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Archives for October 2003

Greens Claim Presiding Officers ‘Kowtowed’ To Chinese President

Following last Thursday’s parliamentary address by President Bush, during which Senators Bob Brown and Kerry Nettle interjected, the Greens have objected to their treatement at the hands of the parliament’s presiding officers during yesterday’s address by China’s President Hu Jintao.

The Greens senators have been on the receiving end of considerable media criticism following their performance during Bush’s speech, but the strong-arm tactics of the Chinese will unsettle many.

A report by Steve Lewis in The Australian today claims that the Chinese President threatened not to deliver his speech unless he was guaranteed a silent reception. Lewis paints a picture of frantic last-minute activity as Hu arrived at Parliament House:

Just before 9.30am yesterday, the Foreign Minister of China, Li Zhaoxing, pulled up at Parliament House in his chauffeur-driven limousine. [Read more…]


Howard And Hu Sign Trade Deals

This is the transcript of the joint press conference held by the President of the People’s Republic of China, Hu Jintao, and the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, at Parliament House, Canberra.

It followed a special joint sitting of the Parliament that was addressed by the Chinese President.

  • Listen to the press conference:

Transcript of joint press conference by Prime Minister John Howard and Chinese President Hu Jintao

PRIME MINISTER HOWARD:

Mr President, ladies and gentlemen. This news conference will be by way of consecutive translation. I will make a short opening statement, the President will make a short opening statement and then they’ll be two questions. Two from the Chinese media and then two from the Australian media.

The agreements which have just been signed demonstrate very clearly the breadth and the depth of the relationship between Australia and China. [Read more…]


‘Constantly Increasing Common Ground’: Hu’s Speech To Australian Parliament

This is the transcript of the Address to a Joint Sitting of the Australian Parliament by the President of China, Hu Jintao.

Hu’s speech was the first by a Chinese president to the parliament.

Text of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s speech to the Australian Parliament.

Hu JintaoThe Honourable Neil Andrew, Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Honourable Paul Calvert, President of the Senate, the Honourable Prime Minister John Howard, distinguished members of the federal parliament of Australia, Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am delighted to meet with you today, and address such a distinguished audience at the Australian parliament building.

Let me begin by expressing, on behalf of the Chinese government and people, my best wishes to you and, through you, to the courageous and hard-working Australian people.

Though located in different hemispheres and separated by high seas, the people of China and Australia enjoy a friendly exchange that dates back centuries. [Read more…]


Remember Who Dug The Well: Crean Welcomes Hu

This is the text of the address of welcome to the President of China, Hu Jintao, by the Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean.

The speech was delivered to a joint sitting of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Text of Simon Crean’s speech of welcome to China’s President Hu Jintao.

CreanMr President.

I’ve already had the opportunity to welcome you to Australia.

I now welcome you to our national Parliament.

Your historic presence in this Parliament – so soon after your inauguration as President of the People’s Republic of China – testifies to the importance and continuity of the China-Australia relationship. [Read more…]


Commonsense Relationship With China: Howard Welcomes Hu

This is the transcript of the speech of welcome to the President of China, Hu Jintao, by the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, on the occasion of President Hu’s Address to the Australian Parliament.

Prime Minister John Howard’s speech of welcome to the President of China, Hu Jintao.

HowardMr Speaker, Mr Senate President. On behalf of the Government, and I know on behalf of all members, I extend to His Excellency, Hu Jintao, the President of the People’s Republic of China, a very warm welcome to our national Parliament. And I extend that welcome to his wife, Madame Liu, and to all the other members of the Chinese party.

It would be no exaggeration, Mr Speaker, to say that ten years ago an event such as this would have been seen as not only unlikely, but indeed highly improbable. Equally, I would not have thought ten years ago that as Prime Minister of Australia I would have, as I did in 2002, as the leader of a western centre-right political party, to address the cadres of the central school of the Chinese communist party in Beijing. [Read more…]


President Bush Addresses Australian Parliament; Greens Ejected

United States President George W. Bush has addressed the Australian Parliament during his visit to Canberra.

The speech was punctuated by interjections from Greens senators Bob Brown and Kerry Nettle. [Read more…]


Howard Welcomes Bush To Australian Parliament

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has welcomed President George W. Bush to the Australian Parliament.

Bush delivered a speech to members of both houses.

  • Listen to Howard’s speech:

Transcript of John Howard’s remarks of welcome to President Bush.

Mr Speaker and Mr President of the Senate, today we welcome a man, we honour an office, we recommit to an alliance and we declare that, above all of those things, common values between nations unite nations and peoples more than individuals or institutions. The things that unite the Australian and American people are shared values: the belief that the individual is more important than the state, that strong families are a nation’s greatest asset, that competitive free enterprise is the ultimate foundation of national wealth, and that the worth of a person is determined by that person’s character and hard work, not by their religion or race or colour or creed or social background. [Read more…]


2003 World Press Freedom Rankings

Reporters Without Borders has released its 2003 rankings of world press freedom.

Australia is ranked 50th on the list of 166 countries. Finland is first and North Korea last.

According to Reporters Without Borders: “The ranking measures the state of press freedom in the world. It reflects the degree of freedom that journalists and news organisations enjoy in each country, and the efforts undertaken by the state to respect and ensure respect for this freedom.” [Read more…]


Asia’s Role In Australia’s Economic Future: Ian Macfarlane

This is the text of a speech by the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Ian Macfarlane.

Macfarlane discusses Asia’s role in Australia’s economic future and provides useful statistics on the Australian economy in comparison to the rest of the world. [Read more…]


Paul Keating On China, The USA And Australia

This is an audio extract from a speech by Paul Keating.

Keating discussed Australia, China and the United States.

He said events in China were without precedent in modern history and predicted that China would be at the centre of the next “wave”. [Read more…]