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Archives for May 2001

Watch Out For That Secret Sect Of Corrupt District Nurses

The contents of this page came my way via email in 2001. I cannot vouch for its accuracy.

This is a genuine letter which appeared in the Bristol Evening News at the beginning of the month. Please do take the time to read it. It is clearly a work of genius and simply put, the writer should be knighted…

Dear Sir,

It has long been my belief that you should only be allowed to protest in public if you pay income tax. And you should only be allowed to vote at the ballot box if you own property. Sensible policies,both. And tested in time, too. If only Mr. Blair had thought to bring about these simple changes in the law, he would have avoided last week’s double embarrassment of Red Ken’s election and the rioting soap-dodgers. [Read more…]

50 Years Of ANZUS – John Howard Speech

This is the text of a speech given by the Prime Minister, John Howard, at a reception on the occasion of 50 years of the Australia-United States Alliance, held at the Sydney Opera House.

Text of speech by John Howard on the 50th anniversary of ANZUS.

John HowardWell ladies and gentlemen I’d like to welcome you to this, I think very important gathering to mark a very important treaty between two very great countries and two very great societies. And I’d particularly like to welcome Senator Michael Enzie from Wyoming, and Senate Sargent at Arms James Ziglar and their wives, Vice-Admiral Jim Metzger the Commander of the Seventh Fleet and his wife, and also to the captain and the crew members of USS Blue Ridge. [Read more…]

2001 Federal Budget Speech: Peter Costello

This is Treasurer Peter Costello’s 2001-02 Federal Budget Speech. [Read more…]

Pictures Of How-To-Vote Cards

How-To-Vote cards are an integral part of Australian elections.

They exist because of the preferential voting system which requires voters to number the candidates on the ballot paper in order of preference.

By issuing how-to-vote cards, candidates and political parties aim to maximise their vote and disadvantage their opponents. [Read more…]

Stott Despoja Calls For Constitutional and Political Reforms

The Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, has called for a range of constitutional and political reforms.

Stott Despoja’s call came in her speech to the Senate’s Centenary of Federation sitting in Melbourne.

Text of speech by the Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Natasha Stott-Despoja, to the Senate’s Centenary of Federation Sitting in Melbourne.

Stott DespojaOn behalf of the Australian Democrats I acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, the Wurundjeri people.

I thank the previous speakers for their contributions.

The Australian Democrats congratulate the oldest party in the parliament, the Australian Labor Party on the centenary of their caucus. [Read more…]

The Establishment of the Federal Labor Caucus

The Australian Labor Party Federal Caucus is 100 years old today.

At the first federal elections held on March 28 and 29, 1901, fourteen members of the Labor Party were elected to the House of Representatives and eight to the Senate. Another two members of the House joined the Labor Party before the parliament met for the first time on May 9, 1901.

According to the official minutes, “a preliminary meeting of member of the Federal Parliament favourable to the formation of a Commonwealth Labour Party was held at Parliament House on Tuesday the 7th May 1901.”

This meeting fixed the following day as the first official meeting of the Labour Caucus. [Read more…]

Kim Beazley On Labor Values

In the course of a Centenary of Federation interview with the ABC’s Kerry O’Brien, Opposition Leader Kim Beazley has discussed Labor values.

Beazley commented on the 100-year history of the ALP and what the party stands for today.

Today is the anniversary of the opening of the first Commonwealth parliament in Melbourne’s Exhibition Building.

Transcript of Kim Beazley interview with 7.30 Report host Kerry O’Brien.

Kim Beazley, Leader of the OppositionKERRY O’BRIEN: To address some of those observations in Fran Kelly’s story, I spoke late today with Labor leader Kim Beazley in Melbourne.

Kim Beazley, Labor has travelled a long way in 100 years, a long way from its sometimes radical working-class roots, hasn’t it?

KIM BEAZLEY: Yeah, we’ve changed.

I would argue that though some of the policies have altered quite dramatically over the years, the fundamental egalitarian values remain.

They always remain relevant.

They just have different meaning at different points in our history. [Read more…]

Australian Parliament’s Centenary Celebrated; Howard Praises Curtin & Menzies; Beazley Calls For Republic

The celebration of the centenary of Australia’s national Parliament has been held in Melbourne.


The 7500 guests at the Exhibition Building heard speeches from the President of the Senate, Margaret Reynolds, who claimed the arrival of women in Parliament as the greatest change in Australia’s political climate over the past 100 years. [Read more…]

Kim Beazley’s Speech to the Centenary of Federation Joint Sitting of Parliament

The Leader of the Opposition, Kim Beazley, has addressed the Commemorative Meeting of the Australian Parliament in the Exhibition Building, in Melbourne.

A joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament met one hundred years to the day since the first Commonwealth Parliament met in 1901.

Text of speech by Kim Beazley, Leader of the Federal Opposition, to the Commemorative Meeting of the Australian Parliament.

BeazleyI would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we stand, the Wurundjeri people, and pay respect to their elders and any other elders here today.

Sir William and Lady Deane, Prime Minister and Mrs Howard, parliamentary colleagues, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.

On the first of January in Sydney, we celebrated the birth of our nation.

Today in Melbourne, we celebrate the birth of our nation’s democracy. [Read more…]

John Howard’s Speech to the Ceremonial Federation Sitting

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has addressed the ceremonial Federation sitting of the Commonwealth Parliament, in the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne.

The sitting took place 100 years to the day since the first Commonwealth Parliament met. The Prime Minister on that day was Edmund Barton.

  • Listen to Howard’s speech (5m)

Text of Prime Minister John Howard address to the Ceremonial Federation Sitting.

HowardAs Edmund Barton and Alfred Deakin and all the others gathered here a hundred years ago there was no way that they could predict what lay in front of Australia. They would not have foreseen that within fewer than 20 years 60,000 out of a male population of 2.5 million would die in a horrible war. They would not have foreseen the Great Depression. They would not have foreseen the social changes. They would not have seen the determination of later generations to overturn the White Australia policy, regarded by those generations as morally repugnant. They would not have foreseen the technological and fashion changes that were to occur. And indeed if they were to return to our gathering today they would find much that was unfamiliar. [Read more…]