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Archives for December 2006

Queen Elizabeth II’s 2006 Christmas Broadcast

The Queen has delivered her annual Christmas message to the Commonwealth.

  • Listen to the Queen’s broadcast (7m)
  • Watch the Queen (7m)

This is the text of the Queen’s Christmas Broadcast.

I have lived long enough to know that things never remain quite the same for very long. One of the things that has not changed all that much for me is the celebration of Christmas. It remains a time when I try to put aside the anxieties of the moment and remember that Christ was born to bring peace and tolerance to a troubled world. [Read more…]


Kevin Rudd Elected Leader Of The ALP; Gillard New Deputy

Kevin Rudd became leader of the ALP on December 4, 2006.

Rudd defeated Kim Beazley by 49 votes to 39 in a Caucus ballot.

Julia Gillard was elected deputy leader unopposed, replacing Jenny Macklin.

The new Opposition Leader was the first Queenslander to lead the ALP since Bill Hayden (1977-83).

  • Watch the Rudd-Gillard press conference (21m)
  • Listen to Rudd-Gillard (21m)

Transcript of Kevin Rudd’s opening remarks at his first press conference as ALP leader.

So now the new and the real work begins.

Today the Australian Labor party elected a new leadership team with a new leadership style for Australia’s future. A new style of leadership.

Kim Beazley’s just spoken to you. Kim is a good man. I’ve known him for a long, long time. He spoke very well today. He is a man who has given to this party and this movement and this country a hang of a lot over the last quarter of a century or more. [Read more…]


Kim Beazley Loses ALP Leadership Contest To Kevin Rudd

This is the audio of Kim Beazley’s press conference, following his defeat by Kevin Rudd in a caucus ballot for the ALP leadership.

Beazley first became leader of the ALP in 1996, following the defeat of the Keating government. He narrowly failed to win the 1998 election and was again defeated by John Howard in 2001, after which he relinquished the leadership to Simon Crean.

Beazley returned to the leadership in January 2005, following the resignation of Mark Latham.

  • Listen to Beazley (9m)