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Archives for January 2003

Bush And Blair Hold Joint News Conference On Iraq

This is the joint news conference on Iraq held by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair. [Read more…]


President George W. Bush’s 2003 State Of The Union Address

President George W. Bush has delivered his second State of the Union Address to the United States Congress.

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Text of President Bush’s State of the Union Address.

Mr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, fellow citizens:

Every year, by law and by custom, we meet here to consider the state of the union. This year, we gather in this chamber deeply aware of decisive days that lie ahead.

You and I serve our country in a time of great consequence. During this session of Congress, we have the duty to reform domestic programs vital to our country … and we have the opportunity to save millions of lives abroad from a terrible disease. We will work for a prosperity that is broadly shared … and we will answer every danger and every enemy that threatens the American people.

In all these days of promise and days of reckoning, we can be confident. In a whirlwind of change, and hope, and peril, our faith is sure, our resolve is firm, and our union is strong. [Read more…]


John Howard Comments On Blix Report On Iraq WMDs

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has commented on the Blix Report on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

Howard praised Hans Blix as a “measured Swedish diplomat” and said the most revealing sentence in the whole report “is when Blix said Iraq appears not to have come to a general acceptance, not even today, of the disarmament which was demanded of it and which it needs to carry out to win the confidence of the world and to live in peace”. [Read more…]


Bob Carr: What Australia Means To Me

In an extract from his new book, the Premier of NSW, Bob Carr, has described his view of Australian patriotism.

The extract from “What Australia Means To Me” was published in today’s edition of the Sydney Daily Telegraph.

What Australia Means To Me

by Bob Carr

Ten years ago, I said in a speech that there were three elements in an Australian patriotism.

The first was our response to the land itself, unique and beautiful. The second was the people. I said we were a “motley” people, and I meant that in the most generous way, meaning an immigrant people, from diverse sources – indeed, almost every country in the world. [Read more…]


Australia Day Honours 2003

This is the full list of 2003 Australia Day Honours.

ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

COMPANION (AC) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

The Honourable Justice Ian David CALLINAN
Kingston ACT
For service to the judiciary and the practice of law, to the arts and to
the community.

Dr Ashton Trevor CALVERT
Barton ACT
For service to the development of Australian foreign policy, including
advancement of business relations between Australia and Japan, and for
leadership and highly distinguished contributions to Australia’s overall
economic and security interests at critical times in the international
environment.

The Honourable Justice Keith MASON
Sydney NSW
For service to the law and legal scholarship, to the judicial system in
New South Wales, to the Anglican Church, and to the community. [Read more…]


Saddam Hussein: Apparatus Of Lies

This is a document circulated in 2003. It’s provenance is not known.

The 34-page booklet is called: “Apparatus of Lies: Saddam’s Disinformation and Propaganda 1990-2003”.

The Executive Summary in the booklet says: “In December 1998, when U.N weapons inspector Dr. Richard Spertzel became exasperated by Iraqi evasions and misrepresentations, he confronted Dr. Rihab Taha, the woman the Iraqis identified as the head of their biological weapons program and asked her directly, “You know that we know you are lying. So why do you do it?” She straightened herself up and replied, “Dr. Spertzel, it’s not a lie when you are ordered to lie.”

“Dr. Taha’s brief reply is one symbol of a highly developed, well disciplined, and expertly organized program designed to win support for the Iraqi regime through outright deceit. This elaborate program is one of the regime’s most potent weapons for advancing its political, military, and diplomatic objectives. In their disinformation and propaganda campaigns, the Iraqis use elaborate ruses and obvious falsehoods, covert actions and false on-the-record statements, and sophisticated preparation and spontaneous exploitation of opportunities. Many of the techniques are not new, but this regime exploits them more aggressively and effectively – and to more harmful effect – than any other regime in power today.

“In the weeks ahead, as the international community seeks to enforce UN Security Council resolutions and disarm the Iraqi regime, governments, the media, and the public are urged to consider the regime’s words, deeds, and images in light of this brutal record of deceit.”

The booklet says it discusses the lies that Iraq has used to promote its propaganda and disinformation in four broad categories: crafting tragedy, exploiting suffering, exploiting Islam, and corrupting the public record.


You Should Not Be Going: Crean To Troops

The Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean, has told troops at the official farewell to the HMAS Kanimbla that “I don’t believe you should be going”.

Crean claimed that it was a political decision that pre-empts consideration by the United Nations over the coming weeks and months.

The Opposition Leader emphasised that whilst he deplored the decision to send the troops, ” do support our troops and always will, and that distinction is fundamentally important.”

Transcript of speech delivered by the Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean, at the farewell to HMAS Kanimbla, at Garden Island, Sydney.

CreanGovernor-General, Prime Minister, Head of Defence Forces, Head of the Navy, men and women of the Kanimbla and their families who are gathered here today for us to farewell you and to wish you God speed and a safe and speedy return.

I don’t want to mince my words because I don’t believe that you should be going. I don’t think that there should be a deployment of troops to Iraq ahead of the United Nations determining it. But that’s a political decision, that’s an argument that the Prime Minister and I will have, no doubt, over coming weeks and months. [Read more…]


Australia “A Bit Lost” – Rick Farley

This is the full text of Rick Farley’s 2003 Australia Day Address, from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Mr. Farley was the Executive Director of the National Farmers’ Federation from 1988-1995. [Read more…]


Australian Fighting Spirit Shown In Canberra Fires: Howard

Following an inspection of the damage caused by yesterday’s bushfires in Canberra, the Prime Minister, John Howard, has commended the “great fighting spirit” of Australians.

Referring to assistance being provided in the nation’s capital today, Howard praised “the generosity of the people of Canberra and the people of Australia towards their fellow Australians who are in difficult circumstances.”

Howard also said that the loss of property, the intensity of the heat, and the suddenness of the firestorm is beyond the experience of Australians.

Transcript of the doorstop interview conducted by the Prime Minister, John Howard, in Canberra, following his inspection of the damage caused by yesterday’s firestorm. [Read more…]


Two Dead, 400 Homes Lost, As Canberra Burns; Disaster Not Yet Over

Daylight in Australia’s capital territory has revealed the full extent of the firestorm that struck yesterday.

Media outlets report this morning that 2 people are dead, 3 more are missing, and around 400 homes have been destroyed.

Canberra is ringed by fires to the north, west and south as the disaster continues to unfold.

Hot, windy and dry weather conditions threaten the nation’s capital with more devastation this Sunday.

The Prime Minister, John Howard, who chose to live in Sydney following his election in 1996, is cutting short his holiday to return to Canberra. The Governor-General, Peter Hollingworth, is also returning. [Read more…]