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Archives for April 2003

Anglican Church Report On Sex Abuse

This is the Anglican Church Report on Sex Abuse.

The report is from the Board of Inquiry Into Past Handling of Complaints of Sexual Abuse in the Anglican Church Diocese of Brisbane.

The Board of Inquiry consisted of Peter O’Callaghan QC and Professor Freda Briggs. [Read more…]

Despite Huge Majority, Beattie Says By-Election Is Wake-Up Call

In an indication of his finely-tuned political instincts, the Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie, has warned the ALP against complacency, following its defeat in the Maryborough by-election.

The by-election was caused by the resignation, due to ill-health, of John Kingston. Kingston won the seat as a One Nation candidate in 1998, resigning a year later to sit as an Independent. He was re-elected in 2001. Maryborough has previously been held by Labor and National party members. [Read more…]

Beattie Provides Support To Depleted Opposition

The Queensland government is to provide additional funding to the Opposition.

Announcing half a million dollars worth of salary support, the Premier, Peter Beattie, said “democracy is improved if a government is constantly challenged and scrutinised by an effective opposition”.

The Queensland Labor government holds 66 of the 89 seats in the single chamber parliament. The National Party has 11, whilst the Liberal Party has 3. There are 9 One Nation and independent members. Under parliamentary rules, the Liberal Party lacks official party status, which means it misses out on additional salaries and access to staff, cars, etc. [Read more…]

Howard Government’s Proposed Changes To Medicare

This is the text of the official statement from the Prime Minister, John Howard, announcing proposed changes to Medicare.

Statement from Prime Minister John Howard.


I announce today a $917 million package, A Fairer Medicare, to strengthen Australia’s universal health care system by making general practitioner (GP) services more available and more affordable.

The package builds on my announcement last week of a 17% real increase in Commonwealth funding for public hospitals through the Australian Health Care Agreements with the states and territories. [Read more…]

ANZAC Cove A Sacred Place In Australian History: Costello

Speeches by Federal Treasurer Peter Costello at the ANZAC Day services at Gallipoli, Turkey.

5.30am – Dawn Service at ANZAC Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey.

Peter CostelloAs we stand here, with the light about to break, we wonder what they must have felt as they looked out from their landing ships and thought about what lay before them.

They were volunteers. They were young. They were half a world away from their homes. And the balance of their lives lay before them.

They would have been anxious, nervous, frightened yet exhilarated. Many had joined up out of a sense of adventure. And now the landing was about to begin. How would it go for them? And how would it go for the men of the ANZAC Corps? [Read more…]

Sometimes No Alternative To Force: Defence Minister

This is the text of the Anzac Day speech delivered by the Minister for Defence, Senator Robert Hill, at the Dawn Service, on HMAS Kanimbla, in the Persian Gulf.

The speech was given just a month after the start of the Iraq war.

Senator Robert HillOn this day last year I had the honour to present the ANZAC Day address at the national commemoration in the forecourt of the Australian War Memorial. The War Memorial in Canberra is a poignant reminder of the enormous sacrifice that has been made by so many Australians over the generations. They were lives lost to preserve our freedom and that of our friends and allies – often very distant from Australian shores and in many instances in this region of the world. [Read more…]

Iraq Commitment Part Of A Great Tradition: Howard

This is the transcript of the address by the Prime Minister, John Howard, at the Anzac Day Parade in Canberra.

John HowardAs Australians, both here in Canberra and elsewhere in our nation and around the world, gather to give thanks and to express their enduring gratitude to the more than 102,000 Australians who laid down their lives to defend this country, its values and our freedom. And as we also collectively honour the men and women who came back, who also put their lives on the line, we take pause for a moment to reflect upon the extraordinary hold that this great day, this great tradition borne on the 25th of April 1915 and which has shaped the character and the destiny of this country more than any other tradition or influence, we reflect upon the enormous hold it continues to have on our nation. [Read more…]

ANZAC Day Melbourne Service

This is the audio of Melbourne’s ANZAC Day Service.

The service was broadcast on ABC television. [Read more…]

Kim Beazley’s Press Conference On The ALP Leadership

As tensions continue to mount of the ALP leadership, the former leader, Kim Beazley, has held a press conference.

Beazley relinquished the leadership following his defeat at the 2001 federal election. He was succeeded by Simon Crean, a former President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions and a minister in the Hawke and Keating governments. [Read more…]

Daily Defence Briefing On Iraq

This is the daily Defence Department briefing on the war in Iraq.

The briefing on Operation Falconer was given by Brigadier Mike Hannan. He announced that the Minister for Defence, Senator Robert Hill, had left fo rhte Middle East to meet with Australian troops. [Read more…]