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Archives for April 2002

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

Why did the chicken cross the road?

PHILIP RUDDOCK
I don’t care why the chicken crossed the road. It should be sent back to where it came from. Who knows what might happen if we keep letting any old chicken cross the road. We could be inundated with them. Send them to the farmer up the road a bit and we can pay him to deal with the problem.

JEFF KENNETT
If the chicken did cross the road it should have been fitted with an e-tag and should pay the same toll as all other road users. [Read more…]


Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2002

This is the text of an Explanatory Memorandum issued by the Attorney-General, Daryl Williams, explaining the purposes of the anti-terrorism legislation.

Explanatory Memorandum from the Attorney-General, Daryl Williams.

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2002 amends the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 (ASIO Act) to enhance the capacity of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) to combat terrorism. [Read more…]


The Lady’s Not For Abdicating: Queen Vows To Remain On The Throne

The Queen has vowed to remain on the throne.

The Queen was commenting on the idea of change in the light of the Golden Jubilee celebrations in honour of her 50 years on the throne.

Her daughter, Princess Anne, defended her mother and praised the Queen’s caring nature. [Read more…]


ALP Women Continue Fight For Equal Representation

The ALP Women’s Conference, meeting in Canberra over the weekend, has called for the ALP to achieve a target of 50% of women in internal party positions and in the various Federal, State and Territory Parliaments.

ALP Women MPs
Parliament % Women
Federal
27
N.S.W.
21
Victoria
32
Queensland
41
Western Australia
25
South Australia
48
Tasmania
29
A.C.T.
35
N.T.
31
Source: Canberra Times, April 29, 2002

The ALP has previously adopted a policy of having 35% of women in safe and/or winnable seats.

Speakers at the conference drew attention to the disparity in female representation across the various Parliaments. South Australia and Queensland have the highest proportion of ALP women members, whilst Western Australia and New South Wales have the lowest proportion. (See table opposite.)

The debate over affirmative action in party pre-selections is a controversial one within the ALP. Critics argue that candidates should be chosen on their merits, whereas the former Victorian Premier, Joan Kirner, is reported today as saying: “Well, yes, they should be selected on merit, and what this does is give women an opportunity to demonstrate their merit. The competition should be about merit for everybody.” [Read more…]


Democrats: You Do Not Have The Right To Remain Silent

The Australian Democrats today launched a major campaign against the Government’s anti-terrorism legislation, which is set to be debated during the budget sitting in May.

“This legislation is an attack on the basic rights and freedoms of Australian citizens,” said Australian Democrats’ Leader, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja.

“The ALP must join with the Democrats in opposing these bills to ensure they are blocked in the Senate.” [Read more…]


Media And Courts: The Dilemma – Speech by Justice Michael Kirby

This is the text of a speech delivered by The Hon. Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG to a Graduation Ceremony at Southern Cross University.

  • Listen to extracts of Kirby’s speech (2m)

Transcript of speech by Justice Michael Kirby.

Media And Courts – The Dilemma

KirbyI thank the Chancellor and the members of the University for inviting me to participate in this graduation ceremony.

This is my first visit to the University, although the fame of its School of Law and Justice is well established. I am proud to be associated, on the editorial board of the Criminal Law Journal, with Professor Stanley Yeo, a world respected expert in criminal law. I have enjoyed frequent association with Professor Brian Fitzgerald, also with a global reputation on the interface of law and information science. Professor Fitzgerald and Richard Harris have kept me informed of the law programme of this University. They and other members of the Faculty are welcome guests at the High Court in Canberra. [Read more…]


Humour: Types Of Capitalism

It’s not new, but still amusing, even if somewhat politically incorrect. [Read more…]


Simon Crean: Address To ALP Women’s Conference

This is the text of an address by the Federal Opposition Leader, Simon Crean, to the ALP Women’s Conference in Canberra.

Address by Simon Crean to the ALP Women’s Conference.

CreanI’m delighted to be here today to acknowledge the women who make such a major contribution to our work, and to tell you how important I believe increasing the input of women is to our Party’s future success.

I’m convinced that greater input from the women of Australia is necessary if we are to modernize the Labor Party and win office at the next federal election.

I acknowledge the groundbreaking leaders who have shown the way – women like former state leaders Rosemary Follett, Joan Kirner and Carmen Lawrence, and the new Chief Minister for the Northern Territory, Clare Martin. [Read more…]


Federal Government Props Up Mitsubishi

The Federal Government announced today that it is to provide $35 million of assistance to Mitsubishi Motors in 2004-5.

The move will promote job growth in Adelaide and encourage the car-maker to retain its Australian operations.

The decision will be seen by many to be at odds with the philosophy of a government that preaches the free enterprise mantra of competition and efficiency.

Text of statement from Prime Minister John Howard announcing the decision to provide $35 million of support to Mitsubishi.

I am pleased to announce that Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has accepted a $35 million offer of assistance from the Commonwealth Government. This assistance will facilitate a major new investment in Mitsubishi’s Adelaide plant and the establishment of a global research and development centre in South Australia. [Read more…]


Simon Crean: Junkyard Dog, New Teeth And Negotiation Joke

In an interview with Neil Mitchell on Melbourne radio station 3AW, Opposition Leader Simon Crean has been asked about his image as a “snarling junkyard dog” and whether he has had his teeth fixed.

The Federal Opposition Leader has also told a joke…

Extract of Opposition Leader Simon Crean’s interview with 3AW’s Neil Mitchell.

CreanMITCHELL: OK, I know that you need to go. Image – your wife Carole is quoted as saying ‘that the snarling junkyard dog is only part of your image’. Is this your theme song? Bad, bad Leroy Brown, baddest man in the whole darn town. Badder that an old King Kong, meaner than a junkyard dog. Is there a bit of junkyard dog about you? [Read more…]