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Archives for August 2002

Mark Latham: The New Political Correctness

Mark Latham has given a speech in the House of Representatives decrying “the new political correctness” of the “conservative establishment”.

Speaking in the Grievance Debate, Latham, the Labor member for Werriwa, argued that conservatives only want civility on one side of the political fence. [Read more…]

Latham Promoted In Crean’s Shadow Ministry

The Federal Opposition Leader, Simon Crean, has promoted Mark Latham into the Shadow Cabinet, in a minor reshuffle, following the resignation from Parliament of Stephen Martin, the former Shadow Minister for Trade.

CreanThe reshuffle gives Latham responsibility for a new post called Community Security, in addition to his existing portfolio of Economic Ownership, Housing and Urban Development.

The reshuffle brings Annette Ellis, the member for Canberra, into the shadow ministry as spokesperson for Ageing and Seniors. Senator Michael Forshaw becomes a Parliamentary Secretary. [Read more…]

Simon Crean’s New ALP Shadow Ministry

This is the new ALP shadow ministry as announced by the Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean.

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The Ten Motions That Sank Stott Despoja

According the website, these are the 10 motions that were passed by the Australian Democrats party-room.

The motions were opposed by the leader of the party, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, who resigned the leadership shortly afterwards. [Read more…]

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle’s First Speech

Social change starts in the hearts and minds of committed and passionate individuals, according to new Australian Greens Senator Kerry Nettle.

Nettle was giving her first speech to the Senate. Elected at the November 10, 2001 Federal Election, Nettle took up her seat on July 1, 2002.

She represents New South Wales and is the second Australian Greens senator. She joins Senator Bob Brown who was elected in 1996.

Text of Senator Kerry Nettle’s first speech to the Senate.

NettleI revel in the opportunity to deliver my first speech during a debate about bargaining fees, where people on this side of the chamber rise to speak in the defence of Australian workers being able to organise collectively in the workplace. I start by paying my respects to the Ngunnawal people, the traditional owners of this land. I acknowledge the pain and the suffering that so many Indigenous Australians have suffered as a result of the European invasion of this country. I acknowledge that the price for the prosperity and the peace that we enjoy today has been overwhelmingly borne by the first Australians. On behalf of the people that I represent in this parliament, I say sorry for these past injustices. The Greens look forward to continuing to work with Indigenous Australians to address both past and current discrimination. Only when Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians work together can the true potential of our multicultural society be realised. [Read more…]

Greater Transparency For Treaty-Making Process

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, has announced changes to the treaty-making process, aimed to provide greater transparency and public accessibility.

The timeframe for parliamentary consultation with interest groups will be extended, and the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties will have a revised procedure for public consultations.

Downer also announced that an Australian Treaties Database with a powerful search engine capability will be formed. [Read more…]

Foreign Aid: Improving Climate Prediction In The Pacific

The Australian government is to provide $2.2 million over three years to strengthen the capacity of Pacific Island countries in climate prediction.

The Prime Minister, John Howard, made the announcement today.

Text of statement released by the Prime Minister, John Howard.

I am pleased to announce an initiative by the Australian Government to assist Pacific island countries to cope with the impact of weather extremes and to better understand the threat of climate change. [Read more…]

Howard And Somare Discuss Aid To Papua New Guinea

This is the transcript of the press conference held by the Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, and the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Sir Michael Somare, in Port Moresby.

Somare, the nation’s first prime minister after independence in 1975, was recently re-elected to the position. [Read more…]

Hawke-Wran Review Of ALP Published

A report by former ALP Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, and former NSW Premier, Neville Wran, into the structure of the ALP has been released today.

A statement issued by the two men said: “The recommendations are geared towards making the Party more participatory and democratic, more attractive to potential members, and more in step with the attitudes and aspirations of the Australian electorate.”

Hawke and Wran said: “The Report is the result of a rigorous consultation program spanning nine months and involving more than 2000 branch members who attended Party forums in every state and territory. We also met with community leaders, Premiers and Chief Ministers, past and present members of parliament, national union leaders, women’s groups and academics from around the country.

“The Report is now in the hands of the ALP National Executive, who are expected to appoint a Rules sub-committee to turn the recommendations into proposed rule changes. These will then be debated at the Special National Conference announced by Simon Crean and to be held in Canberra 5-6 October this year.”


Australia Wins China LNG Contract

Australia’s Northwest Shelf Venture is to be the sole supplier of liquefied natural gas to Guandong province in China.

The announcement was made today by Prime Minister John Howard.

Text of statement released by Prime Minister John Howard.

I am delighted to announce that today I have been advised by the Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji that Australia’s Northwest Shelf Venture has been chosen by China to be the sole supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to its first LNG project in Guangdong province.

The contract will be worth between $20 – $25 billion in export income for Australia. This is Australia’s largest single export deal. [Read more…]