608

6.11

+6.11
TUCKER, Bob

Liberal

32,571

43.19

-7.21
FREEMARIJUANA, Nigel David

HMP

1,685

2.23

+2.23
DENGATE, Lyn

Dem

3,808

5.05

-2.93
Two-Party-Preferred
Australian Labor Party 50.17% +9.69%
Liberal Party 49.83% -9.69%

 


A Night Of See-Saw Counting In Ryan By-Election

Counting in the Ryan by-election showed a strong swing to the ALP from the outset, but a close result was also evident from the earliest figures.

At one stage, the Australian Electoral Commission website reported that counting in all 32 booths had been completed and gave the Liberal candidate, Bob Tucker, a narrow lead of 50.13%. Around an hour later, the site was updated with fresh figures showing the Labor candidate, Leonie Short, with a lead of 50.64%.

This is how the night unfolded: [Read more…]


The (Former?) Liberal Party Stronghold of Ryan

The Queensland electorate of Ryan was created at the redistribution of 1948.

The first election for Ryan was held in 1949 and resulted in the election of Nigel Drury of the Liberal Party. Drury held the seat until the 1975 election when John Moore, also from the Liberal Party, was returned.

Ryan

The seat has never been held by the Australian Labor Party.

The ALP has never polled more than 42.37% of the primary vote in Ryan, a performance it achieved in the large swing to Labor in the 1969 Federal election.

The Liberal Party has consistently polled between 50% and 60% of the primary vote, except on those occasions when there was a three-cornered contest with the National Party, or the Democratic Labor Party. [Read more…]


By-Election: Day Of Reckoning In Ryan

A seminal moment in the life of the Howard government will come today with voting in the by-election for Ryan in Brisbane’s western suburbs.

TelegraphOpinion polls continue to predict a large swing against the Liberal Party, enough to deliver the seat to the ALP for the first time in its history.

Most polls put the swing around the 13% mark. The government needs to lose only 9.5% to be defeated.

The by-election is being compared to those in Bass in 1975 and Canberra in 1995. In each case, safe Labor electorates recorded large swings to the Liberals and heralded the demise of the Whitlam and Keating governments.

In a week which has seen the value of the Australian dollar fall below 50 U.S. cents and unemployment increase to 6.9%, the government has also been battling the growing belief that Australia is headed for an economic recession. Last week, the December quarter economic growth figures showed a decline of 0.6%. [Read more…]


The Politics Of The Exchange Rate

The overnight news that the Australian dollar fell below 50 U.S. cents on international money markets is a significant symbolic political event.

Herald-SunIn the aftermath of a decline in economic growth in the December quarter, and with the latest unemployment figures due to be released today, the news could not come at a worse time for the Howard government.

Indeed, media reports today suggest that the Liberal Party has all but written off its chances of winning the Ryan by-election on Saturday. [Read more…]


John Howard: Philosophy and Political Tactics In Action

With the Ryan by-election only days away, and polls continuing to show growing support for the ALP, Prime Minister John Howard has made a number of speeches and statements in recent days that reveal much about his approach to politics.

HowardWith polls indicating that the ALP may secure a swing of up to 13% in Ryan, on top of the 8% it achieved in the 1998 election, it seems clear that the affluent electorate, containing a high proportion of small business operators and professionals, may react strongly against the Business Activity Statement and other compliance procedures of the new tax system.

Earlier today, the Prime Minister mischievously suggested that the ALP would increase the GST rate from the current 10%. Having once promised that he would “never ever” introduce the GST, Howard demonstrates a breathtaking approach to winning at all costs by being prepared to argue that his opponents will increase the rate. This is despite the fact that the ALP has opposed the introduction of the GST at every election since 1993. During parliamentary debate on the GST legislation in 1998 and 1999, the ALP voted against the GST in both houses of parliament. [Read more…]