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Archives for February 2003

The Case Against War: Bartlett Puts Australian Democrats View

As debate about Australia’s involvement in a war against Iraq gathers strength, the leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Andrew Bartlett, has delivered a speech setting out his party’s opposition to a war.

Bartlett spoke to a public meeting at the Melbourne Town Hall.

Text of speech by Senator Andrew Bartlett, leader of the Australian Democrats.

BartlettI acknowledge the traditional owners of the land.

Thank you Don Chipp and Senator Lyn Allison and the many other organisations and individuals who have contributed to holding this meeting.

I believe what we need to be doing tonight is not just looking at the immediate threat of the impending war with Iraq but what it will also mean for our future, as Australians and indeed the global community. [Read more…]


Text of the U.S.-British-Spanish Draft Resolution On Iraq

This is the text of the U.S.-British-Spanish draft resolution on Iraq.

UNITED NATIONS –– Text of the U.S.-British-Spanish draft resolution on Iraq.

Recalling all its previous relevant resolutions, in particular its resolutions 661 (1990) of 6 August 1990, 678 (1990) of 29 November 1990, 686 (1991) of 2 March 1991, 687 (1991) of 3 April 1991, 688 (1991) of 5 April 1991, 707 (1991) of 15 August 1991, 715 (1991) of 11 October 1991, 986 (1995) of 14 April 1995, and 1284 (1999) of 17 December 1999, and 1441 (2002) of 8 November all the relevant statements of its president, [Read more…]


Australia’s Latest Population Figures

These are the latest population figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The percentage increase since the last census is shown in brackets.

  • Australia: 19,727,476 (1.3)
  • NSW: 6,657,351 (1.0)
  • Victoria: 4,888,234 (1.4)
  • Queensland: 3,729,028 (2.3)
  • Western Australia: 1,934,494 (1.4)
  • South Australia: 1,522,456 (0.6)
  • Tasmania: 473,365 (0.4)
  • ACT: 322,234 (0.8)
  • Northern Territory: 197,724 (-0.1)
  • Other Territories: 2,590 (0.2)

Costello: Australia & New Zealand Siblings With A Common Heritage & A Shared Future

This is the transcript of the speech given by the Treasurer, Peter Costello, to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Closer Economic Relations Agreement between Australia and New Zealand.

Speech by Treasurer Peter Costello to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce.

CostelloI would like to thank the Auckland Chamber of Commerce for the invitation to speak to you this morning.

Australia and New Zealand are much more than good neighbours. We are, in many respects, siblings with a common heritage and a shared future. And like many sibling relationships there is a good deal of rivalry that is competitive, sometimes ferociously competitive, but I hope, ultimately friendly.

Australia and New Zealand developed along broadly similar lines as raw material exporters with strong connections to Britain.

Both were blessed with extensive natural resources that allowed international trade in imperishable, high value agricultural outputs and gold. [Read more…]


Iraq Explained

This graphic has been circulating around the Internet in recent weeks.

It may be a recycled version of one originally produced during the Gulf War of 1991.

Iraq Explained


Advancing The National Interest: Foreign Policy White Paper

This is the Howard government’s updated White Paper on Australia’s foreign and trade policy.

Titled Advancing the National Interest, the paper was released by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, and the Minister for Trade, Mark Vaile. [Read more…]


We Stand Passively Mute: Senator Robert Byrd On Iraq

This is the text of a speech by West Virginia’s Democratic Senator Robert Byrd on Iraq.

In the words of Sydney Morning Herald columnist Alan Ramsey, the speech shows that, by comparison, Australia has “pygmies” for politicians.

Senator Byrd has been a senator since 1958.

Speech by Senator Robert Byrd (Democrat-West Virginia).

ByrdTo contemplate war is to think about the most horrible of human experiences. On this February day, as this nation stands at the brink of battle, every American on some level must be contemplating the horrors of war.

Yet, this Chamber is, for the most part, silent — ominously, dreadfully silent. There is no debate, no discussion, no attempt to lay out for the nation the pros and cons of this particular war. There is nothing. [Read more…]


Advancing The National Interest – Foreign Affairs White Paper

This is the Foreign Affairs White Paper, released by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer.

The White Paper is entitled, Advancing the National Interest. It updates the 1997 paper, In the National Interest. [Read more…]


Dyson Heydon’s Farewell Speech To The NSW Supreme Court

This is the text of the farewell speech delivered by Justice John Dyson Heydon to the NSW Supreme Court, preparatory to his elevation to the High Court of Australia.

Justice John Dyson Heydon’s farewell speech to the NSW Supreme Court.

Chief Justice, ladies and gentlemen:

In February the weather is steamy and enervating. There is a great temptation to go out as little as possible. That so many of you have undergone the ordeal of a journey to this Court on this occasion – having accomplished two trips already this week – is something for which I am deeply grateful. I particularly welcome retired judges from this Court, and judges of the Federal Court. [Read more…]


Colin Powell’s Address To The United Nations Security Council On Iraq

This is the transcript of the Address to the United Nations Security Council by the United States Secretary of State, Colin Powell.

Text of US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Address to the United Nations Security Council on Iraq.

Colin PowellThank you, Mr President.

Mr President, Mr Secretary-General, distinguished colleagues, I would like to begin by expressing my thanks for the special effort that each of you made to be here today.

This is an important day for us all as we review the situation with respect to Iraq and its disarmament obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 1441. [Read more…]