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Archives for April 2001

John Howard Speech: Australia’s Relations With Japan

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has discussed Australia’s relationship with Japan in a speech in Sydney today.

Howard spoke to the Australia-Japan Conference at The Quay Restaurant.

Text of speech by John Howard to the Australia-Japan Conference.

Prime Minister John HowardI am delighted to be here today. The genesis for today’s conference came about during my visit to Japan in July 1999. I well recall the late Prime Minister Mr Obuchi’s immediate and enthusiastic endorsement of the proposal when I first raised it with him.

In agreeing to hold such a conference – involving not only our political leaders but also key business and academic figures – Mr Obuchi and I recognised a need to reflect upon the character of the bilateral relationship as we move into the next millennium.

No one can doubt the great strength of the relationship between Japan and Australia and the many benefits each of our nations gain from it across a wide spectrum of areas. Yet we would be foolish to take it for granted by not exploring opportunities for even closer links in the future. [Read more…]

Using The Media: What’s In Today’s Financial Review?

Australian Financial ReviewPolitics is nothing if not a topical subject.

The newspapers, electronic current affairs and internet sites remain an important means of reinforcing knowledge of key political ideas and keeping up-to-date with current events.

This page looks at how an edition of the Australian Financial Review can be of use to students and teachers of Politics. The selection of articles and commentary can be applied to any newspaper on any day. [Read more…]

Alexander Downer: Anzac Day Speech At Lone Pine

This is the text of the speech given by Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs, at the Lone Pine Anzac Day Service, Gallipoli, Turkey.

Alexander DownerOn this quiet day, it is hard for anyone to comprehend the horrors endured here 86 springs ago. Harder, still, for those of my age and younger, most of whom have been spared the tragedy of war that was the terrible burden of our elders.

And that is why we come to honour the Anzacs, and all the men and women who have followed in that greatest of traditions. To give thanks for their sacrifice, on which the peace and freedom and prosperity of modern Australia is built. To honour their courage, which has inspired succeeding generations to meet their own challenges. To renew our own faith in the unquenchable human spirit, typified by their unflagging humour in the face of grinding hardship. To learn again the true meaning of mateship. [Read more…]

Alexander Downer: Speech At Gallipoli Anzac Day Dawn Service

This is the text of the speech given by Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs, at the Anzac Day Dawn Service, Gallipoli, Turkey.

Alexander DownerThis is a special time. The Dawn Service recalls that earlier dawn, eighty-six years ago, just as the first landings were made at Gallipoli, in the course of a bloody war that engulfed the world.

Gathered here today, to remember those who fought so gallantly on this fateful shore, are representatives from the countries of the soldiers who landed here – Britain, Canada, France, India, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. And we have gathered here, in peace, with the representatives of former adversaries – Turkey and Germany – whose soldiers fought as courageously as their foes. [Read more…]

More Trouble For Howard: By-Election In Crucial Melbourne Electorate

The death overnight of the Liberal member for Aston, Peter Nugent, will cause a by-election in the eastern suburban electorate in Melbourne.

NugentThe Liberal Party holds the seat by a margin of 4.24%.

Nugent had represented the seat since 1990, defeating Labor’s John Saunderson in that year and holding the seat in 1993, 1996 and 1998.

In 1998, Nugent held Aston with 54.24% of the two-party-preferred vote, compared to 45.76% for the ALP. [Read more…]

Archbishop Peter Hollingworth’s Media Conference On His Appointment As Governor-General

This is the transcript of a Media Conference given by The Most Reverend Peter Hollingworth AO, OBE, Archbishop of Brisbane.

It was held at St. Martin’s House, Brisbane, the day after the announcement of his appointment as the next Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Archbishop Peter Hollingworth’s media conference.

HollingworthLadies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for coming to St Martin’s House this morning. It is already clear that you will have a number of questions that you will wish to put to the governor-general designate, some of which I will be able to clarify and some of which I will, of course not be able to comment upon. [Read more…]

Archbishop Peter Hollingworth Appointed Governor-General: Palace Announcement

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has announced that Archbishop Peter Hollingworth has been appointed Governor-General.

This is the text of the official announcement from the Press Secretary to the Queen.



The Queen, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia, has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Most Reverend Peter Hollingworth AO, OBE, as the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. Archbishop Hollingworth will serve in succession to the Honourable Sir William Deane and will assume office on Friday, June 29 2001. [Read more…]

Anglican Archbishop Peter Hollingworth Appointed Next Governor-General

The Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane, Peter Hollingworth, has been appointed the twenty-third Governor-General of Australia.

HollingworthThe Prime Minister, John Howard, has announced the decision this afternoon.

Archbishop Hollingworth will take up his appointment on Friday June 29. He succeeds Sir William Deane. Hollingworth’s name has not been mentioned in recent speculation about the position.

Hollingworth was born in 1935. He attended Scotch College in Melbourne. He attended the University of Melbourne, studied Theology and was ordained as an Anglican minister in 1960. He also trained as a social worker and was the director of the Brotherhood of St. Laurence, the organisation he worked for between 1964 and 1990. He was appointed Archbishop of Brisbane in 1990. In 1991, he was named Australian of the Year. [Read more…]

John Howard’s Press Conference Announcing Peter Hollingworth As Governor-General

This is the full text of Prime Minister John Howard’s Press Conference announcing the appointment of Archbishop Peter Hollingworth as the next Governor-General of Australia.

The press conference was held at Parliament House, Canberra.

Transcript of John Howard press conference.

HowardLadies and Gentlemen, I have called this news conference to formally congratulate in person the Governor-General-Designate, Peter Hollingworth, whose appointment on my recommendation has been approved by the Queen. He will take office and be sworn in on the 29th of June. He is by every measure an outstanding Australian and I’m very confident that he will do a first class job. [Read more…]

Australia’s New Governor-General: Official Announcement

This is the full text of the official announcement by the Prime Minister, John Howard, of the appointment of Archbishop Peter Hollingworth as the next Governor-General of Australia.

The announcement was made by the Prime Minister, John Howard.

Text of official announcement of Peter Hollingworth’s appointment as Governor-General.

Archbishop Peter HollingworthI congratulate the Most Reverend Peter John Hollingworth, AO, OBE, on his appointment by Her Majesty The Queen as Australia’s next Governor-General. He will succeed His Excellency the Hon. Sir William Deane, AC, KBE.

Currently the Archbishop of Brisbane and a former Australian of the Year, Peter Hollingworth is an Australian of great distinction, having won wide acclaim for his involvement in the secular life of the nation as well as for his religious work. [Read more…]