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Archives for September 2001

The Sharp End: A Candidate’s Story

In a regular series during the election, Ari Sharp, the Australian Democrats candidate for Kooyong, provides a candidate’s perspective on the election. Ari is 18 years old and contesting one of the “jewels in the crown” of the Victorian Liberal Party.

SharpSince 1922, Kooyong has had only four members, three of whom (Latham, Menzies & Peacock) have been leaders of the conservative side of politics. The incumbent, Petro Georgiou, has held the seat since 1994. His political career has stalled since he rejected an appointment as a Parliamentary Secretary under John Howard.

The Australian Democrats polled 8.11% of the primary vote at the 1998 election. The Liberal Party garnered 54.83% of the primary vote. After the distribution of preferences, this vote increased to 61.39%. [Read more…]

Beazley Announces Policy On Employee Entitlements And Superannuation

In the aftermath of the corporate collapses of HIH, OneTel and Ansett, the Opposition Leader, Kim Beazley, has announced a policy to protect employee entitlements.

BeazleyThe plan involves “a small contribution of around 0.1 per cent of payroll from large companies, applied to a comprehensive national insurance scheme for all workers entitlements.”

Beazley says Labor will also amend the Corporations Act “to ensure companies cannot avoid employee entitlements by contrived arrangements such as those used in the infamous Patrick Stevedores case.”

“In addition to the Entitlements Guarantee, Labor will require superannuation payments to be made by employers quarterly rather than annually. Keeping these payments up-to-date will offer far stronger protection of superannuation entitlements than present arrangements. [Read more…]

CHOGM Off, Election Announcement Expected Soon

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), scheduled for next week, has been postponed, clearing the way for the calling of the federal election.

CHOGMAn announcement from the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Don McKinnon, this morning confirmed speculation in recent days that the meeting would be cancelled because of the attacks on the United States on September 11.

Preparations for attacks on Afghanistan and its Taliban government continue. The British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has recalled the House of Commons next week.

The visit by Queen Elizabeth II has also been cancelled.

With football finals on this weekend, an election announcement is possible on Sunday. The Governor-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth, will be in residence at Yarralumla and would be able to see the Prime Minister, John Howard. A dissolution of the House of Representatives could take place with an election to be held at the earliest on Saturday November 7. [Read more…]

Bush Says Terrorism Will Go The Way Of Fascism, Nazism And Totalitarianism: Into History’s Unmarked Grave Of Discarded Lies

Historic Speech

President George W. Bush has delivered a confident and powerful speech to the two houses of the United States Congress in which he has delivered an ultimatum to the Taliban regime in Afghanistan to hand over Osama Bin Laden and other terrorists.

In a 35 minute speech interrupted at least 30 times by standing ovations, Bush called on the nations of the world to support a war against terrorism. “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists”, Bush said. [Read more…]

2001 Pre-Election Commentary

This is a selection of posts from 2001, in the lead-up to the federal election. [Read more…]

Federal Government Caretaker Conventions – 2001

This is the official document containing Federal Government caretaker conventions prior to the 2001 Federal Election.

The document, titled “Guidance On Caretaker Conventions”, was issued by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. [Read more…]

U.S. Congress Authorises Use Of Force Against Terrorists

This is the text of the joint resolution authorizing the use of force against terrorists, adopted by the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Text of U.S. Congressional Joint Resolution

To authorize the use of United States armed forces against those responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United States.

Whereas, on Sept. 11, 2001, acts of despicable violence were committed against the United States and its citizens; and [Read more…]

Howard Government Invokes ANZUS Treaty

The Federal Government has invoked the ANZUS Treaty for the first time in the 50-year history of the defence alliance with the United States.

Cabinet met today following the Prime Minister’s return from Washington and in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.

Following the Cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister, John Howard, issued the following statement: [Read more…]

U.S. Attacks: Government Invokes ANZUS Treaty

The Howard government has invoked the ANZUS Treaty for the first time in its history, in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States

The decision was announced in Canberra today by the Prime Minister, John Howard, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer.

Transcript of portions of a joint press conference held at Parliament House, Canberra, by John Howard and Alexander Downer.


Well ladies and gentlemen the federal cabinet had a special meeting today primarily to consider the consequences of the awful events that have occurred in the United States in recent days. We came very quickly to the view that the provisions of the ANZUS Treaty should be invoked in relation to the attack upon the United States. Quite clearly these are circumstances to which Article IV of the ANZUS Treaty applies. We have discussed this matter with the United States and I would expect that this is a view with which the Administration will concur. The consequence of that is that we will consult the Americans regarding responses which might be deemed appropriate to what does amount to an attack upon the metropolitan territory of the United States in accordance with the provisions of the ANZUS Treaty. [Read more…]

Ansett Airlines Shut Down; NZ PM Blockaded In Melbourne; Howard Returns To Parochial Political Realities

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has returned to Australia this morning to be confronted by chaos in the nation’s airports, following the overnight shutdown of Ansett Airlines.

AnsettThe airline was shut down at 2am today, but thousands of passengers have arrived at airports unaware of the closure. Passengers expecting connections with other flights are also stranded. Radio reports say that queues of up to a thousand people have formed at capital city airports.

The Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson, has made a number of angry appearances on television and radio condemning the decision of Air New Zealand to cut Ansett adrift. Anderson claims he was only told on Sunday of the true extent of the airline’s financial difficulties. He says the Administrator appointed this week to manage the airline asked for around $170 million to keep the airline flying over the next two days. [Read more…]