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Archives for November 2003

Kim Beazley Announces Candidacy For ALP Leadership

The former Labor leader, Kim Beazley, has announced that he will contest the leadership again at the Caucus meeting next Tuesday in Canberra.

BeazleyThis follows the announcement this morning by Simon Crean that he is resigning the leadership.

Speaking in Perth, Beazley, leader from 1996 until 2001, refused to discuss anything relating to the leadership, saying his next public comment would be after the Caucus meeting.

Beazley was federal leader between 1996 and 2001. He was defeated in the 1998 election, despite outpolling the coalition on the two-party-preferred vote. [Read more…]


Simon Crean’s Resignation Statement

Federal Opposition Leader Simon Crean has resigned his leadership of the ALP and called a Caucus ballot for next Tuesday to choose a new leader.

Crean“I won’t be a candidate for the leadership,” Crean said.

Crean said it had become obvious to him “that I no longer have the confidence of the leadership group and a majority of my Shadow Ministry”.

Crean has been leader of the ALP since November 2001, after Kim Beazley’s defeat in the federal election that month.

He faced a leadership challenge from Kim Beazley last June but survived by 58 votes to 34. [Read more…]


Downer Attacks The Myth Of ‘Little’ Australia

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, has attacked the ALP for promoting the idea that Australia is simply a middle power.

Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign AffairsAddressing the National Press Club in Canberra, Downer said: “My view is that we are not just a ‘middle power’, as my predecessor, Gareth Evans, often asserted. In fact we are a strong Commonwealth with around the 12th largest economy in the world, and one of the most successful, peaceful and well-governed democracies in history.”

Downer said the notion of a “little Australia” had been the “prevailing paradigm” throughout the previous governments of Bob Hawke and Paul Keating.

He said: “We are not a middling nation, but a considerable power, the sixth largest in total land mass.”

Text of speech by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, to the National Press Club.

Ladies and gentlemen.

As we approach the end of the end of the year, the obligation is always there to look back and see how we’ve gone.

The last year has been one of my most demanding as Foreign Minister. [Read more…]


Government Releases Tourism White Paper

The Federal Government has released a White Paper on Tourism and announced funding measures worth $235 million over the next four and a half years to boost tourism.

The full text of the White Paper appears at the bottom of this page. [Read more…]


Future Election Dates

This is the current situation regarding future election dates.

FEDERAL

The next House of Representatives election is most likely to be held around October-December 2004. This would be three years since the last election on November 10, 2001.

The House does not have a fixed term and could be dissolved at any time before this date. [Read more…]


Queensland Supreme Court Overturns Hanson, Ettridge Convictions

The Queensland Court of Appeal has overturned the convictions of Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge.

The One Nation founders were convicted in the District Court of Queensland on August 20, 2003 and sentenced to three years in jail.

The Court of Appeal heard the appeal yesterday and delivered judgment today.



Queensland Supreme Court Judgement In Hanson-Ettridge Appeal

This is the full Text of the Supreme Court Of Queensland judgement in relation to the appeal by Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge.

The court quashed the convictions and sentences. Hanson and Ettridge were released from jail as a result.

Supreme Court of Queensland judgement. [Read more…]