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Archives for August 2004

Parties Haggle Over Rules For Leaders’ Debate

Following Prime Minister John Howard’s announcement of the 2004 Federal Election, the Liberal and Labor parties immediately began negotiating on the terms of a leader’s debate.

The Liberal Party’s Federal Director, Brian Loughnane, wrote to the ALP National Secretary, Tim Gartrell, proposing a set of debate rules.

The proposed rules and the correspondence between the two men is shown below. [Read more…]


2004 Federal Election Timetable

This is the official timetable of key dates for the 2004 Federal Election. [Read more…]


Greens Welcome Spring Election

This is the text of a media release from Senator Bob Brown, leader of the Australian Greens.

Media release from Senator Bob Brown, leader of the Australian Greens.

Senator Bob Brown“This is a spring election and Australia will turn Green,” Greens Senator Bob Brown said in Canberra today.

“We will campaign strongly for better finding of public education and health, a healthier environment and a much more positive foreign affairs face to the world.

“We have winnable senate teams in all states and territories and great candidates for lower house seats across the nation.” [Read more…]


Ladder Of Opportunity: Latham Responds To Election Announcement

The Leader of the Opposition, Mark Latham, has welcomed John Howard’s announcement of an October 9 election.

Latham said, “Australian needs a change of government.” He said Australia needs “a new generation of national leadership” and “a government that’s willing to invest in the education of our children and the health care of our families”.

Latham said this was what he calls “the ladder of opportunity”, a combination of hard work, good family and community, and an important role for government. [Read more…]


2004 Federal Election: The Choice Of October 9

This is the text of a media release by the Prime Minister, John Howard, accompanying his announcement of an October 9 election.

Media release from Prime Minister John Howard.

The Choice Of October 9

John HowardToday the Governor-General has accepted my advice for an election to be held on Saturday 9 October.

This election will be about trust. It will be about who is best able to shoulder the huge responsibility of keeping Australia prosperous, strong and secure.

Who do you trust to keep the Australian economy strong and to protect family living standards? Who do you trust to keep interest rates low? Who do you trust to lead Australia in the fight against international terrorism? Who do you trust to keep the budget strong so we can afford to spend more on health and education? [Read more…]


Howard Announces Election For October 9

Prime Minister John Howard has called an election for October 9, 2004.

The announcement was made at Parliament House in Canberra. Howard’s coalition government will be seeking its fourth term in office. It won office in 1996, 1998 and 2001.

Howard said the election will be about trust. “Who do you trust to keep the economy strong and protect family living standards? Who do you trust to keep interest rates low? Who do you trust to lead the fight on Australia’s behalf against international terrorism? Who do you trust to keep the Budget strong so that we can afford to spend more on health and education?” [Read more…]