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Archives for June 2003

Strom Thurmond, Oldest US Senator, Segregationist Dixiecrat, Dies, 100

Strom Thurmond, the longest serving Senator in United States history, has died, aged 100.

ThurmondThurmond served 48 years in the US Senate, from 1954 until January 2003, first as a Democrat and then as a Republican.

A former Governor of South Carolina, Thurmond ran for President in 1948 as a Dixiecrat, losing to Harry Truman, but breaking the Democrats political hold on the South.

His stance as an opponent of racial integration contributed to the political realignment of the South, with implications still being felt today. [Read more…]

Anderson And Alston Address Communications Future And Telstra Services

This is the audio of a press conference on Telstra by the Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson, and the Minister for Communications, Senator Richard Alston.

The two ministers announced a series of measures to address deficiencies in the communications sector, given the advent of the broadband future. [Read more…]

Official Biography Of Major-General Michael Jeffery

Major-General Michael Jeffery, the former Governor of Western Australia, is to be Australia’s 24th Governor-General, replacing Peter Hollingworth.

Major-General Jeffery will be sworn into the position in the Senate chamber on August 11. The Governor of Tasmania, Sir Guy Green, will continue to act as Administrator of the Commonwealth until that time.


Jeffery will be the first Australian-born Governor-General with a background as a full-time military officer. Sir William Slim was the last Governor-General from the ranks of the military. [Read more…]

John Howard’s Press Conference Announcing Major-General Michael Jeffery As Next Governor-General

The Prime Minister, John Howard, called a press conference today to announce that he has appointed Major-General Michael Jeffery as Australia’s new Governor-General.

Jeffery is a former Governor-General of Western Australia.

Jeffery [Read more…]

Howard Announces Appointment of Major-General Michael Jeffery As New Governor-General

The former Governor of Western Australia, Major-General Michael Jeffery, is to be Australia’s next Governor-General.

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

Jeffery will be Australia’s 24th Governor-General. He will take up the position on August 11.

Text of the media statement released by the Prime Minister, John Howard, announcing the appointment of Australia’s 24th Governor-General.


JefferyI am pleased to announce that Her Majesty The Queen has accepted my recommendation to appoint Major-General Michael Jeffery, AC,CVO,MC as Australia’s next Governor-General.

While the appointment, when formally made, will be at royal pleasure, it is expected that General Jeffery will serve between three and four years.

General Jeffery has a long and distinguished record of public service. He was Governor of Western Australia from 1993 to 2000, during which period he twice served as Administrator of the Commonwealth. General Jeffery is currently Chairman of the not-for-profit public policy think-tank, Future Directions International. [Read more…]

Simon Crean Survives Leadership Challenge From Kim Beazley

The ALP leader, Simon Crean, survived a leadership challenge from Kim Beazley on June 16, 2003.

Crean, leader since 2001, defeated Beazley by 58 votes to 34.

Beazley was formerly ALP leader from 1996 until 2001.

The challenge to Crean’s leadership came as elements of the ALP worried that the former Hawke and Keating minister was incapable of appealing to the electorate.

In the days leading up to the challenge, shadow ministers Wayne Swan and Stephen Smith said the electorate had stopped listening to Crean. They argued the ALP faced a “train wreck” in the election due in 2004.

Crean survived as leader for another six months before he was persuaded to resign. Mark Latham defeated Kim Beazley and went on to be defeated by Prime Minister John Howard in the 2004 election.

  • Listen to Caucus secretary Bob Sercombe announce the ballot result (1m)
  • Listen to Kim Beazley’s remarks after the ballot (3m)
  • Listen to Simon Crean’s remarks (4m)

Swan And Smith Desert Crean For Beazley

Senior shadow ministers Wayne Swan and Stephen Smith have deserted Labor leader Simon Crean and thrown their support behind the return of Kim Beazley.

The ballot for the Labor leadership is scheduled for June 16.

The former leader, Kim Beazley, declared his candidacy on June 06.

Swan and Smith say that a “train wreck” is coming if Crean remains leader. They say that the electorate has stopped listening to Crean. [Read more…]

Costello And Howard At The Liberal Party Federal Council

These are the remarks of Peter Costello and John Howard at the Liberal Party’s Federal Council meeting.

Treasurer Costello introduced Prime Minister Howard.

  • Listen to Treasurer Peter Costello (5m)
  • Listen to Prime Minister John Howard (38m)

Transcript of Prime Minister John Howard’s speech to the Liberal Party’s Federal Council.

Thank you very much Peter for that very warm and generous introduction. To the Federal President, Shane Stone, my other parliamentary colleagues, fellow Liberals, and very importantly my fellow Australians. As I look back on what has happened to our nation over the last year since we met as a Federal Council the starkest event and the most searing experience that comes to my mind is of course the terrible pain inflicted upon our nation when 88 of our fellow Australians died at the hands of terrorists in an act of blind unforgivable hatred on the 12th of October last year. [Read more…]

Costello Relationship Is Professional, Effective And Friendly: Howard

Following his announcment yesterday that he intended to remain leader of the Liberal Party, the Prime Minister, John Howard, gave this interview to Neil Mitchell, on Melbourne radio 3AW.

Prime Minister John Howard interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW.

MITCHELL: Mr Howard, good morning.

PRIME MINISTER: Good morning.

MITCHELL: Thank you for speaking to us. Has your relationship with Peter Costello changed now? [Read more…]

Howard Decision ‘Not My Happiest Day’, Says Costello

Following the statement by John Howard that he intends to remain as Prime Minister, the Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, gave the following press conference.

  • Listen to the start of the press conference (6m)

Peter Costello press conference.

Peter Costello, Federal TreasurerTREASURER: Well, as you know, the Prime Minister, Mr Howard, made a statement to the Liberal Party Room this morning and in response I also made a statement, the essence of which was that over the last nine years I have served the Liberal Party as its Deputy Leader, I have served under two Leaders, I gave both of them the utmost of my loyalty and I worked tirelessly for the good of the Party and the good of the country. [Read more…]