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Archives for May 2005

Graham Kennedy, The King, Dies, 71

The man acknowledged as a comic genius by his peers, Graham Kennedy, has died, aged 71, in Bowral, NSW.

Graham Kennedy - The KingKennedy compered In Melbourne Tonight (IMT) on Channel 9. Later, he compered the Drive program on Melbourne’s 3LO, now known as 774, with Richard Combe.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Kennedy hosted a game show, Blankety Blanks, and a late-night news program. [Read more…]


Alexander Downer: Earle Page Politics Speech

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, has delivered a speech on Australian foreign policy and politics at the University of New England in Armidale.

Downer gave the Earle Page College’s Annual Politics Dinner speech. [Read more…]


ABC Deletes Eastley’s Comments From Transcript And Tape

Tony Eastley, compere of AMAn “inappropriate” comment by Tony Eastley, compere of ABC radio’s morning current affairs program AM, has been excised from the transcript and tape on the ABC website.

Eastley’s interview with the Immigration Minister, Senator Amanda Vanstone, concerned the circumstances surrounding the deportation of an Australian citizen, Vivian Alvarez Solon, to the Philippines.

Eastley made a reference to Vivian Alvarez Solon being “dropped off” by Australian immigration officials. He interposed the remark, “the car was still moving perhaps”.

Vanstone seized on the remark and castigated Eastley. [Read more…]


Beazley Replies To Federal Budget; Offers Detailed Alternative

The Leader of the Opposition, Kim Beazley, has responded to the Federal Budget and offered a detailed alternative to the government’s proposed tax cuts.

  • Listen to Beazley’s Speech (31m)

This is the prepared transcript of the Budget Reply Speech, delivered to the House of Representatives by the Leader of the Opposition, Kim Beazley. [Read more…]


Peter Costello’s 10th Budget Speech 2005-06

The Treasurer, Peter Costello, has delivered his 10th, and possibly last, Federal Budget. The budget contains major reforms to social welfare, as well as personal and business tax cuts.

  • Listen to Costello’s 2005 Budget Speech (34m)

This is the prepared transcript of the Treasurer’s Budget Speech, delivered on the Second Reading of the Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2005-06.

Mr Speaker, I move that the Bill now be read a second time. [Read more…]