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Archives for July 2003

Young Workers Drawn To Queensland Public Service

This is the text of a media release from the Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie.

Premier Peter Beattie said today bright young Queenslanders were being recruited into the public service, to help build the Smart State.

Mr Beattie said a dedicated professional public service employment stream had attracted almost 20,000 graduates in three years.

“The 19,700 graduates drawn into this stream are additional to the young people who were separately recruited into departments,” Mr Beattie said. [Read more…]

The Constitution: Full Text As PDF

This is the full text of the Australian Constitution, as amended, in portable document format.

This version of the Constitution was prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting in the Attorney-General’s Department, Canberra. It was released on July 25, 2003, and includes all amendments up to and including those passed in 1977. [Read more…]

Australia Benefits From Globalisation: Downer

This is the transcript of the speech delivered by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, at the Launch of the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements.

Speech by Alexander Downer at Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements.

Globalisation: Global Opportunities And Global Responsibilities


Thank you, Professor Darvall [Vice Chancellor, Monash University], distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.

It is my great pleasure to address you on the occasion ofthe launch of the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements.

Monash University has responded creatively and very successfully to the opportunities and challenges of globalisation.

It has adopted a global strategy, establishing campuses and research links in Europe, Asia and Africa. [Read more…]

A Child’s Guide To United States Foreign Policy


This piece is currently floating around cyberspace.

Q: Daddy, why did we have to attack Iraq?

A: Because they had weapons of mass destruction honey.

Q: But the inspectors didn’t find any weapons of mass destruction.

A: That’s because the Iraqis were hiding them. [Read more…]

Crean Reshuffles Shadow Ministry After Defeating Beazley Challenge

After Simon Crean’s defeat of Kim Beazley’s leadership challenge, the following Shadow Ministry was announced. [Read more…]

The Difference Between Labor And Liberal?

The debate over the difference between the Labor Party and the Liberal Party has always been with us.

This is the text of a letter by Robert Corcoran, published in The Age on July 1, 2003:

Rich and Powerful versus The Rest

..What are the fundamental aims of the major parties, and how do they perform?

For a long time it has been obvious that the parties shape election-time policies according to their perceptions of the mood and preferences of voters – and more so with the greater prominence of public-opinion polls.

Significantly, in recent years, Labor has sought to appease the enlarged comfortable stratum of the community, while Liberal governments have taken the opportunity to move further to the right than ever before.

Looking back over the past half-century, to times when popular attitudes were far different from today’s, Labor established the Snowy Mountains scheme and the government airline TAA. And the Liberals continued both, with purported enthusiasm.

But it did not last; nor did the commitment to full employment.

Have the fundamental natures of the parties really changed? Despite temporary modifications in stated policies to try to win elections, both parties, when in government, move in their preferred directions as far as circumstances permit. In plain words, the Liberals are supported by, and favour, the rich and powerful; and Labor acts for the rest of us – when it gets the chance.

Robert Corcoran, Edithvale