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Archives for September 2004

Bush And Kerry Meet In First Presidential Debate

President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry have met in the first presidential debate of the 2004 US election campaign.

The debate was moderated by Jim Lehrer.

Transcript of the first presidential debate between Republican President George W. Bush and his Democratic Party opponent, Senator John Kerry.

LEHRER:

Good evening from the University of Miami Convocation Center in Coral Gables, Florida. I’m Jim Lehrer of “The NewsHour” on PBS.

And I welcome you to the first of the 2004 presidential debates between President George W. Bush, the Republican nominee, and Senator John Kerry, the Democratic nominee.

These debates are sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. [Read more…]


Mark Latham’s 2004 ALP Campaign Launch Speech

The Leader of the Opposition, Mark Latham, has delivered the ALP’s 2004 election policy speech.

The ALP campaign was launched in Brisbane. Latham was introduced by the Premier of Queensland, Peter Beattie.

Watch Latham (30m)

Listen to Beattie (7m)

Listen to Janine Lacy, wife of Mark Latham (3m)

Soundtrack of film shown at the ALP Campaign Launch (3m)

Listen to Latham’s speech (41m)

Text of Mark Latham’s 2004 election policy speech.

LathamMy message today comes straight from the people of Australia.

It’s a message to the people, drawn from the strength and wisdom of the people.

From the Australians I’ve been privileged to meet, across the vast suburbs and regions of our nation, over the past 10 months. And the millions of their fellow-Australians they represent.

Today I want to speak on their behalf.

I want to talk about opportunity, responsibility and honesty – the key themes of this great campaign for a new Labor Government.

This message comes from the heart – the big heart of the Australian people themselves.

It’s from the people – and all that I have learned about their concerns, their needs and their aspirations for the future – that I see a real urgency in this campaign.

The urgent need to change now. The urgent need for an Australian Labor Government. [Read more…]


Beattie: Howard Is The Past, Latham Is The Future

This is the text of the speech given by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie at the ALP’s Official Campaign Launch for the federal election.

  • Listen to Beattie’s speech (7m)

Transcript of Peter Beattie’s speech at the ALP campaign launch.

BeattieWelcome to Queensland.

This election is about Australia’s future.

And it’s very plain.

John Howard is the past.

Mark Latham is the future. [Read more…]


Pilger: Australia’s Samidzat

This is an article on the media by Australian journalist John Pilger.

It first appeared in Green Left Weekly. It was also posted on Leftlink.

Article by John Pilger.

In 1983, the principal media in the Western world, which dominate much of the media in the rest of the world, were owned by 50 corporations. In 2002, this had fallen to nine transnational companies. Rampant deregulation has ended even a semblance of diversity.

In February this year, Rupert Murdoch predicted that, within three years, there would be just three global media corporations and his company would be one of them. [Read more…]


Anglican And Catholic Archbishops Attack ALP’s Schools Policy

Anglican and Catholic archbishops have attacked the ALP’s schools policy in a statement released today.

Text of a media release on behalf of the Catholic and Anglican Archbishops of Sydney and Melbourne.

In response to the Australian Labor Party’s Schools Policy Great Australian Schools, we offer the following comments.

“We endorse strongly the principle of parents being free to choose the kind of education they want for their children. Parents may choose education provided by government schools or may choose a school that more closely supports their family’s values and beliefs. [Read more…]


Democrats Leader Andrew Bartlett Addresses The National Press Club

The leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Andrew Bartlett, has addressed the National Press Club.

Bartlett’s election appearance was followed eleven days later by a disastrous showing in the election. The Democrats were defending three Senate seats, all of which were lost. The Democrats polled just 2.1% in the Senate. In the House of Representatives, its vote fell 4.17% to just 1.24%.

By contrast, the Australian Greens lifted their vote to 7.7% in the Senate and won an extra 2 seats, giving the party 4 in total. [Read more…]


John Howard’s 2004 Election Policy Speech

Prime Minister John Howard has officially launched the Coalition’s campaign for the 2004 Federal Election.

The launch took place in Brisbane.

The Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Campbell Newman, introduced Treasurer Peter Costello, who in turn introduced the Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson. [Read more…]


Howard And Latham: Daily Election Campaign Press Conferences

Within the campaign in its fourth week, the two contenders for the prime minister in the 2004 federal election each held a press conference today.

Prime Minister John Howard’s press conference began with a commitment to fund children’s cancer research.

The audio of Opposition Leader Mark Latham’s press conference is incomplete. [Read more…]


Costello And Crean Debate Economy At National Press Club

The Treasurer and Shadow Treasurer have debated each other on the economy at the National Press Club.

Treasurer Peter Costello has held the position since March 1996 and has delivered nine Budgets.

Shadow Treasurer Simon Crean held a variety of portfolios in the Hawke and Keating governments. He was Leader of the Opposition from 2001 until 2003. [Read more…]


Latham And Beazley Launch ALP’s Defence Policy

The Leader of the Opposition, Mark Latham, and the Shadow Minister for Defence, Kim Beazley, today released the ALP’s Defence policy for the federal election. [Read more…]