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Archives for October 2002

Cunningham By-Election – AEC Voting Leaflet

This is a leaflet distributed by the Australian Electoral Commission for the Cunningham by-election in 2002.

The leaflet is similar to what the AEC distributes during every election.


Greens Win Cunningham In Historic By-Election

Cunningham Goes Green

9.50pm – The Australian Greens candidate, Michael Organ, has created electoral history by winning the previously Labor-held electorate of Cunningham in today’s by-election. With 78.34% of the votes counted, the two-party-preferred count has the Greens on 52.22% to the ALP’s 47.78%. It is unlikely that late votes will turn this result around. [Read more…]

Despite Bali, Stay Engaged With Asia: Costello

Just days after the terrorist bombings in Bali, the Treasurer, Peter Costello, has said that Australia must stay engaged with Indonesia.

CostelloSpeaking to the Australasia Centre of the Asia Society, Costello said: “What we must be careful about is that it does not lead to a withdrawal of Australian engagement with Indonesia. We must not withdraw. We must increase our engagement. In the first place we must increase our engagement on law enforcement.”

Costello emphasised the importance of Australia’s trading arrangements with Asia: “Asia is economically and strategically important in world terms. Asia contains the world’s second largest economy, Japan, and the world’s two largest emerging markets, China and India. Notwithstanding the difficulties Japan has faced over recent years, on a purchasing power parity basis it continues to account for almost 7½ per cent of world GDP. Asia as a whole accounts for a third of world output; East Asia accounts for the bulk (85 per cent) of this. Fifty-five per cent of the world’s population lives in Asia (60 per cent of whom are in East Asia).”

This is the text of the speech delivered by the Treasurer, Peter Costello, to the Australasia Centre of the Asia Society.

Australia’s Role In Asia

I flew up here this evening from the Parliamentary sitting in Canberra, and as I was walking through the terminal at Sydney Airport, a man came up to me and said: “My name’s David. I’ve got a son who is missing in Bali.” And I said to him: “What news have you had?” And he said: “Only that he hasn’t been back to his motel.” He was standing there, with a friend who had his arm around him, and I said: “Who is this?” He said: “It is the Godfather. We’re flying to Bali tonight to bring our boy home.” [Read more…]

Text of Joint Resolution On Iraq Passed By The U.S. Congress

The following resolution was passed 296-133 by the House of Representatives and 77-23 by the Senate on October 10 and 11, 2002.

Joint Resolution to Authorize the use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq.

Whereas in 1990 in response to Iraq’s war of aggression against and illegal occupation of Kuwait, the United States forged a coalition of nations to liberate Kuwait and its people in order to defend the national security of the United States and enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions relating to Iraq;

Whereas after the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, Iraq entered into a United Nations sponsored cease-fire agreement pursuant to which Iraq unequivocally agreed, among other things, to eliminate its nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons programs and the means to deliver and develop them, and to end its support for international terrorism; [Read more…]

Governor-General Hollingworth Appears To Side With Howard Over A Just War

The Governor-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth, has appeared to side with John Howard in a speech in which he discussed the concept of a just war. [Read more…]

White House Mood Is Bellicose: Senator Robert C. Byrd

Robert C. Byrd is a Democratic Party Senator from West Virginia. Byrd was the only Senator in the 100-member chamber to vote against opening debate on the Iraq question.

The Senate has opened debate on Joint Resolution 46, a resolution authorizing the President to use whatever force he deems necessary in Iraq or elsewhere.

ByrdByrd was first elected to the Senate in 1958 and has now served for 44 years. He holds the title of “Dean of the Congress” and is well known as an independent and much-respected custodian of the rights and prerogatives of the Senate. He carries with him at all times a copy of the United States Constitution and often produces it during his speeches.

His remarks to the Senate urged caution over moves to war with Iraq. Byrd accused President Bush of “bellicose” and hasty behaviour, warning: “Let us guard against the perils of haste, lest the Senate fall prey to the dangers of taking action that is both blind and improvident.” [Read more…]

New Jersey Supreme Court Decision On Robert Torricelli

This is the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision on Robert Torricelli.

Torricelli was removed from the ballot for the November 2002 Senate election. [Read more…]

US Senate Elections 2002

Senate elections in the United States are staggered with approximately one-third of the chamber being chosen every two years. Senators serve six-year terms.

There are 32 Senate contests in 2002.

There are 13 seats held by Democrats and 19 by Republicans. [Read more…]