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Archives for January 2004

Mark Latham Announces Early Childhood Policy

The Leader of the Opposition, Mark Latham, has announced the ALP’s Early Childhood policy.

The policy announcement came complete with personal reminiscences. [Read more…]

Howard On Latham: ‘I’m Not Rattled’

Following Mark Latham’s to the ALP National Conference, the Prime Minister, John Howard, was quick to summon journalists to The Lodge in Canberra for the following doorstop conference.

It quickly became clear that Howard wanted to respond to Latham. He focused his remarks on economic management and industrial relations. Howard said Latham’s speech was “silent on how he would keep the economy strong and interest rates low”.

Howard also described Latham’s needs-based funding of schools policy as “the thin edge of the wedge” for the funding of private schools. He said: “Every child that is sent to an independent school reduces the financial burden on state schools.” [Read more…]

Arianna Huffington: Judy Dean And The Politics Of Authenticity

This article appears on Arianna Huffington’s website Arianna Online.

Article by Arianna Huffington.

Arianna HuffingtonDr. Dean for President!

No, I’m not talking about Howard, who finished second in New Hampshire — 13 points behind John Kerry.

I’m talking about the other doctor in the house of Dean — Judy Steinberg Dean, MD. [Read more…]

‘Eight Years Of Howard Is Enough’: Carmen Lawrence Opens ALP Conference

This is the text of the opening address to the 43rd ALP National Conference by the National President, Dr. Carmen Lawrence.

Text of speech by Dr. Carmen Lawrence.

LawrenceWelcome, delegates, to our forty-third National Conference.

I’m honoured to address you today as the first National President directly elected by the party’s members and the first woman National President of a major political party.

I’d also like to congratulate Barry Jones, one of Labor’s great advocates, and Warren Mundine, our first indigenous National President, on their election. [Read more…]

Opportunity For All: Mark Latham Addresses ALP National Conference

The Leader of the Opposition, Mark Latham, has addressed the ALP National Conference on the theme of opportunity for all.

The party’s National Conference is being held in Sydney.

  • Listen to Latham (33m)

Transcript of Mark Latham’s Address to the ALP National Conference.

Mark Latham, Leader of the OppositionWhen I became the Leader of our great Party two months ago I said that I wanted to be positive. I said that I didn’t believe in opposition for opposition’s sake.

I said those things because I meant them. I’ve always believed in the Labor Party as the great positive force in Australian politics. [Read more…]

John Kerry Wins New Hampshire Democratic Primary; Election Night Speeches

Senator John Kerry has won the Democratic New Hampshire primary.

Kerry polled 39% against his opponents Howard Dean, Wesley Clark, John Edwards and Joe Lieberman.

His win makes him the party’s frontrunner for this year’s nomination. [Read more…]

Michael Moore: You Say Deserter, I Say More Dessert…

This is an article by film producer Michael Moore.

Article by Michael Moore.

You Say Deserter, I Say More Dessert…

by Michael Moore


I would like to apologize for referring to George W. Bush as a “deserter.” What I meant to say is that George W. Bush is a deserter, an election thief, a drunk driver, a WMD liar and a functional illiterate. And he poops his pants. In fact, he “shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.” [Read more…]

Tetchy Howard Defends Choice Of Waugh As Australian Of The Year

Prime Minister has given a tetchy doorstop interview about whether too many sportspeople were being chosen as Australian of the Year.

It followed the announcement that the retired cricketer, Steve Waugh, had been chosen as Australian of the Year. [Read more…]

Howard Attacks Latham As ‘Weak’ On Border Protection

Prime Minister John Howard has attack Opposition Leader Mark Latham, describing him as ‘weak’ on border protection.

Speaking in Sydney today, Howard said Latham was weaker on border protection than either Kim Beazley or Simon Crean.

[Read more…]

Howard Appears At Queensland Coalition Campaign Launch

This is the transcript of the speech by the Prime Minister, John Howard, delivered at the Queensland Coalition Campaign Launch, at the Sheraton Hotel, Brisbane.

Transcript of speech by Prime Minister John Howard.

John Howard, Prime MinisterJohn and Julia Anderson, Lawrence and Linda Springborg, Bob and Madonna Quinn, my fellow Australians. It is with a real sense of commitment and a real sense of expectation that John and I have come to be part of this very important campaign launch for the Coalition here in Queensland.

State elections, indeed federal elections, are about a number of things. But most importantly of all, elections are about both sides of politics being held accountable for what they have done and what they have not done over the preceding three years. We had a less than happy result three years ago in Queensland and in the time that has gone by since then, the two Coalition parties have laid the essential groundwork of creating themselves as a viable, acceptable, attractive alternative to the current Government. They have set about building an effective, workable Coalition. [Read more…]